The six member states of the Gulf
Cooperation Council have set up a body to monitor food shipments and
advise authorities on their quality, the GCC secretariat said in a
comprising representatives from the member states would ensure that
food imported to member states was “not contaminated and conformed
to health standards,” the statement said.
“The aim of this
committee is to study all issues and developments affecting the safety
of food products and to take the proper decisions regarding them and
to coordinate amongst national bodies in the GCC member states,” it
The GCC, which
groups Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait and the United Arab
Emirates, is taking steps toward a Gulf common market and a customs
The states acted
separately on recent animal diseases, banning imports mainly from
Europe and Africa.