Category: Asia

MUI wants draft law to ban sales of uncertified products

| 01/03/2008 | Reply
MUI wants draft law to ban sales of uncertified products

Any
food products found without halal or haram labels should be withdrawn
from the market to avoid confusing Muslims, the Indonesian Ulema
Council (MUI) said Friday. Deputy head of MUI’s food and drugs analysis body Lukmanul Hakim said
once halal labeling was made compulsory all producers of halal products
should obtain certificates.

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Gov’t launches sci-tech program for halal industry

| 01/03/2008 | Reply
Gov’t launches sci-tech program for halal industry

The Government launched a science
and technology program in General Santos City to officially put the mechanism in place to put the
country in a position to penetrate the rich global halal market. “We want to become the clearing house of all halal products going out of the country to ensure their credibility with the foreign buyers,” said Zenaida Laidan, regional director of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) of Southwestern Mindanao (Region 12).

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Japanese Co Looks To Build Plant In Brunei

| 01/03/2008 | Reply
Japanese Co Looks To Build Plant In Brunei

PHARMEX Japan – a Japanese company specialising in
the export of Japanese generic drugs – is looking to build a
pharmaceutical packaging plant in Brunei Darussalam.
If successful in obtaining the
halal certification from the certifying authorities of Brunei for
their processing plant and products, the company hopes to be able to
qualify to package the medicines under the Brunei Halal brand, with
Brunei Darussalam as the base of medicine supply to Muslim consumers
around the world, a BEDB press release said.

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UAE Help Sought to Develop Mindanao Halal Food Zone

| 29/02/2008 | Reply
UAE Help Sought to Develop Mindanao Halal Food Zone

Agriculture
Secretary Arthur Yap flew yesterday to Dubai to close a 26-billion-peso
($650) deal with the UAE as leading Philippine food companies
participate in the Gulfood 2008 that starts in Dubai today. After the
signing, Yap will submit to UAE officials proposals for possible
funding of the development of a Halal Economic Zone in the southern
island of Mindanao.

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Muslim Hotel Complex to Appear in Kazan

| 28/02/2008 | Reply
Muslim Hotel Complex to Appear in Kazan

The Islamic bank of development intends to finanace constructing of a
hotel-restaurant complex in Kazan (the Republic of Tatarstan) that
would work in accordance with the laws of Islam. According to the
bank’s press-service, the complex will become an important part of the
Kazan infrastructure and is a charity project.

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Jakarta moves toward Islamisation, obligatory halal labeling considered

| 28/02/2008 | Reply
Jakarta moves toward Islamisation, obligatory halal labeling considered

The
government recently proposed a draft law on halal certification for
food products; the text of the law must be discussed and approved by
the house of representatives.  But some parliamentarians have already
spoken out in its favour.  The Council of the Ulema (MUI) is pushing
for the labelling, now optional, to be made obligatory.  It intends to
do the same for medicines and cosmetics.

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Halal advocates: rich Muslims should go into halal production

| 28/02/2008 | Reply
Halal advocates: rich Muslims should go into halal production

Rich Muslims in the country
should invest in Halal foods production as this would entail
“employment for the jobless” and address the “unavailability of Halal
foods” in the market for the consumption of Muslims,” advocates said.

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Halal labeling not necessary

| 27/02/2008 | Reply
Halal labeling not necessary


The Indonesian Ulemas Council (MUI) has a legitimate point in demanding
that Muslims, who make up the majority of the population, need
protection and assurances from the government that what they consume is
halal, or permitted under Islamic law.

However, making halal labeling legally mandatory is surely not the most
effective way of achieving that objective. Meeting the MUI demand that
the draft law on halal food, drugs and cosmetics the government is now
finalizing make halal labeling compulsory could cause chaos in the
market.

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MCCM eyes China’s Muslim market

| 23/02/2008 | Reply
MCCM eyes China’s Muslim market

The Malay Chamber of Commerce Malaysia (MCCM) is targeting
Shaanxi’s province 100,00 Muslim population in a bid to break into the
global halal market worth RM1 trillion.

“There is strong
international demand for halal product especially from West Asia,” MCCM
president Syed Ali Alattas said at a press conference on Feb 22 in
conjunction with the Shaanxi province delegation’s visit to the
chamber.

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The Halal Journal takes HDC and Malaysian businesses to Gulfood 2008

| 23/02/2008 | Reply
The Halal Journal takes HDC and Malaysian businesses to Gulfood 2008

Leading industry magazine The Halal Journal will not only be participating in the upcoming 13th
Gulf Food, Hotel and Equipment Exhibition and Salon Culinaire (Gulfood
2008) as the official supporting media, but will also be representing
Malaysian industry leaders in its special cover edition for the event.

