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Korea: [Viewpoint] Succeeding in the Muslim Market

| 10/12/2010 | Reply
Korea: [Viewpoint] Succeeding in the Muslim Market

Despite the austere image of Islamic living, robust spending is not absent. Muslims who have deep pockets display a high propensity to consume.

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Brunei: Halal branding efforts bear fruit

| 09/12/2010 | Reply
Brunei: Halal branding efforts bear fruit

WITH a mere population of just under half a million, Brunei has put itself to the grind this year to produce a strong contender for the lucrative global halal market via a national Halal brand.

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USA: “Our mission is to restore the sacredness of food”

| 09/12/2010 | Reply
USA: “Our mission is to restore the sacredness of food”

Adnan Durrani, the “Chief Halal Officer” of new food manufacturer American Halal saw a market opportunity with more discerning Muslim consumers, and his line of Saffron Road-branded halal ready meals found success in the upscale Whole Foods Market chain.

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Opinion: Halal Hysteria

| 08/12/2010 | 2 Replies
Opinion: Halal Hysteria

Leaving aside any references to what Muslims and Jews say about halal and kosher slaughter (which has been dismissed by Johann Hari as “pseudoscience: the intelligent design of animal welfare”), there is in fact a significant body of independent scientific evidence that seems to have been conveniently ignored which shows that at the very least the alleged humaneness of stunning is a very grey issue indeed.

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Malaysia: CBS Technology signs MOU on Halal producers portal

| 08/12/2010 | Reply
Malaysia: CBS Technology signs MOU on Halal producers portal

CBS Technology Bhd’s wholly owned subsidiary, CBS International Sdn Bhd (CBSI), has sealed a memorandum of understanding with International Halal Integrity Alliance (IHI) to develop an Internet portal to serve as a reference and registration site for halal producers.

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USA: Alaska’s First Mosque

| 08/12/2010 | Reply
USA: Alaska’s First Mosque

Fifteen years ago Anchorage was home to fewer than 200 Muslims. Today, the city boasts three Halal grocery stores, a Halal-by-request pizzeria and a population of more than 3,000 Muslims who hail from places like Albania, Somalia, Pakistan and Malaysia.

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Pakistan wakes up to Halal certification

| 08/12/2010 | Reply
Pakistan wakes up to Halal certification

Pakistan has never set any legal standards for the sale of halal meat in the country. CEO Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TdAP) Tariq Iqbal Puri told the press that, “certified industries require more vigilance in quality maintenance,” and the ‘halal label’ will help the industries boost revenues by at least 20 percent.

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EU: European Council agrees on new labeling rules for food

| 07/12/2010 | Reply
EU: European Council agrees on new labeling rules for food

The version of the regulation that the Council has sent back to the European Parliament for their consideration does not include Amendment 205 the clause which would have required that all meat and meat products slaughtered by the shechita/Halal method be pejoratively labeled.

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UK: A Cautious Welcome from Shechita UK to EU Council’s Rejection of 205

| 07/12/2010 | Reply
UK: A Cautious Welcome from Shechita UK to EU Council’s Rejection of 205

Shechita UK has welcomed the outcome of Tuesday’s European Council meeting, where a new draft of the food information regulation was agreed. The version of the regulation that the Council has sent back to the European Parliament for their consideration does not include Amendment 205 the clause which would have required that all meat and meat products slaughtered by the shechita method be pejoratively labeled.

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Opinion: When haram can become halal

| 07/12/2010 | 2 Replies
Opinion: When haram can become halal

If a prohibited food product undergoes trans­formation that changes its properties or attributes to the point that it becomes a different product, it is no longer forbidden.

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EU: Clerics call for religious freedom in Europe

| 07/12/2010 | Reply
EU: Clerics call for religious freedom in Europe

Fifty clerics from Austria, Belgium, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the United States petitioned Van Rompuy to protect their freedom of religion at a time when some right-populist parties are calling for bans to certain non-Christian religious practices, including circumcision for minors and kosher and halal butchering of meat.

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UK: Halal cosmetics store to open in Birmingham city centre

| 07/12/2010 | 1 Reply
UK: Halal cosmetics store to open in Birmingham city centre

Pure Halal Beauty will offer ethical beauty products and cosmetics, all free of animal products and alcohol and all Halal certified.

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Malaysia: ‘Don’t be misled on Halal food’ advice

| 07/12/2010 | Reply
Malaysia: ‘Don’t be misled on Halal food’ advice

Many Muslims don’t seem to be very aware of the halal concept and their rights to buy and consume halal products, said Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department, Datuk Nasir Tun Sakaran.

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Malaysia: Qatar, the World Cup and Islamic finance

| 06/12/2010 | Reply
Malaysia: Qatar, the World Cup and Islamic finance

“WE go to new lands!” exclaimed Sepp Blatter, president of Fifa in unveiling Qatar, over the US, for hosting the 2022 Fifa World Cup. Now, how does Islamic finance and Malaysia “ride on the coat-tails” of this incredible opportunity, having missed many opportunities over the years?

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Brunei: Brunei’s First Halal and Good Manufacturing Practice

| 06/12/2010 | Reply
Brunei: Brunei’s First Halal and Good Manufacturing Practice

Brunei Darussalam will be the world’s first country to issue guidelines on the production of halal pharmaceuticals, including the use of alcohol and animal products.

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Pakistan: NA speaker to support halal food promotion bill

| 05/12/2010 | Reply
Pakistan: NA speaker to support halal food promotion bill

National Assembly will fully support the passing of bill for marketing and promotion of Halal food, said the Speaker for the National Assembly, Dr Fehmida Mirza, at the 1st Global Halal Congress

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UK: Turning Halal can Increase Restaurant Margins during the Recession

| 04/12/2010 | Reply
UK: Turning Halal can Increase Restaurant Margins during the Recession

Inventive Edinburgh restaurateur Michael Yip, owner of Dragon Way, Newington, believes he has found the way and has recently received a quality Halal Seal of Approval, to become the capital’s first certified Halal Chinese restaurant. This is not the first time Michael has looked at ways to increase profit margins and retain customers in the current economic climate.

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Pakistan: Global Halal Congress to be held today

| 04/12/2010 | Reply
Pakistan: Global Halal Congress to be held today

As many as 25 world renowned and eminent scholars, scientist and experts from 17 countries are participating in the first ever Global Halal Congress (GHC) scheduled to be held today (Saturday) at Karachi.

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Marketing 101 for the Global Muslim Community

| 04/12/2010 | Reply
Marketing 101 for the Global Muslim Community

The answers lie in, first, understanding the trends within the community then, secondly, delving into each subset of the trends to identify emotional triggers that would provide a platform for the brand to establish itself with its target segment and lastly, basing or developing the brand’s business strategy on the ethical values of Islam.

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Malaysia must comply with International Standards

| 03/12/2010 | Reply
Malaysia must comply with International Standards

In the New Economic Model – Concluding Part report launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak Friday, it said concerns on food safety, labour rights, best practices in environmental protection and climate change management will also add to new international protocols that could impose barriers to Malaysian exports to global markets.

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