Abu Dhabi Gets New Alcohol Rules; Businesses To Comply In 6 Months

In a circular on October 6, 2022 the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT – Abu Dhabi) stated the new alcohol rules for the distribution of beers & wine. This is more trade related than consumer related. Read on to know more:

General Alcohol Rules:

  • The ethyl alcohol and distillates used in the production of alcoholic beverages shall be exclusively of agricultural origin and shall not contain alcohol of synthetic origin or other alcohol of non-agricultural origin.
  • The product must be prepared and handled in accordance with suitable sanitary conditions in a manner that maintains the integrity and quality of the product.
  • Pesticide residues in the final product must not exceed the permissible maximum residue limits for foods as defined by the Codex Alimentarius Commission or other international references.
  • The product must be free of pathogenic microorganisms as well as their secretions in quantities that may be harmful to consumer health.
  • The product shall be free from methanol and other toxic alcohols.
  • The minimum alcoholic strength shall be 0.5%.

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Rules For Beer 

  • The concentration of mineral pollutants in beer must not exceed the following limits: 0.1 mg/L for arsenic, 0.2 mg/L for copper, 0.02 mg/L for lead, 0.2 mg/L for iron, and 250 mg/L for tin.
  • The concentration of diacetyl shall not exceed 0.2 mg/L.
  • Shall be free from artificial sweeteners, flavors and colorants, except for caramel.

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Rules For Wine

  • Shall be free from vinegar smell and taste.
  • The maximum concentration of total sulfur dioxide shall not exceed 400 mg/l.
  • The maximum concentration of heavy metals shall not exceed 0.2 mg/Lforarsenic and lead and 0.01 mg/L for cadmium.
  • Shall be free from artificial colorants.
  • The maximum volatile acidity, calculated as acetic acid, shall be 1.5 g/l after sulfur dioxide is excluded.

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Rules for production, packaging, transport and storage

  • The product shall be produced as per the U.A.E/GSO 1694: General Principles of Food Hygiene.
  • The alcoholic beverages shall be packed in clean, sound and appropriate containers that protect it from pollution and damage and preserve its natural characteristics. Packaging materials used shall be in conformity with the requirements laid out in the relevant UAE specifications.
  • Transport and handling shall be adequately protected from rain, sunlight or other sources of excessive heat, unwanted odors and other sources of pollution.
  • Alcoholic beverages shall be stored in dry, well-ventilated roomsat temperatures between 21-23 °C, free from undesirable odors and protected against insects and rodents.

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Rules For Labeling Alcohol

The labeling shall be indicated in Arabic and/or English in addition to any other language to include:

  • The product name
  • The country of origin.
  • In the case of a fermented fruit drink, the type of fermented fruit must be indicated, except for wine made from grapes.The name “wine” is not allowed unless it is made from grapes only.
  • The period of maturation or ageing, if stated, where it refers to the youngest alcoholic component of the drink.
  • Name, address and trademark of the manufacturer, supplier or importer (if any)
  • Percentage of alcohol by volume or alcoholic strength
  • Net volume of contents.The actual volume of contents shall not exceed ±3% of the volume stated on the product label.
  • Shelf life according to the approved standard specifications.

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