Category: Farm-to-Fork News

Brunei Gets Halal Logo

| 03/08/2008 | Reply
Brunei Gets Halal Logo

His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of
Brunei Darussalam has consented for the enforcement of the Halal
Certificate and Label Order 2005 starting August 1, 2008.The enforcement of the Order
will be implemented in stages and applications will be open for
local halal food producers who wish to use the Brunei Halal logo
during the Brunei 3rd International Halal Expo scheduled for
August 14, 2008. So far 12 companies have already applied for
the use of the logo.

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Holy Land brand spreads culture

| 31/07/2008 | Reply
Holy Land brand spreads culture

Here is a story about how a family in Minneapolis took the Halal corner store up to the next level, creating its own customer base around it.

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Halal feud centres on slaughter methods

| 30/07/2008 | Reply
Halal feud centres on slaughter methods

The battle of the Halal certifiers is now going to press in Canada. England, Australia, South Africa, Euope, and the USA, all these countries have open warfare between the agencies that certify Halal. How can we grow the Halal market if the people certifying it cannot agree on anything, or try to discredit their competitors?

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Halal food monitor riles sellers

| 29/07/2008 | Reply
Halal food monitor riles sellers

A Muslim
not-for-profit organization says that even though meat might be
advertised as halal, that doesn’t ensure it is slaughtered according to
Qur’an guidelines. And the Halal Monitoring Authority in Canada admits its
growing influence on halal food has upset some businesses.

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Muslim Families Forced to Buy Imported Meat

| 25/07/2008 | Reply
Muslim Families Forced to Buy Imported Meat

West Virginia’s Department of Agriculture wants to get the word out to
farmers and meat processing centers that there’s an untapped market of
Muslims who need Halal meat in their state.

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Sabinsa ingredients certified Halal

| 23/07/2008 | Reply
Sabinsa ingredients certified Halal

Sabinsa
Corporation in the US has received Halal certification for a number of its
dietary supplement ingredients, opening up their use in products
targeting Muslim populations.

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First Halal Cheese in Scandinavia

| 22/07/2008 | Reply
First Halal Cheese in Scandinavia

Norway’s first halal cheese is now being made in Ørsta. Norbo cheese
was recently given the official Tayyibat halal certificate. This means
that all packages of cheese are marked with an international label of
certification, that is recognized by Muslims.

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Halal Site Guides Hungry Muslims

| 22/07/2008 | Reply
Halal Site Guides Hungry Muslims

A website called zabihah.com is helping Muslims find markets and
restaurants with halal products, prepared according to Islamic dietary
law. You can hear Shahed Amanullah, Founder of this site, speak at the International Halal Market Conference being held in Brunei 16-17 August. He will also be launching the new Products section of Zabihah.com during the conference.

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Pakistan unveils new measures to boost exports

| 21/07/2008 | Reply
Pakistan unveils new measures to boost exports

It
has, been decided to establish a Halal Certification Board,
under the Ministry of Science and Technology in Pakistan, to devise and enforce
Halal Standards and certification mechanism for export of Halal food
products. This is long overdue, but shows that yet another muslim country is coming around to recognising the need for Halal standards. With the GCC and Turkey already looking into Halal Standards as well, this will give added strength and impetus to the Halal market worldwide.

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Tahira produces chocolate Ramadan calendar

| 20/07/2008 | Reply
Tahira produces chocolate Ramadan calendar

Tahira
– Europe’s leading Halal brand – have produced a Ramadan calendar
containing 30 pieces of milk chocolate each embossed with a traditional
symbol and packed within its own plastic cell so they can be removed
individually daily during the holy month.

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Quick continues its implantation in Algeria

| 17/07/2008 | Reply
Quick continues its implantation in Algeria

Here is a fast food chain that is ‘adapting its menu’ to meet the demand for Halal meat in Algeria. But being the ‘number 3’ hamburger chain in Europe we would hope their franchisees would realise the potential of turning their outlets Halal to include the millions of muslims across Europe and travelling to Europe as their customers. Their outlets in Morocco must be Halal as well, but would need this confirmed.

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Halal Slaughter in Northern Spain

| 17/07/2008 | Reply
Halal Slaughter in Northern Spain

This article shows the growth of a business supplying Halal lamb and beef both to France and Spain. With a UK company already producing its Halal baby food in Spain, owing to cheaper manufacturing costs, this may show other business entrepreneurs, and sectors of the Spanish government, in Spain the potential of getting involved in the fast growing Halal industry.

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Indonesia lifts ban on New Zealand beef exports, says minister

| 17/07/2008 | Reply
Indonesia lifts ban on New Zealand beef exports, says minister

Indonesia has lifted a week-old ban on imported
beef from New Zealand, Trade Minister Phil Goff said on Monday
following talks in Wellington with visiting officials from Jakarta.

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NZ fights Indonesian Halal beef ban

| 13/07/2008 | Reply
NZ fights Indonesian Halal beef ban

The saga of the Indonesian ban on NZ Halal beef exports continues, with NZ officials travelling to Jakarta to contest the ban. This is similar to the Malaysian ban a few years ago, in that it was announced with no forewarning…but for different reasons. While the Malaysian ban was based on concerns about thoracic sticking, this ban is to do with labeling, confirming our statement a while back that labeling is likely to be a more pressing issue for Halal producers than the illusive Halal standard issue.

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Halal, Kosher Slaughter Unacceptable, say German Vets

| 12/07/2008 | Reply
Halal, Kosher Slaughter Unacceptable, say German Vets


Muslim and Jewish groups are angered by a call from Germany’s federal
chamber of veterinarians for a law re-establishing protection against
slaughter without stunning. Both Islam and Judaism reject the stunning of animals before
slaughter and prescribe that animals be killed by a swift throat cut.

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Globalisation of McDonald’s: Comparative Study Morocco and France

| 10/07/2008 | Reply
Globalisation of McDonald’s: Comparative Study Morocco and France

This article is research for those who want to see how global giants market to the masses so as not to miss out on any corner of the market.

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Marhaba Halal Food to launch in Harrods and Waitrose

| 10/07/2008 | Reply
Marhaba Halal Food to launch in Harrods and Waitrose

A
new range of delicious Halal Belgium chocolates, cake bars and sweets
will shortly be available in Harrods and 35 Waitrose stores around the
country.

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Indonesia bans New Zealand beef imports

| 10/07/2008 | Reply
Indonesia bans New Zealand beef imports

Indonesia has temporarily
banned imports of beef products from New Zealand due to halal
certification issues, a senior agriculture ministry official
said on Tuesday.

We will find more and more emphasis being put on labelling in the Muslim countries who are importing their Halal products. Halal exporters will have to keep on their toes. This has already become law in the UAE as well, but with Arabic as the second language on the label.

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Recent advances pave way for fish gelatine for food

| 10/07/2008 | Reply
Recent advances pave way for fish gelatine for food

Increasing
demand for gelatine, coupled with consumer concerns over the mammalian
variety, may open the door for fish gelatine to fill the gap for food
formulators, says a new review.

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Brunei Invited To Join Global Zakat Body

| 06/07/2008 | Reply
Brunei Invited To Join Global Zakat Body

Malaysia
yesterday extended an invitation to His Majesty the Sultan and Yang
Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam to become a joint founder of the
International Zakat Organisation.

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