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Religious slaughter most humane?

| 10/08/2007 | Reply
Religious slaughter most humane?

The
Muslim Council of Britain and the London Muslim Centre jointly
organised a seminar on ‘Religious Slaughter – Halal and Humane’ on
Friday July 26. Guest speaker, Joe Regenstein, Professor of Food
Sciences at Cornell University believes that religious slaughter will in the future prove to be the most humane method – if someone does the research correctly.

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A Whole lot of Trouble?

| 07/08/2007 | Reply
A Whole lot of Trouble?

An interesting piece from New Zealand about environmental awareness and the food industry, from the NZ perspective. It is probably a good indication of where the healthfood sector is heading and how this will in turn put considerable demands on producers. Interesting to note that Halal lamb puts in an appearance at the chic end of the market.

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A Fatwa on Stunning

| 06/08/2007 | Reply
A Fatwa on Stunning

The question of stunning is coming under the spotlight again, (see the articles about the call to review Halal slaughter procedures in Australia). Here is a Fatwa from the Islamic Fiqh Council affiliated to the Muslim World League on the question as to whether it is permissible to eat meat from animals which have been stunned before slaughter.

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Marketing to Muslims – Food, fashion and faith

| 04/08/2007 | Reply
Marketing to Muslims – Food, fashion and faith

A new study by JWT, an advertising agency, points out that the
6m or so Muslims in America are, on average, richer and better educated
than the general population. Two-thirds of Muslim households make more
than $50,000 a year and a quarter earn over $100,000; the national
average is $42,000. Two-thirds of American Muslims have a college
degree, compared with less than half of the general population. Muslim
families also tend to have more children. So the perception that
marketing specifically to Muslims is not worthwhile would appear to be
wrong.

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Halal and Kosher Standards – Please!

| 03/08/2007 | Reply
Halal and Kosher Standards – Please!

A coherent and well-informed article from International Food Ingredients magazine will comments and opinions from many market stakeholders. The view that Halal and Kosher are well on the way to being standard operating procedures for market compliance and access is increasingly widely held. The call for standards and professional service goes on!

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US drives global kosher ingredient need

| 02/08/2007 | Reply
US drives global kosher ingredient need

The
growing kosher market is prompting manufacturers in countries without
much local demand to gain certification so they can export to the
high-potential US, and some are exporting continuous kosher production
to keep down costs. This is undoubtedly a trend that the Halal sector will follow, as confirmed by leading Halal food manufacturers comments that their main demand now is for Halal certified ingredients and additives. Ingredient makers take note!

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Why a Halal label is critical for major exporters

| 31/07/2007 | 1 Reply
Why a Halal label is critical for major exporters

 An in depth article from Dominique Patton exploring the expansion in the Halal market, and especially the need for Halal certification as a doorway to access export markets.

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EU to review all food additives

| 31/07/2007 | Reply
EU to review all food additives

The EU’s decision to review all food additives is likely to have a long-term and deep impact on the food industry. It is all still in its early stages, but initial results indicate that many additives currently in use are a cause for concern, and the old E number system may soon be a thing of the past. Smart Halal food manufacturers and ingredient producers please take note!

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Halal is the new hotdog

| 30/07/2007 | Reply
Halal is the new hotdog

The kind of food on offer from Manhattan’s street corner food carts, serving food on the go to New Yorkers around the clock, is a special kind of barometer reading, and is yet another zone where Halal food is making its mark. In fact, to the average New Yorker, ‘Halal’ has come to mean a tasty meat and rice dish served up with spices and secret white sauce, yours for $4.95.

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Subway continues Halal roll-out in UK

| 28/07/2007 | Reply
Subway continues Halal roll-out in UK

The expansion of Halal in the fast-food sector continues, here in the UK, with sandwich chain Subway going Halal in the Manchester area. This follows their move to go Halal in London recently.

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Deciphering markets’ new eco-friendly labels

| 28/07/2007 | Reply
Deciphering markets’ new eco-friendly labels

Efforts
to go green are becoming more and more widespread, and one place that’s
evident is on supermarket and department store shelves. Nowadays,
labels on foods and other household products often display seals and
certifications vouching for their eco-friendliness, but what do those
emblems mean and which ones can you trust?

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ISO standard set for food traceability

| 28/07/2007 | Reply
ISO standard set for food traceability

A new international
standard has been set for traceability along the food chain, setting
out a complete system under which processors can get certification. This will begin to have resonance within the Halal industry supply chain in the not-too-distant future.

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MLA sponsors meat study program for UAE students

| 26/07/2007 | Reply
MLA sponsors meat study program for UAE students

Meat
and Livestock Australia (MLA) sponsored a program in which the
students from the Abu Dhabi Men’s College studied the MLA’s HALAL and meat safety programs, including Quality
Assurance, and export documentation for meat products that are exported
to the Middle East. Good bit of PR and marketing from the Aussies.

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Hannover University ‘Stunning versus Slaughter’ research report

| 16/07/2007 | Reply
Hannover University ‘Stunning versus Slaughter’ research report

This is a translation of the study conducted by the Hannover University in 1978 on the effects of stunning and Halal slaughter on sheep and calves. It provides a strong argument that the Halal method is effectively painless for the animals, as opposed to the captive bolt stunning method which caused measurable trauma.

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Brunei publishes 2 new books for the Halal industry

| 14/07/2007 | Reply
Brunei publishes 2 new books for the Halal industry

Brunei continues to look for ways to add value to the Brunei country branding effort with these new guidebooks for meat manufacturers with these collections of Fatwa’s from the Sultanate’s Mufti’s office. The books will be available at the forthcoming International Halal Products expo on 18-19 August 2007

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Halal Market Intelligence Newsletter, May 07

| 08/06/2007 | Reply
Halal Market Intelligence Newsletter, May  07

Our May 07 newsletter gives an in-depth overview of some of the major trends in the global Halal market. As more countries are starting to move on national Halal implementation strategies, we look at some of the basic components that need to be considered. Plus some parallels with the Islamic Finance sector that may well be repeating themselves in the Halal sector.

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UK Halal Meat Report 2006

| 06/05/2006 | Reply
UK Halal Meat Report 2006

ACCORDING
TO Mintel, halal meat accounts for 11% of all UK meat sales – a figure
which all in the meat industry should be alert to, because the
percentage of Muslims in the country is only 3%. Estimates of the UK’s
Muslim population range from 1.5 to 1.9 million, but consumption of
halal is not restricted to followers of Islam.

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