Category: Food Service

UK: Birmingham school says sorry for serving non-Halal meat to Muslim pupils

| 20/02/2013 | Reply
UK: Birmingham school says sorry for serving non-Halal meat to Muslim pupils

The report went on to say that a disciplinary hearing took place on February 11 and a member of staff had been removed from the school. Direct Services catering staff will be fully retrained and signs will be displayed to indicate Halal food.

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UAE: Food contamination raises Halal concern

| 14/02/2013 | Reply
UAE: Food contamination raises Halal concern

Back to back local as well as int’l cases of contamination of Halal food have brought into focus the need for consumers to be aware of Halal rules and regulations. It also underscores the requirement of common Halal standards for food as well as other products and services.

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Halal Service Certificates issued in Turkey

| 08/02/2013 | Reply
Halal Service Certificates issued in Turkey

Turkish Standard Institute TSE has started to issue “Halal Service Certificates” for catering factories, restaurants, cafeterias, pastry shops, grocers and fast food places in the scope of its halal certification policy.

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Qatar-based JV to offer halal-certified services

| 08/02/2013 | Reply
Qatar-based JV to offer halal-certified services

Qatar-based Sokook Mega Company (SMC) has joined hands with an Air France subsidiary to launch Sokook Mega Servair Qatar, which will provide halal-certified hospitality, food and beverage services to different segments of customers in the country.

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Malaysia: Brahim’s ready for overseas Halal markets

| 07/02/2013 | 1 Reply
Malaysia: Brahim’s ready for overseas Halal markets

After 10 years concentrating on the local market, Brahim’s executive chairman says it’s now time to venture overseas. Brahim’s has embarked on a RM2 million rebranding exercise. Brahim’s Airline Catering currently services over 30 international airlines.

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UK: Prison Reform Trust welcomes immediate apology and investigation

| 05/02/2013 | Reply
UK: Prison Reform Trust welcomes immediate apology and investigation

The Prison Service is investigating this as a matter of urgency. Its director Juliet Lyon said: ”This is not a matter of dietary preference but of Islamic law. There are clear hospital and prison rules that halal meat must be on the menu.’

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UK: ‘Traces of pork DNA’ found in Halal prison meat

| 02/02/2013 | 1 Reply
UK: ‘Traces of pork DNA’ found in Halal prison meat

The Ministry of Justice is to suspend a firm supplying meat to prisons after tests found that it may have provided pies and pasties described as Halal – but with traces of pork DNA. The Ministry of Justice orders all halal products from one unnamed prison supplier be destroyed.

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Malaysia: Halal Signboards not meant to discriminate

| 25/01/2013 | Reply
Malaysia: Halal Signboards not meant to discriminate

Regarding an issue involving signboards that were placed at elevators on three floor levels of a fourstar hotel in Petaling Jaya which were exclusively intended for suppliers who delivered goods to the hotel, informing them that the lifts were for transporting ‘halal’ goods only.

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Malaysia: Hotel explains ‘Halal’ elevator signboards

| 10/01/2013 | Reply
Malaysia: Hotel explains ‘Halal’ elevator signboards

The controversial signboards beside three elevators at the Crystal Crown hotel here were put up to comply with the requirements stipulated by the Department of Islamic Development (Jakim) regarding the transportation of non-halal food.

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Malaysia: ‘Halal’ elevators at four-star hotel

| 09/01/2013 | Reply
Malaysia: ‘Halal’ elevators at four-star hotel

A leading four star hotel has signboards beside several elevators which instruct that only ‘halal’ goods can be transported in the lift. The hotel definitely will do everything they can to prevent losing their halal certification as it would mean a huge loss of business for them.

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UK: Caterlink suspends meat to specific schools

| 21/12/2012 | Reply
UK: Caterlink suspends meat to specific schools

Further to a request by schools and the Local Authority a review is being conducted by the Local Education Partnership (LEP) into the provision of halal meat to determine whether its supply chain can provide halal meat that is approved by the Halal Monitoring Committee (HMC).

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Halal school meals row continues in Lancashire

| 05/12/2012 | Reply
Halal school meals row continues in Lancashire

Here is a link to a Granada ITN interview by Clare Fallon with representatives from the Lancashire Country Council and Lancashire Council of Mosques on the topic of serving stunned meat to Muslim school children in the county

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Malaysia – Brahim’s To Acquire LSG Sky Chefs Before Year-end

| 01/12/2012 | Reply
Malaysia – Brahim’s To Acquire LSG Sky Chefs Before Year-end

Halal food and beverages group, Brahim’s Holdings Bhd, expects the acquisition of the remaining 49 per cent stake in Brahim’s-LSG Sky Chefs Holdings Bhd to be completed before year-end.

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Lancashire County Council caught in the crossfire of Halal certifier wars

| 29/11/2012 | Reply
Lancashire County Council caught in the crossfire of Halal certifier wars

This drama graphically illustrates the inherent problems that occur when the Halal sector is left as an unregulated sub-sector of the UK food industry. While attempting to provide Halal meals for Muslim school children, the LCC gets caught in the crossfire.

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Halal meat at centre of Lancashire row

| 29/11/2012 | Reply
Halal meat at centre of Lancashire row

This issue highlights the dramas caused by inconsistencies in the application of Halal standards, and the free-rein given to independent certification agencies, for most whom Halal certification is an unregulated profit-driven business.

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UK: Halal food back on the menu at Lancashire schools

| 19/11/2012 | Reply
UK: Halal food back on the menu at Lancashire schools

The new range of Halal meat products has been tested for quality by the county council’s menu planning team, and all the appropriate food safety, traceability and Halal accreditations are in place.

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USA: Dubai’s AWGAL in talks to purchase Texas cattle farms

| 15/11/2012 | Reply
USA: Dubai’s AWGAL in talks to purchase Texas cattle farms

“The appeal is simply the fact that people prefer American beef; it’s the best. We want Halal-certified American-approved beef,” Zubair A Razzaq, CEO and President, said, declining to give a figure for investment.

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Malaysia: Megacoral targets 15% halal market share

| 14/11/2012 | Reply
Malaysia: Megacoral targets 15% halal market share

Megacoral, which specialises in supplying halal Chinese cuisine to hotels under Happy Food brand, is planning to enter the retail market and is investing in a RM1 million new kitchen and headquarter in Kuala Lumpur to carve out 15% of the retail segment in this niche by 2013.

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UAE: Top food retailers, restaurateurs and thought leaders head to SIAL Middle East

| 12/11/2012 | Reply
UAE: Top food retailers, restaurateurs and thought leaders head to SIAL Middle East

SIAL Middle East returns to the UAE from 26-28 November 2012 with a three-day conference programme that focuses on a trio of complementary themes covering food, beverage and hospitality industry developments across the region.

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India: Airline caterers respond to Halal Tourism Requirement

| 10/11/2012 | Reply
India: Airline caterers respond to Halal Tourism Requirement

Halal India, one of the leading Halal certification bodies in the world, has recently certified two major airline caterers in India: TajSATS and SkyGourmet. They sought Halal Certification from Halal India to give more value and credibility to their facilities.

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