Category: Halal Integrity

Where’s the Beef?

| 26/01/2008 | Reply
Where’s the Beef?


It’s not often that American food companies join hands with
environmental and consumer activists to call for greater government
control over the nation’s food supply. But that’s just what happened
last week after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration concluded that
meat and milk from cloned cows, pigs, and goats are safe for consumers.

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Globalising Halal Standards: Issues and Challenges

| 16/01/2008 | Reply
Globalising Halal Standards: Issues and Challenges

The
definitions of Halal, while generally agreed upon by Muslims, display
significant gaps when it comes to their application in the industry.
Due to differing Halal standards not only between countries but also
within each individual country (following the presence of various Halal
authorities), confusion, misunderstanding and even abuse in the Halal
audit and certification process have occurred. As a result, supply
chains have been broken whilst artificial shortages of raw material
have emerged as a result of disunity between Halal certification bodies.

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GCC Region pushes for Halal committee

| 11/01/2008 | Reply
GCC Region pushes for Halal committee


A new committee will be formed to establish guidelines of the Muslim World League on Halal slaughter and food production. The responsibilities of the new committee will include the development
and implementation of educational programmes for manufacturers on the
approved guidelines for Halal slaughter and processing.

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GCC Panel to issue halal food guidelines

| 26/12/2007 | Reply
GCC Panel to issue halal food guidelines

Dubai:
An industry panel has been set up to issue guidelines on how halal food
is produced and sold, a move that seeks to streamline the estimated
$500 billion a year global market.
Delegates attending the recent Global Halal and Islamic Business
Forum in Abu Dhabi called for the setting up of “monitoring offices”
around the world to work with “recognised Islamic centres to conform to
the halal protocols for all foodstuffs to be imported into the GCC
region.”

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Abu Dhabi Halal Forum endorces GCC stance on Halal standards

| 25/12/2007 | Reply
Abu Dhabi Halal Forum endorces GCC stance on Halal standards

Delegates at the Global Halal and Islamic Business Forum have
unanimously endorsed recommendations from the Gulf Standards Authority
regarding global Halal industry guidelines. A statement, read out by Mr. Khaled Al Zamoul from the Kuwait
Municipality, confirmed that a committee will be formed to establish
guidelines of the Muslim World League regarding Halal slaughter and
food production.

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Turkey – which way to go on Halal Standards?

| 25/12/2007 | Reply
Turkey – which way to go on Halal Standards?

The direction that the Halal Standards debate in Turkey eventually takes is likely to have profound implications both in Europe and throughout the Muslim world. As on of the few major food producers among the Muslim world, Turkey’s stance on whether this is a religious or commercial issue will cause ripples one way or the other. The debate itself is likely to be heated.

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UK Halal Meat firms slam halal monitoring group

| 15/12/2007 | Reply
UK Halal Meat firms slam halal monitoring group

Dramas surrounding the question of Halal meat certification in the UK continue to hinder the industry’s progress.

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Halal food standards to be introduced in Turkey in 2008

| 04/12/2007 | Reply
Halal food standards to be introduced in Turkey in 2008

Industry and Commerce Minister Zafer Caglayan said on Wednesday
(November 28th) that standards for halal foods — foods that comply
with Islamic dietary laws — will be introduced in the first quarter of
2008. We have been following this development with interest, as Turkey have good access to EU Halal markets.

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200,000 Canned Drinks Seized For Carrying Expired Halal Logo

| 22/11/2007 | Reply
200,000 Canned Drinks Seized For Carrying Expired Halal Logo

Malaysia – Some 200,000 canned drinks of various
flavours worth about RM200,000 were seized by the Islamic religious
authority from a company in Taman Selamat here today for carrying an
expired Halal logo.

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25 Attend Halal Audit Training Programme

| 15/11/2007 | 2 Replies
25 Attend Halal Audit Training Programme

A four-day course on Halal audit training for twenty five participants from the
Agriculture Department, Religious Council, State Mufti’s Office,
Syariah Affairs Department, Department of Health Services, Fisheries
Department and National Accreditation and Standard Centre
will be held held in Brunei Darassalam. They will be following the guidelines of the Halal Standard Brunei launched and their Halal Conference in August.

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Aussie plan to push for halal standard rejected

| 10/10/2007 | Reply
Aussie plan to push for halal standard rejected

The issue of developing international Halal standards continues to appear in all corners of the world. This issue was recently brought up in the Australian parliament, to use the Australian Government Muslim Slaughter (AGMS) programme as an international benchmark, but it was rejected.

We expect to see some further initiatives on international standards coming up under the OIC umbrella in the near future.

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Turkey misses out on $2.1 trillion halal market

| 26/09/2007 | Reply
Turkey misses out on $2.1 trillion halal market

Turkey’s moved to develop Halal standards, and play a significant role in the Halal market are – perhaps predictably – beset with difficulties. Finding the balance between Islamic and secular issues, as far as Halal is concerned, is likely to be a delicate balancing act. If they cannot resolve this issue, they will find themselves falling behind as more countries develop national Halal standards. Whether this issue can be resolved under the OIC umbrella remains to be seen.

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$4.3m Halal poultry project in Armm yet to start

| 18/09/2007 | Reply
$4.3m Halal poultry project in Armm yet to start

The establishment of the P200 million poultry
project in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao hinges on the
region’s readiness to issue certification compliant with Malaysian
standards. This project, under the BIMP-EAGA programme, has been threatening to get off the ground for years. It appears that the latest hitch is getting JAKIM to approve their certification process, something that may take a while…

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Janan Meats Halal success

| 16/09/2007 | Reply
Janan Meats Halal success

This is an example of a Halal company being given a ‘Certificate of Recognition’ by an independent international auditing company which has used a Halal standard set out by the UK Halal Corporation compatible with the BRC Global Standard.



More and more these big companies will get involved in the auditing of these Halal firms to give them international credibility above their local Halal certification.

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A Fatwa on Stunning

| 06/08/2007 | Reply
A Fatwa on Stunning

The question of stunning is coming under the spotlight again, (see the articles about the call to review Halal slaughter procedures in Australia). Here is a Fatwa from the Islamic Fiqh Council affiliated to the Muslim World League on the question as to whether it is permissible to eat meat from animals which have been stunned before slaughter.

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Halal and Kosher Standards – Please!

| 03/08/2007 | Reply
Halal and Kosher Standards – Please!

A coherent and well-informed article from International Food Ingredients magazine will comments and opinions from many market stakeholders. The view that Halal and Kosher are well on the way to being standard operating procedures for market compliance and access is increasingly widely held. The call for standards and professional service goes on!

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Deciphering markets’ new eco-friendly labels

| 28/07/2007 | Reply
Deciphering markets’ new eco-friendly labels

Efforts
to go green are becoming more and more widespread, and one place that’s
evident is on supermarket and department store shelves. Nowadays,
labels on foods and other household products often display seals and
certifications vouching for their eco-friendliness, but what do those
emblems mean and which ones can you trust?

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ISO standard set for food traceability

| 28/07/2007 | Reply
ISO standard set for food traceability

A new international
standard has been set for traceability along the food chain, setting
out a complete system under which processors can get certification. This will begin to have resonance within the Halal industry supply chain in the not-too-distant future.

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