Egypt Beef Plant Audits and Halal Issues

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5984_080_R101_QMALR-GOVS conducts individual plant audits to determine the eligibility of beef plants to export to Egypt. All approved slaughter facilities (the approved facilities) are subject to re-auditing every three years to renew eligibility to export to Egypt.

MALR-GOVS conducts individual plant audits to determine the eligibility of beef plants to export to Egypt. All approved slaughter facilities (the approved facilities) are subject to re-auditing every three years to renew eligibility to export to Egypt. The audits are to evaluate both food safety and halal practice (in accordance to the Islamic rules and principles). This year the government decided to have representatives from Dar Al-Ifta Al-Masriyyah (the foundations for fatwa or religious verdicts) or Al-Azhar accompany the GOVS veterinarians in the audit.

Islamic Centers in the United States and other trading partners are responsible for issuing the Islamic halal certificate which is required by GOVS. The Islamic Centers must have a representative present at the slaughter facilities to confirm halal slaughter. Beef plant audits in the United States are implemented by veterinarians from GOVS in cooperation with the US Meat Export Federation (USMEF). To date, around 57 beef slaughter facilities have been audited and approved by Egypt.

Currently, GOVS is reviewing Pakistani slaughter facilities to be approved for exporting halal frozen beef to Egypt. Media reports, confirmed by sources at GOVS, indicated an auditing visit by official delegation from GOVS to Pakistan during May 2014. The delegation inspected a total of 18 slaughter and meat processing facilities in Karachi and Lahore in order to be approved for exporting to Egypt.

In May 2014, Egypt has temporarily banned beef originating from the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso for 180 days. The ban came after the OIE (World Organization for Animal Health) confirmed BSE case in the state. According to media reporting, the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture said that Brazilian beef exports to Egypt for the first four months of 2014 totaled 48,450 TMT with shipments from Mato Grosso state representing 25 percent of total exports or 12,074 TMT. Since 2001, Egypt has been a major market for Brazilian fresh beef, and imports have averaged 110,000 MT annually for the last five years. In early 2013, Egypt temporarily banned imports of beef and beef products from the Brazilian state of Parana after positive detection of an atypical case of BSE.

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Category: Halal Integrity, Meat & Poultry, Middle East & Africa

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