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Official proposes creation of special development zone

| 29/01/2009 | Reply
Official proposes creation of special development zone

It has reportedly been said that the Saudi government is keenly
interested in concrete cooperation between Saudi Arabia and the
Philippines in the area of grain production, aquamarine and livestock
and in Halal food processing. Apparently Saudi Arabia, has recently adopted a policy of establishing partnership with
agriculture business groups in other countries in order to secure the
Kingdom’s food reserves.

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Restaurant chef Matt Prentice embarks on a quest to reinvent hospital food

| 29/01/2009 | Reply
Restaurant chef Matt Prentice embarks on a quest to reinvent hospital food

There is an expression ‘you are what you eat’ but looks like the chef to this new hospital in Detroit is taking this seriously for his patients and visitors to the new facility. Not only will he be offering interesting meal choices but also different cuisines and religious restrictions will also be catered for. Countries in Southeast Asia looking to increase tourists through ‘medical tourism’ should take note of this hospital’s enthusiam for creating an all round ‘wellness centre’.

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Study reveals ‘shocking’ kebabs

| 29/01/2009 | Reply
Study reveals ‘shocking’ kebabs

Once again they are warning the public about the contents of the doner kebab and how bad it is for your health. You have no idea what is put in it, and truthfully no one really wants to know, they are just going for the taste and fast food. However, when you hear that they are being sold as ‘Halal’ and contain pork, then this becomes an issue of labelling and should be accountable for in a properly audited Halal industry.

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WHF 2009 To Be Held In May

| 27/01/2009 | Reply
WHF 2009 To Be Held In May

The Fourth World Halal
Forum (WHF) will be held for two days, starting May 18, at the Kuala
Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) here. In announcing this, the WHF chairman Datuk Seri Sheikh Saleh
Abdullah Kamel said this year’s event, would present the efforts of
collaboration within the Islamic world to produce a set of standards
and specifications to uphold the quality and value of halal services. “The WHF 2009 stands to see the beginning of a long awaited
objective which is, a global halal standard, covering the entire value
chain,” Sheikh Saleh told a media briefing here today.

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Draft International Halal Standards To Be Tabled At WHF

| 24/01/2009 | Reply
Draft International Halal Standards To Be Tabled At WHF

KUALA LUMPUR, (Bernama) — The Fourth World Halal
Forum, to be held in May, will see the International Halal Integrity
(IHI) Alliance tabling the draft International Halal Standards for
public comment.





IHI Alliance chairman Datuk Seri Sheikh Saleh Abdullah Kamel said
the draft would be endorsed first at the Organisation of the Islamic
Conference (OIC) Standards Committee meeting in April.

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China seeks help for investors

| 24/01/2009 | Reply
China seeks help for investors

BEIJING:
China has called for the setting-up of a network of incubators for its
entrepreneurs and investors interested in investing in Malaysia, said
MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat.

On the halal hub cooperation between both sides, Ong said Chen suggested both should form a forum focused on halal hub development and cooperation.

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West Virginia farmers aim at growing Muslim market

| 24/01/2009 | Reply
West Virginia farmers aim at growing Muslim market

West Virginia’s farmers are eager for new customers and the local Muslim community is a prime target. They have started with a seminar on getting
West Virginia meat onto the tables of Muslims, which included a crash
course on halal.

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Unique range of ‘Halal approved’ vitamins launched at Arab Health

| 23/01/2009 | Reply
Unique range of ‘Halal approved’ vitamins launched at Arab Health

A unique range of vitamin and mineral
supplements, which have been specially approved by the Halal Food
Authority in the UK, will be launched at Arab Health 2009, the world’s largest
healthcare event in the Middle East.

At the event, UK based Principle
Healthcare will be showcasing their new Halal supplement range, which
comes in four different types – Omega 3, Vitamin C, Calcium and Vitamin
D, and Iron.

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Australia-MLA Halal accredited brand.

| 23/01/2009 | Reply
Australia-MLA Halal accredited brand.

The global expansion of the MLA’s Halal Brand, is an important step
towards expanding markets for Australian red meat, according to Ian
Ross the Middle East regional manager for the MLA.




Ross said “with 28% of the worlds population being Moslem and with most
of these people living in countries with growing economies, its vital
the Australian red meat industry positions itself in the best possible
way to supply these important markets”.The world has over 2 billion
Moslems and the market for Halal products, exceeds US$500 billion.

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United Kingdom-Tesco and Asda stock Halal meat.

| 23/01/2009 | Reply
United Kingdom-Tesco and Asda stock Halal meat.

