Category: UK

BBC Radio Four: ‘The Food Programme’ looks at the Halal market in the UK

| 10/04/2010 | Reply
BBC Radio Four: ‘The Food Programme’ looks at the Halal market in the UK

BBC Radio’s ‘The Food Programme takes a serious look at the expanding Halal meat market in the UK, and goes into many of the key issues, such as stunning, and differences of interpretation, and includes a live visit to UK slaughter house to hear at first-hand what is involved.

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Video: Halal integrity issues in UK

| 10/04/2010 | 1 Reply
Video: Halal integrity issues in UK

Informative interviews with Lord Ahmad and David Taylor (RIP) about the issues surrounding Halal slaughter in the UK, conducted by Halal industry consultant Naved Syed.

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New analysis of UK Halal companies available

| 31/03/2010 | Reply
New analysis of UK Halal companies available

Research and Markets  has announced the addition of the “2010 Plimsoll Analysis – Halal Food – A comprehensive profile of 69 companies operating in the UK market” report to their offering. This edition of the Plimsoll Analysis is the most comprehensive review yet of the UK Halal Food industry. With the market due for a […]

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A Guide to Halal Food

| 30/03/2010 | Reply
A Guide to Halal Food

This is an interesting clip from HalalFood in the UK. They surveyed a sample of 1,000 Muslims in the UK to see their understanding of the definitions of Halal food, as well as consulting some ‘Ulema for their comments and opinions. Informative and nicely presented.

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Waiter, there’s a pig in my chicken!

| 14/03/2010 | Reply
Waiter, there’s a pig in my chicken!

A well presented and rather disturbing bit of investigative journalism about the added ingredients that may be in our chicken products. It is another example of where the interests of the Muslim community and the general public coincide for the common good.

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UK Halal meat ‘Farm to Fork’ video

| 09/03/2010 | Reply
UK Halal meat ‘Farm to Fork’ video

Commissioned by EBLEX, and produced by West Park Media, this project saw West Park Media film across the U.K. and in Spain; on farms, abattoirs and mosques, dealing with the subject of stunning animals in the Muslim religion. The finished film was given out to mosques across the country by EBLEX and in the process, changed English law regarding the stunning of animals.

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KFC increases their “Halal Trial” in UK to 74 outlets

| 09/03/2010 | Reply
KFC increases their “Halal Trial” in UK to 74 outlets

In response to consumer demand, and no doubt with an eye on the bottom line, KFC have increased the number of outlets around the UK offering a Halal menu to seventy-three locations. This is an interesting move, and one that will probably provoke a mixed response – not least because of the Halal Food Authority ruling that allows ‘stun-to-stun’ prior to slaughter, a view that not all consumers are happy with. The fact that KFC have made their position and their definitions of Halal very clear on their website is a commendable move that others would do well to emulate.

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UK Muslim scholars reject mechanical slaughtering

| 18/02/2010 | Reply
UK Muslim scholars reject mechanical slaughtering

Muslim scholars have rejected calls for mechanical slaughtering in the UK halal meat industry, a survey commissioned by the Halal Monitoring Committee (HMC) has revealed. UK scholars were asked a series of questions regarding the acceptance of mechanical slaughtering where, according to the HMC, 95% of the Ulama (Muslim legal scholars) did not accept “mechanical […]

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UK – Halal meat getting recognition at long last

| 28/01/2010 | Reply
UK – Halal meat getting recognition at long last

A research project has been commissioned by the newly-formed Halal
Steering Group, established by EBLEX with key industry figures to guide
work in the Halal sector and act as a forum for issues related to Halal
meat. It will cover the Muslim population growth in England, as
well as demand for Halal products, the supply chain and changing
consumption trends, and build on previous work done to form a complete
view of the Halal sector.

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We are competing with the superstores

| 26/01/2010 | Reply
We are competing with the superstores

A local Halal grocery store in the UK is upping its standards on hygiene, and separating the butcher side of the business from the grocery section for less risk of contamination. They still have to compete with the superstores, but this investment in making their Halal store a hygenic and well organised environment is important for the reputation of Halal in the UK. Young Muslims are looking for these clean modern Halal stores to shop in nowadays.

