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Malaysia: Pet food to be featured for the first time at halal products exhibition

| 09/02/2012 | Reply
Malaysia: Pet food to be featured for the first time at halal products exhibition

The exhibition, being held on the 4-7 April, is part of Malaysia Halal Week 2012, which also includes the World Halal Research Summit (WHRS) on the 4-5 April and the 7th World Halal Forum (WHF) 2012 on the 2-3 April.

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Malaysia: Halal Product Exports To Rise 10 Per Cent To RM33 Billion This Year

| 08/02/2012 | Reply
Malaysia: Halal Product Exports To Rise 10 Per Cent To RM33 Billion This Year

Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation chief executive officer Wong Lai Sum told reporters that softening global economic conditions would impact the growth of the global halal industry. She said the expectation was in line with the World Trade Organisation (WTO)’s projection of a moderate industry growth of 3.3 per cent this year.

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EU: 5th International Halal Food Conference in Brussels

| 07/02/2012 | Reply
EU: 5th International Halal Food Conference in Brussels

The Halal Food Council of Europe (HFCE) announces the 5th International Halal Food Conference on March 23, 2012 in Brussels, Belgium. The theme of the conference is Halal Market Potential: A Global Force.

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Halal Accreditation will Introduce Pakistani Products around the Globe

| 07/02/2012 | Reply
Halal Accreditation will Introduce Pakistani Products around the Globe

The step of introducing Halal Accreditation Scheme by Pakistan National Accreditation Council (PNAC), Federal Ministry for Science and Technology is commendable as it will help to introduce Pakistani Halal products globally, increasing exports, as well, says the Halal Research Council.

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Malaysia: Traders to be required to disclose Halal status of leather products!

| 06/02/2012 | Reply
Malaysia: Traders to be required to disclose Halal status of leather products!

The Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry is drawing up a regulation to make it compulsory for traders to disclose the halal status of leather goods. Its secretary-general Datuk Saripuddin Kasim said this was to enable them to display separately, leather items such as bags, shoes and clothing that are made from non-halal material.

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UAE liberalises rules for GCC companies

| 06/02/2012 | Reply
UAE liberalises rules for GCC companies

The UAE on Sunday decided to allow GCC companies to open their branches in the country with the same rights as those enjoyed by national companies in a move aimed at bolstering economic integration among the six-nation group.

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UAE: Media communication strategies to be analyzed

| 06/02/2012 | Reply
UAE: Media communication strategies to be analyzed

A Communication Forum, the first of its kind in Sharjah, will seek to benchmark the emirate’s government communication standards against global best practices and examine ways for infusing fresh methodologies into the communication mechanism among government departments in Sharjah.

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Malaysia: JAKIM To Introduce Halal Standard For Leather, Wool, Bone Products

| 04/02/2012 | Reply
Malaysia: JAKIM To Introduce Halal Standard For Leather, Wool, Bone Products

Its principal assistant director, halal hub division, Hakimah Mohd Yusoff said the standard would serve as a guideline in providing the halal certification for these products to safeguard the sensitivities among Muslim consumers.

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Canada: Halal meat carving out niche market in growing Muslim community

| 03/02/2012 | Reply
Canada: Halal meat carving out niche market in growing Muslim community

A different category of meat is gracing restaurant menus and filling grocery store shelves in Nova Scotia. As the Muslim community across the province grows, the number of businesses from butchers to restaurants selling halal meat has grown in lockstep.

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Indonesia: MUI Criticizes NU’s Plan to Draft Halal Certification

| 02/02/2012 | Reply
Indonesia: MUI Criticizes NU’s Plan to Draft Halal Certification

The Indonesian Ulemas Council (MUI) has criticized Nahdlatul Ulama’s (NU) plan to draft halal and honesty certifications for its members.

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UK: European Halal Food Park is now open for Business!

| 01/02/2012 | Reply
UK: European Halal Food Park is now open for Business!

The park is in its final stages of construction and ready to open its EU Licensed Factory for SME’s to come on board. The venture can expect to have a turnover of 15 million plus in the first year and has a number of committed partners. It is expected to be in full operation within the next six months.

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Pakistan is emerging as a global leader of Islamic Microfinance

| 01/02/2012 | Reply
Pakistan is emerging as a global leader of Islamic Microfinance

At the international summit on Islamic Microfinance being held in Istanbul, it was said that due to the failure of the conventional financial system, many countries in the world are adapting the Islamic microfinance system for poverty alleviation through which not only poverty will be eradicated but also a sustained economy shall come into being in these countries.

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UAE: Processed foods ‘claim 50pc of F&B market’

| 01/02/2012 | Reply
UAE: Processed foods ‘claim 50pc of F&B market’

Demand for processed food is growing rapidly across all food and beverage categories in the Middle East, and accounts for 50 per cent of the food market in the region, say the organisers of Gulfood in Dubai.

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Pakistan: Government launches Halal Food Accredititation scheme

| 01/02/2012 | Reply
Pakistan: Government launches Halal Food Accredititation scheme

The government has launched the first-ever Halal Food Accreditation scheme, and the move will be followed by the establishment of a Halal Board, which could bolster the country’s export.

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Contemporary art show in Saudi Arabia could herald a new movement

| 31/01/2012 | Reply
Contemporary art show in Saudi Arabia could herald a new movement

Usually it is the job of an art historian to pinpoint when an art movement begins. But last month, on the west coast of Saudi Arabia, the overwhelming feeling among visitors to a ground-breaking exhibition of Saudi contemporary art was that they had witnessed the birth of something new.

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UAE unveils new treatment for blocked heart arteries

| 31/01/2012 | Reply
UAE unveils new treatment for blocked heart arteries

UAE residents suffer from heart problems a decade younger than the world average, surgeons said, citing smoking, eating junk food and lack of exercise, as the contributing factors.

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UAE-NZ ties growing

| 31/01/2012 | Reply
UAE-NZ ties growing

Trade figures show New Zealand exports to the GCC have grown from $695 million in 2009 to $1.2 billion in 2011 that shows a 71 per cent increase over the two-year period. Dubai’s attraction to more tourists will increase demand for food and beverage products and it will provide opportunities to New Zealand companies to boost exports.

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Indonesia: PBNU Drafts Halal references

| 31/01/2012 | Reply
Indonesia: PBNU Drafts Halal references

The leaders of Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) are working on drafting halal standards. As such, all production distributed among NU members must be approved by the Nahdlatul Ulama Businessmen’s Association (HPN).

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UAE: SouqExtra! Ewan Center Embraces New Retail Trend

| 27/01/2012 | Reply
UAE: SouqExtra! Ewan Center Embraces New Retail Trend

SouqExtra!, the national chain of community supercenters, has experienced a 48 percent increase in daily footfall corresponding to the positive reception of its concept by the local retail community and the confident outlook for the UAE retail sector.

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Saudi Arabia to probe delay of tests on imported food

| 27/01/2012 | Reply
Saudi Arabia to probe delay of tests on imported food

The Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) plans to launch an investigation into the delay of some of its laboratories in completing tests on food products coming into the country, Saudi Gazette has reported. The move follows complaints from a number of businessmen and importers that their perishable products expire while the tests are still being done.

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