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6 Aug 2019

Uzbekistan eager to buy Halal food from Belarus

MINSK, 6 August (BelTA) – Uzbekistan is interested in enabling direct purchases of Belarusian agricultural products certified for compliance with Halal standards, BelTA learned from representatives of the Belarusian State Metrology Institute after an Uzbek delegation visited the institute to discuss quality control and cooperation.

The delegation met with the institute’s Director Valery Gurevich and Deputy Mufti of the Muslim Religious Association in Belarus, Director of OOO BelHalal Rustam Khasenevich. The delegation also visited the lab that tests food and agricultural products. An agreement was reached that specialists of the institute will examine all the products before they are shipped to Uzbekistan’s largest retail chain.

The test lab of the Belarusian State Metrology Institute allows performing analytical control using the most precise modern methods. Various branches specialize in microbiology, parasitology, GMO, radiometry, immune and ferment analysis, ion, gas, and liquid chromatography, and other areas of quality control. Cooperation has been established with the country’s leading companies to monitor various quality, authenticity, and safety parameters.

The lab offers its services to about 60 Belarusian food producers. About 95,000 tests of 8,100 samples of all kinds of products are performed every year. The number of tests has nearly doubled in the last five years.

The international accreditation of OOO BelHalal in association with the Belarusian State Metrology Institute was finished in late 2018. OOO BelHalal was added to the registry of the Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA).

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