Category: Meat & Poultry

Indonesia to lift import ban on U.S. beef

| 30/01/2008 | Reply
Indonesia to lift import ban on U.S. beef

Indonesian government will lift the
import ban on U.S. beef later this month, a senior agriculture ministry
official said Tuesday.

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How Safe is Cloned Meat?

| 28/01/2008 | Reply
How Safe is Cloned Meat?

With the US Food and Drug Administration already concluding that cloned meat is safe for consumers and the European food Safety Authority giving their greenlight as well to the consumption of cloned animal products do the public even have any say in the matter? Just like GMO food or farmed fish, will the real results of these ‘frankenfood’ alternatives ever be known in this decade? To then make a fatwa on whether cloned meat is acceptable would take a lot more than one mufti in Malaysia giving his comment.

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Where’s the Beef?

| 26/01/2008 | Reply
Where’s the Beef?


It’s not often that American food companies join hands with
environmental and consumer activists to call for greater government
control over the nation’s food supply. But that’s just what happened
last week after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration concluded that
meat and milk from cloned cows, pigs, and goats are safe for consumers.

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Ethnic Trend

| 19/01/2008 | Reply
Ethnic Trend

The UK’s
growing Muslim population means that demand for halal ingredients is
also on the rise, with many ingredients manufacturers looking to gain
halal accreditation. “Although we do not specialise in halal
ingredients, we get quite a few demands for them,” confirms Verstegen’s
Neil Bartlett. “We’ve been working towards halal certification for the
last couple of years and have now achieved it, so it might be an area
we develop further in the future.”

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North American Halal Food Industries acquires first USDA Halal meat

| 18/01/2008 | Reply
North American Halal Food Industries acquires first USDA Halal meat

Carfrae is the first and longest operating USDA facility in the United

States involved in the processing of Halal meat products under the

Midamar Halal brand, USA’s pioneer and premier Halal Brand

(www.midamar.com). North American Halal Food Industries, doing business as Halal Food Processors of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, acquired the meat processing facility on November 1, 2007 from Steve Carfrae.

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Arab world buys 30% of Brazilian chicken exports

| 27/12/2007 | Reply
Arab world buys 30% of Brazilian chicken exports

São Paulo – The Arab countries buy 30% of Brazilian poultry exports.
“It is the most important and traditional market for exports from
Brazil. We have been present in the market for more than 35 years now,”
said to ANBA the president at the Brazilian Poultry Exporters
Association (Abef), Christian Lohbauer. In 2007, sales to the Middle
East totalled over US$ 1 billion.

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Judges prevents Muslims from Eid sacrifice

| 23/12/2007 | Reply
Judges prevents Muslims from Eid sacrifice

A
North Carolina judge has issued a 10-day injunction against the planned
slaughter of hundreds of lambs by Muslim families for a religious
festival. At officials’ urging, a Johnston County judge told a
farmer Friday he couldn’t open his farm next week to 250 Muslim
families planning to slaughter lambs as part of the three-day festival
known as Eid al-Adha, or Festival of the Sacrifice, which begins
Wednesday.

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Thai giant exports halal poultry to UAE

| 10/12/2007 | Reply
Thai giant exports halal poultry to UAE

Following the UAE’s inspection of Thai poultry producers earlier this year, exports have started to flow to the GCC region, with food giant CPF leading the way with an initial shipment of 64 tonnes of cooked chicken.

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Thai Chicken exports to UAE start up again

| 07/12/2007 | Reply
Thai Chicken exports to UAE start up again

Thailand
has resumed chicken exports to the United Arab Emirates following a
suspension in 2005 due to changes in Halal certification of
cooked-chicken products in the Arab country.

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Uruguay Eyes M’sia As Springboard To Asian Market

| 26/11/2007 | Reply
Uruguay Eyes M’sia As Springboard To Asian Market

Uruguay wants to form a partnership
with Malaysia to export its halal beef and make the latter a
springboard to enter Asian market, said its Ambassador to Malaysia
Pablo Sader.

