Category: Farm-to-Fork News

UAE: Food contamination raises Halal concern

| 14/02/2013 | Reply
UAE: Food contamination raises Halal concern

Back to back local as well as int’l cases of contamination of Halal food have brought into focus the need for consumers to be aware of Halal rules and regulations. It also underscores the requirement of common Halal standards for food as well as other products and services.

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Dutchmen in horsemeat scandal also sold ‘halal’ horse: report

| 14/02/2013 | Reply
Dutchmen in horsemeat scandal also sold ‘halal’ horse: report

In Brussels, EU ministers held crisis talks Wednesday to seek a rapid response to the growing food fraud scandal which French President Francois Hollande warned could seriously damage France’s frozen food sector.

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Russia: Eurasian Union of Poultry Farmers founded to unify poultry farmers

| 14/02/2013 | Reply
Russia: Eurasian Union of Poultry Farmers founded to unify poultry farmers

Halal Certification Center has become one of the founders of the Eurasian Union of Poultry Farmers. Membership of this organisation will allow former Soviet Republics to work with a unique Halal standard and its requirements, in order to be competitive in the importing countries.

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UK: ‘New’ Halal Food Hub in the West Midlands

| 13/02/2013 | Reply
UK: ‘New’ Halal Food Hub in the West Midlands

Simply Halal Beef & Lamb products can now be purchased, direct from AS Audhali Farm Gate Poultry Ltd, at A.S Audhalis ‘New’ Halal Food Hub in the West Midlands.

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UAE grocers probe frozen food amid horsemeat scandal

| 13/02/2013 | Reply
UAE grocers probe frozen food amid horsemeat scandal

Fine Fare Food Market, which operates Spinneys and Waitrose supermarkets in the UAE, is running DNA tests on its frozen beef products after a Europe-wide food scandal revealed that some frozen beef burgers contain horsemeat.

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Production of Halal items a boost to Bosnia

| 13/02/2013 | Reply
Production of Halal items a boost to Bosnia

Bosnia and Herzegovina has become a regional leader in the production of Halal-certified products, and continued development of the sector is an important part of the country’s economy. There are 47 certified companies operating in BiH, and interest in Halal certification is high.

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First Russian poultry producer approved for Halal exports

| 13/02/2013 | Reply
First Russian poultry producer approved for Halal exports

In addition to Saudi Arabia, Akashevo has also been approved to export to UAE, Iran and Bahrain. The total volume of the supply provided by the contract is 38,000 tonnes annually, and this volume could be increased in future.

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Saudi Arabia’s F & B industry brims over amid robust tourism

| 13/02/2013 | Reply
Saudi Arabia’s F & B industry brims over amid robust tourism

With Saudi Arabia importing approximately 60 percent of the Middle East’s total food and beverage (F&B) imports, the Kingdom is a key target market for regional and international food manufacturers and suppliers.

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UK: Halal research commissioned

| 12/02/2013 | Reply
UK: Halal research commissioned

EBLEX’s research – due to take place during March – will look at issues surrounding the trade, including how and where Muslim consumers shop for meat, which species and cuts they buy most frequently and what influences the decision of where to shop.

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Turkey: Food-serving facilities to obtain halal certificates

| 12/02/2013 | Reply
Turkey: Food-serving facilities to obtain halal certificates

This certificate and the opportunity to establish halal sections within restaurants and hotels will boost halal tourism in Turkey. Turkey was rated the world’s third-most Muslim-friendly holiday destination in a survey released Jan. 17.

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UAE: Tough penalties for flouting rules on pork sales

| 12/02/2013 | Reply
UAE: Tough penalties for flouting rules on pork sales

Dubai: Authorities have warned food establishments to abide by the rules when handling and selling pork products to avoid facing hefty fines and having their licences revoked.

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UK: HFA defends stance on certification process

| 10/02/2013 | Reply
UK: HFA defends stance on certification process

The Halal Food Authority (HFA) has spoken out against claims made about its auditing and certification practices in light of the discovery of pork DNA in halal foods made by a producer it certifies.

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Opinion: Double Standards in Halal certification?

| 10/02/2013 | Reply
Opinion: Double Standards in Halal certification?

The UK halal industry could take great strides in quality and accountability if “the HMC’s rigorous monitoring procedures could be combined with the HFA’s impressive record of working with government and corporate entities, both nationally and internationally.”

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Phillipines: Malaysia Vows Halal Industry Support

| 10/02/2013 | Reply
Phillipines: Malaysia Vows Halal Industry Support

The Malaysian Ambassador said that the Islamic Development Department or JAKIM has been cooperating with NCMF in the past and will continue “sharing of information and expertise during the launch of guidelines for accreditation of Halal certifying bodies by the NCMF.

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Sri Lanka: Halal food certification – purely voluntary

| 10/02/2013 | Reply
Sri Lanka: Halal food certification – purely voluntary

The ‘Halal certification’ by the All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulamas (ACJU) has become a contentious issue inviting criticism among a section of the society while others curry favour with it. Last week the issue reached the topmost legislative body – the Parliament.

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UK: McAdam Foods names UK meat trader as horse meat scandal rumbles on

| 08/02/2013 | Reply
UK: McAdam Foods names UK meat trader as horse meat scandal rumbles on

The Irish company at the centre of the horse meat scandal has named the UK meat trader that allegedly supplied meat stored at Freeza Meats, which was found to contain 80% horse.

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UK: 100% horse meat prompts FSA to order testing of processed beef

| 08/02/2013 | Reply
UK: 100% horse meat prompts FSA to order testing of processed beef

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has ordered authenticity testing on all processed beef products after it was revealed that Findus found up to 100% horse meat in its beef lasagnes.

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USA: A Meaty Question

| 08/02/2013 | Reply
USA: A Meaty Question

Few Western countries have laws explicitly regulating kosher or halal products—chiefly meat produced by the ritual slaughter of animals, subject to particular standards of health or hygiene. Governments prefer to rely on private companies and market forces to do the job.

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Halal Service Certificates issued in Turkey

| 08/02/2013 | Reply
Halal Service Certificates issued in Turkey

Turkish Standard Institute TSE has started to issue “Halal Service Certificates” for catering factories, restaurants, cafeterias, pastry shops, grocers and fast food places in the scope of its halal certification policy.

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Qatar-based JV to offer halal-certified services

| 08/02/2013 | Reply
Qatar-based JV to offer halal-certified services

Qatar-based Sokook Mega Company (SMC) has joined hands with an Air France subsidiary to launch Sokook Mega Servair Qatar, which will provide halal-certified hospitality, food and beverage services to different segments of customers in the country.

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