UAE lifts ban on importing Spanish cows

Dubai: The UAE has lifted a ban on importing Spanish living cows. The resolution, issued by Dr. Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water, in line with the Ministry’s strategy to realise food security and protect the public health, followed a recommendation put forward by the 29th meeting of the GCC committee on animal wealth which held in Saudi Arabia last March.

The resolutions sets a number of health and veterinary requirements to allow the Spanish cows into the UAE markets including a government approved certificate stating that the exporting country satisfy World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) conditions. The resolutions states that imported cows should be born in 2009 and onward.

According to the resolution, the Spanish veterinary agencies should notify their UAE counterpart of any case of mad cow appeared in a cow raised in its first year with imported animals.

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