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Iowa halal turkeys grace tables abroad

| 24/11/2007 | Reply
Iowa halal turkeys grace tables abroad

To
assist Muslims wishing to recreate the traditional Thanksgiving dinner in their
own homes in Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Kuwait and Singapore this year,
Midamar has shipped overseas about 25,000 halal turkeys. An additional
10,000 halal turkeys have been delivered to Muslim homes in the United
States.

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Australian Producers Eye Poultry Venture in Malaysia

| 22/11/2007 | Reply
Australian Producers Eye Poultry Venture in Malaysia

Two large scale chicken producers from
Australia are exploring Malaysia’s East Coast Economic Region (ECER)’s
potential as poultry hub.

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Asda And National Halal Food Group in Unique Store Link

| 12/11/2007 | Reply
Asda And National Halal Food Group in Unique Store Link

This unique joint venture partnership between the supermarket chain and
Birmingham-based “National Halal Food Group” is seen as a
groundbreaking move for both parties and reflects a growing demand from
the Muslim community for Halal meat and poultry products.

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Asda under fire over plan to sell halal meat

| 08/11/2007 | Reply
Asda under fire over plan to sell halal meat

The deal by the National Halal group in Birmingham to sell Halal meat via their own store-in-store is a ground-breaking move for the UK Halal market. National Halal sell only high quality unstunned meat, and this will naturally cause some controversy, especially in the UK where the animal welfare lobby is very vocal.  National Halal defend their non-stun policy by saying that it is the most trauma-free method, a position that we support.

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Sadia to have factory in the Emirates

| 06/11/2007 | Reply
Sadia to have factory in the Emirates

Sadia, the Brazilian poultry giant is set to invest 57million USD in a factory in the UAE. Company exports to the Middle East total US$ 550 million a year. In the
first nine months of 2007 alone, of the total Sadia exports of 2.4
billion Brazilian reais (US$ 1.4 billion), 22% were to the Arab market. Expect to see more of this…

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Canada backs halal industry in Mindanao

| 18/09/2007 | Reply
Canada backs halal industry in Mindanao

The Canadian International Development Agency, through the Private
Enterprise Accelerated Resource Linkages Phase 2 project (Pearl2), and
the Armm Business Council (ABC) have forged a memorandum of
understanding to boost support to the halal thrusts of the region.

It remains to be seen just what this will turn into, but with Canadian beef now increasingly cleared for overseas markets, Halal is becoming an important market for them. With the recent creation of the Canadian Halal Exporters Alliance, can we expect to see Canada focusing on a Halal awareness drive? If they mounted a successful campaign, it could potentially position Canadian meat up there with Aussie beef, the current choice for premium meat in the Halal market, especially in the lucrative GCC region.


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Janan Meats Halal success

| 16/09/2007 | Reply
Janan Meats Halal success

This is an example of a Halal company being given a ‘Certificate of Recognition’ by an independent international auditing company which has used a Halal standard set out by the UK Halal Corporation compatible with the BRC Global Standard.



More and more these big companies will get involved in the auditing of these Halal firms to give them international credibility above their local Halal certification.

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Hannover University ‘Stunning versus Slaughter’ research report

| 16/07/2007 | Reply
Hannover University ‘Stunning versus Slaughter’ research report

This is a translation of the study conducted by the Hannover University in 1978 on the effects of stunning and Halal slaughter on sheep and calves. It provides a strong argument that the Halal method is effectively painless for the animals, as opposed to the captive bolt stunning method which caused measurable trauma.

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UK Halal Meat Report 2006

| 06/05/2006 | Reply
UK Halal Meat Report 2006

ACCORDING
TO Mintel, halal meat accounts for 11% of all UK meat sales – a figure
which all in the meat industry should be alert to, because the
percentage of Muslims in the country is only 3%. Estimates of the UK’s
Muslim population range from 1.5 to 1.9 million, but consumption of
halal is not restricted to followers of Islam.

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