Category: Halal Integrity

Halal certification now under HDC

| 06/04/2008 | Reply
Halal certification now under HDC

The Cabinet has decided to transfer the function of halal
certification to Halal Industry Development Corporation Sdn Bhd (HDC)
from Jabatan Kemajuan Islam Malaysia (Jakim), Minister in the Prime
Minister’s Department Datuk Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said.

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One body now for Malaysia Halal Industry

| 06/04/2008 | Reply
One body now for Malaysia Halal Industry

Halal Industry Development Corp (HDC) is now the only body in the country authorised to issue halal certificates.


Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi
said HDC would also conduct research and development, organise
expositions and promote the halal industry.

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HDC To Issue Country’s Halal Certificate And Logo

| 04/04/2008 | Reply
HDC To Issue Country’s Halal Certificate And Logo

The Halal Industry Development
Corporation (HDC) has been given the mandate by the Cabinet to start
issuing the Halal certificate in the country and take over the role
from Jakim (Department of Islamic Development, Malaysia). The decision has been made and it is effective immediately, Prime
Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi announced Wednesday.

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Global food traceability experts reveal how Malaysian companies can enter global markets

| 03/04/2008 | Reply
Global food traceability experts reveal how Malaysian companies can enter global markets

The “Food Traceability – The Key to Global Market Access” conference organised by the UK-based Global Food Traceability Forum (GFTF) was recently held in Kuala Lumpur. Some 20 internationally recognised experts on the topic addressed a range of important global topics such as “Is
Halal traceability a route to opening new markets?”; “How Traceability
and Food Safety influence Trading Opportunities between Asia and
Europe”;
“Is traceability a technical barrier to trade?” during the 2-day conference. This shows the potential of yet another sector’s affiliation to the Halal industry.

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Requirements for developing RP’s halal industry identified

| 03/04/2008 | Reply
Requirements for developing RP’s halal industry identified

Creation of a national brand for halal products and formation of a
single regulatory and certifying body are key to developing a halal
industry that is capable of penetrating the $200-billion foreign
market. Heads of at least six government line agencies in Central Mindanao made
this assertion on Tuesday, among them the departments of Science and
Technology, of Health, of Tourism and of Agriculture, as well as the
National Economic and Development Authority.

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Muhyiddin: Let ministry promote halal hub

| 03/04/2008 | Reply
Muhyiddin: Let ministry promote halal hub

The International Trade
and Industry Ministry is offering to take the lead in promoting the
country as a halal hub. Its minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin
said that although the Halal Industry Development Corporation (HDC) had
been tasked with promoting the halal food and non-food industry, the
ministry had been there longer, and had the manpower and resources to
do the job.

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ICCI signs MoU with Hemaya to protect consumers in the Muslim world

| 31/03/2008 | Reply
ICCI signs MoU with Hemaya to protect consumers in the Muslim world

The Islamic Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) signed a Memorandum
of Understanding with Jeddah based Hemaya Universal which designs
strategies and spreads awareness on consumer protection in the Muslim
world.

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ICCI to Further Develop Global Halal Industry

| 23/03/2008 | Reply
ICCI to Further Develop Global Halal Industry

ICCI president Sheikh Saleh
Kamel said it would look into the most basic yet important aspect of
the lucrative halal sector, which was global standards and
certification.
“The opportunities within the global halal
industry are huge and yet there is no official authority that looks
into the integrity of the halal market on a global scale. Now there
will be one,” he said in a statement here today.

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Las etiquetas informara?n de los alimentos vetados por religiones

| 20/03/2008 | Reply
Las etiquetas informara?n de los alimentos vetados por religiones

A recent article in ‘El Periodico’ of Catalunya, Spain makes the point that manufacturers have an obligation to point out to consumers, of all faiths and persuasions, whether their products are compliant with religious norms. With Spain having a relatively small Muslim population, compared to many European countries, and an undeveloped Halal industry, it is interesting to note that these issues are also coming to the surface in Spain.

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OIC Eyes The USD580 Billion Global Halal Market

| 19/03/2008 | Reply
OIC Eyes The USD580 Billion Global Halal Market

The Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) set its
eyes on the USD580 billion global halal industry today, and earmarked
the Islamic Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) to look into the
developing sector.
The
ICCI president, Sheikh Saleh Kamel said the ICCI would look into the
most basic yet important aspect of the lucrative halal sector, which is
global standards and certification.

