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UK: 100% horse meat prompts FSA to order testing of processed beef

| 08/02/2013 | Reply
UK: 100% horse meat prompts FSA to order testing of processed beef

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has ordered authenticity testing on all processed beef products after it was revealed that Findus found up to 100% horse meat in its beef lasagnes.

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USA: A Meaty Question

| 08/02/2013 | Reply
USA: A Meaty Question

Few Western countries have laws explicitly regulating kosher or halal products—chiefly meat produced by the ritual slaughter of animals, subject to particular standards of health or hygiene. Governments prefer to rely on private companies and market forces to do the job.

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Malaysia: Brahim’s ready for overseas Halal markets

| 07/02/2013 | Reply
Malaysia: Brahim’s ready for overseas Halal markets

After 10 years concentrating on the local market, Brahim’s executive chairman says it’s now time to venture overseas. Brahim’s has embarked on a RM2 million rebranding exercise. Brahim’s Airline Catering currently services over 30 international airlines.

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UK: Halal board condemns pork DNA ‘lapse’

| 07/02/2013 | Reply
UK: Halal board condemns pork DNA ‘lapse’

The Sharia Halal Board has held a meeting to discuss a “recent lapse”, which saw pork-contaminated halal products being supplied to UK prisons and government organisations in England and Wales.

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UK: Horsemeat scandal: Food labelling and what’s changing

| 07/02/2013 | Reply
UK: Horsemeat scandal: Food labelling and what’s changing

The new food labelling rules being introduced from 13 December 2014 will require new practices for food manufacturers which will involve increased costs, possibly running into millions of pounds to ensure that packaging is compliant with the new legislation.

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UK: Meat tests to be revealed after pork DNA in halal food scandal

| 06/02/2013 | Reply
UK: Meat tests to be revealed after pork DNA in halal food scandal

The results of industry tests will be published “to provide a clearer picture of standards”, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) said after a meeting attended by food and farming minister David Heath, and major food retailers and suppliers yesterday.

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UK: 3663 drops McColgan’s halal products over pork DNA discovery

| 05/02/2013 | Reply
UK: 3663 drops McColgan’s halal products over pork DNA discovery

Food processors and Defra have met with the Food Standards Agency to find a solution to what officials call ‘an unacceptable meat labelling situation.’

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UK: Muslim leader says that Pork DNA find could hit Irish beef sales

| 05/02/2013 | Reply
UK: Muslim leader says that Pork DNA find could hit Irish beef sales

The Food Standards Agency NI, however, said no pork meat was found in halal products meant for prisons in England and Wales. County Tyrone food company McColgan’s and distributors 3663 withdrew products after traces of pork DNA were found.

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UK: Investigation into Halal Meat Products Tainted with Pork

| 05/02/2013 | Reply
UK: Investigation into Halal Meat Products Tainted with Pork

An emergency meeting of meat processing suppliers, wholesalers and retailers was taking place with the British Food Safety Authority today (Monday) following the discovery of traces of pig meat in Halal meat pies.

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UK: Legal action may follow ‘Halal meat’ pork fed to prisoners

| 05/02/2013 | Reply
UK: Legal action may follow ‘Halal meat’ pork fed to prisoners

The food safety watchdog, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) is considering legal action after the Ministry of Justice revealed meat pies and pasties supplied to prisons in England and Wales were labelled and served as Halal but contained traces of pork DNA.

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UK: Council of Mosques clashes with Halal Food Authority after pork DNA scandal

| 05/02/2013 | Reply
UK: Council of Mosques clashes with Halal Food Authority after pork DNA scandal

A Council of Mosques has called for a boycott of Halal Food Authority (HFA) products. The HFA meanwhile hit back stating they still have one of the ‘most stringent and well regulated auditing systems for accreditation of halal meat’.

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UK: Northern Ireland firm in halal meat row

| 05/02/2013 | Reply
UK: Northern Ireland firm in halal meat row

In a statement, a spokesman for McColgan Quality Foods Limited in Strabane, Co Tyrone, said the company was co-operating with the Food Standards Agency following the discovery of trace elements of porcine DNA in a number of halal-certified pastry products.

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UK: ‘Traces of pork DNA’ found in Halal prison meat

| 02/02/2013 | Reply
UK: ‘Traces of pork DNA’ found in Halal prison meat

The Ministry of Justice is to suspend a firm supplying meat to prisons after tests found that it may have provided pies and pasties described as Halal – but with traces of pork DNA. The Ministry of Justice orders all halal products from one unnamed prison supplier be destroyed.

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Saudi Arabia: Halal certification and alcohol-free labeling with Mondelez

| 29/01/2013 | Reply
Saudi Arabia: Halal certification and alcohol-free labeling with Mondelez

Mondelez is expanding in the Middle East having recently signed a joint venture in Saudi Arabia. ConfectioneryNews.com asks the industry giant if halal certification and alcohol-free labeling have been factored into its growth plans.

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UK: ‘We don’t export meat to MidEast’, British retailer Tesco confirms

| 20/01/2013 | Reply
UK: ‘We don’t export meat to MidEast’, British retailer Tesco confirms

Tesco does have outlets in Turkey and Malaysia, where Muslims are a majority. Capon confirms that “the three products that are the subject of the UK investigation into pork DNA found in burgers they stocked are not sold in or exported to Turkey or Malaysia.”

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China: Foods Mislabeled as Halal Imports

| 19/01/2013 | Reply
China: Foods Mislabeled as Halal Imports

A number of companies in China are mislabeling domestically made food products as halal imports from Islamic nations in order to improve their market share in the Muslim-populated northwestern Xinjiang region, according to sources.

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Ireland: Coveney vows to name firms involved in meat controversy

| 16/01/2013 | Reply
Ireland: Coveney vows to name firms involved in meat controversy

There was a plausible explanation for the presence of pig DNA because meat from different animals was processed in the same meat plants but “there is no clear explanation at this time for the presence of horse DNA in products emanating from meat plants that do not use horse meat.

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UK: ANSA is dismayed with pig DNA found in burgers from Ireland

| 16/01/2013 | Reply
UK: ANSA is dismayed with pig DNA found in burgers from Ireland

The Association of non stun abattoirs is seeking assurity and support that the halal burgers in the Birmingham market do not have any pork DNA protein in them after a recent Food Standards Agency Ireland report claiming 23 products analysed contained pig DNA.

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Japan: World’s first Halal certified Halal Miso Paste

| 16/01/2013 | Reply
Japan: World’s first Halal certified Halal Miso Paste

The additive free Halal certified Soya bean based Miso paste is healthy and complies the concept of Halal and Taybaan. The producer aims to increase the international sales at 10% in 5 years and is intending to export to South east Asia, Middle East.

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Malaysia’s FAMA keen on Brunei Halal Brand

| 14/01/2013 | Reply
Malaysia’s FAMA keen on Brunei Halal Brand

FAMA is willing to assist and link up any interested Malaysian SMEs with Brunei Halal Brand, in order to penetrate the regional and international market. Brunei Halal can just name the products, and they will look for the right SMEs who can meet their demand.

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