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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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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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Pakistan: Need for establishing ‘accredited laboratories’ for Halal products stressed

| 17/01/2013 | Reply
Pakistan: Need for establishing ‘accredited laboratories’ for Halal products stressed

Punjab Halal Development Authority (PHDA) Chairman former Justice Khalil ur Rehman has stressed the need for establishing ‘accredited laboratories’ for Halal products especially meat to maximise exports from Punjab.

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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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France: ANSA Joins ASIDCOM and Warns European Muslims

| 16/01/2013 | Reply
France: ANSA Joins ASIDCOM and Warns European Muslims

The Association of Non-Stun Abattoirs teamed up with ASIDCOM and warned Muslims at the Association Awareness, Information and Consumer Defence Muslims seminar launch of their Traditional Halal Butchers Survey: Northern France in LILLE.

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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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India: Halal products must be certified and labelled

| 07/01/2013 | Reply
India: Halal products must be certified and labelled

The new draft rules framed by the FSSAI on food labelling claims has set a separate section for a provision to be made for claims related to religious practices, like ‘halal’, so that the food conforms to the requirements of the appropriate religious or ritual authorities.

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Pakistan faces problems in the meat industry

| 07/01/2013 | Reply
Pakistan faces problems in the meat industry

Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Standing Committee on Halal Meat Convener Nasib Ahmad Saifi said that one of the major problems facing the Halal meat sector in Pakistan is the loss of electricity and gas.

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China looks to meat exports to boost ties to Arab world

| 27/12/2012 | Reply
China looks to meat exports to boost ties to Arab world

With U.S. and European markets still recovering, the Arab world is an increasingly enticing market for Chinese exports and a potential source of investors for Chinese projects. The short-term goal of increasing Halal meat going to Arab countries is to build up the local Ningxia economy.

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