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Opinion: It’s not the halal you expected

| 24/02/2011 | Reply
Opinion: It’s not the halal you expected

And as debate and discussion on the meaning of halal grows, mainstream supermarkets, food producers, and restaurants are finding that there is plenty of overlap between traditional definitions of halal food and Western standards of quality and ethics.

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Australia: Meat and Livestock Australia renews commitment to the region in Gulfood 2011

| 24/02/2011 | Reply
Australia: Meat and Livestock Australia renews commitment to the region in Gulfood 2011

Over 18 meat exporters and producers from Australia will be hosted at the Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) pavilion, widely anticipated to be at the centre of Gulfood visitors’ attention for its contribution to the estimated annual $860m red meat products’ trade between Australia and the MENA region.

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South Africa: Walmart imports will threaten food security – Basson

| 24/02/2011 | 1 Reply
South Africa: Walmart imports will threaten food security – Basson

Whitey Basson, the chief executive of Shoprite, said yesterday that he was “very worried” about food security and the manufacturing capacity for food in the country if more food was imported.

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Malaysia: 366 Hotels and resorts nationwide get Halal certificatiom

| 24/02/2011 | Reply
Malaysia: 366 Hotels and resorts nationwide get Halal certificatiom

“Out of the 366 hotels and resorts, 273 units or 74.59 per cent were rated three to five stars, 53 or 14.48 per cent were rated one to two stars while 40 units or 10.93 per cent were budget hotels,”

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Food Security: A Generous Heart

| 24/02/2011 | Reply
Food Security: A Generous Heart

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) looks at the humanitarian side of the World Food Programme in the Middle East.

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USA: Food Service offering Halal options at Catersource trade show

| 22/02/2011 | Reply
USA: Food Service offering Halal options at Catersource trade show

Minnesota based Food Service Express (FSE), will offer one of the first ever initiatives to introduce attendees to halal catering. An expert on halal for food service, Food Service Express has been committed to demystifying halal and connecting the dots between suppliers and consumers.

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Nigeria: Nigeria-China trades hit $7.5b in 2010

| 21/02/2011 | Reply
Nigeria: Nigeria-China trades hit $7.5b in 2010

“The trade and investment mission will focus on promoting Halal food and products, which has become a lifestyle in China and her culture with a global market value in excess of $2 trillion per annum. This is a big market for Nigeria to participate and take its own market share. They will also be promoting other famous and excellent Chinese (Qinghai) companies, their brands and products.”

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Singapore: Middle East Enjoys a Taste of the South East

| 20/02/2011 | Reply
Singapore: Middle East Enjoys a Taste of the South East

Singapore food manufacturers anticipate growth in exports to Middle East as region’s appetite for Southeast Asian cuisine grows

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Dubai: Investors to meet international franchise brands at Gulfood 2011

| 20/02/2011 | Reply
Dubai: Investors to meet international franchise brands at Gulfood 2011

The Midamar-World Franchise Associates panel will enlighten the audience in practical matters of franchising such as the acquisition of brands, building a successful network, franchise agreements, legal matters, and financial planning. Midamar will discuss the sourcing and supply of Halal food and ingredients, accreditation, legal requirements and supply chain management.

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Malaysia: Webse to go big on the web

| 19/02/2011 | Reply
Malaysia: Webse to go big on the web

After winning the platinum award in the technology/ICT category at the inaugural Star Outstanding Business Awards (SOBA) 2010, it has now set its sight to become the top global halal portal company.

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Malaysia: 8th MIHAS Receives Good Response From Singapore Firms

| 18/02/2011 | Reply
Malaysia: 8th MIHAS Receives Good Response From Singapore Firms

Singapore halal product companies are showing greater interest in the annual Malaysia International Halal Showcase (MIHAS) and the organiser is at his wits’ end on how to accommodate them in the 8th edition of the event in Kuala Lumpur from April 6-9.

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Singapore: Brunei Halal brand gets support in S’pore

| 16/02/2011 | Reply
Singapore: Brunei Halal brand gets support in S’pore

NTUC FairPrice, which is run by Singapore’s National Trade Union Congress, started offering the Brunei halal products in the middle of October 2010, the first supermarket chain to do so outside the Sultanate.

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Indonesian women splash out at Islamic spas

| 16/02/2011 | Reply
Indonesian women splash out at Islamic spas

Indonesian women are splashing out on treatments at spas aimed at meeting Islamic values, including paying for special headscarf styling, as affluence rises in the world’s most populous Muslim nation.

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UK: Church of England concerns over Halal

| 14/02/2011 | 3 Replies
UK: Church of England  concerns over Halal

The Church’s financial arm has also come under pressure to withdraw its investments – worth millions of pounds – in supermarkets that do not clearly label halal food.

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Malaysia: A New Business Platform For Halal Product Industry

| 14/02/2011 | Reply
Malaysia: A New Business Platform For Halal Product Industry

DinarHijjaz, a Bumiputera-owned multi-level marketing business, is opening up its business platform to multi-racial Malaysians in efforts to expand the halal food industry in the country.

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France: French Muslims Confused Over Halal Restrictions

| 14/02/2011 | Reply
France: French Muslims Confused Over Halal Restrictions

Reaching a consensus on halal standards will be difficult among France’s diverse, disparate Muslim population. Lacking an international structure like the Catholic Church to replicate at the national level, French Muslims remained largely unorganized until 2003, when government authorities helped found the French Council of the Muslim Faith as the representative of France’s “official Islam.” However, the organization has continually been undercut by rival factions and clashing loyalties that have made uniting French Muslims under a single structure — or unified halal Code — impossible.

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Appeal to change labelling airline meals to Halal Meal instead of Muslim Meal

| 12/02/2011 | Reply
Appeal to change labelling airline meals to Halal Meal instead of Muslim Meal

The following letter has been sent to Senior management in International Air Transport Association IATA, by the CEO of Halal India, in order to request a change in the labeling of meals served to Muslim travellers to ‘Halal Meal’. In some instances the label ‘Muslim Meal’ has not guaranteed an actual Halal certified meal being served on the aircraft when requested. They may just have ensured there were no pork dishes.

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Mideast tops world in 2010 Aussie lamb sales

| 11/02/2011 | Reply
Mideast tops world in 2010 Aussie lamb sales

The Middle East established itself as Australia’s largest lamb export destination in 2010, surpassing the US, with shipments increasing 2% on the previous year, to a record 36,670 tonnes according to figures released by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries – DAFF in Australia.

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Indonesia: Most halal products lack official approval

| 10/02/2011 | Reply
Indonesia: Most halal products lack official approval

Just over a third of all the halal products offered for sale in Indonesia actually have official halal certificates, according food and drug monitoring agencies.

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Malaysia: Study Underway To Use Cocoa Fats For Cosmetics

| 10/02/2011 | Reply
Malaysia: Study Underway To Use Cocoa Fats For Cosmetics

Hamzah said the study was the Barisan Nasional government’s initiative to diversify cocoa-based products and to develop Malaysia’s halal product market. “With the study being carried out, we want to determine eventually cosmetics produced in this country are halal products.

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