Category: EU

EU: Dutch uncover large-scale meat fraud

| 10/04/2013 | Reply
EU: Dutch uncover large-scale meat fraud

Some 50,000 tonnes of meat supplied by two Dutch trading companies and sold as beef across Europe since January 2011 may have contained horsemeat. 132 companies in the Netherlands and some 370 more around Europe are affected.

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Belgium creates ‘Halal Club’ in Malaysia

| 30/03/2013 | Reply
Belgium creates ‘Halal Club’ in Malaysia

The Kuala lumpur-based Belgian Trade Commission is focusing the spotlight on one peculiar creation from Brussels in conjunction with the 10th Malaysia International Halal Showcase (MIHAS 2013).

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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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EU: Breathable nail polish a surprise hit with Muslims

| 01/03/2013 | Reply
EU: Breathable nail polish a surprise hit with Muslims

The Polish company and some Muslims say the polish is the first of its kind because it lets air and moisture pass through to the nail. A craze has built up around it with Muslim women in recent months after an Islamic scholar in the United States tested its permeability.

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EU: Horse and pork doner kebabs – not very Halal

| 27/02/2013 | Reply
EU: Horse and pork doner kebabs – not very Halal

The (supposedly) lamb sandwich has turned up with signs of horsemeat across Europe, but the twist in this case is that traces of pork were found as well, in a product that is popular among Muslims and advertised as Halal.

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Italy: World Halal Food Council Europe arrives in Italy

| 25/02/2013 | Reply
Italy: World Halal Food Council Europe arrives in Italy

The World Halal Food Council of Europe, will group top experts on foods Muslims are allowed to eat, to meet for the first time in Italy. The conference is scheduled to be in Milan on March 1-2. The meeting, was organized by the local chapter of the Halal International Authority.

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EU: EFSA meets stakeholders to discuss monitoring of animal welfare at slaughterhouses

| 18/02/2013 | Reply
EU: EFSA meets stakeholders to discuss monitoring of animal welfare at slaughterhouses

According to new EU legislation on animal welfare at slaughterhouses, business operators must carry out regular checks to ensure that animals do not present any signs of consciousness after stunning and before death.

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UAE: Golden Halal opportunity beckons at the heart of the Islamic World

| 17/02/2013 | Reply
UAE: Golden Halal opportunity beckons at the heart of the Islamic World

A book called Pig 05049 that proved pieces of one pig, the 05049 of the title, ended up in 185 separate products, from toothpaste to dough improver and desserts. Meindertsma’s book offers a lesson for everyone about how the processing of products has changed in the globalised world.

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Dutchmen in horsemeat scandal also sold ‘halal’ horse: report

| 14/02/2013 | Reply
Dutchmen in horsemeat scandal also sold ‘halal’ horse: report

In Brussels, EU ministers held crisis talks Wednesday to seek a rapid response to the growing food fraud scandal which French President Francois Hollande warned could seriously damage France’s frozen food sector.

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Production of Halal items a boost to Bosnia

| 13/02/2013 | Reply
Production of Halal items a boost to Bosnia

Bosnia and Herzegovina has become a regional leader in the production of Halal-certified products, and continued development of the sector is an important part of the country’s economy. There are 47 certified companies operating in BiH, and interest in Halal certification is high.

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South Africa: Muslim Judicial Council says no to EU Chicken

| 07/02/2013 | Reply
South Africa: Muslim Judicial Council says no to EU Chicken

Notice given to all European slaughterers by the EU last quarter for increased voltage stunning came into effect on 1 January and has particular significance for Muslim consumers given an increase in European imported “halal” products into South Africa seen recently.

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Poland to amend animal rights law to legalise Kosher and Halal slaughter

| 24/01/2013 | Reply
Poland to amend animal rights law to legalise Kosher and Halal slaughter

The bill has now been passed on to social and trade union organizations for consultation. Ritual slaughter for meat earns 1.2 to 1.5 billion zloty (400 million euros) per year for the Polish economy, and creates between 4 and 5,000 jobs.

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EU: Growing demand sees Europe firms warm to ‘Halal production’

| 24/12/2012 | Reply
EU: Growing demand sees Europe firms warm to ‘Halal production’

One of the organizations in Europe that promote production of goods according to halal standards and encourages producers to enter this business is Belgium’s Halal Club, an initiative that is supported by the Walloon Export and Foreign Investment Agency (AWEX).

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EU: Polish court bans ritual slaughter, EU gives go-ahead

| 27/11/2012 | Reply
EU: Polish court bans ritual slaughter, EU gives go-ahead

The Constitutional Court’s ruling appeared largely symbolic, as it enters into force on January 1, the same day it is over-riden by a European Union directive setting common rules for the production of kosher and halal meat across the 27-nation bloc.

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EU: EC to research stunning information on meat labels

| 20/11/2012 | Reply
EU: EC to research stunning information on meat labels

The European Commission (EC) will launch a study next year to ask consumers whether they would like meat labels to contain information about stunning methods used before the animal was slaughtered.

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Second generation Dutch Muslims are becoming more religious

| 15/11/2012 | Reply
Second generation Dutch Muslims are becoming more religious

An increasing number of second generation Dutch Muslims are visiting the mosque at least once a week, according to research published by the goverment’s socio-cultural policy unit SCP, DutchNews.nl said.

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Dutch Government Planning Ban on ritual Slaughtering

| 07/10/2012 | Reply
Dutch Government Planning Ban on ritual Slaughtering

The draft decree, which was signed by Dutch Agriculture Minister Henk Bleker, was drawn up by the government to end two years of uncertainty about the future of the practice in the Netherlands.

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Spain: Financial crisis feeds expansion of a parallel economy

| 07/09/2012 | Reply
Spain: Financial crisis feeds expansion of a parallel economy

At a time when the future of the euro is in doubt and millions are unemployed or underemployed with little cash to spare, a parallel economy is springing up in parts of Spain, allowing people to live outside the single currency.

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Ireland: Halal accreditation crucial to Cappoquin success

| 23/08/2012 | Reply
Ireland: Halal accreditation crucial to Cappoquin success

Judge Cooke said the retention of the halal processing accreditation through the company’s continued adherence to particular slaughter techniques laid down under Muslim law was crucially important for the success of the Examinership.

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Meating the demand: The future of meat replacement proteins

| 13/08/2012 | Reply
Meating the demand: The future of meat replacement proteins

As this demand grows, the need for reliable alternative sources to animal proteins from livestock is going to become vital. So what options does the food industry have when it comes to producing effective alternatives to meat products?

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