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UAE wins approval to export camel milk to Europe

Ministry official says exports set to start next year after EU letter gives green light.

UAE wins approval to export camel milk to Europe
MILKING IT: Camel milk will be exported by the UAE to Europe from next year. (Getty Images)

The UAE is planning to export camel milk to Europe after the European Commission (EU) gave the green light, it was reported on Sunday.

"The UAE is intending to export camel milk to European markets next year, to be among the first suppliers of this product to the EU," Abdullah Al Janan, executive director for Agricultural and Animal Affairs Department, Ministry of Environment and Water, told the Arabic daily Al Ittihad.

"We have received a letter of approval from the EU on the UAE plan on safety and quality of camel milk," he added in comments translated and published by news agency WAM.

Ten analyses and tests will be carried out on camel milk every month and their findings will be sent to the EU to match them with its export regimes, added Al Janan.

EU officials will visit a number of camel farms, especially those producing milk, as part of the approval process.

Camel milk is more nutritious than cow milk because it is lower in fat and cholesterol and richer in potassium, iron and minerals such as sodium and magnesium, according to a paper presented at the 5th Dubai International Food Safety Conference, which was held in Dubai last February.

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faddy1 10 years ago

The Camels milk is the best and lightest milk you ever will have. I worked in the Oil fields in the Gulf countries, and I had this milk directly from the Camel. it was wonderfull , it is not eazy to find it , this is kept for kings, princes and VIPs. There is one thing people should realize that when they take this milk at the first time , you will have direia (IS HAL) . once in life time. good health

gk 10 years ago

I think now we will start seeing all kinds of poor quality and maybe fake products under the trademark of fresh camel milk.

shake hassan 10 years ago

What are you on about , Joe Bloggs? I started drinking camel milk several years ago and never looked back. I doubt you've ever tasted it... I don't even think there's THAT big of a difference between the dairy product of a cow and a camel... oh, well, can't please EVERY body , can we ...?

Paul 10 years ago

Good for them, but I can't help but think it'll be a loss-making venture. Yes, I'm sure that camel milk is wonderfully healthy and magically brilliant but the sad fact remains if you offer a European a glass of camel milk, they will either politely return it to you undrunk, or if they're British, they'll throw it in your face. And it's not because of racism against Arabs or Muslims or some secret American conspiracy; it's because culturally, most Europeans (like everyone else) are a bit cautious when it comes to eating and drinking foodstuff from outside their cultural sphere. Most Europeans would have difficulty with the idea of drinking sheep milk, let alone something from a camel. Also, I'm not sure it's wise to say there's little difference between camel and cow milk, in my experience, camel milk is a lot saltier in taste. Nevertheless I am sure that given many European countries have Arab populations who have the right to eat what they like, worship how they please and vote in elections, there will be a small market from these people keen to enshrine their cultural traditions.

Dastagir 10 years ago

Camel milk has good demand in Gulf countries. Then it needn't send to EU countries. Let them drink milk from cows fed by meat mixed cattle feeds.

Angelika Lancsak 10 years ago

For Central European taste there is no better milk than fresh cow milk from the Austrian Alps. Camel milk? Well..maybe camel milk chocolate - very fattening but good!

Jakob 10 years ago

whats your problem? GCC is a major trade partner of Europe and without it it would look pretty grim here... Camel milk tastes really good and can be a good help for those who develop allergies against cowmilk. My nephew was affected by it and thanks to camel milk they could adjust his diet. I am sure it can be a success, with the right marketing and a flexible range of products.

scorp2x 10 years ago

Throw it in your face Paul??? I think not and you do the average Briton a disservice by writing such trash! Maybe your only Brit friend is a radical football hooligan???

Lady Muck 10 years ago

Great taste - slightly sweeter than cows milk, so no need to add sugar to your cereal, gentle on the tummy and for children it's a great way to get round those lactose intolerance issues - when you're faced with this problem, you'll try anything to resolve it, as calcium intake is so important for little ones, this really is an ideal solution.