Category: Farm-to-Fork News

Where’s the Beef?

| 26/01/2008 | Reply
Where’s the Beef?


It’s not often that American food companies join hands with
environmental and consumer activists to call for greater government
control over the nation’s food supply. But that’s just what happened
last week after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration concluded that
meat and milk from cloned cows, pigs, and goats are safe for consumers.

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A taste of the Middle East in Texas

| 26/01/2008 | Reply
A taste of the Middle East in Texas

In a town near Dallas, Texas, USA, Zituna World Food Market has just opened its doors for business. This modern design Halal grocery store has various departments including Halal meat, dairy, deli and frozen food for Middle Eastern, Persian, Indian and Balkan Russian cuisines. With the Halal Tangier Mediterranean Grill attached to the store this looks like it could be a model for many multicultural towns across America and Canada catering both to the muslim community and international residents in them.

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Ethnic Trend

| 19/01/2008 | Reply
Ethnic Trend

The UK’s
growing Muslim population means that demand for halal ingredients is
also on the rise, with many ingredients manufacturers looking to gain
halal accreditation. “Although we do not specialise in halal
ingredients, we get quite a few demands for them,” confirms Verstegen’s
Neil Bartlett. “We’ve been working towards halal certification for the
last couple of years and have now achieved it, so it might be an area
we develop further in the future.”

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North American Halal Food Industries acquires first USDA Halal meat

| 18/01/2008 | Reply
North American Halal Food Industries acquires first USDA Halal meat

Carfrae is the first and longest operating USDA facility in the United

States involved in the processing of Halal meat products under the

Midamar Halal brand, USA’s pioneer and premier Halal Brand

(www.midamar.com). North American Halal Food Industries, doing business as Halal Food Processors of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, acquired the meat processing facility on November 1, 2007 from Steve Carfrae.

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Globalising Halal Standards: Issues and Challenges

| 16/01/2008 | Reply
Globalising Halal Standards: Issues and Challenges

The
definitions of Halal, while generally agreed upon by Muslims, display
significant gaps when it comes to their application in the industry.
Due to differing Halal standards not only between countries but also
within each individual country (following the presence of various Halal
authorities), confusion, misunderstanding and even abuse in the Halal
audit and certification process have occurred. As a result, supply
chains have been broken whilst artificial shortages of raw material
have emerged as a result of disunity between Halal certification bodies.

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Halal Vending machines – why not?

| 14/01/2008 | Reply
Halal Vending machines – why not?

Kosher
Vending Industries, based in New York State, operates Hot Nosh machines
that serve up hot, kosher snacks such as hot dogs, cheese pizza,
mozzarella sticks and potato knish. Albany-based Organic Vending stocks
their machines with organic and natural snacks as well as gluten-free
foods, and the company is eyeing possible expansion into Canada. Why not Halal vending machines?

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Halal food in US schools?

| 13/01/2008 | Reply
Halal food in US schools?

The
powerful US Senate is likely to witness a bill from Democrat Senator
John Sabini, who is pursuing to ensure ‘halal food’ for Muslim students
in schools of the city and the state as well. “The ‘Halal Food
Bill’ will be placed before the State Senate shortly,” John said at a
fund-raising meeting in the city on Thursday.

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Brazil markets halal certified mortadella

| 11/01/2008 | Reply
Brazil markets halal certified mortadella

Ceratti,
a traditional Brazilian maker of mortadella, has developed a light
mortadella that, since 2005, has been certified halal by the Muslim
Federation. The stamp has already guaranteed growth of 35% in the
volume of company sales of the product.

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GCC Region pushes for Halal committee

| 11/01/2008 | Reply
GCC Region pushes for Halal committee


A new committee will be formed to establish guidelines of the Muslim World League on Halal slaughter and food production. The responsibilities of the new committee will include the development
and implementation of educational programmes for manufacturers on the
approved guidelines for Halal slaughter and processing.

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Arab world buys 30% of Brazilian chicken exports

| 27/12/2007 | Reply
Arab world buys 30% of Brazilian chicken exports

São Paulo – The Arab countries buy 30% of Brazilian poultry exports.
“It is the most important and traditional market for exports from
Brazil. We have been present in the market for more than 35 years now,”
said to ANBA the president at the Brazilian Poultry Exporters
Association (Abef), Christian Lohbauer. In 2007, sales to the Middle
East totalled over US$ 1 billion.

