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Category: Meat & Poultry

UK Muslim scholars reject mechanical slaughtering

| 18/02/2010 | Reply
UK Muslim scholars reject mechanical slaughtering

Muslim scholars have rejected calls for mechanical slaughtering in the UK halal meat industry, a survey commissioned by the Halal Monitoring Committee (HMC) has revealed. UK scholars were asked a series of questions regarding the acceptance of mechanical slaughtering where, according to the HMC, 95% of the Ulama (Muslim legal scholars) did not accept “mechanical […]

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UK – Halal meat getting recognition at long last

| 28/01/2010 | Reply
UK – Halal meat getting recognition at long last

A research project has been commissioned by the newly-formed Halal
Steering Group, established by EBLEX with key industry figures to guide
work in the Halal sector and act as a forum for issues related to Halal
meat. It will cover the Muslim population growth in England, as
well as demand for Halal products, the supply chain and changing
consumption trends, and build on previous work done to form a complete
view of the Halal sector.

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France: 57% of Muslims Regularly Buy Halal

| 28/01/2010 | Reply
France: 57% of Muslims Regularly Buy Halal

In religious matters, supply creates demand. 
Since they can easily buy ritually slaughtered meat, Muslims are eating
more every day.  Close to 60% routinely buy Muslim meat, according to a
new survey conducted by Ifop.  Another 15% said they do so ‘most of the
time’.  In total, three quarters of the sample, representative of
Muslims living in France, whether foreigners or French, say they eat
halal meat.

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Premium Brands buys Vancouver Halal meat supplier for $2.1 million

| 23/01/2010 | Reply
Premium Brands buys Vancouver Halal meat supplier for $2.1 million

VANCOUVER, B.C. — Premium Brands Holdings Corp. (TSX:PBH) says it has
acquired Vancouver-based South Seas Meats Ltd., a distributor of Halal
specialty meats that will help expand Premium’s portfolio of ethnic
foods. Premium Brands, which has about 25,000 customers in Western
Canada and Washington State, paid about $2.1 million for South Sea
Meats, which had annual sales of about $10 million.
Ahsan
Razak, the founder and operator of South Sea Meats, will join the
management team of Premium Brands.

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Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) supports Gulfood 2010

| 19/01/2010 | Reply
Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) supports Gulfood 2010

The Australian meat & livestock industry
will be actively involved in the Gulfood 2010 edition to be held during
February 21-24, in a step that reflects its commitment to the
highly-important ME markets, according to Mr. Lachlan Bowtell, the
Regional Manager of Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA), the
international marketing arm of Australian meat and livestock producers.

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Brazil Targets US & Mexico to Make Up for Lost Poultry Market

| 16/01/2010 | Reply
Brazil Targets US & Mexico to Make Up for Lost Poultry Market

Brazil’s Poultry Exporters Association (Abef) promises to work hard to open new markets this year, in order to partly make up for the losses incurred due to the appreciation of the real (the Brazilian currency) against the dollar, which made the domestic product more expensive abroad, and due to the global demand retraction seen in 2009.

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Brazil Targets US & Mexico to Make Up for Lost Poultry Market

| 16/01/2010 | Reply
Brazil Targets US & Mexico to Make Up for Lost Poultry Market

Brazil’s Poultry Exporters Association (Abef) promises to work hard
to open new markets this year, in order to partly make up for the
losses incurred due to the appreciation of the real (the Brazilian
currency) against the dollar, which made the domestic product more
expensive abroad, and due to the global demand retraction seen in 2009.

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For Some, ‘Kosher’ Equals Pure

| 14/01/2010 | Reply
For Some, ‘Kosher’ Equals Pure

There are many similarities between Kosher and Halal. The way that Kosher is perceived in the market has a lot of significant parallels to Halal. At this stage, as is shown in the article, Kosher is more of a mainstream product than a religious one. It is very likely that Halal will follow suit in this respect.

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Muslim move threat to NZ meat trade

| 09/01/2010 | Reply
Muslim move threat to NZ meat trade

Indonesia’s highest authority on Islamic affairs, the Council of
Ulema (MUI), has signalled a hard line on imports from New Zealand and
other Western nations.

It plans to insist that all imported food labelled as halal is sold only if it has the council’s own halal certification.

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Is Stunning Animals used for Meat Haram?

| 06/01/2010 | Reply
Is Stunning Animals used for Meat Haram?

The question of stunning animals used for halal meat has become
somewhat of buzzword amongst some UK Muslims. This is mainly due to
poor communication from the relevant bodies on the differences in
stunning techniques and what the shariah (and scholars of fiqh) actually say about the matter of stunning. This short article outlines the approach of Abrahams Natural Foods to stunning. 

