Country rules or cultures for labelling
There are also differences to be aware of in the requirements of exporting food and drink to countries which have a differing culture or religion to your own and staying flexible to adhering to these from a labelling point of view is also very important.
Let’s take the example of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). We all know that the use of pork and its derivatives is prohibited in Muslim countries unless they are sold under non-muslim sections of retailers. When it comes to other proteins or animal ingredients used in processed food and drink (think bovine collagen in protein drinks for example) then you can market and sell these products in the UAE and other Muslim countries, provided of course you have a valid halal certificate. To be halal approved you must be certified by an authorised body that is recognised by the regulatory entity in your export market. This is ESMA in the case of the UAE. It is not usually enough to have your ingredients halal certified either, your entire supply chain must be halal checked and approved.
We experienced one UAE distributor purchase in good faith half a container of what they believed to be bona fide halal products from a UK producer. After all the products had the halal logo on the packaging so they must have all the necessary paperwork to prove their halal status for customs clearance, right? Unfortunately not and when the goods arrived at port they were confiscated and without the documentation to prove their halal status they were ultimately destroyed, costing the customer not only the price of the goods themselves but also a high cost for firstly demurrage (storing the products at port) and then actually destroying them.
We can support with advice on halal certification and provide you with qualified professionals who can help your products to become halal certified if required. Contact us for further details.