Brazilian halal poultry shipments, close to 1 million tonnes
Almost 950,000 tonnes of halal poultry products have been exported from Brazil to Arab countries in the first six months of the year. In terms of value, shippents to the Middle East are woth $1.3 billion, according to data released by the Brazilian Association of Animal Protein (ABPA). The main importers were: Saudi Arabia with 396,365 tonnes; UAE 239,826 tonnes; Yemen 85,130 tonnes, Kuwait 73,050 tonnes and Libya 64,918 tonnes.
The total amount of halal poultry exported by Brazil accounts for an average of 40% of Brazilian poultry meat exports. "The world needs quality protein. It is important to maintain our resilience and continue with strict sanitary controls, seeking and expanding business opportunities. Our goal is to cover the types of proteins for the halal market, including halal sheep and goat meats. The idea is to offer more halal-certified meat options to Muslims around the world. We have a demanding export market and some Brazilian slaughterhouses targeting the Middle East", explains Omar Chahine, International Relations Manager at Cdial Halal (a halal certification agency in Brazil), quoted by Avicultura Industrial magazine.
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