Category: Farm-to-Fork News

UAE: ADFCA ensures food safety in surprise inspection of Al Ain butchery shops

| 26/02/2013 | Reply
UAE: ADFCA ensures food safety in surprise inspection of Al Ain butchery shops

When asked about non-halal ingredients in poultry feed, Dr Al Saadi said the authority had been monitoring this. The tests done in the ADFCA labs are accurate to the point of detecting even minute quantities of meat species such as pork, he added.

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USA: Crescent Foods unveils new user friendly website

| 26/02/2013 | Reply
USA: Crescent Foods unveils new user friendly website

Crescent Foods has launched its completely re-designed and revamped website keeping its key stakeholders in mind. From the busy mom who needs a quick recipe for a healthy meal to the restaurant owner who needs to order wholesale quantities of premium chicken.

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Switzerland: Halal Pork Shocks Swiss Muslims

| 26/02/2013 | Reply
Switzerland: Halal Pork Shocks Swiss Muslims

The discovery of pork traces in Halal food in several stores is shocking the Muslim community in Switzerland and igniting debates for launching a Swiss halal label. Sample analysis show a very low proportion” of pork meat, or less than 0.1 percent.

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UK: Prison inmates sue Government over tainted Halal meat

| 26/02/2013 | Reply
UK: Prison inmates sue Government over tainted Halal meat

The Ministry of Justice is being sued over the contamination of Halal meat in prisons, Justice Minister Jeremy Wright told MPs today.

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UAE, an agri-food hub in the region

| 26/02/2013 | Reply
UAE, an agri-food hub in the region

Gulfood 2013 was opened on Monday in Dubai with the participation of 110 countries participating, representing food producers, manufacturers and suppliers from their respective countries in a show to facilitate billions of dollars in trade for these states.

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GCC Food Consumption To Hit $106bn By 2018

| 26/02/2013 | Reply
GCC Food Consumption To Hit $106bn By 2018

Food is the largest segment of consumer expenditure in the region and stood at $83 billion year-end 2012, says new report. Consumer spending on food in the GCC is expected to reach $106 billion in the next five years.

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Turkey: No horseplay from IKEA Turkey on halal meat

| 25/02/2013 | Reply
Turkey: No horseplay from IKEA Turkey on halal meat

IKEA Turkey has confirmed that all of its meat products are made of 100 percent veal with halal certification, after inspectors discovered that meatballs served in IKEA’s stores in the Czech Republic contained horsemeat.

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Opinion: Chance for Halal Industry to raise the bar

| 25/02/2013 | Reply
Opinion: Chance for Halal Industry to raise the bar

It is well-known and accepted that supply chains are long, challenging and complicated. Going forward, non-halal manufacturers, who produce halal products, will either have to have dedicated factories for halal products, or they might consider dropping the product altogether.

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Italy: World Halal Food Council Europe arrives in Italy

| 25/02/2013 | Reply
Italy: World Halal Food Council Europe arrives in Italy

The World Halal Food Council of Europe, will group top experts on foods Muslims are allowed to eat, to meet for the first time in Italy. The conference is scheduled to be in Milan on March 1-2. The meeting, was organized by the local chapter of the Halal International Authority.

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Sri Lanka Muslims try to diffuse halal meat row

| 23/02/2013 | Reply
Sri Lanka Muslims try to diffuse halal meat row

Islamic clerics in Sri Lanka tried to calm mounting religious tensions in the majority Buddhist nation Thursday by telling stores not to sell halal-slaughtered meat to non-Muslims.

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USA: Midamar Corporation to exhibit at Gulfood 2013

| 22/02/2013 | Reply
USA: Midamar Corporation to exhibit at Gulfood 2013

Managing Director Jalel Aossey will also be delivering insights on food supply chain essentials, risk strategies, as well as Halal standards and issues to investors, restaurant owners, franchisees, and franchisors in the Food Franchising Workshop at the conference.

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USA: 59% of America’s “tuna” isn’t actually tuna

| 22/02/2013 | Reply
USA: 59% of America’s “tuna” isn’t actually tuna

84% of fish samples labeled “white tuna” were actually escolar, a fish that can cause gastrointestinal symptoms. The only fish more likely to be misrepresented than tuna was snapper, which was mislabeled 87% of the time.

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UK: Birmingham school says sorry for serving non-Halal meat to Muslim pupils

| 20/02/2013 | Reply
UK: Birmingham school says sorry for serving non-Halal meat to Muslim pupils

The report went on to say that a disciplinary hearing took place on February 11 and a member of staff had been removed from the school. Direct Services catering staff will be fully retrained and signs will be displayed to indicate Halal food.

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Opinion: Pass the Tofu and Hold the Kebabs

| 20/02/2013 | Reply
Opinion: Pass the Tofu and Hold the Kebabs

In many Arab Muslim countries, a meal without meat is seen as substandard, not even a meal. A vegetarian’s dining experience can often become a quest to dodge the following attempts at corrective feeding: “Allah lets you eat meat, so you should eat it.”

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UK: No Horsing Around with ANSA

| 19/02/2013 | Reply
UK: No Horsing Around with ANSA

The current scandalous fraud involving the contamination of beef-labelled products with horsemeat and pork DNA demonstrates that there are unscrupulous people in the food industry. However, the Non stunned meat industry is unscathed by such reprehensible contamination.

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Indonesia: MUI Seeks Sole Rule on Halal Certification

| 18/02/2013 | Reply
Indonesia: MUI Seeks Sole Rule on Halal Certification

The Indonesia Ulema Council (MUI) says it should be the only authority for halal certification in order to avoid competition among Islam-based interest groups.

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UAE: Chile offers Halal meat at Gulfood for first time in region

| 18/02/2013 | Reply
UAE: Chile offers Halal meat at Gulfood for first time in region

It has been two years since Chile received certification to export halal meat to the UAE but Chilean company Agromarin supported by ProChile was keen to wait until Gulfood 2013 to launch its product. The product will be launched at the Halal Corner at Gulfood.

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EU: EFSA meets stakeholders to discuss monitoring of animal welfare at slaughterhouses

| 18/02/2013 | Reply
EU: EFSA meets stakeholders to discuss monitoring of animal welfare at slaughterhouses

According to new EU legislation on animal welfare at slaughterhouses, business operators must carry out regular checks to ensure that animals do not present any signs of consciousness after stunning and before death.

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UAE: Golden Halal opportunity beckons at the heart of the Islamic World

| 17/02/2013 | Reply
UAE: Golden Halal opportunity beckons at the heart of the Islamic World

A book called Pig 05049 that proved pieces of one pig, the 05049 of the title, ended up in 185 separate products, from toothpaste to dough improver and desserts. Meindertsma’s book offers a lesson for everyone about how the processing of products has changed in the globalised world.

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UAE meat chain is not contaminated, say food authorities

| 15/02/2013 | Reply
UAE meat chain is not contaminated, say food authorities

Food authorities say DNA tests on meat in Abu Dhabi and Dubai would show up any horse flesh. Due to the complicated global trade of foods and religious beliefs, reliable and specific methods of species determination in a variety of food items are used.

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