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New Halal Certification For Restaurants in Brunei

| 04/04/2008 | Reply
New Halal Certification For Restaurants in Brunei

A new Halal certification for restaurants in the
country is – to be implemented this year. This certification will
identify which restaurants will be fit for Muslim consumption and
which are not. It will also give authority to the Halal Food Control
Section to close down a restaurant if needed.

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HDC To Issue Country’s Halal Certificate And Logo

| 04/04/2008 | Reply
HDC To Issue Country’s Halal Certificate And Logo

The Halal Industry Development
Corporation (HDC) has been given the mandate by the Cabinet to start
issuing the Halal certificate in the country and take over the role
from Jakim (Department of Islamic Development, Malaysia). The decision has been made and it is effective immediately, Prime
Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi announced Wednesday.

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Global food traceability experts reveal how Malaysian companies can enter global markets

| 03/04/2008 | Reply
Global food traceability experts reveal how Malaysian companies can enter global markets

The “Food Traceability – The Key to Global Market Access” conference organised by the UK-based Global Food Traceability Forum (GFTF) was recently held in Kuala Lumpur. Some 20 internationally recognised experts on the topic addressed a range of important global topics such as “Is
Halal traceability a route to opening new markets?”; “How Traceability
and Food Safety influence Trading Opportunities between Asia and
Europe”;
“Is traceability a technical barrier to trade?” during the 2-day conference. This shows the potential of yet another sector’s affiliation to the Halal industry.

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DPMM Sends Mission To China To Promote Halal Products

| 03/04/2008 | Reply
DPMM Sends Mission To China To Promote Halal Products

A Malaysian business delegation’s
visit to Xi’an, Shaanxi, in China from this weekend is expected to open
doors to local businessmen to penetrate the huge halal products market
in that country. The 100-strong mission, to be headed by Malaysian Malay Chamber of
Commerce (DPMM) president Syed Ali Alattas, will be in that region for
five days from Saturday and it will, among others, organise a business
forum for both Malaysian and Chinese businessmen.

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Requirements for developing RP’s halal industry identified

| 03/04/2008 | Reply
Requirements for developing RP’s halal industry identified

Creation of a national brand for halal products and formation of a
single regulatory and certifying body are key to developing a halal
industry that is capable of penetrating the $200-billion foreign
market. Heads of at least six government line agencies in Central Mindanao made
this assertion on Tuesday, among them the departments of Science and
Technology, of Health, of Tourism and of Agriculture, as well as the
National Economic and Development Authority.

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Muhyiddin: Let ministry promote halal hub

| 03/04/2008 | Reply
Muhyiddin: Let ministry promote halal hub

The International Trade
and Industry Ministry is offering to take the lead in promoting the
country as a halal hub. Its minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin
said that although the Halal Industry Development Corporation (HDC) had
been tasked with promoting the halal food and non-food industry, the
ministry had been there longer, and had the manpower and resources to
do the job.

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ICCI signs MoU with Hemaya to protect consumers in the Muslim world

| 31/03/2008 | Reply
ICCI signs MoU with Hemaya to protect consumers in the Muslim world

The Islamic Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) signed a Memorandum
of Understanding with Jeddah based Hemaya Universal which designs
strategies and spreads awareness on consumer protection in the Muslim
world.

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Local producer secures Halal beef certification: COA

| 29/03/2008 | Reply
Local producer secures Halal beef certification: COA

Locally produced beef has won Halal certification, which means it
is acceptable for consumption by Muslims, the Council of Agriculture
(COA) reported on Thursday.
The shop owner, with assistance from the COA, the Taipei Grand Mosque
and a national beef trade association, only managed to make the
Halal-certified beef available after months of painstaking efforts.

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Al Islami Foods and Alf Yad launch a regional venture capital initiative

| 28/03/2008 | Reply
Al Islami Foods and Alf Yad launch a regional venture capital initiative

Dubai – Al Islami Foods and Alf Yad, a Dubai based venture capital fund
for young Arab entrepreneurs announced their strategic collaboration at
a press conference held today. Alf Yad will raise and deploy AED 100
million to promising Arab entrepreneurs across the region.

