Saudi Arabia: Poultry Imports Drastically Reduced
Over the past two months, the Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) added several new measures that will have serious repercussions on the Saudi import poultry market. On May 5, SFDA suspended 11 Brazilian poultry plants from exporting to Saudi Arabia, which accounts for 60 percent of Brazil’s poultry exports to the Saudi market. Meanwhile, in early June, SFDA suspended poultry imports from France and Ukraine, and all three countries were suspended by SFDA for different reasons. Currently, it remains unclear how Saudi Arabia will meet poultry consumption since it relies heavily on imports. Unfortunately, the United States will not be able to export to Saudi Arabia as long as the country maintains its strict ban against stunning during the poultry slaughtering process.