Category: The Americas

Fasting, Feasting and Socialising

| 17/09/2009 | Reply
Fasting, Feasting and Socialising

A taste of Ramadan in Canada with the Turkish community.

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University of Toronto Creates its own Halal Standard for food services

| 12/09/2009 | Reply
University of Toronto Creates its own Halal Standard for food services

In
accordance to the Canadian Government’s Agriculture and Agri-food
Department, the University will model the rules and regulations set out
by the Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA), a
non-profit technical Islamic organization that certifies
and supervises the production of Halal products. In addition, the
University upholds to only distribute Halal food from ISNA or IFANCA
certified suppliers.

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Goat and the Bengali Intelligentsia

| 11/09/2009 | Reply
Goat and the Bengali Intelligentsia

In this country (USA) we, the Bengalis, try hard to hold on to our
culture and traditions. Hence goat meat is an integral part of that
effort. Goat meat is not sold in most American butcher shops, but that
is hardly an impediment. We travel miles to find a “Indo-Pak Halal”
meat shop to get our quota of red meat.

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McFalafel owner to fight for his prefix

| 11/09/2009 | Reply
McFalafel owner to fight for his prefix

Salam,
who moved to Canada from the Palestinian Territories five years ago,
says he sank $14,000 into menus and signs for his restaurant called ‘McFalafel’, which
serves halal shawarma, shisk taouk and, of course, falafel, and
registered with the city. He didn’t know there was a problem until two
months ago, when McDonald’s lawyers sent him a letter asking him to
change his restaurant name.

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"Halal Mafia" Heating up Street Cart Wars

| 09/09/2009 | Reply
"Halal Mafia" Heating up Street Cart Wars

Newbies
on the streatery scene in New York are saying that when they try to set up camp on
a busy corner they are often threatened by a group of veteran vendors
they call the “Halal Mafia,” according to the
New York Post.



Now that certainly is not Halal!

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How to Make Socially Responsible Investments Pay Off

| 31/08/2009 | Reply
How to Make Socially Responsible Investments Pay Off

As the notions of CSR and Halal continue to converge, read this thought-provoking article from the CEO of Timberland. While consumers call for more socially responsible business practices, shareholders and investors still don’t seem to care. Where are the really socially responsible investors? asks Swartz. Similarly in the Halal sector, the market is expanding exponentially, the consumers are vastly under-served, and yet where is the investment money, particularly from the Muslim world? They can’t all still be looking at real estate and football clubs…or can they?

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For meat heads, it’s prime time

| 24/08/2009 | Reply
For meat heads, it’s prime time

Boston, once home to scores of ethnic butchers, now has a modest
five to 10 such stores. Local meat sellers say it is impossible to
compete with supermarkets, which reduce meat prices because they can
offset any losses through higher costs on other consumer goods.

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Wilmington family business offers fresh meat at farmers markets

| 19/08/2009 | Reply
Wilmington family business offers fresh meat at farmers markets

The cows are raised in Texas eating
grass, and then he takes them to Greensboro where they are fed on grain
for 60 to 120 days. They are then taken one at a time to Chaudry Halal
Meats in Siler City for slaughter. The beef is then aged for a minimum
of 21 days. After the aging, the outer edges of the meat are trimmed
away to add flavor. This method is in-depth, and definitely not cost
effective, but Koster said he wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Green Zabiha provides organic, halal, and spiritually nourishing meat

| 22/07/2009 | Reply
Green Zabiha provides organic, halal, and spiritually nourishing meat

In
many non-Muslim areas it is relatively easy to find meat that has been
killed according to Islamic tradition. Organic meat can also be found.
Finding meat which is both halal and organic presents a far greater
challenge. Fortunately, in the USA, Green Zabiha is coming to the rescue!

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Celebrating July 4th with Rick Warren and 45,000 Muslims

| 08/07/2009 | Reply
Celebrating July 4th with Rick Warren and 45,000 Muslims

The Washington Convention Center, the venue for this year’s ISNA convention, came alive with halal food stands,
people praying on the carpets, and entire families in their colorful
regional Islamic dress–all a stone’s throw away from the 4th of July
fireworks spectacular going on at the National Mall.

