Will Ukraine be able to export garlic to the Persian Gulf market?

A “garlic cluster” will be held at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, dedicated to the cultivation and sale of this popular vegetable as a seasoning and an element that gives a special flavor to dishes. The Association of Ukrainian and Arab Businessmen will take part in the events. The organizer of the garlic cluster Julianna Moussa noted that among the most discussed topics will be: markets for products; growing technologies, planting material; proper storage.

As one of the speakers at the seminar on garlic breeding, chairman of the Association of Ukrainian and Arab Businessmen Salim Alotti, noted, the association is constantly working on establishing relations between Ukraine and the Arab world, developing investment activities in Ukraine, facilitating the entry of Ukrainian products to the Persian Gulf market. During the seminar, he will tell what need to export Ukrainian garlic to the Gulf countries, what standards are there and there are obstacles

It was previously indicated that Egyptian importers suspended the signing of contracts for the import of Chinese garlic because of coronavirus. At the same time, the Arab country received products under previous contracts.

Arab countries are countries with a large share of the consumption of this product. The coronavirus pandemic can make its own adjustments to the export map of the world. Ukrainians are not ready for large volumes of export of this product, but Ukraine is able to provide high-quality products to its market.

«YASENSVIT» got the Halal certificate

Production sites of the «YASENSVIT» poultry farm got  the HALAL certificate. This certification confirms that the chicken and egg production process is HALAL compliant.Y

asensvit confirmed that they adhere to high production standards imposed on manufacturers by representatives of the Muslim world and can significantly expand the sales market in Ukraine and export markets to the countries of the Middle East, Africa and Asia.T

his means, that this product does not have harmful impurities, antibiotics, growth hormones and is a safe and high-quality product, the use of which is allowed by Muslims and everyone who cares about their health.

Dubai Expo 2020 Canceled This Year Because Of Covid-19 Pandemic

Gulfood is the world’s largest and most influential annual food and beverage exhibition, with a lot  of visitors, exhibitors and business operations carried out within 4 days at the Expo international exhibition.

Halal World Food is one of the specialized exhibitions, which includes all Halal buyers, Halal producers and Halal exporters.

Every year, too many specialists from Halal products manufacturing companies participate in the largest Halal World Food exhibition– the recognized largest annual exhibition of Halal products in the world

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the organizers of the Expo 2020 in the UAE announced that the global event has been canceled. The event was planned to be held from October 20, 2020 to April 10, 2021. According to a recent press statement, the Expo will now be held from October 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022. The organizers of Dubai Expo 2020 also emphasized that Covid-19 had a significant impact on many countries, and they announced the need to postpone the opening of the Expo for one year to enable them to overcome this problem.

The use of antibiotics in animal husbandry: the pros and cons

The new EU legislation, which will enter into force on January 28, 2022, will prohibit any routine use of antibiotics on farms, including all types of preventive treatment of animals. This writes the world of birds. In 2017, the World Health Organization (WHO) released new guidelines for the use of antibiotics for farms, which recommend the use of antibiotics for group prevention.

Antibiotics are use in animal husbandry to accelerate livestock growth and prevent disease. They remain in the muscles of animals and birds (meat),  get into milk and eggs. Unscrupulous manufacturers use such drugs for processing seafood and fruit and vegetable products, contrary to the law.

In animal husbandry, in addition to medicinal purposes, antibiotics in low doses are used to improve growth and to prevent infections. According to official figures, about 80% of the US antibiotic market goes to livestock.

The World Health Organization – WHO is sounding the alarm. In 2009, three US government departments responsible for health, including the USDA, they said, that antibiotics use in livestock and poultry farming was becoming a serious problem.

This is absolute plus. However, it means that their body begins to get used to antibiotics and stops responding to them. Now we can understand that immunity to antibiotics is also transmitted to a person who eats the meat of animals that were given antibiotics.

The lack of antibiotics in animal meat is one of the main requirements for Halal products. This requirement is important to comply with when growing agriculture. That`s means, the presence of Halal certification, a priori, gives a guarantee for the absence of antibiotics in the products used.

In particular, Halal meat is chosen not only by Muslims, but also by people of other faiths who care about healthy and proper nutrition.



Sausage-Halal. What are the requirements?

Halal – everything that is allowed to be consumed or used by people according to the Islamic law. First of all, it is safety, cleanliness and good for human health. These are products that are pure both spiritually and physically, produced without the addition of harmful additives and meet the requirements of shelf life and storage.

It is worth noting that Halal products can be consumed by people of any nationality and religion. For Muslims the term “Halal” is primarily a confirmation of compliance with Islamic rules.

A true halal product, in particular sausage, is distinguished by the absence even in minimal amounts of any prohibited ingredient: pork, products made from pork, carrion (an animal, such as a cow or chicken, which is not chopped in accordance with Islamic standards), blood, supplements that may contain prohibited ingredients. In addition, the Halal product is packaged in a shell, regarding which there is no doubt that it is permissible according to Islamic standards.

Sausage casings are divided into two types:

– a sausage casing that is not suitable for eaten (synthetic/polyamide/cellulose). In this case it is used only for packaging the sausage itself and is not considered as such a food product. Halal certification is not required for such a casing and can be used for sausages as a package, the main thing is that it meets state requirements.

– a sausage casing that can be eaten (natural). This type can be used as food, which means that this type of raw material need a separate stage of testing this type of product and there must be Halal certified, which automatically gives a guarantee for Muslims to consume the product.

