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Grey Areas of Halal – Alcohol

| 13/01/2010 | Reply
Grey Areas of Halal – Alcohol

This is the second of a series of articles that Fakihah Azahari is writng on the ‘Grey Areas of Halal’. The first in the series was ‘Grey Areas of Halal, Transformation and Assimilation’ which is also posted on Halal Focus.

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Brunei First To Establish Halal Pharma Guidelines

| 12/01/2010 | Reply
Brunei First To Establish Halal Pharma Guidelines

Brunei
is seeking to become a global leader in the Halal industry by producing
what is believed to be the first of its kind Halal pharmaceutical
guidelines in the world.

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Brunei drafts world’s 1st halal drugs rules

| 12/01/2010 | Reply
Brunei drafts world’s 1st halal drugs rules

THE Brunei Economic Development Board (BEDB) has announced the recent
endorsement of the Sultanate’s halal pharmaceutical guidelines put
together by a group of government agencies.

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Malaysia: AYS Plans To Penetrate Overseas Market With Food Products

| 12/01/2010 | Reply
Malaysia: AYS Plans To Penetrate Overseas Market With Food Products

AYS Sdn Bhd, which
produces the first microwaveable halal frozen ready-to-eat Malaysian
meals under the Sri Kulai brand, hopes to penetrate the overseas market
by middle of this year. Chief executive officer Liow Ren Jan said the company was looking
at Dubai as its first overseas market due to the increasing demand
there not only for halal food products but also for Malaysian food.

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Acting ARMM governor outlines plans for the region

| 12/01/2010 | Reply
Acting ARMM governor outlines plans for the region

The Acting Regional Governor of the Autonomous Region in Muslim
Mindanao has outlined his major policies, plans and program for the
region during the Wednesday cabinet meeting. One of the four development plans defined will be the ARMM Regional Halal Food Industry Development Plan.

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France – Fast food chain goes Halal

| 12/01/2010 | Reply
France – Fast food chain goes Halal

The Belgian fast-food chain Quick is experimenting with halal
restaurants in France. The branches will only serve
products which comply with the Islamic food requirements. Since
mid-December, eight Quicks in France changed over completely to halal
food: Toulouse, Marseille (2), Roubaix, Villeurbanne, Argenteuil,
Garges-lès-Gonesse and Buchelay.

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Five SMEs ship halal food to Britain

| 12/01/2010 | Reply
Five SMEs ship halal food to Britain

KUALA LUMPUR: Five small and medium enterprise (SME) suppliers from Malaysia are preparing to ship their halal
food products worth RM600,000 to Britain to be sold at 180 Tesco stores
there as part of the efforts by Tesco Stores (M) Sdn Bhd to bring
Malaysian products to the global arena.

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Malaysia And Tajikistan To Boost Trade In Five Areas

| 12/01/2010 | Reply
Malaysia And Tajikistan To Boost Trade In Five Areas

Trade between Malaysia
and Tajikistan is set to grow in five key areas once The Exporters Club
of Malaysia and TM International Tajikistan sign an agreement on Jan 15. The agreement will facilitate the sourcing of Malaysian products
and services, Malaysian-Tajikistan joint-ventures in construction
projects and cooperation with Malaysian companies in the development of
education, Islamic banking, airport management, halal development and
Islamic tourism.

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BoI hosts Halal food seminar in Hat Yai

| 11/01/2010 | Reply
BoI hosts Halal food seminar in Hat Yai

The
Board of Investment and Malaysia’s Halal Industry Development
Corporation will jointly host a halal food seminar during January 18-21
in Hat Yai, Songkhla. About 20 Malaysian investors will be invited for
discussion with Thai businessmen, to explore investment opportunities
in the South particularly the 5 Southearnmost provinces.

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US Green Mosques

| 11/01/2010 | Reply
US Green Mosques

WASHINGTON
DC — A growing awareness of everything environmentally friendly is
taking place in mosques across the United States, which are joining
hands with grassroots faith-based groups to encourage the mainstream
society to work towards better environmental stewardship.

