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Philippines: Halal certification accreditation guidelines OK’d

| 16/12/2011 | 1 Reply
Philippines: Halal certification accreditation guidelines OK’d

The Philippine Halal Development and Accreditation Board, an attached agency of the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF), announced on Friday the new criteria and rules at the Trade department’s Halal Forum.

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USA: All-American Muslim: Why Advertisers Are Right to Boycott

| 16/12/2011 | Reply
USA: All-American Muslim: Why Advertisers Are Right to Boycott

I eagerly watched the first episodes, I’ve got to say I think we ended up with something more like a Muslim Jersey Shore, the low-grade MTV series about Snooki’s party life in New Jersey, writes Asra Q. Nomani in ‘The Daily Beast’.

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Malaysia: UAE businesswomen look for opportunities especially in halal food industry

| 16/12/2011 | 1 Reply
Malaysia: UAE businesswomen look for opportunities especially in halal food industry

Simple rules and regulations, attractive tax incentives and a welcoming environment are the qualities that businesswomen from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) look for when exploring investment opportunities in any country, including Malaysia.

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Netherlands: Cautious optimism

| 14/12/2011 | Reply
Netherlands: Cautious optimism

Although senators will not vote until Dec. 20, it appeared from Tuesday’s debate that several parties that initially backed the ban on slaughtering meat without stunning in parliament — including the Netherlands’ two largest — have changed their mind.

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UK: ANSA welcomes withdrawal of proposed Dutch religious slaughter ban

| 14/12/2011 | Reply
UK: ANSA welcomes withdrawal of proposed Dutch religious slaughter ban

The Association of Non Stun Abattoirs (ANSA), an industry body representing traditional UK Halal slaughterhouses, on Wednesday welcomed the news that the proposed parliamentary bill to ban religious slaughter of animals in the Netherlands had been withdrawn.

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UAE at 40: Beyond the Bubble of Dubai

| 14/12/2011 | Reply
UAE at 40: Beyond the Bubble of Dubai

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is often associated with Dubai, billed as the financial and liberal capital of the Gulf. But behind this bright facade lies a shaky national identity, a rocky relationship with neighbouring Iran, and a long term political and less talked about military alliance with the US.

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Saudi Arabia: Riyadh will hold their 1st Halal Food Control & Exhibition

| 14/12/2011 | Reply
Saudi Arabia: Riyadh will hold their 1st Halal Food Control & Exhibition

For the first time the Halal Food Control and Exhibition will be held in Riyadh. This conference will be held concurrently with a halal products exhibition. Important issues surrounding standardization of halal will be one of the main topics to be discussed.

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Egypt: Egypt’s Islamists offer controversial vision for ‘halal’ tourism

| 14/12/2011 | Reply
Egypt: Egypt’s Islamists offer controversial vision for ‘halal’ tourism

Islamists are dominating Egypt’s elections and some of them have a new message for tourists: welcome, but no booze, bikinis or mixed bathing at beaches, please.

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USA:Reality TV catches up to reality with Muslim show

| 14/12/2011 | Reply
USA:Reality TV catches up to reality with Muslim show

Peppered by a conservative group’s complaints about the program, the Lowe’s home-improvement chain last week pulled its sponsorship — and has been fielding countercomplaints that the company had caved in to the very prejudices faced by the program’s protagonists.

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Ritual slaughter ban fails in Dutch Senate

| 14/12/2011 | Reply
Ritual slaughter ban fails in Dutch Senate

Animal Rights Party leader Marianne Thieme’s plan to introduce a ban on ritual slaughter has failed to make it through the Senate, the upper house of the Dutch parliament. Ms Thieme withdrew from the debate after intervention by Agriculture Minister Bleker.

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Egypt’s Islamists try to calm fears over tourism

| 12/12/2011 | Reply
Egypt’s Islamists try to calm fears over tourism

Egypt’s main Islamist parties on Sunday launched separate conferences aimed at promoting tourism as they scrambled to allay fears that the lucrative industry is under threat from religious conservatism.