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Food traceability can benefit Malaysia

| 19/03/2008 | Reply
Food traceability can benefit Malaysia


Food traceability refers to the ability to trace and follow food, feed
and ingredients through all stages of production, processing and
distribution. Food traceability is mandatory by law in the European Union (EU) since
2005. Smith said incidents such as mad cow disease were among the
incidents that drove the EU to implement the law. 

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Halal measure a tourist draw, says Philippines DOT

| 11/03/2008 | Reply
Halal measure a tourist draw, says Philippines DOT

THE
DEPARTMENT of Tourism says it expects to draw in more Muslim visitors
to the country as an inter-agency body is set to come out this week
with the standards on halal food production. In a statement, Tourism
Secretary Joseph Ace Durano described the Philippine National Standards
on Halal Food a “landmark development,” saying that the guidelines
would make halal food more accessible in the country.

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CIMB Private Equity invests RM12m in JV

| 08/03/2008 | Reply
CIMB Private Equity invests RM12m in JV

CIMB Private Equity has invested RM12 million to acquire a
stake in TraceTracker Innovation ASA, paving the way for a joint
venture that will provide food traceability solutions to global halal
producers and exporters.

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Shortsightedness on halal food issue

| 04/03/2008 | Reply
Shortsightedness on halal food issue

The
recent debates on mandatory halal food certification in Indonesia have so far
focused on whether this could be regulated by the state or if an
organization would be trusted to conduct the assessments. Critics of the halal bill say since Indonesia has a Muslim majority, food and other products should, by default, be halal. It’s the haram products, they say, that should be certified.

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Food traders face deadline on Arabic labelling rules

| 02/03/2008 | Reply
Food traders face deadline on Arabic labelling rules


“Arabic labelling has been made compulsory for all food products coming
to UAE ports for local consumption or re-export.” Traders importing food for local consumption in

Dubai or re-export must comply with new regulations issued by the municipality. Starting April 1 food products will not be allowed entry into the UAE without the correct labeling.

This will be a strong consideration for Halal producers who are trying to enter into this lucrative market but will now face the extra charges of relabeling their products.

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MUI wants draft law to ban sales of uncertified products

| 01/03/2008 | Reply
MUI wants draft law to ban sales of uncertified products

Any
food products found without halal or haram labels should be withdrawn
from the market to avoid confusing Muslims, the Indonesian Ulema
Council (MUI) said Friday. Deputy head of MUI’s food and drugs analysis body Lukmanul Hakim said
once halal labeling was made compulsory all producers of halal products
should obtain certificates.

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Jakarta moves toward Islamisation, obligatory halal labeling considered

| 28/02/2008 | Reply
Jakarta moves toward Islamisation, obligatory halal labeling considered

The
government recently proposed a draft law on halal certification for
food products; the text of the law must be discussed and approved by
the house of representatives.  But some parliamentarians have already
spoken out in its favour.  The Council of the Ulema (MUI) is pushing
for the labelling, now optional, to be made obligatory.  It intends to
do the same for medicines and cosmetics.

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Halal labeling not necessary

| 27/02/2008 | Reply
Halal labeling not necessary


The Indonesian Ulemas Council (MUI) has a legitimate point in demanding
that Muslims, who make up the majority of the population, need
protection and assurances from the government that what they consume is
halal, or permitted under Islamic law.

However, making halal labeling legally mandatory is surely not the most
effective way of achieving that objective. Meeting the MUI demand that
the draft law on halal food, drugs and cosmetics the government is now
finalizing make halal labeling compulsory could cause chaos in the
market.

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Plans to issue standards on halal hit snag

| 18/02/2008 | Reply
Plans to issue standards on halal hit snag

AN INTERAGENCY BODY IS SET TO come out next month with standards on
the production of halal food amid efforts of food manufacturers to take
advantage of the $200-billion global market.

However, an official of the Jakarta-based World Halal Council said
the guidelines were “localized” and not up to the requirements for
internationally accepted food for Muslims.

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Philippine standard on halal guidelines presented to Arroyo soon

| 07/02/2008 | Reply
Philippine standard on halal guidelines presented to Arroyo soon

The Philippines continues to develop their Halal industry, and the drafting of the Philippine National Standard on Halal Guidelines is the latest move. Being free from bird-flu is also a distinct advantage, and if they can get sufficient investment and start to produce to general international food standards, they could emerge as significant Halal industry players in the South east Asian region.

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