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Halal initiative in Philippines gets boost

| 04/03/2008 | Reply
Halal initiative in Philippines gets boost

GENERAL SANTOS CITY — The Department of
Science and Technology (DOST) officially launched on Thursday here the
“Philippine Science and Technology Program for the Development of the
Halal Industry,” with hopes flying high that such mechanism will
finally allow the country to penetrate the global halal market.

Zenaida Laidan, DOST-Central Mindanao
director, also announced that construction of a halal testing
laboratory in nearby Koronadal City, which is the regional seat of
government, will soon start with the approval of a budget worth P50
million.
“We want to become the clearing house of
all halal products going out of the country to ensure their credibility
with the foreign buyers,” she said.

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Asda extends halal range

| 04/03/2008 | Reply
Asda extends halal range

Asda
has extended its range of halal frozen meats to give Muslim shoppers a
wider choice of products that are produced to strict religious
standards.

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Dubai announces Halal Living exhibition

| 04/03/2008 | Reply
Dubai announces Halal Living exhibition

Under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al
Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of
Dubai, Halal Living, the world’s first Halal consumer lifestyle event,
will open its doors to the public on 15th May 2008 until the 17th May
2008 at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

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Shortsightedness on halal food issue

| 04/03/2008 | Reply
Shortsightedness on halal food issue

The
recent debates on mandatory halal food certification in Indonesia have so far
focused on whether this could be regulated by the state or if an
organization would be trusted to conduct the assessments. Critics of the halal bill say since Indonesia has a Muslim majority, food and other products should, by default, be halal. It’s the haram products, they say, that should be certified.

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Muslim consumer market still untapped

| 03/03/2008 | Reply
Muslim consumer market still untapped

According to AT
Kearney, a global strategic management consulting firm, companies
should consider how to best tap into the Muslim consumer market for
Shariah-compliant products and services with a global worth of
estimated $2 trillion (Dh7.34trn) annually. 

“While
businesses have targeted ethnic groups for years, there are relatively
few cases of global target segmentation based on religion,” said
Maktoum Al Maktoum, Director of AT Kearney Middle East.

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UAE to help Philippines grow its halal food export

| 03/03/2008 | Reply
UAE to help Philippines grow its halal food export

Manila will be sending marine-biology specialists to the UAE to
inspect the country’s mangroves while Abu Dhabi will help the
Philippines develop its halal food and agricultural exports to the UAE
which grew 39 per cent to Dh73.5 million ($20 million) last year.

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Food traders face deadline on Arabic labelling rules

| 02/03/2008 | Reply
Food traders face deadline on Arabic labelling rules


“Arabic labelling has been made compulsory for all food products coming
to UAE ports for local consumption or re-export.” Traders importing food for local consumption in

Dubai or re-export must comply with new regulations issued by the municipality. Starting April 1 food products will not be allowed entry into the UAE without the correct labeling.

This will be a strong consideration for Halal producers who are trying to enter into this lucrative market but will now face the extra charges of relabeling their products.

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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 products gaining in popularity

| 28/02/2008 | Reply
Halal products gaining in popularity

Halal products are becoming a
popular trend with all faiths and the UAE will benefit as a hub for
distribution, according to food producers at Gulfood 2008 Exhibition on
Tuesday.

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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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Jawhara Gardens Hotel receives ISO 9001:2000 certification

| 24/02/2008 | Reply
Jawhara Gardens Hotel receives ISO 9001:2000 certification

Jawhara
Hotels part of the UAE based business conglomerate S.S. Lootah Group
received the ‘BS EN ISO 9001:2000’ certification for its Jawhara
Gardens Hotel
.
Jawhara
Gardens is the flagship hotel of the Jawhara chain and has always
pursued excellence in its processes where everything right from
cleaning of the hotel up to accounting follows the Islamic and Halal
concept.

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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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Alcoholic Crisps Irk UK Muslims

| 23/02/2008 | Reply
Alcoholic Crisps Irk UK Muslims

British Muslims have reacted with anger to know that certain
types of crisps produced by a major snack food manufacturer contain
traces of alcohol, hitting out at the producer for disregarding Muslim
religious sensibilities.

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