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Dubai’s Limitless to Develop Halal Centre in Malaysia

| 20/02/2008 | Reply
Dubai’s Limitless to Develop Halal Centre in Malaysia

Dubai-based Limitless, the development arm
of Dubai World, said Monday it will develop a 1,115 hectare mixed-use
Halal center (MIHAP) in Malaysia in partnership with a Malaysian investment
group of Mihap Holdings and Perbadanan Kemajuan Pertanian Selangor.

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Plans to issue standards on halal hit snag

| 18/02/2008 | Reply
Plans to issue standards on halal hit snag

AN INTERAGENCY BODY IS SET TO come out next month with standards on
the production of halal food amid efforts of food manufacturers to take
advantage of the $200-billion global market.

However, an official of the Jakarta-based World Halal Council said
the guidelines were “localized” and not up to the requirements for
internationally accepted food for Muslims.

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Malaysia Needs To Rebrand Halal Concept Before Penetrating Europe

| 16/02/2008 | Reply
Malaysia Needs To Rebrand Halal Concept Before Penetrating Europe

About 130 participants consisting industry players, government
agencies as well academicians attended the World Halal Forum Halal Industry dialogue in The Hague where they got an
insight into the prospects of developing the halal industry in the
Netherlands and using it as a springboard to the European countries.



Halal Industry Development Corporation (HDC)’s chief
executive officer Datuk Jamil Bidin said, Malaysia needs to rebrand its halal concept first before tapping the lucrative European market.
Surprisingly, he noted that most participants were non-Muslims, a
clear indication halal products have certainly garnered attention in
the Dutch market.

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Netherlands can be Gateway for Halal Products into Europe

| 16/02/2008 | Reply
Netherlands can be Gateway for Halal Products into Europe

Changing the mindset of the Dutch
about the virtues of halal food, though tough, is still a worthwhile
pursuit as the Netherlands is not only a lucrative market, but a
potential gateway for such products from Malaysia to Europe.

The Hague city Vice Mayor, Henk Kool, said it was possible to
change the perception of the Dutch as “they are open-minded and can be
very enthusiastic about the goodness of halal foods.” Currently, there is a perception among the Dutch that halal food
is only for Muslims. “You have to change that perception,” he said.

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Bilal Gourmet Foods Penetrates Lucrative Halal Market In The EU

| 14/02/2008 | Reply
Bilal Gourmet Foods Penetrates Lucrative Halal Market In The EU

Bilal Gourmet Foods BV, a
Malaysian-Dutch company, is making inroads into the vastly potential
European market for halal products where demand is exceeding supply.

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Jakim’s halal lab to be ready by 2011

| 13/02/2008 | Reply
Jakim’s halal lab to be ready by 2011

The
ever-increasing demand for halal products has spurred the Islamic
Development Department (Jakim) in Malaysia to set up a multi-million ringgit
laboratory that is able to carry out sophisticated and advanced tests
to determine the halal worthiness of any product. 

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Nestle to leverage on burgeoning overseas halal food segment

| 12/02/2008 | Reply
Nestle to leverage on burgeoning overseas halal food segment

Rising consumption from affluent global Muslim populations will
drive Nestle (Malaysia) Bhd’s double digit sales growth over that of
last year, according to a local brokerage.
Middle Eastern
countries have been accumulating wealth over the past five years due to
surging crude oil prices and this is expected to spur demand for
consumer products and consequently, robust growth for the relatively
untapped halal food segment.

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Philippine standard on halal guidelines presented to Arroyo soon

| 07/02/2008 | Reply
Philippine standard on halal guidelines presented to Arroyo soon

The Philippines continues to develop their Halal industry, and the drafting of the Philippine National Standard on Halal Guidelines is the latest move. Being free from bird-flu is also a distinct advantage, and if they can get sufficient investment and start to produce to general international food standards, they could emerge as significant Halal industry players in the South east Asian region.

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Bird Flu stories cost poultry industry billions in Pakistan

| 07/02/2008 | Reply
Bird Flu stories cost poultry industry billions in Pakistan

Pakistan Poultry Association (PPA) Monday said the poultry business
suffered billions of rupees loss on account of panic in consumers
caused by, what he called, a propaganda of Bird Flu.

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LTH to invest up to RM300m in AsiaPac equities

| 06/02/2008 | Reply
LTH to invest up to RM300m in AsiaPac equities

Haj operator Lembaga Tabung Haji (LTH) is looking at investing
up to RM300 million initially in syariah-compliant equities in the Asia
Pacific, ex-Japan, this year as it simultaneously seeks to leverage on
local companies to become a global halal food producer. LTH chief executive
officer Datuk Ismee Ismail said the organisation was eyeing equities in
syariah-compliant industries, including food, in markets such as Kuwait
and Australia.

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