The natural sausage casings are divided into two types:

– beef gut – the intestines of this animal species that have passed through many technological stages of special processing, including salting, drying and others.

– collagen shell – an edible shell that is as close to natural as possible. It is made of light weight collagen and in their shape are very similar to ordinary sausage casings.

Sausage cannot be Halal if:

– it is made from beef and poultry, but the animals are not slaughtered according to Islamic standards – there is no pork, but this meat is called “carrion” and is forbidden to be consumed by Muslim who respects himself and his family;

– it contains additives, dyes, flavor enhancers, preservatives, which are made from pork, carrion or bones of slaughtered animals, or contain ethyl alcohol;

– it contains other prohibited or doubtful additives in Islam;

– it is packed in a natural sausage casing that is made from carrion or contains additives from carrion.

Many entrepreneurs produce products in this way: they buy Halal beef and poultry (sometimes even just trusting the word of the supplier, which may not be a Muslim), they do not check how the slaughter occurs and do not study what is contained in the prescription, the permissibility of each additive. It turns out that they themselves are confident in Halal status of their products, but in fact they can produce and sell Haram through their own ignorance. This product, in cases where it contains at least one forbidden (Haram) ingredient, is not permitted. It follows that the requirements for the production of Halal sausages are based on the same requirements as for Halal meat.



Halal is an environmentally organic product made in accordance with Islamic standards. Halal is a food that meets modern environmental requirements.

Initially, honey is considered a healthy natural product, respectively, honey is a priori a Halal product. “Mention of him is in the Qur’an, in the surah of“ Bees ”. Work has been invested in it, starting from the hard work of bees. Honey carries a barakat for the consumer, the grace of the Alah. It has pronounced medical and dietary and preventive properties.

So why honey can not be Halal?

All plant products (vegetables, fruits, cereals in pure form) and honey, without any impurities (for example: stabilizers, emulsifiers, dyes, flavor enhancers, flavorings) are automatically considered Halal. But due to the fact that now the cultivation of products and food technologies are developing very rapidly, and genetically modified products or processed products with dubious composition began to appear on the market, Halal consumers may have questions about products of even plant origin.

Also, if honey and alcohol are produced at one factory (for example, there are very often cases when a producer produces honey and other types of alcohol at the same time, such as mead), respectively, if a producer plans to produce and produce products for Muslims, he must abandon the parallel production of honey and alcohol.
Since 90% of honey on the market is not natural with an admixture of preservatives or processed, the Halal certificate guarantees the quality and preservation of all initially useful qualities of honey. This means that honey marked Halal does not raise additional questions and can be eaten by people of any nationality and religion.

Export of walnuts from Ukraine continues to grow

Ukraine got first place in Europe in the export of walnuts. Total export of nuts from Ukraine amounted to 40 thousand tons and brought $ 79.28 million. Nowadays, Ukraine is in the top 5 countries in the world for the production of walnuts, behind the USA, China, Chile and Mexico. Last year, Ukraine harvested 110 thousand tons.

Ukrainian experts predict that export deliveries will increase by 25%, and the country will be able to earn through the sale of 155 million dollars. This writes the portal Inform-UA. In the first four months of the nut export season – from October of last year to January of this year inclusively, Ukraine earned about 77.4 million US dollars on them, which is twenty-three percent more than for the corresponding period of 2018-2019
Among the main buyers of Ukrainian nuts are Turkey, Iraq, the United Arab Emirates, Romania, Azerbaijan and Albania. Walnuts grows only on seven percent of the globe and Ukraine is in the most favorable zone, which once again proves the fertility and favorable geographical location of our country.

Ukraine broke an absolute record for chicken export

During the quarantine period, Ukraine increased imports of chicken to 16.1 million dollars, which is 46.7% more than in January-April last year (10.9 million dollars). Exports of chicken increased by 11.5% to almost $ 200 million. This is evidenced by the data of the State Customs Service. Most chicken was exported to the Netherlands (18%), Saudi Arabia (15%) and Germany (14.5%).

These statistics suggest that the Ukrainian market is not deficient in chicken and other types of poultry meat. Exports of this product exceeded imports in weight terms by more than four times. Also, from the beginning of 2020, Ukraine exported 175 thousand tons of chicken meat with a total value of $ 223.5 million. Compared to the same period last year, the supply of Ukrainian chicken meat abroad increased by 25% (in monetary terms).
For 5 months, Ukraine supplied the Netherlands with  meat for $ 39.3 million. At the same time, Saudi Arabia bought Ukrainian Halal poultry meat for $ 34.2 million, and the UAE for $ 29 million. Recall that over ten years Ukraine has increased the supply of chicken by 30 times and has become one of the key traders.

Singapore recognized Halal certificates of two Ukrainian certification centers, which opens up new export opportunities for Ukrainian poultry producers

The Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS) agreed on Halal Ukrainian centers – Halal Certification Center LLC and Halal Global Ukraine Certification Center for exporting Halal chiken  meat and products of it from Ukraine to Singapore.

To export Halal products have the opportunity Ukrainian enterprises for the production chiken meat and productsof it, which were previously approved by the competent authority of Singapore.

Singapore’s recogneted of Halal certificates of two Ukrainian certification centers opens up new export opportunities for Ukrainian poultry producers.

At the same time, the lack of a Halal certificate limited the export potential, given the structure of demand in this country.

Now, to export Halal chiken meat to Singapore, need to have an export certificate from the State Food and Beverage Service and a Halal certificate from one of the Ukrainian centers, valid for two years with the possibility of extension.