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Chinese halal market seen as source of rich potential

| 11/01/2010 | Reply
Chinese halal market seen as source of rich potential

Thai exporters are being urged to tap into China’s expanding Muslim food market. “China is one of the world’s most eye-catching halal food markets,
as Muslims there total more than 30 million, or 2.3% of China’s
population,” said Srirat Rastapana, director-general of the Export
Promotion Department.

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Halal certification group under fire

| 11/01/2010 | Reply
Halal certification group under fire

An
Islamic group seeking to offer New Zealand businesses a “globally
recognised” halal certification is being criticised by the NZ
Federation of Islamic Associations, which says the Southeast Asian
organisation does not have the resources to do inspections here.

Reza Khedmati, director of Al-Rasoul Halal Certification, said the
company had been set up to offer New Zealand exporters an
“internationally accepted halal certification” as a result of problems
encountered with Islamic countries.

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CAFTA open doors for more Malaysian products in China

| 11/01/2010 | Reply
CAFTA open doors for more Malaysian products in China

The full implementation of the China-Asean Free Trade Area (CAFTA) from
Jan 1 this year will allow more products from this country to be
marketed in China. Deputy International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir said there would be zero tariff on 9,000 products.

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AANZFTA a boon for Asean, modest boost for Brunei

| 10/01/2010 | Reply
AANZFTA a boon for Asean, modest boost for Brunei

AUSTRALIA’S trade minister Simon Crean welcomed the commencement of
the country’s largest free trade agreement, the Asean-Australia-New
Zealand Free Trade Agreement (AANZFTA), earlier this week in an
announcement on the ministry’s website. Australia’s
High Commissioner to Brunei, Mark Sawers, is focusing on the broader liberalisation
aspect between the three regions. Sawers told The Brunei Times yesterday that the historic
agreement, which spans 12 economies with over 600 million people and a
combined GDP of A$3.1 trillion, will lead to modest improvements in
some particular sectors between Brunei and Australia.

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Capture halal food market, urges Mukhriz

| 10/01/2010 | Reply
Capture halal food market, urges Mukhriz
MUAR:
Malay entrepreneurs have been urged to emulate the business commitment
of the non-Malays when venturing into the halal food industries.

Deputy
International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir said
logically, the Malays should be monopolising the halal food industry as
it was synonymous with Islam.

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2010 – Year of Great Hope

| 10/01/2010 | Reply
2010 – Year of Great Hope

HAVING
passed through the first week of the new year of 2010, Brunei continues
to steer steadily but surely towards its future, having come out of
2009 by learning lessons from the socio-economic and political impacts
from the international arena, as well as events closer to home, which
has galvanised both the public and private sectors and indeed ordinary
individual Bruneians with the resolution to make this year much better
than the last.

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France today: a tale of halal foie gras and burkas Burka

| 09/01/2010 | Reply
France today: a tale of halal foie gras and burkas Burka

Sales of halal foie gras have increased ten-fold in the last two
years, delighting supermarket chains across France. “It is one of our
bestsellers, we were selling more than 30 a day” said the manager of a
Parisian branch of Carrefour, while a spokesman for a leading meat
wholesalers announced that demand for halal duck and halal capon has
been “unprecedented” in 2009.

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Muslim move threat to NZ meat trade

| 09/01/2010 | Reply
Muslim move threat to NZ meat trade

Indonesia’s highest authority on Islamic affairs, the Council of
Ulema (MUI), has signalled a hard line on imports from New Zealand and
other Western nations.

It plans to insist that all imported food labelled as halal is sold only if it has the council’s own halal certification.

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Halal Analysis Laboratory for UPM in 2010

| 09/01/2010 | Reply
Halal Analysis Laboratory for UPM in 2010

The Economic Planning
Unit of Prime Minister’s Department will provide assistance for Halal
Products and Research Institute of Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) to
build a Halal Analysis Laboratory during the first quarter of 2010.

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Cambodian Govt in Process of Setting up a Halal Certification Body

| 09/01/2010 | Reply
Cambodian Govt in Process of Setting up a Halal Certification Body

Cambodia’s government could set up a body to certify halal food in the country as early as this year, an official in charge of the proposed Cambodian Halal Institute said.

No official launch date had been set, and progress has been slow to
date due to a lack of resources.

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