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GCC Panel to issue halal food guidelines

| 26/12/2007 | Reply
GCC Panel to issue halal food guidelines

Dubai:
An industry panel has been set up to issue guidelines on how halal food
is produced and sold, a move that seeks to streamline the estimated
$500 billion a year global market.
Delegates attending the recent Global Halal and Islamic Business
Forum in Abu Dhabi called for the setting up of “monitoring offices”
around the world to work with “recognised Islamic centres to conform to
the halal protocols for all foodstuffs to be imported into the GCC
region.”

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Abu Dhabi Halal Forum endorces GCC stance on Halal standards

| 25/12/2007 | Reply
Abu Dhabi Halal Forum endorces GCC stance on Halal standards

Delegates at the Global Halal and Islamic Business Forum have
unanimously endorsed recommendations from the Gulf Standards Authority
regarding global Halal industry guidelines. A statement, read out by Mr. Khaled Al Zamoul from the Kuwait
Municipality, confirmed that a committee will be formed to establish
guidelines of the Muslim World League regarding Halal slaughter and
food production.

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Turkey – which way to go on Halal Standards?

| 25/12/2007 | Reply
Turkey – which way to go on Halal Standards?

The direction that the Halal Standards debate in Turkey eventually takes is likely to have profound implications both in Europe and throughout the Muslim world. As on of the few major food producers among the Muslim world, Turkey’s stance on whether this is a religious or commercial issue will cause ripples one way or the other. The debate itself is likely to be heated.

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Judges prevents Muslims from Eid sacrifice

| 23/12/2007 | Reply
Judges prevents Muslims from Eid sacrifice

A
North Carolina judge has issued a 10-day injunction against the planned
slaughter of hundreds of lambs by Muslim families for a religious
festival. At officials’ urging, a Johnston County judge told a
farmer Friday he couldn’t open his farm next week to 250 Muslim
families planning to slaughter lambs as part of the three-day festival
known as Eid al-Adha, or Festival of the Sacrifice, which begins
Wednesday.

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Pizza Hut introduces halal meat in Sri Lanka

| 23/12/2007 | Reply
Pizza Hut introduces halal meat in Sri Lanka

Global pizza restaurant chain Pizza Hut will offer delectable and sizzling items
made out of halal meat targetting the 1.8 million Muslim population in Sri
Lanka.

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Al Islami Foods sets up exclusive Halal meat shops at al-Ain cooperative society

| 16/12/2007 | Reply
Al Islami Foods sets up exclusive Halal meat shops at al-Ain cooperative society

Consolidating
its presence in the UAE market, Al Islami Foods, a leading halal food
producer in the region, today signed an agreement with Al Ain
Cooperative Society to establish Al Islami Meat Shops in Al Ain Coop
supermarket branches, an initiative to introduce exclusive and
authentic Halal outlets across the UAE.

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UK Halal Meat firms slam halal monitoring group

| 15/12/2007 | Reply
UK Halal Meat firms slam halal monitoring group

Dramas surrounding the question of Halal meat certification in the UK continue to hinder the industry’s progress.

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Khazan to build new Gulf meat factory to drive more Halal food expansion

| 10/12/2007 | Reply
Khazan to build new Gulf meat factory to drive more Halal food expansion

Khazan, one of the Gulf’s
leading producers of Halal meat food products, is to invest AED60
million in a new meat factory in the region as part of ambitious
ongoing expansion plans. The
company made the announcement today from its exhibition stand at Halal
World Expo, the new international trade show taking place at the Abu
Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, and also confirmed that it is looking
to break into the US$16 billion Halal food market in the US.

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Thai giant exports halal poultry to UAE

| 10/12/2007 | Reply
Thai giant exports halal poultry to UAE

Following the UAE’s inspection of Thai poultry producers earlier this year, exports have started to flow to the GCC region, with food giant CPF leading the way with an initial shipment of 64 tonnes of cooked chicken.

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UK Dairy opens new Halal cheese range

| 09/12/2007 | Reply
UK Dairy opens new Halal cheese range

Bosses at Dew-Lay Products Ltd of Garstang, Lancashire, established
in 1957, already supply a full range of cheese for major retailers
across the country. But now, they are so convinced of the growing consumer appetite for
Halal produce, they have just been awarded a licence from the Halal
Food Authority (HFA) for formulating and processing Halal named
varieties of cheese for the retail and catering trade with permissible
ingredients and approved methods of manufacture.

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