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Halal in America – the time is now

| 08/07/2009 | Reply
Halal in America – the time is now

The 46th Annual Convention of the Islamic Society of North America was
held in Washington DC over the July 4th holiday weekend. Official
numbers have not yet been published, but, as always, this event brings
tens of thousands of American Muslims together for the convention,
bazaar and side sessions.



This year, in collaboration with the American Halal Association, ISNA
held a Halal industry session entitled “Halal in America – the time is
now!” to explore the opportunities and issues brought about by the
current global expansion in the Halal market.

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Canada Eyes Major Investment Opportunities in Brunei

| 28/06/2009 | Reply
Canada Eyes Major Investment Opportunities in Brunei

Given Brunei’s leadership in the establishment of Halal food and
pharmaceutical standards, Mr Wendell Sanford, High Commissioner of Canada to Brunei
Darussalam, said, Canadian firms are looking
closely at Brunei as a logical location to both market and manufacture
Halal food and medicinal-products.

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Obama Praises Malaysia In Telephone Conversation With Najib

| 27/06/2009 | Reply
Obama Praises Malaysia In Telephone Conversation With Najib

KUALA LUMPUR, (Bernama) — The issue of the state of the economy, was among matters discussed between Prime Minister
Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and United States President Barack Obama, during a 20-minute telephone conversation tonight.

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A Trillion Dollar Halal Business

| 25/06/2009 | Reply
A Trillion Dollar Halal Business

For
a long time, halal simply meant buying meat from a halal butcher, who
slaughtered in accordance with Islamic principles. But the halal food
market has exploded in the past decade and is now worth an estimated
$632 billion annually, according to the Halal Journal.

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Can Bar Codes for Food Lead to Safer Practices?

| 21/06/2009 | Reply
Can Bar Codes for Food Lead to Safer Practices?

The New Scientist reported the flurry of technologies, reporting
systems and databases for tracing food origins. From the Locavore
iPhone app [iTunes link], to the Good Guide’s product listing of “safe,
healthy and green” products (also available for mobile devices), and
the Trace Tracker which allows mobile tracing of Halal food, the food
information movement seems to be gaining traction.

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Zabihah.com Now Available as iPhone App

| 12/06/2009 | Reply
Zabihah.com Now Available as iPhone App

AUSTIN, TEXAS, June 8, 2009:  Halalfire Media, LLC, publisher of zabihah.com, the world’s most comprehensive guide to Halal restaurants and markets, announced today the launch of zabihah for iPhone v 1.0, a native application that brings ten years of reviews and confirmed Halal listings to the iPhone App Store.  

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Mobile App Aids Muslims with Food Choices

| 11/06/2009 | Reply
Mobile App Aids Muslims with Food Choices

You may not think that religion and technology go together, but that’s the idea behind a new product developed by one Massachusetts company. Alawy Incorporated, based in Milton, Massachusetts, has developed a mobile food search application called “AMNA Mobile” which helps Muslims observe Islamic dietary standards.


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Organic sector increasingly dependent on imports: USDA

| 05/06/2009 | Reply
Organic sector increasingly dependent on imports: USDA

The US organic sector has become increasingly dependent on imported
ingredients as a supply squeeze continues to limit the sector’s growth,
according to a new report from the US Department of Agriculture.

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Ban on Electric Stunning in the EU?

| 30/05/2009 | Reply
Ban on Electric Stunning in the EU?

Are you ready to give up electrical stunning?  You could have no
choice.  Yvonne Vizzier Thaxton from www.meatingplace.com attended the Annual meeting of the European Branch
of World Poultry Science’s Poultry Welfare Conference, and this is what she heard when she was there, and her view on it.

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Foodservice customers seeking healthy, local meat

| 30/05/2009 | Reply
Foodservice customers seeking healthy, local meat

Sodexo Canada provides dining services globally in college, corporate,
government and healthcare facility cafeterias, as well as sports
arenas, retirement community dining rooms and a number of other venues.
As the executive chef at Sodexo Canada, Suman Roy has a front-row seat
to North American consumer preferences when it comes to protein
choices. Meatingplace asked him to share his insights.

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