Packing, Marking & Labeling
Current laws and regulations of the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Agriculture and the National Health Authority (NHA) require labeling and marking requirements to be honored, especially where import of foodstuffs is concerned.
All imported meats - beef and poultry products, require a health certificate issued by the country of export and a Halal slaughter certificate issued by an approved Islamic center in that country.
Qatar enforces GCC shelf-life standards GS 150/1993, Part I and II, which combined affect 170 food products. The manufacturer’s established shelf life is accepted for other food products. Production and expiry dates must be printed on the original label or container by the manufacturer. Dates cannot be added after the fact via a sticker. Products must arrive at destination with at least half the shelf-life duration remaining. Food labels must include product and brand names, production and expiry dates, country of origin, name and address of the manufacturer, net weight in metric units, and a list of the ingredients in descending order of importance. All fats and oils used as ingredients must be specifically identified on the label. Labels must be in Arabic only or in Arabic/English. Arabic stickers are accepted.