Uae: Europe approves camel's milk

But further testing necessary before EU market is open

19 March, 18:45

    Camel's milk, first steps towards European markets Camel's milk, first steps towards European markets

    (ANSAmed) - DUBAI, MARCH 19 - Europe says 'yes' to camel milk: samples of milk from these desert mammals from the United Arab Emirates have been deemed suitable for export to European markets, an essential outcome paving the way for complete approval of a potential relationship between the EU and UAE for the product. Even though camel's milk has been promoted as a ''safe'' food by European labs, final approval for exports is still subject to sanitary certification of the farms where the camels are raised.

    Inspections by European Commission scientists in January last year flunked the sanitary conditions at the camel farms and offered guidelines to bring them into line with the requested parameters. The next inspection will not be carried out until next year, but UAE labs are already working at full steam to meet EU standards. The European market holds enormous potential for camel's milk, nicknamed ''the white gold of the desert'' in Arab countries, as well as all products derived from it. Not only derivatives such as yogurt and cheese, but also sophisticated sweets and foods like milkshakes, cappuccinos and expensive lines of chocolate. The potential outside of the region, in Europe and worldwide, is extremely high. The FAO estimates the worldwide market volume for camel's milk to be 10 billion dollars. ''White gold'', which has met resistance in some palates and whose image suffers in the West, which tends to consider it to be a strange food, has various advantages: compared to cow's milk, it has less than half of the fat, 40% less cholesterol, and three times more vitamin C. It is also easy to digest because of its similarity to breast milk and is good for people who are lactose intolerant or who suffer from food allergies. But that's not all: a group of researchers from the UAE recently announced the creation of a cancer drug derived from a combination of substances found in milk and urine, while the cosmetic properties of ''white gold'' are a time-honoured secret of women from the Gulf Region. Once the European markets are open, farmers explained, it has not been ruled out that the current number of camels raised in the UAE, which are mainly brought up for racing and not for the food industry, will no longer be sufficient to meet demand (estimated to be 10 times greater than current levels) and they will have to be imported from other countries in the region to increase breeding. (ANSAmed).

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