Category: Meat & Poultry

Halal and Organic…Finally!

| 08/04/2009 | Reply
Halal and Organic…Finally!

Although Halal is coming into its own as a food group, and Organic is
already mainstream, the words Halal and Organic are rarely seen
together. HalalFocus was surprised and pleased to come across BlossomPure in Toronto, suppliers of Halal Organic meat

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Poultry sector sizzles up with large-scale consolidation drive

| 01/04/2009 | Reply
Poultry sector sizzles up with large-scale consolidation drive

The dull world of the Bangladesh’s poultry sector has suddenly sizzled
up with top farms embarking on an investment spree never seen in the
country’s history.


Thai poultry giant CP has triggered the battle with a war chest of
$60 million, forcing top player Kazi Farms to throw the gauntlet with
its own two-year expansion scheme in feed, meat processing and
retailing.

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Cargill adds remote video auditing at slaughter plants

| 31/03/2009 | Reply
Cargill adds remote video auditing at slaughter plants

Cargill
said Monday it has begun implementing a third-party video auditing
program to bolster the company’s animal welfare protection systems and
will have the program in place at all of its U.S. beef slaughter plants
by the end of 2009. I wonder if this practise will find its way into their Better Beef plant in Canada, and other facilities in the Halal sector?

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South Carolina firm recalls meat and poultry products

| 31/03/2009 | Reply
South Carolina firm recalls meat and poultry products

York, S.C.-based Halal International Processing is recalling nearly
2,925 pounds of beef, chicken, goat and lamb products that were
mislabeled, according to USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.




Not only are these products mislabeled according to USDA, but they also have on the label that they are from a company called ‘Halal International’ but there is no Halal certification on the products. This is a case for needing a regulatory body for Halal foods in the US.

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MEPs give green light to halal poultry

| 30/03/2009 | Reply
MEPs give green light to halal poultry

The EU Agriculture Committee has approved a proposal to update the rules on animal welfare at slaughter, giving the green light to halal poultry,  meaning that stunning prior to slaughter is not compulsory for Halal producers. However, they rejected an amendment calling for Halal products to be specially labeled.

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Pilgrim’s gets six more months to file reorganization plan

| 28/03/2009 | Reply
Pilgrim’s gets six more months to file reorganization plan

Pilgrim’s Pride
Corp. has been granted an additional six months to submit its plan of
reorganization for emerging from bankruptcy protection, according to
court documents filed on Thursday.

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Middle East re-opens markets to English meat

| 27/03/2009 | Reply
Middle East re-opens markets to English meat

Industry leaders have welcomed news that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has lifted its ban on English meat. In
a bid to promote quality English halal lamb to Middle Eastern
countries, EBLEX visited the Dubai Gulfood Exhibition last month, a
trip which generated significant interest from a number of potential
buyers.

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New Zealand to resume talks on live sheep export

| 26/03/2009 | Reply
New Zealand to resume talks on live sheep export

In New Zealand, negotiations to resume exports of live sheep for slaughter, mainly to the Middle East,
are continuing but Agriculture Minister David Carter says a ban will
remain unless they meet the highest welfare standards.

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British red meat is back on the menu in the UAE

| 26/03/2009 | Reply
British red meat is back on the menu in the UAE

British red meat is back on the menu in the UAE, and Scottish exporters are hopeful that this fact, together with this years rising lamb prices, will spell good news for the UK’s red meat industry. Lower sterling values and well as declining production in the EU and New Zealand are both contributing the the opportunity.

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Don’t be sheepish about a new industry

| 25/03/2009 | Reply
Don’t be sheepish about a new industry

British Columbia currently supplies
less than 25 per cent of the domestic lamb market. That means that
three-quarters of the lamb consumed in this province is imported from
Alberta, the United States, or New Zealand. At one of the Saturday
agriculture discussions last year we heard about a sheep farmer in New
Zealand who regularly sold his entire flock to a processor in Surrey,
B.C.

