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Category: Meat & Poultry

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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UK: Caterlink suspends meat to specific schools

| 21/12/2012 | Reply
UK: Caterlink suspends meat to specific schools

Further to a request by schools and the Local Authority a review is being conducted by the Local Education Partnership (LEP) into the provision of halal meat to determine whether its supply chain can provide halal meat that is approved by the Halal Monitoring Committee (HMC).

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UK: New Halal counter at Tesco Store

| 20/12/2012 | Reply
UK: New Halal counter at Tesco Store

The National Halal Centre now have a halal counter in a major store in Lancashire.

Their counter is based at the Tesco Store Blackburn. They also have a halal counter at the Tesco Cheetham Hill Store in Manchester.

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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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EU: Polish court bans ritual slaughter, EU gives go-ahead

| 27/11/2012 | Reply
EU: Polish court bans ritual slaughter, EU gives go-ahead

The Constitutional Court’s ruling appeared largely symbolic, as it enters into force on January 1, the same day it is over-riden by a European Union directive setting common rules for the production of kosher and halal meat across the 27-nation bloc.

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UAE: Dubai sets menu for exporters of food

| 26/11/2012 | Reply
UAE: Dubai sets menu for exporters of food

About 90% of the UAE’s food is imported, posing a significant challenge to authorities wanting to impose a uniform set of labelling and safety rules. The municipality is working on making sure the food they export next year is safe and properly labelled.

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UK: Mullaco Batley wins Halal Butcher of the year Award

| 26/11/2012 | Reply
UK: Mullaco Batley wins Halal Butcher of the year Award

Butchers Shop of the Year awards is an annual competition organised by a trade magazine. A judge said that he was impressed with the professionalism and the enthusiasm of the Halal butchers who made the final of this year’s Awards.

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UAE: Midamar serving Authentic Greek Gyros at SIAL 2012 in Abu Dhabi

| 24/11/2012 | Reply
UAE: Midamar serving Authentic Greek Gyros at SIAL 2012 in Abu Dhabi

Midamar will be exhibiting at SIAL Middle East which will be held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center (ADNEC) in Abu Dhabi, UAE on November 26-28. This year at SIAL, Midamar will be featuring its authentic Greek style gyros and serving samples.

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Philippines: Government support for ‘halal’ industries sought

| 23/11/2012 | Reply
Philippines:  Government support for ‘halal’ industries sought

Stakeholders are apprehensive the “halal” industries and business regulation system in Southern Mindanao might not take off without utmost support from the national government.

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Russian Halal Certification Center successfully aids first export of Halal poultry

| 23/11/2012 | Reply
Russian Halal Certification Center successfully aids first export of Halal poultry

For the first time in the history the Russian Halal Certification Center has helped to facilitate Halal poultry to cross the Russian border and begin exporting to Arab countries.

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