National Halal Meat Company in Birmingham, have opened new franchise’s for their product in Tesco and Asda supermarkets. National Halal products, from fresh lamb and mutton to burgers, can be
obtained nationwide, from as far south as Slough west of London to
Bradford Yorkshire in the north of England. Tesco and Asda are now
displaying the National Halal products.

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Malaysia plan temporary stop to chicken from China

| 23/01/2009 | Reply
Malaysia plan temporary stop to chicken from China

PUTRAJAYA:
The Veterinary Services Department has recommended a temporary
suspension on the import of chicken from China after the Chinese New
Year following the avian flu outbreak there.

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Halal Pizza UK

| 21/01/2009 | Reply
Halal Pizza UK

Domino Pizza, have launched a new Halal meat pizza in Birmingham, where there are close to one million Muslims living.

This comes only months after National Halal meats of Birmingham, opened
franchise with Tesco and Asda supermarkets, with a Halal meat sales
section. The company has plans to open 37 more with the supermarket
giants in 2009.



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Al Islami Foods enters Saudi Arabia

| 21/01/2009 | Reply
Al Islami Foods enters Saudi Arabia

Middle Eastern Halal food producer Al Islami Foods has
entered Saudi Arabia, following the signing of a strategic distribution
agreement with locally-based distributor Arabian Trading Supplies (ATS).

Al Islami also confirmed that it would consolidate its presence in
Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Iraq, Iran, Yemen, Syria, Jordan and
Sudan in 2009.

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Green World to invest RM100m in edible container plant in Penang

| 21/01/2009 | Reply
Green World to invest RM100m in edible container plant in Penang

Biodegradable
product manufacturer Green World Biotech Sdn Bhd is investing RM100
million in Penang over the next four years to set up a plant that will
churn out edible containers from cane husks and other agro-based
materials.


In a country that uses styrofoam containers for its take away food practically 3 times a day this could be good news. Let’s just hope the food stalls invest in using them! They should be given some kind of incentive to ‘go green’ with their containers.


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Malaysia Seeks FTA Talks With Gulf States

| 21/01/2009 | Reply
Malaysia Seeks FTA Talks With Gulf States

Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
has expressed hope that negotiations on the proposed establishment of a
free trade agreement (FTA) between Malaysia and the six-nation Gulf
Cooperation Council (GCC) can start as soon as possible and a mutually
beneficial pact concluded.


Abdullah also made a reference to the prospects of increasing
trade and investment among the Organisation of the Islamic Conference
(OIC) fraternity.




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South African Halal bodies onboard with boycott call

| 21/01/2009 | Reply
South African Halal bodies onboard with boycott call

Five of South Africa’s halaal certifying authorities have given their
support to a call made last week by the Muslim Judicial Council to
withdraw halaal certificates for products imported from Israel. MJC PRO
Nabeweya Malick told VOC that the boycott will be extended later to the
withdrawal of halaal certificates to food outlets whose parent
companies are deemed to be strong Israeli supporters.

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Protestors boycott Manchester Halal Subway

| 20/01/2009 | Reply
Protestors boycott Manchester Halal Subway

PROTESTORS have launched an internet
campaign asking people to boycott a sandwich retailer for only stocking
Halal meat in two of its stores in Manchester.

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Marrybrown’s humble shoplot beginnings to global franchise branding

| 18/01/2009 | Reply
Marrybrown’s humble shoplot beginnings to global franchise branding

Over the last 28 years, Marrybrown has ventured into other countries, proving that a Malaysian brand is able to make an impact in the global branding fraternity. Business Development Manager, Joshua Liew says being a halal Malaysian brand helps the company convince master franchisees especially in the Middle East. He
says the Middle East region is the most promising for franchising
business and Marrybrown will increase its outlets there to between 80
and 90 by year-end from 47 now. For
years, customers in these countries have only known fast-food
restaurants products and brands from Europe and the USA, he says.

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Forest’ Secret Set To Penetrate Overseas Market

| 18/01/2009 | Reply
Forest’ Secret Set To Penetrate Overseas Market

Forest’Secret Sdn Bhd is the owner and brandbuilder of the forest’secret brand – a premium Halal certified herbal-based products brand. Its chief executive officer, Shahrul Azlan Zulkifli, said the
company expected to open up outlets in London and Jeddah this year. Shahrul Azlan said Egypt would be the next target destination as
it was a market of more than sixty million people with large cities and
modern lifestyle suitable for a premium halal brand in beauty and
wellness.

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Selangor Government Programmes Only At Hotels With Halal Logo

| 17/01/2009 | Reply
Selangor Government Programmes Only At Hotels With Halal Logo

The Selangor government
has issued a directive that only hotels which have the halal logo
certificate by the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (JAIS) or the
Malaysian Islamic Development Department (JAKIM) can be used as venues
for state government programmes.

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