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Sheep shipments will slaughter NZ’s overseas image

| 25/03/2009 | Reply
Sheep shipments will slaughter NZ’s overseas image

The Minister of Agriculture
David Carter has confirmed that New Zealand wants to
resume live sheep exports with Saudi Arabia. New
Zealand stopped live sheep exports in 2003 due to concern
about our overseas trading image. Now Awassi Ltd, a
majority owned Saudi company, is seeking permission to
resume the trade.

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Halal Farm to Fork DVD

| 10/03/2009 | Reply
Halal Farm to Fork DVD

The West Midlands is poised to become the European hub of an industry
that could see regional farmers annually supplying thousands of tonnes
of halal meat to Muslim communities throughout the world. Livestock
producers in Worcestershire and Herefordshire could tap into new
consumer markets for halal meat in Europe and the Middle East following
the approval of the UKs first farm to fork traceability system.

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Welfare Central to Halal

| 07/03/2009 | Reply
Welfare Central to Halal

Animal welfare is a top
priority for the UK halal meat industry, a leading consultant told
delegates at an EBLEX event in Milton Keynes.

Speaking
at the launch of a new DVD about halal meat, aimed at public sector
caterers, consultant to EBLEX, Nizar Boga, told industry
representatives that the welfare of animals is of extreme importance to
Islamic traditions.

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Demand for Halal hots up in USA

| 04/03/2009 | Reply
Demand for Halal hots up in USA

Poll
after poll reveals what Americans are after from poultry products:
wholesomeness, healthfulness and a certain “natural” quality. The
rising demand for clean labels has affected which products Americans
buy, and companies that offer specially certified products, such as Halal poultry, are among the ones reaping the rewards.

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Illinois University database connects producers with processors

| 04/03/2009 | Reply
Illinois University database connects producers with processors

Say you are a chef in Chicago who wants to source Illinois
grass-fed beef. Or you are a meat processor in New York looking for Halal beef that was raised locally. You might be a
retailer looking for all the meat processors you could partner with in
Macon County, Georgia, or even a consumer wondering where to find all
the meat markets in Akron, Ohio. It’s all available on
MarketMaker.

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DENMARK – HALAL MEAT VERIFICATION ON POULTRY

| 04/03/2009 | Reply
DENMARK – HALAL MEAT VERIFICATION ON POULTRY

New spot checks by the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration
refute the rumours of pig proteins in chickens that arose after a
programme on Danish TV2.




A television programme called ’Operation X’, shown on Danish TV2 on 5
February, focussed on whether pig protein had been added to marinaded
chicken products. This resulted in rumours in an Arabic newspaper
saying that Danish-produced chicken meat contained pig proteins.

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Pilgrim’s Pride to close three chicken plants, lay off 3,000

| 28/02/2009 | Reply
Pilgrim’s Pride to close three chicken plants, lay off 3,000

Pilgrim’s
Pride, which is reorganizing under bankruptcy protection, on Friday
said it would idle three U.S. chicken processing plants and lay off
3,000 workers, reducing its production by as much as 10 percent as the
recession takes its toll on consumer demand.

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Burger King says beef costs have plunged

| 28/02/2009 | Reply
Burger King says beef costs have plunged

Miami-based
Burger King Holdings said its beef costs have plunged nearly 25 percent
so far this year as weaker global demand and increased supplies have
pushed prices lower, according to
Dow Jones.

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Wales: Halal Meat Company take over Abattoir

| 27/02/2009 | Reply
Wales: Halal Meat Company take over Abattoir

A North-Wales abattoir is to re-open after administrators secured the
sale of the facility to Ireland-based Sher Foods for an undisclosed
amount. Sher Foods run by Arfan Sher Rafique, the son of post-war Pakistani
immigrant Sher Mohammad Rafique, who established United Meat Packers
(UMP) in the 1970s, is  one of the world’s top traders in lamb
and beef.

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Canada and Saudi Arabia Agree to Reopen Beef Market

| 26/02/2009 | Reply
Canada and Saudi Arabia Agree to Reopen Beef Market

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, February 17, 2009 – Canadian
beef exporters will have access to the lucrative Saudi Arabian market
for the first time since 2003. Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz made the
announcement today following his meeting with Saudi Arabian Minister of
Commerce and Industry Abdullah Bin Ahmed Zeinal Alireza in Riyadh.

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