Category: Europe

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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UK: Changes to Animal Welfare with Regards to Regulation 1099/2009

| 23/01/2013 | Reply
UK: Changes to Animal Welfare with Regards to Regulation 1099/2009

From 1 January 2013, Reg EC No 1099/2009 came into effect in all EU Member States. This introduces a number of changes to welfare requirements for the slaughterhouse, moving the emphasis for monitoring and improving welfare to the Food Business Operator.

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UK: ‘We don’t export meat to MidEast’, British retailer Tesco confirms

| 20/01/2013 | Reply
UK: ‘We don’t export meat to MidEast’, British retailer Tesco confirms

Tesco does have outlets in Turkey and Malaysia, where Muslims are a majority. Capon confirms that “the three products that are the subject of the UK investigation into pork DNA found in burgers they stocked are not sold in or exported to Turkey or Malaysia.”

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Ireland: Coveney vows to name firms involved in meat controversy

| 16/01/2013 | Reply
Ireland: Coveney vows to name firms involved in meat controversy

There was a plausible explanation for the presence of pig DNA because meat from different animals was processed in the same meat plants but “there is no clear explanation at this time for the presence of horse DNA in products emanating from meat plants that do not use horse meat.

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UK: ANSA is dismayed with pig DNA found in burgers from Ireland

| 16/01/2013 | Reply
UK: ANSA is dismayed with pig DNA found in burgers from Ireland

The Association of non stun abattoirs is seeking assurity and support that the halal burgers in the Birmingham market do not have any pork DNA protein in them after a recent Food Standards Agency Ireland report claiming 23 products analysed contained pig DNA.

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France: ANSA Joins ASIDCOM and Warns European Muslims

| 16/01/2013 | Reply
France: ANSA Joins ASIDCOM and Warns European Muslims

The Association of Non-Stun Abattoirs teamed up with ASIDCOM and warned Muslims at the Association Awareness, Information and Consumer Defence Muslims seminar launch of their Traditional Halal Butchers Survey: Northern France in LILLE.

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UK: British cheese-maker sees sales boom thanks to going Halal

| 29/12/2012 | Reply
UK: British cheese-maker sees sales boom thanks to going Halal

Joseph Heler Cheese is going from strength to strength. Based just outside Nantwich, in Cheshire, it has been helped by gaining halal accreditation, helping it to tap into Muslim markets. The business also exports to China, Japan, the Caribbean, the Middle East and Africa.

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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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UK: Caterlink suspends meat to specific schools

| 21/12/2012 | Reply
UK: Caterlink suspends meat to specific schools

Further to a request by schools and the Local Authority a review is being conducted by the Local Education Partnership (LEP) into the provision of halal meat to determine whether its supply chain can provide halal meat that is approved by the Halal Monitoring Committee (HMC).

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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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UK: How Christians and Muslims can marry – the official guide

| 26/11/2012 | Reply
UK: How Christians and Muslims can marry – the official guide

Christian pastors and Muslim imams have come together to draw up guidelines detailing advice on how to deal with inter-faith marriages. The new guidelines by the Christian-Muslim forum reinforce the need for religious leaders to accept inter-faith marriages.

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UK: Mullaco Batley wins Halal Butcher of the year Award

| 26/11/2012 | Reply
UK: Mullaco Batley wins Halal Butcher of the year Award

Butchers Shop of the Year awards is an annual competition organised by a trade magazine. A judge said that he was impressed with the professionalism and the enthusiasm of the Halal butchers who made the final of this year’s Awards.

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Turkey: SMIIC Forum 2012

| 21/11/2012 | Reply
Turkey: SMIIC Forum 2012

One of the most important outcomes of the Forum was the participation of high-ranking officials of Turkey, which emphasised that the Turks approach is very serious to everything that is connected with the Halal Industry.

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UK: Premier Halal Meats opens its new Halal abattoir in Skegness

| 21/11/2012 | Reply
UK: Premier Halal Meats opens its new Halal abattoir in Skegness

The firm endeavors to create further employment and regeneration in the area to benefit all communities which in return will stimulate and regenerate the farming industry, making it one of the largest employers in Skegness, Lincolnshire.

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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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UK: Halal food back on the menu at Lancashire schools

| 19/11/2012 | Reply
UK: Halal food back on the menu at Lancashire schools

The new range of Halal meat products has been tested for quality by the county council’s menu planning team, and all the appropriate food safety, traceability and Halal accreditations are in place.

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LinkedIn Endorsements Changes Everything. Here’s Why

| 15/11/2012 | Reply
LinkedIn Endorsements Changes Everything. Here’s Why

LinkedIn isn’t weighting endorsements in search results yet, but it will soon. This means, the more endorsements for your skills and talents that you get, the more often you’ll appear in search results, the more trusted you’ll be.

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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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UK: European Halal Food Park, Banham, Norfolk – Nov & Dec Courses

| 14/11/2012 | Reply
UK: European Halal Food Park, Banham, Norfolk – Nov & Dec Courses

The government has no plans to ban religious slaughter of animals. However, changes to all rules on welfare at slaughter will be required when a new EU Regulation on welfare at the time of killing comes into effect in January 2013.

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Opinion: How kosher harvesting affects meat quality

| 12/11/2012 | Reply
Opinion: How kosher harvesting affects meat quality

Research has shown that increased stress in the feedlot, during transportation and at the slaughterhouse can lead to an overall decreased tenderness. These negative quality traits influence the producer’s bottom line and the consumer’s.

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