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Category: Farm-to-Fork News

UK: Safeguard against Halal product contamination, warns Eblex

| 23/03/2013 | Reply
UK: Safeguard against Halal product contamination, warns Eblex

Trace contamination in halal meat products can be safeguarded against if processors across England work with religious communities, Eblex has said.

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UK: Halal authority says contamination issue can be resolved

| 20/03/2013 | Reply
UK: Halal authority says contamination issue can be resolved

Industry needs to take more time and look more closely at the meat they are labelling as Halal. Muslims and the halal certification bodies to get it right and not the UK Government.

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UK: Sharia Halal Board on halal meat contamination

| 19/03/2013 | Reply
UK: Sharia Halal Board on halal meat contamination

The Board has said that it holds Westminster Council, the halal certifier and the halal food supplier liable. It further added that all Muslim families of the borough should be vigilant and should avoid any meat products until the matter is fully resolved.

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Malaysia: Qatar ponders investment in Sarawak halal hub

| 18/03/2013 | Reply
Malaysia: Qatar ponders investment in Sarawak halal hub

Qatar sees gelatine from fish as one of the new products that is in-demand. Their representative said there is a potential growth for this market especially in medicine. The diplomat stressed that Qatar is investing heavily in agriculture and food production.

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UK: Pork ‘halal meat’ scare: Meat pulled from schools’ menus

| 15/03/2013 | Reply
UK: Pork ‘halal meat’ scare: Meat pulled from schools’ menus

All meat is now off school menus in the central London borough where evidence of pork DNA was found in halal chicken sausages.

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EU gives ‘untimely’ OK to pork, poultry in fish feed

| 15/03/2013 | Reply
EU gives ‘untimely’ OK to pork, poultry in fish feed

The European Commission has reapproved the use of reconstituted animal protein for use in fish feed from June 2013, in a move declared “untimely” by French deputy minister for food Guillaume Garot.

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Norway agency to file complaint over pork in Halal food

| 15/03/2013 | Reply
Norway agency to file complaint over pork in Halal food

Kebab meat sold by Norwegian group Kuraas to restaurants contained between five and 30 percent pork even though it was marked as halal, the agency found. “We will file a complaint against the producer,” Catherine Signe Svinland, an adviser at the food safety watchdog.

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UK: Pork DNA in halal sausages at Westminster primary school

| 14/03/2013 | Reply
UK: Pork DNA in halal sausages at Westminster primary school

Tests on a sample from Burdett Coutts School revealed the presence of lamb and pork DNA in lean minced beef. The items have been removed from all school meals and the contractor was asked not to use its meat supplier.

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Canada: Canadian Halal Food Festival

| 13/03/2013 | Reply
Canada: Canadian Halal Food Festival

On June 1 and 2, 2013 Halal Food Festival Toronto, the first ever Canadian halal food festival, is coming to The International Centre located in the GTA, home to the largest concentration of Muslims in all of North America.

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Sri Lankan Muslim group to give up Halal certification

| 11/03/2013 | Reply
Sri Lankan Muslim group to give up Halal certification

Faced with stiff opposition by hardline Buddhist majority groups, a Sri Lankan Muslim group, which has been issuing the Halal certificates to businesses, has said it would now withdraw the practise. Halal certification will now be limited to export products meant for Islamic nations.

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UK: Halal pie probe to go on until all clear

| 10/03/2013 | Reply
UK: Halal pie probe to go on until all clear

THE Food Standards Agency (FSA) will not close a probe into the discovery of traces of pork DNA in Halal meat pies made by McColgan’s Quality Foods in Strabane until all necessary action has been taken to protect consumer interests.

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UAE: McDonald’s Halal Chicken GCC Imports Exceed 12,000 Tons In 2012

| 09/03/2013 | Reply
UAE: McDonald’s Halal Chicken GCC Imports Exceed 12,000 Tons In 2012

McDonald’s Arabia has announced imports of Halal chicken, to its 369 restaurants across the GCC region recorded more than 12,000 tons in 2012. The supply is up by 12.3 percent from the previous year.

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Malaysia: UTM to assist in Halal certification and Halal accreditation projects in Madinah

| 09/03/2013 | Reply
Malaysia: UTM to assist in Halal certification and Halal accreditation projects in Madinah

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia and Taiba Care, the provider of healthcare and education business in Saudi Arabia will work together to implement UTM’s halal certification and halal accreditation related technologies.

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USA: Halal Alliances: ISNA and IFANCA

| 07/03/2013 | Reply
USA: Halal Alliances: ISNA and IFANCA

ISNA has built an alliance with the Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA) for support in establishing the national Halal standards and accreditation body, to ensure Halal products are standardized, certified and regulated for the protection of the consumer.

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South Africa: Halal expertise needed

| 07/03/2013 | Reply
South Africa: Halal expertise needed

Despite the shocking revelations made after two studies undertaken by the University of Stellenbosch and the University of Western Cape about the level of mislabeling in the SA meat industry, Muslim consumers are still not aware enough of how this impacts on their right to consume halal.

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Opinion: Food colouring, is it Halal and is it dangerous?

| 07/03/2013 | Reply
Opinion: Food colouring, is it Halal and is it dangerous?

Food company Sensient is offering Halal certified colours to the Middle Eastern market. Meanwhile in the US artificial colouring is used widely in products made by Kraft, Kellogg’s and even McDonald’s french fries with results now known to be associated with long term health problems.

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UK: Norfolk Halal abattoir investigated in BSE probe

| 07/03/2013 | Reply
UK:   Norfolk Halal abattoir investigated in BSE probe

A Norfolk abattoir has reassured the public there is no risk of infection from mad cow disease after beef quarters were sold containing bone that should have been removed.

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UK: MAT to Settle the Terms of Reference to the Community Inquiry

| 06/03/2013 | Reply
UK: MAT to Settle the Terms of Reference to the Community Inquiry

The Muslim Arbitration Tribunal will be inviting all the stakeholders involved in the recent discovery of pork DNA contamination in the supply chain of a Northern Ireland company to a Community Inquiry.

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UAE: Amaf to position Dubai as the centre of the Halal Market

| 06/03/2013 | Reply
UAE:  Amaf to position Dubai as the centre of the Halal Market

DUBAI: Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation(Amaf) intends to build a business model to position Dubai as a hub for the rapidly growing Islamic halal market as part of its strategic plan for 2013-2016.

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UAE: FNC presses for farm-to-table food security in UAE

| 06/03/2013 | Reply
UAE: FNC presses for farm-to-table food security in UAE

They demanded that the FAO and WHO food safety guidelines be strictly enforced to ensure farm-to-table monitoring of food across the country, stressing that food quality is different from one emirate to another, and real food safety legislations and research are absent.

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