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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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Pakistan needs to be active in global halal market

| 13/01/2013 | Reply
Pakistan needs to be active in global halal market

Pakistan is still developing its own halal standards and there is no official halal certification body in Pakistan. The countries with Muslims majority are the most obvious target market for halal products especially for meat and meat products.

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Saffron Road Introduces First Non-GMO Verified Frozen Entrée in the USA

| 10/01/2013 | Reply
Saffron Road Introduces First Non-GMO Verified Frozen Entrée in the USA

Saffron Road™, the packaged food brand of American Halal Co., will be launching the first frozen entrée of its kind nationally at the end of January. The new gourmet, frozen entrée, Chana Saag with Cumin Rice, is the first frozen entrée in the USA to be Non-GMO Verified.

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Pakistan: Export of Halal products to bring forex

| 07/01/2013 | Reply
Pakistan: Export of Halal products to bring forex

Punjab Halal Development Agency (PHDA) Chairman Justice Retd Khalil-ur-Rehman Khan has stressed the need for devising a ‘development plan’ to promote exports of quality Halal products from Pakistan to the international market.

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UK: British cheese-maker sees sales boom thanks to going Halal

| 29/12/2012 | Reply
UK: British cheese-maker sees sales boom thanks to going Halal

Joseph Heler Cheese is going from strength to strength. Based just outside Nantwich, in Cheshire, it has been helped by gaining halal accreditation, helping it to tap into Muslim markets. The business also exports to China, Japan, the Caribbean, the Middle East and Africa.

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EU: Growing demand sees Europe firms warm to ‘Halal production’

| 24/12/2012 | Reply
EU: Growing demand sees Europe firms warm to ‘Halal production’

One of the organizations in Europe that promote production of goods according to halal standards and encourages producers to enter this business is Belgium’s Halal Club, an initiative that is supported by the Walloon Export and Foreign Investment Agency (AWEX).

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Brunei: Call To Utilise Brunei’s Strong Halal Certification

| 20/12/2012 | Reply
Brunei: Call To Utilise Brunei’s Strong Halal Certification

Foreign investors should look into the booming 62 million people of the BIMP-EAGA sub-regional grouping to invest in, and utilise, Brunei Darussalam’s strong ‘halal’ certification for the processing of halal food products and then to market them regionally.

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Pakistan: EPZA, ICCI to establish Halal Export Processing Zone

| 16/12/2012 | Reply
Pakistan: EPZA, ICCI to establish Halal Export Processing Zone

Various international brands should be attracted towards Pakistan for investment in a Halal Processing Zone which would ultimately increase the exports of Halal products as global value for trade of Halal foods and non-food products.

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USA: Saudi Arabia Retail Foods Update 2012

| 14/12/2012 | Reply
USA: Saudi Arabia Retail Foods Update 2012

This report provides an update on the Saudi retail food market structure and information that the U.S., and other exporters would need to enter this important market.

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Malaysia: AIM to increase financing for operators of halal products

| 14/12/2012 | Reply
Malaysia: AIM to increase financing for operators of halal products

National micro financing provider Amanah Ikhtiar Malaysia (AIM) is increasing its funding for operators of halal products in Sarawak up to RM12.9 million starting next year. They will also be providing financing facility for the renovation of their premises

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USA: Midamar Corporation continues to supply customers worldwide

| 29/11/2012 | Reply
USA: Midamar Corporation continues to supply customers worldwide

Midamar facilities were recently raided by government agencies and a business account was frozen. They were not informed of the purpose or the cause of the investigation. There is no evidence that Midamar’s halal integrity has been compromised by this investigation.

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