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UAE: Al Farooj awards franchise rights to UK based Al-Amin

| 06/07/2011 | Reply
UAE: Al Farooj awards franchise rights to UK based Al-Amin

As part of its expansion plan, Al Farooj Fresh, a fast-casual restaurant chain in UAE, has signed an agreement with Al-Amin Holdings, a UK-based business group, awarding them the franchise rights for opening up six Al Farooj outlets in the UAE.

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International Halal Integrity Alliance on Animal Welfare in Religious Slaughter

| 06/07/2011 | 1 Reply
International Halal Integrity Alliance on Animal Welfare in Religious Slaughter

The issue of animal welfare in religious slaughter is most often taken
at face value where only the negatives are highlighted and up-played
leading to a worldwide outcry and marginalization of the Jews and the
Muslims worldwide.

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Saudi Arabia: Scholars to analyze halal food standards at Riyadh conference

| 06/07/2011 | 1 Reply
Saudi Arabia: Scholars to analyze halal food standards at Riyadh conference

RIYADH: The Kingdom will host the first ever international conference on halal food in the Saudi capital on 12 February 2012, the Saudi Food and Drug Authority announced on Tuesday. The objectives of the proposed summit are to clarify the concept of halal food and its requirements from an Islamic perspective and to present technical and economic aspects of halal food in the light of its increased global demand.

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Malaysia: Islamic Religious Councils Advised To Set Up Own Abattoirs

| 03/07/2011 | Reply
Malaysia: Islamic Religious Councils Advised To Set Up Own Abattoirs

State Islamic religious councils have been advised to set up their own abattoirs to ensure confidence among Muslims that meat and poultry slaughter processes were truly halal.

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Bangladesh: Bangladesh gets go-ahead to export halal food

| 03/07/2011 | Reply
Bangladesh: Bangladesh gets go-ahead to export halal food

Bangladesh will soon start exporting halal food after Malaysia’s Department of Islamic Development approved the Islamic Foundation Bangladesh (IFB) as a halal certification body.

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EU: Ansa Regrets Dutch decision

| 01/07/2011 | Reply
EU: Ansa Regrets Dutch decision

ANSA (Association of Non Stun Abattoirs) has expressed dismay at the decision of the Dutch lower parliament to pass a law that would ban ritual slaughter in accordance with both Jewish law, known as shechita, and Muslim law, known as halal.

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Kuwait investors invited to China-Arab economic forum

| 01/07/2011 | Reply
Kuwait investors invited to China-Arab economic forum

Visiting board members of China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) Ma Jiang urged Kuwait public and private sector investors to contribute to the Second China-Arab States Economic and Trade Forum, to be held on September 21-25.

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Thailand: Halal Int’l Conference and Expo

| 30/06/2011 | Reply
Thailand: Halal Int’l Conference and Expo

Organized by Central Islamic Council of Thailand, the conference attracted Muslim scholars, businessmen and members of Muslim community from all corners of the country.

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EU: Stunning of cattle a big issue in Europe’s abattoirs

| 30/06/2011 | Reply
EU: Stunning of cattle a big issue in Europe’s abattoirs

The Dutch Parliament has angered Muslims and Jews by moving to ban killing of animals in abattoirs without stunning first. Ritual killing for religious reasons must now be preceded in the Netherlands by the use of a gas or electric stun gun.

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Malaysia: Tesco to increase local SME products to be sold in China

| 29/06/2011 | Reply
Malaysia: Tesco to increase local SME products to be sold in China

They also want to encourage more Halal food suppliers who want to penetrate the Chinese market to approach Tesco as the Muslim population in China is estimated to be about 80 million people.

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UAE: Municipality trains workers on genetically modified food

| 29/06/2011 | Reply
UAE: Municipality trains workers on genetically modified food

The training programme, involving 27 employees of the department reviewed the economic reality and impact of halal food, genetically modified food, the readiness of Arab countries for the production of halal food.

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EU: Dutch approve ban on religious animal slaughter

| 28/06/2011 | Reply
EU: Dutch approve ban on religious animal slaughter

The Dutch parliament passed a bill Tuesday banning the slaughter of livestock without stunning it first, removing an exemption that has allowed Jews and Muslims to butcher animals according to their centuries-old dietary rules. However, the bill must still pass the Senate, which is unlikely before the summer recess.

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South Africa: Nestle SA, Ogilvy SA, DTI to speak at Halaal conference

| 28/06/2011 | Reply
South Africa: Nestle SA, Ogilvy SA, DTI to speak at Halaal conference

The Global Halaal Market conference, a one-day event discussing the latest trends and developments in the global halaal market, will take place 17-19 July 2011 at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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Malaysia: CCM aiming for bigger presence in overseas markets

| 28/06/2011 | Reply
Malaysia: CCM aiming for bigger presence in overseas markets

Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam will be the key markets for expansion. They have also submitted 10 pharmaceutical products for registrations and approvals in Saudi Arabia.

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UK: Ocado shares plunge

| 28/06/2011 | Reply
UK: Ocado shares plunge

Ocado is launching its own products and it yesterday unveiled a partnership with Carrefour to sell the French chain’s food products. Tim Steiner, Ocado’s chief executive, said the link-up was the first of many “speciality” ranges that would include Oriental, kosher, halal and diabetic foods

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Russia: Going Islamic

| 28/06/2011 | Reply
Russia: Going Islamic

The stricter, more ethical rules of Islamic finance helped many countries avoid the worst of the 2008 economic meltdown. Now officials in the Russian republic of Tatarstan are hoping that Islamic finance can help them attract direct investment from Muslim nations around the world.

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EU: Halal Debate Adds to Dutch Muslims’ Woes

| 28/06/2011 | Reply
EU: Halal Debate Adds to Dutch Muslims’ Woes

Last week, Jews and Muslims wrung a concession out of lawmakers when the lower house agreed to an amendment. If religious organizations can show that their method of slaughter causes no more pain than industrial slaughtering, they will obtain a license for five years.

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India: Intertek responds to Indian Halal demand

| 26/06/2011 | 1 Reply
India: Intertek responds to Indian Halal demand

India has more than 175 million Muslim people but still does not have access to many Halal products from reputed brands, prompting Intertek to expand its services in India to include Halal certification of food products.

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Thailand: Proposed Halal Parks In Malaysia, Thailand

| 26/06/2011 | Reply
Thailand: Proposed Halal Parks In Malaysia, Thailand

Halal parks should be established in Malaysia and Thailand to facilitate the permanent promotion of halal products in both countries. The governments of both countries could facilitate the setting up of the parks, including stationing English-Thai translators in the Thai halal park as well as staff well-versed with their respective country’s business environment.

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UK: Asda celebrates 10 years with £1bn sales of local food

| 24/06/2011 | Reply
UK: Asda celebrates 10 years with £1bn sales of local food

On the day that Asda celebrates its 10th year working with local suppliers, the retailer announces that is has clocked up £1bn of sales since it began working with local and ethnic suppliers in 2001.

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