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Five SMEs ship halal food to Britain

| 12/01/2010 | Reply
Five SMEs ship halal food to Britain

KUALA LUMPUR: Five small and medium enterprise (SME) suppliers from Malaysia are preparing to ship their halal
food products worth RM600,000 to Britain to be sold at 180 Tesco stores
there as part of the efforts by Tesco Stores (M) Sdn Bhd to bring
Malaysian products to the global arena.

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Coming Soon….Halal Business Catering in UK

| 07/01/2010 | Reply
Coming Soon….Halal Business Catering in UK

UK Specialist catering company Halalology are launching their new Halal business catering service, specialising in the Halal business lunch. An interesting approach, as there are many times when the Muslims have to pick around the edges or go vegetarian at business functions. The creative approach taken here offers a menu that anyone – Muslim or not – would be really happy to tuck into at a business function. Check out their rather cool online menu!

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New Halal meat cultures expand Chr. Hansen’s palette of solutions

| 07/01/2010 | Reply
New Halal meat cultures expand Chr. Hansen’s palette of solutions

“After many
customer requests Chr. Hansen has partnered with the Islamic Food
Council of Europe to offer Halal certified meat cultures to the meat
producers who wish to manufacture products according to the Halal
rules,” says John Jensen, Marketing Director, Meat Cultures, Chr.
Hansen.

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Is Stunning Animals used for Meat Haram?

| 06/01/2010 | Reply
Is Stunning Animals used for Meat Haram?

The question of stunning animals used for halal meat has become
somewhat of buzzword amongst some UK Muslims. This is mainly due to
poor communication from the relevant bodies on the differences in
stunning techniques and what the shariah (and scholars of fiqh) actually say about the matter of stunning. This short article outlines the approach of Abrahams Natural Foods to stunning. 

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KFC’s Halal Trial in the UK

| 03/01/2010 | Reply
KFC’s Halal Trial in the UK

KFC is continuing to roll out Halal-certified outlets in certain areas of the UK as part of what they call “Our Halal Trial”. This is a significant move within the UK restaurant business, and this has prompted us to put up the relevant page from the KFC website. KFC is clearly making an effort to be sensitive to animal welfare issues, as well as to the sensibilities of their halal consumers by clearly stating that they are only using stunned poultry. Because there are Muslims who prefer not to eat meat from stunned animals, KFC are giving them the option to make their own decision as to whether they want to eat there. By locating the Halal outlets carefully, they are also ensuring that both Halal and non-Halal options remain within easy reach of all their customers. A carefully-considered move that we will watch with interest.

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Former Halfords in Bradford to become Halal supermarket

| 30/12/2009 | Reply
Former Halfords in Bradford to become Halal supermarket

A former motor store which has become an eyesore since it closed more
than a decade ago is set to be turned into a £3 million Asian
superstore. It is a sign of the times, and another indication of the vibrant role that the Muslim community continue to play in the UK economy. It is also an indication of the strengthening of the Halal consumer market in Europe in general.

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Grey Areas of Halal, Transformation And Assimilation

| 29/12/2009 | Reply
Grey Areas of Halal, Transformation And Assimilation

The Muslim consumer needs to rise to the challenge that they can make the multinational companies look at having their products labeled as Halal. This article goes into the dark tunnel of ingredients in processed food and beverages, which may have no obvious meat source, but which necessitate the need for Halal compliance. This also shows a need for Halal auditors who are capable and qualified to work in these situations beyond the slaughter line.

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Liquorice brand bagged

| 23/12/2009 | Reply
Liquorice brand bagged

This UK confectionery company has gone the extra distance to make sure their products are both vegetarian and Halal compliant for certification to capture the largest consumer group possible for their Pontefract Cakes. Once you start designing packaging that the consumers will read these issues will pop up. Decisions will need to be made about who your consumer is and what their requirements are, and Halal might well be one of them.

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Local Food Campaign back small UK enterprises

| 22/12/2009 | Reply
Local Food Campaign back small UK enterprises

Here is the UK’s answer to the 100 mile diet that they do in Canada to support local producers. Pleased to see that the big superstores are also participating.

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It’s a steal: sales stack up at Asda

| 19/12/2009 | Reply
It’s a steal: sales stack up at Asda

A day in the life at an Asda store where 75% of
the 70,000 customers who visit every week are from ethnic minorities.

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