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Finger-lickin’ Britain

| 27/03/2008 | Reply
Finger-lickin’ Britain

Given
their ubiquity, you would think the market has reached saturation
point. Not so, according to Zack Kollias, international director of
Texas Chicken. For him, the UK offers one of the world’s biggest
markets for the food. His US-based firm, with more than 1,600 branches
worldwide, has just launched here. Both halal and spicy are also
among the company’s biggest global sellers, Kollias points out.

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Move to Develop Halal Market in Bangladesh

| 25/03/2008 | Reply
Move to Develop Halal Market in Bangladesh

A Halal Malaysia Week 2008 will be
organised in Dhaka in July to promote and popularise halal products in
Bangladesh. Hazizah Awang, president of Epic Tips, a promotion and marketing
agency for Malaysian entrepreneurs, told a press conference in Dhaka
Saturday that at least 50 Malaysian companies will participate in the
exhibition to be organised during the Halal Malaysia Week.

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Johor To Set Up Halal Food Centre

| 25/03/2008 | Reply
Johor To Set Up Halal Food Centre

The state government will set up a halal
food centre to market halal products produced by Bumiputera
entrepreneurs and Muslim traders. Chief Minister Abdul Ghani Othman said the centre, to be
managed by the Johor Islamic Religious Council, would make it easier
for Muslims in the state to obtain halal foodstuffs and other daily
essentials.

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Bengal Meat trebles halal meat exports

| 25/03/2008 | Reply
Bengal Meat trebles halal meat exports

Bengal
Meat Processing Industries Limited, the lone and pioneer processed
halal meat exporter and domestic supplier, has almost trebled its
export growth in a span of nine months. The trend reflects the
sharp rise in demand for processed meat in Bangladesh at a time when
consumers have become increasingly concerned by reports of food
adulteration.

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ICCI to Further Develop Global Halal Industry

| 23/03/2008 | Reply
ICCI to Further Develop Global Halal Industry

ICCI president Sheikh Saleh
Kamel said it would look into the most basic yet important aspect of
the lucrative halal sector, which was global standards and
certification.
“The opportunities within the global halal
industry are huge and yet there is no official authority that looks
into the integrity of the halal market on a global scale. Now there
will be one,” he said in a statement here today.

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Las etiquetas informara?n de los alimentos vetados por religiones

| 20/03/2008 | Reply
Las etiquetas informara?n de los alimentos vetados por religiones

A recent article in ‘El Periodico’ of Catalunya, Spain makes the point that manufacturers have an obligation to point out to consumers, of all faiths and persuasions, whether their products are compliant with religious norms. With Spain having a relatively small Muslim population, compared to many European countries, and an undeveloped Halal industry, it is interesting to note that these issues are also coming to the surface in Spain.

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OIC Eyes The USD580 Billion Global Halal Market

| 19/03/2008 | Reply
OIC Eyes The USD580 Billion Global Halal Market

The Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) set its
eyes on the USD580 billion global halal industry today, and earmarked
the Islamic Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) to look into the
developing sector.
The
ICCI president, Sheikh Saleh Kamel said the ICCI would look into the
most basic yet important aspect of the lucrative halal sector, which is
global standards and certification.

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Food traceability can benefit Malaysia

| 19/03/2008 | Reply
Food traceability can benefit Malaysia


Food traceability refers to the ability to trace and follow food, feed
and ingredients through all stages of production, processing and
distribution. Food traceability is mandatory by law in the European Union (EU) since
2005. Smith said incidents such as mad cow disease were among the
incidents that drove the EU to implement the law. 

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Arroyo okays food processing expansion in RP by Saudi firm

| 14/03/2008 | Reply
Arroyo okays food processing expansion in RP by Saudi firm

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
approved a proposal of a large Saudi Arabia food processing company to
expand its operations in the Philippines to produce Halal-certified
foods, particularly chicken.

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MIPR, UBD Sign Memorandum Of Understanding

| 14/03/2008 | Reply
MIPR, UBD Sign Memorandum Of Understanding

The Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources (MIPR)
and Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) yesterday signed a Memorandum
of Understanding (MoU), adding a new dimension to the working
relationship between both institutions through a framework of
collaboration and cooperation in support of a sustainable
knowledge-based economy for the present and future generations of
Brunei.

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Brunei Studies Export Prospect of Poultry

| 13/03/2008 | Reply
Brunei Studies Export Prospect of Poultry

Poultry production in Brunei has been steadily on the rise over the
past 15 years, giving rise to talks about exporting chicken.

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