Category: Food Service

Hong Kong: First Hotel in Hong Kong to Receive Halal Food Certification

| 11/12/2010 | Reply
Hong Kong: First Hotel in Hong Kong to Receive Halal Food Certification

Although Hong Kong is a culturally diversified community, the number of Halal certified restaurants and dining places are still very limited, with majority of them located in Wanchai, Central and Tsimshatsui area. Seeing the huge business potential, SkyCity Marriott has taken the lead and become the first hotel to have successfully obtained the certification.

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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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UK: Birmingham Muslim Community Outraged

| 03/12/2010 | Reply
UK: Birmingham Muslim Community Outraged

Members of the Birmingham Muslim community raised concerned to the Birmingham EHO with regards to halal poultry falsely labeled by major high street chain KFC.

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UAE: Burger Fuel chain plans to open 15 outlets in UAE

| 02/12/2010 | Reply
UAE: Burger Fuel chain plans to open 15 outlets in UAE

New Zealand’s Burger Fuel chain of restaurants, known for its grass fed halal meat, will open 15 outlets in the UAE, within the next five years.

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USA: America’s Halal Food Success Story

| 23/11/2010 | 1 Reply
USA: America’s Halal Food Success Story

Halal food outlets are growing at a rapid pace in the United States, where they cater to a large, diverse Muslim community, and experts say the restaurants now compete for customers’ satisfaction and therefore earn a niche market, even among non-Muslims.

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USA: American Grocers, Owner Agree To Pay $13.2M In Fraud Case

| 23/11/2010 | Reply
USA: American Grocers, Owner Agree To Pay $13.2M In Fraud Case

American Grocers, Inc. and its owner Samir Itani have agreed to pay $13.2 million to settle civil charges that they engaged in false or fraudulent conduct by shipping food products past or near their expiration dates to United States troops stationed in the Middle East.

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USA: US grocer to pay 15 mln dlrs for scamming military: govt

| 20/11/2010 | Reply
USA: US grocer to pay 15 mln dlrs for scamming military: govt

Samir Itani and his Houston-based company American Grocers Ltd (AGL) are accused of adding in bogus trucking costs, concealing discounts from suppliers and falsifying health certificates and halal certificates that proved meat was in compliance with Islamic dietary laws.

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UK: MP’s Anger after they are secretly served Halal meat

| 18/11/2010 | Reply
UK: MP’s Anger after they are secretly served Halal meat

ANGRY MPs last night urged tougher laws on food labelling after discovering that Muslim halal meat has been secretly served in House of Commons restaurants.

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UK: Halal-row MPs in labelling call

| 18/11/2010 | Reply
UK: Halal-row MPs in labelling call

MPs are now calling for the Government to introduce legislation to make sure halal meat is properly labelled by restaurants, food wholesalers and supermarkets.

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UK: Kosher Shechitah scare over McDonald’s meat

| 21/10/2010 | Reply
UK: Kosher Shechitah scare over McDonald’s meat

Kosher consumers suffered a double blow this week when a major abattoir in Ireland closed its kosher facility and a second in the north of England temporarily suspended operations. The decision was prompted by media stories that halal meat was being used without the knowledge of the public by some McDonald’s restaurants.

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Dubia: Al Islami Eyes France’s $7.5bln Halal Food Market

| 21/10/2010 | Reply
Dubia: Al Islami Eyes France’s $7.5bln Halal Food Market

With the France’s US$7.5bln Halal food market a year, Al Islami Foods, the leading producer of quality halal products in the Middle East, today revealed its plan to enter France’s food market, on the occasion of the 23rd edition of SIAL Expo, held in Paris, France, which ended today.

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UK: Chicken McHalal

| 10/10/2010 | Reply
UK: Chicken McHalal

Fast-food giant McDonald’s has admitted selling halal chicken without telling its customers. The poultry was used in popular menu items such as Chicken McNuggets and the McChicken Sandwich in its 1,200 British outlets.

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UK: U-turn on halal-only menus for schools

| 08/10/2010 | Reply
UK: U-turn on halal-only menus for schools

Operations manager at the Halal Food Authority, Saqib Mohammed, responded to the council’s U-turn, saying: “I think that from a community perspective it is a good thing that all foods are labelled and all religious groups and their dietary requirements are met, so the decision to move away from halal-only menus is a good thing.

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UK: Harrow Interfaith Council collects 300,000 signatures on Halal only meat menus

| 07/10/2010 | Reply
UK: Harrow Interfaith Council collects 300,000 signatures on Halal only meat menus

The strength of national opposition to the policy of offering only meat prepared using the Islamic tradition is growing as the issue with Harrow school dinners roll on.

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UK: Spice Time moves to larger premises

| 17/05/2010 | Reply
UK: Spice Time moves to larger premises

Birmingham-based ethnic foods manufacturer Spice Time is moving into new purpose-built premises this year as it embarks on an ambitious bid to become the UK’s leading Halal foodservice manufacturer.

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KFC’s UK ‘Halal Trial’ put on trial…and found guilty

| 18/04/2010 | 2 Replies
KFC’s UK ‘Halal Trial’ put on trial…and found guilty

by Abdalhamid Evans, Founder, HalalFocus In the UK, KFC’s now infamous ‘Halal Trial’ has taken a turn that may well prove to be a pivotal one in the shift of Halal into the mainstream. In any event, it has uncovered a series of misconceptions that can now be seen in a better light. KFC’s 80-plus […]

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Waiter, there’s a pig in my chicken!

| 14/03/2010 | Reply
Waiter, there’s a pig in my chicken!

A well presented and rather disturbing bit of investigative journalism about the added ingredients that may be in our chicken products. It is another example of where the interests of the Muslim community and the general public coincide for the common good.

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Coming Soon….Halal Business Catering in UK

| 07/01/2010 | Reply
Coming Soon….Halal Business Catering in UK

UK Specialist catering company Halalology are launching their new Halal business catering service, specialising in the Halal business lunch. An interesting approach, as there are many times when the Muslims have to pick around the edges or go vegetarian at business functions. The creative approach taken here offers a menu that anyone – Muslim or not – would be really happy to tuck into at a business function. Check out their rather cool online menu!

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The Middle Eastern Patient

| 19/12/2009 | Reply
The Middle Eastern Patient

The Middle East has unique dual position in the Medical Tourism
Industry. On one hand, the region’s well-developed hospitals are
preparing to capture the international market for elective procedures
while on the other, international healthcare organizations are tapping
into GCC’s affluent society in search of highly sophisticated and
advanced healthcare services unavailable within the GCC.

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Reaping the rewards

| 05/11/2009 | Reply
Reaping the rewards

As international demand for halal products rises, Ben Watts examines
the size and potential of a market that is attracting attention from
operators around the world — in F&B and beyond.

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