Saudi Food and Drug Authority has imposed ban on several UK poultry products

June 8, 2009

The Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) has imposed a ban on the import of several poultry products from the United Kingdom following the UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) discovery of pork and beef derivatives being used in some chicken products in the UK.

SFDA announced June 6 that following an announcement by Britain FSA that an investigation has reveled some poultry contain hydrolyzed animal proteins that has been adulterated with pork and beef derivatives to increase chicken breasts.

The Saudi Food and Drug Authority reported that, "the existence of protein should be listed on the label of the product.  Results revealed that the kind of protein existed in some samples differs than what is written on labels, as the samples contain pork and beef proteins not only chicken protein."  SFDA reported that Britain FSA is carrying out further studies and gathering more information in partnership with other EU states.  It also added that results do not reveal that chicken products are unsafe, but it is important that consumers are given accurate information about their food, SFDA said.

SFDA added that it is pursuing the case and coordinating with relative authorities to insure that products entering the Saudi market are in full compliance with Saudi food regulations.

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