ASIA- The United Arab Emirates (UAE) cabinet has issued regulations for the dairy, beverages and juice categories, requiring licencing of companies as well as proper labeling of the products to ensure conformity to standards.

The two regulations cover the UAE regulatory system for the monitoring of milk and dairy products, and on the monitoring of juice and beverages.

Food suppliers are required to only deal with registered and licensed companies or enterprises and a certificate of conformity for products shall be granted before putting them on the market, in accordance with the Emirates Conformity Assessment System (ECAS).

This is in addition to obtaining the Emirates Quality Mark and ensuring that products continue to comply with applicable rules.

Also, juice and beverage products must meet the approved standards, product information on labels have to match the specifications and images and phrases used on the packaging should not contradict public morals and Islamic values.

According to the resolution, the quantity in the package must meet stated requirements, and that products shall be packaged in suitable containers that maintain food safety and protect its properties from deterioration.

UAE has unveiled stricter licencing laws regarding juice and beverage standards, prohibiting all stores or outlets in the UAE from the sale or promotion of any food product not registered with the ECAS.

Food shelf life extension

Driven by health and wellness options, dairy protein demand in Asia is increasing.

After this, the UAE announced it was planning to extend food shelf life in response to desires of customers in the market.

This quest was boosted by a new study by the Dubai Central Laboratory who adopted a mechanism to design models for the study on the testing of the validity period of different food products.

Studies were carried out on effects of processing, packaging, storage and distribution on the product’s shelf life and water activity tests.

Amin Ahmed Amin, director of the Dubai Central Laboratory Department, said that the study on the validity period of food products was in response to the sentiment of consumers.