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Pakistan and Malaysia are working to collaborate in Agri-Vet sectors

| 05/01/2010 | Reply
Pakistan and Malaysia are working to collaborate in Agri-Vet sectors

ISLAMABAD—Pakistan and Malaysia are working on a wide ranging
collaboration in Agriculture and Veterinary sectors including formation
of a Joint Working Group on meat, rice, orange and mango, providing
technical assistance in the import of genetic material and services of
veterinary experts and consultants to Malaysia and sharing Malaysian
experience in Establishment of Halal Food Certification System in
Pakistan.

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KFC’s Halal Trial in the UK

| 03/01/2010 | Reply
KFC’s Halal Trial in the UK

KFC is continuing to roll out Halal-certified outlets in certain areas of the UK as part of what they call “Our Halal Trial”. This is a significant move within the UK restaurant business, and this has prompted us to put up the relevant page from the KFC website. KFC is clearly making an effort to be sensitive to animal welfare issues, as well as to the sensibilities of their halal consumers by clearly stating that they are only using stunned poultry. Because there are Muslims who prefer not to eat meat from stunned animals, KFC are giving them the option to make their own decision as to whether they want to eat there. By locating the Halal outlets carefully, they are also ensuring that both Halal and non-Halal options remain within easy reach of all their customers. A carefully-considered move that we will watch with interest.

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Philippines Will Adopt Australia’s Halal Model to Boost Meat Exports

| 02/01/2010 | Reply
Philippines Will Adopt Australia’s Halal Model to Boost Meat Exports

The
Philippines will be aiming for a larger share of the global halal
market worth $150bn by adopting the Australian standards on halal
products. The government and the industry have taken such a decision
after the trade delegation comprising of government officials and
industry representatives visited Australia recently to study the
process of producing halal food products.

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Kenya – Thai poultry company to set up shop

| 31/12/2009 | Reply
Kenya – Thai poultry company to set up shop

Charoen Pokphand Foods Plc, the SET-listed
flagship of the Charoen Pokphand Group, will focus on African countries in 2010
as part of its aggressive expansion abroad.
The company will start feed and
chicken farm operations in Kenya and Tanzania, where each operation, focusing on
supplying meat for their combined population of 82 million, is expected to cost
US$3 million initially, says Adirek Sripratak, president and chief executive
officer of CPF.

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The Development Of Agrifood in Brunei

| 30/12/2009 | Reply
The Development Of Agrifood in Brunei

The Agrifood sector will become Brunei Darussalam’s new direction to
compete with the regional and international market. According to the
implementation of the strategic Medium Term Plan 2008-2013, the
Agriculture and agrifood Department, will use the Brunei Halal brand for this purpose. The
value added products will receive a place in the
international market,
especially for the Muslim population which is 1.9billion.

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Brazil – More Halal beef for Arab countries

| 28/12/2009 | Reply
Brazil – More Halal beef for Arab countries

More Halal beef for Arab countries – Egypt, Libya and Algeria should
collaborate with the recovery of Brazilian bovine meat exports next
year, says Roberto Giannetti da Fonseca, president of the Beef Industry
and Exporters Association.

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Charles City corporation receives $56,800 grant

| 19/12/2009 | Reply
Charles City corporation receives $56,800 grant

The Iowa Department of Economic Development board
on Thursday awarded a $250,000 loan to help open a poultry plant in
Charles City. The company, Custom Poulty Processing, will focus on specialty market segments including fresh
organic, halal and poultry free of antibiotics.

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Exporting Halal Meat from Punjab

| 19/12/2009 | Reply
Exporting Halal Meat from Punjab

LAHORE – Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that
the government is taking all out measures for the promotion of
investment by creating conducive atmosphere in the province to
encourage the investors.

He said that there is a wide scope of
investment in livestock, agriculture and other sectors and Punjab
Investment Board is playing an important role for the promotion of
investment.

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Chief Minister for exporting Halal meat from Punjab

| 19/12/2009 | Reply
Chief Minister for exporting Halal meat from Punjab

Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that
the government is taking all out measures for the promotion of
investment by creating conducive atmosphere in the province to
encourage the investors.

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Brazil – Halal poultry trade expanding at great speed

| 17/12/2009 | Reply
Brazil – Halal poultry trade expanding at great speed

The Middle East is the main consumer market for chicken produced in the
state of Paraná, according to the Brazil-Arab News Agency (ANBA). In
2009 alone, up to November, the state shipped 874,200 tonnes to the
region, generating revenues of US$1.34 billion.

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