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Category: Meat & Poultry

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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South Africa: Muslim Judicial Council says no to EU Chicken

| 07/02/2013 | Reply
South Africa: Muslim Judicial Council says no to EU Chicken

Notice given to all European slaughterers by the EU last quarter for increased voltage stunning came into effect on 1 January and has particular significance for Muslim consumers given an increase in European imported “halal” products into South Africa seen recently.

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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: Britain ‘can’t afford to overlook’ Halal trade

| 05/02/2013 | Reply
UK: Britain ‘can’t afford to overlook’ Halal trade

The Halal meat market is a multi-million pound contributor to the British economy. Abattoirs, butchers, processors and retailers can’t afford to overlook it. Eblex has commissioned new research, which will follow on from a comprehensive publication it put out in 2010 by them.

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UK: Prison Reform Trust welcomes immediate apology and investigation

| 05/02/2013 | Reply
UK: Prison Reform Trust welcomes immediate apology and investigation

The Prison Service is investigating this as a matter of urgency. Its director Juliet Lyon said: ”This is not a matter of dietary preference but of Islamic law. There are clear hospital and prison rules that halal meat must be on the menu.’

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Open Letter from Muslim Arbitration Tribunal to HFA

| 05/02/2013 | Reply
Open Letter from Muslim Arbitration Tribunal to HFA

An Open Letter from the Muslim Arbitration Tribunal to the Halal Food Authority on the subject of the Pork DNA scandal.

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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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Pakistan: Halal products demand rising globally

| 27/01/2013 | Reply
Pakistan: Halal products demand rising globally

A Turkish delegation seems committed to the private sector development and is offering a pro-business environment with a positive policy framework to generate foreign and domestic investment and employment. Their visit was to explore opportunities of foreign investment in Punjab.

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Pakistan: LCCI body calls for end to slaughter of female animals

| 25/01/2013 | Reply
Pakistan: LCCI body calls for end to slaughter of female animals

The Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) Standing Committee on Halal Meat Chairman Nasib Ahmed Saifi has called for stopping the slaughtering of female animals saying it is necessary for future growth of animals.

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Poland to amend animal rights law to legalise Kosher and Halal slaughter

| 24/01/2013 | Reply
Poland to amend animal rights law to legalise Kosher and Halal slaughter

The bill has now been passed on to social and trade union organizations for consultation. Ritual slaughter for meat earns 1.2 to 1.5 billion zloty (400 million euros) per year for the Polish economy, and creates between 4 and 5,000 jobs.

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UK: Changes to Animal Welfare with Regards to Regulation 1099/2009

| 23/01/2013 | Reply
UK: Changes to Animal Welfare with Regards to Regulation 1099/2009

From 1 January 2013, Reg EC No 1099/2009 came into effect in all EU Member States. This introduces a number of changes to welfare requirements for the slaughterhouse, moving the emphasis for monitoring and improving welfare to the Food Business Operator.

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USA: McDonald’s To Pay $700,000 To Settle Allegations Franchise Falsely Claimed Food Complied With Halal

| 22/01/2013 | Reply
USA: McDonald’s To Pay $700,000 To Settle Allegations Franchise Falsely Claimed Food Complied With Halal

The attorney, Dakhlallah, said there are only two McDonald’s in the United States that sell Halal products and both are in Dearborn, which has one of the nation’s largest Arab and Muslim communities.

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