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UK agency warns about ‘Zam Zam’ water on sale

| 18/08/2011 | Reply
UK agency warns about ‘Zam Zam’ water on sale

The government’s Food Standard s Agency (FSA) in Britain has advised Muslims that they should consider avoiding drinking bottled water described or labelled as Zam Zam water. As per Saudi Arabian law, export of Zam Zam water for sale is illegal and the British regulator was uncertain about the origin of the bottled water on sale.

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UAE: Muslim Holiday-makers head to ‘now affordable’ Europe

| 18/08/2011 | Reply
UAE: Muslim Holiday-makers head to ‘now affordable’ Europe

Holiday-makers from Qatar are heading to destinations in Europe, making use of the present economic frost sweeping across the euro zone countries, tourism industry experts have observed.

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Corruption index 2010 from Transparency International

| 18/08/2011 | Reply
Corruption index 2010 from Transparency International

The Corruption Index is always controversial, but it can be a guide to who you might want to do business with. Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) is the world’s most credible measure of of domestic, public sector corruption.

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UK: Nando’s halal call

| 17/08/2011 | Reply
UK: Nando’s halal call

A PETITION has been set up to add halal meat to the menu at the new Nando’s restaurant in Peterborough city centre.

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Can Indonesia serve as a World Halal Certification Centre?

| 16/08/2011 | Reply
Can Indonesia serve as a World Halal Certification Centre?

Indonesia, as the world’s largest Muslim country with a population of about 237.6 million, wants to serve as a world certification center for halal goods in line with the increasing popularity of halal products among both Muslim and non-Muslim consumers.

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UK: Middle Eastern visitors favour Westfield London

| 16/08/2011 | Reply
UK: Middle Eastern visitors favour Westfield London

July has seen a large influx of Middle Eastern shoppers to Westfield London shopping centre, while retailers have reported uplift in Middle Eastern customers mainly from Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, including members of Gulf Royal families as regular Westfield London visitors.

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Malaysia: Jakim Confirms ‘Pure Creamery Butter-Golden Churn’ Is Non-Halal

| 16/08/2011 | Reply
Malaysia: Jakim Confirms ‘Pure Creamery Butter-Golden Churn’ Is Non-Halal

With the product being confirmed non-Halal, he advised holders and new applicants of the Halal certificate who use the product to change it with other type of butter which is certified Halal and to keep the purchase receipt of the new product as proof.

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Opinion: Islamic Finance industry needs consolidation

| 16/08/2011 | Reply
Opinion: Islamic Finance industry needs consolidation

Rushdi Siddiqui asks: what about consolidation among Islamic industry bodies, such as AAOIFI (Accounting and Auditing Organisation of Islamic Financial Institutions), IIRA (International Islamic Rating Agency), IIFM (International Islamic Financial Market) and CIBAFI (General Council for Islamic Banks and Financial Institutions)?

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Pakistan fails to gain much in Halal brand market

| 16/08/2011 | Reply
Pakistan fails to gain much in Halal brand market

Currently, almost all countries exporting Halal products are non-Muslim. Brazil, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, France, Thailand and India are the leading countries exporting Halal products. Last year, India exported Halal brand products worth $21 billion. Awareness about Halal is higher in countries where Muslims are in minority.

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UAE: Halal industry ‘must make strategic global acquisitions’

| 15/08/2011 | Reply
UAE: Halal industry ‘must make strategic global acquisitions’

The halal industry should be supported by Islamic finance and the two should go hand in hand. True halal is not only about a process but following Islamic rules. One way of starting a dialogue is joint Islamic finance-halal food activities and events to develop understanding and match-making of services and products first locally, regionally and internationally. That should be reinforced by the authorities.

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Opinion: Ramadan-inspired Dates Index

| 15/08/2011 | Reply
Opinion: Ramadan-inspired Dates Index

Rushdi Siddiqui speaks about the theory of purchasing power, but presents it as something relatively simple and relevant that not only attempts to capture the purchasing power of (Muslim country) consumers, but also with something that is closely linked to historical Arabia and referenced in the Qur’an.

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Opinion: Global brands, Islamic values

| 15/08/2011 | Reply
Opinion: Global brands, Islamic values

As more and more transnational companies look at expanding their footprints in the global Islamic market, which accounts for around 23 per cent of the world’s population and is projected to grow to about 35 per cent in the next 20 years, brand managers and marketing heads need to study and analyse the religion that dictates so much of public life and its associated values.

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Rice Set to Climb as Thailand Plans Curbs, U.S. Crop Drops

| 15/08/2011 | Reply
Rice Set to Climb as Thailand Plans Curbs, U.S. Crop Drops

The smallest increase in rice stockpiles in five years means global grain inventories will extend a decline that already drove food costs to a record.

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Nigeria: Small enterprise and job creation

| 15/08/2011 | Reply
Nigeria: Small enterprise and job creation

Supporting small and medium enterprises and agribusiness are key priorities for IFC in Africa, since these sectors account for the bulk of employment on the continent. Across Africa, IFC is supporting projects across the food supply chain, including processing, logistics, and distribution.

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Oman: Food security vital

| 15/08/2011 | Reply
Oman: Food security vital

The Sultanate has attached great importance to food security and has set up a national committee for food security, besides developing strategies to ensure self-sufficiency and adequate availability of food.

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Canada: Ottawa mulling course for all food workers

| 15/08/2011 | Reply
Canada: Ottawa mulling course for all food workers

Ottawa Public Health is debating whether to force all food handlers in the city to take a mandatory food safety course. The city now offers a one-day voluntary food safety certification course and demand is high for that course.

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UAE: Get busy during Ramadan

| 14/08/2011 | Reply
UAE: Get busy during Ramadan

Dubai: Generating high workplace productivity while helping Muslim workers observe the tenets of Ramadan can pose challenges for companies, experts say. Reduced daily work hours for Muslim workers who are fasting can impact on output for business environments vying in a competitive global market place.

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Opinion: Turn off social networks in times of crisis?

| 14/08/2011 | Reply
Opinion: Turn off social networks in times of crisis?

Amidst widespread calls from MPs, David Cameron has pledged to investigate the possibility of turning off social networks during times of crisis, lumping Britain in with some rather unsavory company.

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Research: Religious beliefs shape health care attitudes among US Muslims

| 13/08/2011 | Reply
Research: Religious beliefs shape health care attitudes among US Muslims

The perceived role of God in illness and recovery is a primary influence upon the health care beliefs and behaviors of American Muslims, a first-of-its-kind study has discovered. Outreach and education efforts by the health care community can help address Muslim concerns and improve health care quality in this rapidly growing population, the report recommends.

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Opinion: Legacy of a society that believes in nothing

| 13/08/2011 | Reply
Opinion: Legacy of a society that believes in nothing

All the main religions are unshakeable when it comes to self-evident truths about right and wrong; about stealing, harming others, coveting goods, instant gratification and so on.

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