Category: Ingredients

Dubai: New international center for Halal food and products to open

| 05/01/2014 | Reply
Dubai: New international center for Halal food and products to open

Eng. Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director General of Dubai Municipality has announced that the civic body will soon start establishing an international accreditation center for Halal food.

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EU: Evonik Industries Receives Halal Cert

| 17/12/2013 | Reply
EU: Evonik Industries Receives Halal Cert

The certification ensures that food and drinks, in addition to cosmetics and pharmaceuticals, are permissible according to ritual Islamic regulations.

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Malaysia: Halal industry enters new phase with ‘grey areas’

| 16/12/2013 | Reply
Malaysia: Halal industry enters new phase with ‘grey areas’

Halal industry experts believe the use of alcohol derivatives and other additives in food and beverages has resulted in “grey areas”.

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UAE: Food colouring substance E120 is halal

| 31/08/2013 | Reply
UAE:  Food colouring substance E120 is halal

Concerns over the use of a type of food colouring in imported juices and sweets believed not to be halal have been clarified by Sharjah Municipality.

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Malaysia: ‘Halal’ makeup, a religious obligation

| 09/08/2013 | Reply
Malaysia: ‘Halal’ makeup, a religious obligation

In 2010, the industry exported RM1.3 billion in products to the rest of the world; two years later, it rose to RM1.73 billion, according to the “halal” Industry Development Corporation (HDC).

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Patients must be informed about Halal drugs, Turkish doctor says

| 09/07/2013 | Reply
Patients must be informed about Halal drugs, Turkish doctor says

Drugs prospectuses should involve data about whether they are halal, and patients should be made aware of that data by doctors, according to a surgeon in Turkey’s Aegean province of Afyonkarahisar.

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Opinion: Polish Up Your Act – Halal Nail Polish?

| 09/07/2013 | Reply
Opinion:  Polish Up Your Act – Halal Nail Polish?

Polish cosmetics brand Inglot developed its breathable nail polish three years ago, but not with the Muslim market in mind. “It’s a health thing,” said Maha. “If you wear nail polish all the time then air can’t get to your nails, and it’s not good for them.”

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Malaysia: Xianjiang to be palm-based oil distribution hub for China Central Region

| 22/06/2013 | Reply
Malaysia: Xianjiang to be palm-based oil distribution hub for China Central Region

Firat International Trade Co Ltd, the main distributor of palm oil in Xianjiang, China, expects to distribute 100,000 kilogrammes of Malaysian palm-based cooking oil per month in the province.

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Denmark: BHJ Launches World’s First Functional Chicken Protein

| 03/04/2013 | Reply
Denmark: BHJ Launches World’s First Functional Chicken Protein

The company says it is ideal for use in a wide range of chicken applications including cold meats, marinated chicken, nuggets, burgers and meat balls. BHJ’s SCANPRO FCP 75/SF is Halal-approved.

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Malaysia continues to be regional sourcing hub for halal ingredients

| 30/03/2013 | Reply
Malaysia continues to be regional sourcing hub for halal ingredients

Among the products that are in demand by foreign companies are medical products like halal gel and capsules as well as franchising opportunities. These are some ideas or products that have attracted interest from foreign companies coming to MIHAS 2013,

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Malaysia: Qatar ponders investment in Sarawak halal hub

| 18/03/2013 | Reply
Malaysia: Qatar ponders investment in Sarawak halal hub

Qatar sees gelatine from fish as one of the new products that is in-demand. Their representative said there is a potential growth for this market especially in medicine. The diplomat stressed that Qatar is investing heavily in agriculture and food production.

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EU gives ‘untimely’ OK to pork, poultry in fish feed

| 15/03/2013 | Reply
EU gives ‘untimely’ OK to pork, poultry in fish feed

The European Commission has reapproved the use of reconstituted animal protein for use in fish feed from June 2013, in a move declared “untimely” by French deputy minister for food Guillaume Garot.

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Norway agency to file complaint over pork in Halal food

| 15/03/2013 | Reply
Norway agency to file complaint over pork in Halal food

Kebab meat sold by Norwegian group Kuraas to restaurants contained between five and 30 percent pork even though it was marked as halal, the agency found. “We will file a complaint against the producer,” Catherine Signe Svinland, an adviser at the food safety watchdog.

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Opinion: Food colouring, is it Halal and is it dangerous?

| 07/03/2013 | Reply
Opinion: Food colouring, is it Halal and is it dangerous?

Food company Sensient is offering Halal certified colours to the Middle Eastern market. Meanwhile in the US artificial colouring is used widely in products made by Kraft, Kellogg’s and even McDonald’s french fries with results now known to be associated with long term health problems.

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UK: MAT to Settle the Terms of Reference to the Community Inquiry

| 06/03/2013 | Reply
UK: MAT to Settle the Terms of Reference to the Community Inquiry

The Muslim Arbitration Tribunal will be inviting all the stakeholders involved in the recent discovery of pork DNA contamination in the supply chain of a Northern Ireland company to a Community Inquiry.

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UK: Prison inmates sue Government over tainted Halal meat

| 01/03/2013 | Reply
UK: Prison inmates sue Government over tainted Halal meat

UK certifiers claim to be Halal regulators for the food industry, claiming that their organisations have been empowered by Defra and FSA. The following statement from Mr Geoff Webdale of the Defra Animal Welfare Core Team states this is not the case.

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Dubai: No horse in UAE meat, tests confirm

| 28/02/2013 | Reply
Dubai: No horse in UAE meat, tests confirm

The Dubai food chief responsible for ensuring what’s on your plate is exactly as described on the tin insists there’s neigh chance any meat from horses is in the food there.

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UAE: ADFCA ensures food safety in surprise inspection of Al Ain butchery shops

| 26/02/2013 | Reply
UAE: ADFCA ensures food safety in surprise inspection of Al Ain butchery shops

When asked about non-halal ingredients in poultry feed, Dr Al Saadi said the authority had been monitoring this. The tests done in the ADFCA labs are accurate to the point of detecting even minute quantities of meat species such as pork, he added.

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Switzerland: Halal Pork Shocks Swiss Muslims

| 26/02/2013 | Reply
Switzerland: Halal Pork Shocks Swiss Muslims

The discovery of pork traces in Halal food in several stores is shocking the Muslim community in Switzerland and igniting debates for launching a Swiss halal label. Sample analysis show a very low proportion” of pork meat, or less than 0.1 percent.

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USA: 59% of America’s “tuna” isn’t actually tuna

| 22/02/2013 | Reply
USA: 59% of America’s “tuna” isn’t actually tuna

84% of fish samples labeled “white tuna” were actually escolar, a fish that can cause gastrointestinal symptoms. The only fish more likely to be misrepresented than tuna was snapper, which was mislabeled 87% of the time.

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