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UAE: Al Islami Founder Honoured

| 12/12/2011 | Reply
UAE: Al Islami Founder Honoured

Haj Saeed Ahmed Lootah, Founder and Chairman of Al Islami and Lootah Group, spearheaded development of ‘Halal Food’ and ‘Islamic Banking’ in UAE. One such testament and model is ‘Al Islami Foods’ company, formerly known as Co-op Islami, established in 1981 which has become a leading trend-setter in the GCC’s processed halal food industry; and establishment of Dubai Islamic Bank.

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Malaysia: Commercial Halal collagen

| 11/12/2011 | Reply
Malaysia: Commercial Halal collagen

Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) researcher Prof Dr Jamilah Bakar has discovered that the spiny-finned freshwater fish tilapia is a rich source of collagen. She then introduced it to biotech company Bionic Lifesciences. “We are the first in the region to produce halal aquatic collagen,” she said.

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Turkey: Union demands new constitution include ‘halal consumption’

| 10/12/2011 | Reply
Turkey: Union demands new constitution include ‘halal consumption’

Parliament should include an article to protect Turkish citizens’ rights to consume goods that are produced in accordance with their religious teachings in the planned new constitution, Food Auditing and Certification Research Association (GIMDES) Chairman Hüseyin Kami Büyüközer told Today’s Zaman, adding they expect to convey such a suggestion to Ankara shortly.

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USA: Food Safety Eclipses Rising Food Costs as Top Food Story of 2011

| 09/12/2011 | Reply
USA: Food Safety Eclipses Rising Food Costs as Top Food Story of 2011

Food safety tops the list of an annual survey asking Americans to choose the most significant food story of 2011. Even in a year when global food prices hit record highs.

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USA: Brand Courage and the American Muslim Consumer

| 09/12/2011 | Reply
USA: Brand Courage and the American Muslim Consumer

The Arab Spring is opening a new frontier for brands, but American marketers may want to look a little closer to home. Ogilvy Noor’s Shelina Janmohamed reports that engaging America’s 7 million Muslims takes courage, but pays dividends.

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South Africa: Much interest in halal meeting

| 08/12/2011 | Reply
South Africa: Much interest in halal meeting

The meeting between the four Halal issuing authorities that is scheduled to take place in Lenasia today has drawn much interest. The National Independent Halal Authority (NIHT) who called for the meeting as a precursor to a National Meat Traders Summit in the new year, maintained that it was critical for the four Halal bodies to sit down as a matter of urgency following the Halal relabeling scandal that rocked the country in November.

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Malaysia: UAE business women look at opportunities in Islamic Finance and Halal food

| 08/12/2011 | Reply
Malaysia: UAE business women look at opportunities in Islamic Finance and Halal food

President of the Abu Dhabi Business Women Council and chief operating officer of Al Jaber Group Fatima Al Jaber said Islamic finance and halal food were the two mutual areas that Malaysia and UAE could work together.

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Pakistan: Trade relations with India in agriculture

| 08/12/2011 | Reply
Pakistan: Trade relations with India in agriculture

On the heels of Australia, New Zealand and Canada, India has captured a large share of Halal meat market globally. Though India is exporting Halal meat of all categories from poultry to red meat, it is buffalo meat that has earned India a lucrative market and burgeoning revenue.

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Viet Nam: Confab promotes Mideast trade

| 08/12/2011 | Reply
Viet Nam: Confab promotes Mideast trade

Exports were likely to reach approximately $2.4 billion by the end of the year, up 69 per cent year-on-year. Despite these encouraging results, Viet Nam was still faced with several barriers in fostering trade relations with the Middle East, such as cumbersome administrative procedures, political instability and insufficient market information, Hoøa said. They were also urged to win Halal certification, necessary if the firms wanted to effectively access the market.

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