Category: Meat & Poultry

Finger-lickin’ Britain

| 27/03/2008 | Reply
Finger-lickin’ Britain

Given
their ubiquity, you would think the market has reached saturation
point. Not so, according to Zack Kollias, international director of
Texas Chicken. For him, the UK offers one of the world’s biggest
markets for the food. His US-based firm, with more than 1,600 branches
worldwide, has just launched here. Both halal and spicy are also
among the company’s biggest global sellers, Kollias points out.

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Bengal Meat trebles halal meat exports

| 25/03/2008 | Reply
Bengal Meat trebles halal meat exports

Bengal
Meat Processing Industries Limited, the lone and pioneer processed
halal meat exporter and domestic supplier, has almost trebled its
export growth in a span of nine months. The trend reflects the
sharp rise in demand for processed meat in Bangladesh at a time when
consumers have become increasingly concerned by reports of food
adulteration.

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Brunei Studies Export Prospect of Poultry

| 13/03/2008 | Reply
Brunei Studies Export Prospect of Poultry

Poultry production in Brunei has been steadily on the rise over the
past 15 years, giving rise to talks about exporting chicken.

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Leong Hup plans new plant in Negri halal hub

| 11/03/2008 | Reply
Leong Hup plans new plant in Negri halal hub


MUAR: Leong Hup Holdings Bhd (LHH) plans this year to set up a new
chicken processing plant in the halal hub in Pedas, Negri Sembilan. Executive director Tan Sri Francis Lau Tuang Nguang said the facility
would further strengthen the company’s position in downstream
activities.  He said the plant would produce processed chicken meat foodstuff such
as frankfurters, nuggets and chicken meatballs for the domestic market.

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On a More Positive Note from Iraq..

| 15/02/2008 | Reply
On a More Positive Note from Iraq..

A US veterinarian and Army major working with an embedded
reconstruction team, Jessica McCoy, is helping poultry farmers regroup.
Through the association, said McCoy, Iraqi farmers are learning how
to raise a quality chicken without any noticeable blemishes. “We are
aiming for the ‘high-end’ poultry market,” said McCoy. “There is a
strong market for fresh (not frozen) poultry slaughtered according to
the halal method that has been raised without hormones or other
‘chemical additives.’”
Even in war torn Iraq people are prepared to pay top price for quality products.

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Bird Flu stories cost poultry industry billions in Pakistan

| 07/02/2008 | Reply
Bird Flu stories cost poultry industry billions in Pakistan

Pakistan Poultry Association (PPA) Monday said the poultry business
suffered billions of rupees loss on account of panic in consumers
caused by, what he called, a propaganda of Bird Flu.

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Animal Welfare Groups call on Federal Agriculture Minister to Stop Slaughter Without Stunning

| 06/02/2008 | Reply
Animal Welfare Groups call on Federal Agriculture Minister to Stop Slaughter Without Stunning

ANIMAL welfare groups have called on federal Agriculture Minister Tony
Burke to halt the slaughter by throat slitting of up to 4000 sheep a
week at four Victorian abattoirs for new kosher exports, which began
last month. The
previous agriculture minister Peter McGauran announced a review of the
standard for ritual slaughter in August last year after The Age
revealed animals were being slaughtered without stunning for halal meat
exports. The review will examine the
science of how much suffering this causes to conscious animals and
whether the practice is inhumane.


Let’s hope that this review is made public.

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UAE yet to decide on cloned meat

| 04/02/2008 | Reply
UAE yet to decide on cloned meat

Meat and dairy products from cloned animals or their offspring can
enter the UAE from the United States without being labelled as such,
after the US Food and Drug Agency declared them safe for consumption.

Khalid
Al Awadi, head of food safety at Dubai Municipality, told Gulf News GM
foods are low on their priority list. “We’re mainly concerned with
making sure the animals were slaughtered in the halal way and have high
hygienic standards,” he said.




This is an issue that needs more attention by the Shariah scholars to bring more clarity on it for the Halal market.

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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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