Thursday, April 30, 2009

Import and Sale of Pork ban in UAE

UAE bans import and sale of pork 'as a precaution against swine flu'

By Binsal Abdul Kader, Staff Reporter
Last updated: April 29, 2009, 15:28

Abu Dhabi: The UAE has banned the import and sale of pork in the country as a precautionary measure against swine flu, a senior official told Gulf News on Wednesday.

General Secretariat of Municipalities [GSM] issued a circular on Monday banning import and sale of all types of pork in the country, Mohammad Jalal Al Reyaysa, Manager of Communication and Information Department at Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA) said.

The ban covers cooking the pork in hotels [for non Muslims], he added.

GSM had already banned import of pork from Mexico and the US on Sunday, but extended it to a blanket ban, considering the alarming situation, Al Reyaysa said.

"Only two outlets in Abu Dhabi have the license to sell pork (for non-Muslims) and our inspectors have already informed them to remove the pork from the shelves," the official said.

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