Category: Farm-to-Fork News

UK: Halal board condemns pork DNA ‘lapse’

| 07/02/2013 | Reply
UK: Halal board condemns pork DNA ‘lapse’

The Sharia Halal Board has held a meeting to discuss a “recent lapse”, which saw pork-contaminated halal products being supplied to UK prisons and government organisations in England and Wales.

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UK: Horsemeat scandal: Food labelling and what’s changing

| 07/02/2013 | Reply
UK: Horsemeat scandal: Food labelling and what’s changing

The new food labelling rules being introduced from 13 December 2014 will require new practices for food manufacturers which will involve increased costs, possibly running into millions of pounds to ensure that packaging is compliant with the new legislation.

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Opinion: The Global Farmland Rush

| 07/02/2013 | Reply
Opinion: The Global Farmland Rush

OVER the last decade, as populations have grown, capital has flowed across borders and crop yields have leveled off, food-importing nations and private investors have been securing land abroad to use for agriculture. Poor governments have embraced these deals.

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UK: Meat tests to be revealed after pork DNA in halal food scandal

| 06/02/2013 | Reply
UK: Meat tests to be revealed after pork DNA in halal food scandal

The results of industry tests will be published “to provide a clearer picture of standards”, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) said after a meeting attended by food and farming minister David Heath, and major food retailers and suppliers yesterday.

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UK: Britain ‘can’t afford to overlook’ Halal trade

| 05/02/2013 | Reply
UK: Britain ‘can’t afford to overlook’ Halal trade

The Halal meat market is a multi-million pound contributor to the British economy. Abattoirs, butchers, processors and retailers can’t afford to overlook it. Eblex has commissioned new research, which will follow on from a comprehensive publication it put out in 2010 by them.

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UK: Prison Reform Trust welcomes immediate apology and investigation

| 05/02/2013 | Reply
UK: Prison Reform Trust welcomes immediate apology and investigation

The Prison Service is investigating this as a matter of urgency. Its director Juliet Lyon said: ”This is not a matter of dietary preference but of Islamic law. There are clear hospital and prison rules that halal meat must be on the menu.’

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Open Letter from Muslim Arbitration Tribunal to HFA

| 05/02/2013 | Reply
Open Letter from Muslim Arbitration Tribunal to HFA

An Open Letter from the Muslim Arbitration Tribunal to the Halal Food Authority on the subject of the Pork DNA scandal.

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UK: 3663 drops McColgan’s halal products over pork DNA discovery

| 05/02/2013 | Reply
UK: 3663 drops McColgan’s halal products over pork DNA discovery

Food processors and Defra have met with the Food Standards Agency to find a solution to what officials call ‘an unacceptable meat labelling situation.’

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UK: Muslim leader says that Pork DNA find could hit Irish beef sales

| 05/02/2013 | Reply
UK: Muslim leader says that Pork DNA find could hit Irish beef sales

The Food Standards Agency NI, however, said no pork meat was found in halal products meant for prisons in England and Wales. County Tyrone food company McColgan’s and distributors 3663 withdrew products after traces of pork DNA were found.

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UK: Investigation into Halal Meat Products Tainted with Pork

| 05/02/2013 | Reply
UK: Investigation into Halal Meat Products Tainted with Pork

An emergency meeting of meat processing suppliers, wholesalers and retailers was taking place with the British Food Safety Authority today (Monday) following the discovery of traces of pig meat in Halal meat pies.

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UK: Legal action may follow ‘Halal meat’ pork fed to prisoners

| 05/02/2013 | Reply
UK: Legal action may follow ‘Halal meat’ pork fed to prisoners

The food safety watchdog, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) is considering legal action after the Ministry of Justice revealed meat pies and pasties supplied to prisons in England and Wales were labelled and served as Halal but contained traces of pork DNA.

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UK: Council of Mosques clashes with Halal Food Authority after pork DNA scandal

| 05/02/2013 | Reply
UK: Council of Mosques clashes with Halal Food Authority after pork DNA scandal

A Council of Mosques has called for a boycott of Halal Food Authority (HFA) products. The HFA meanwhile hit back stating they still have one of the ‘most stringent and well regulated auditing systems for accreditation of halal meat’.

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UAE food industry lacks unified regulation

| 05/02/2013 | Reply
UAE food industry lacks unified regulation

Saleh Lootah, Chairman of Food and Beverage Business Group in Dubai, said: ‘Since there are different standards for food products across the emirates, unfortunately we are lacking the best practices for this business sector.’

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Opinion: The Porkgate Opportunity

| 05/02/2013 | Reply
Opinion: The Porkgate Opportunity

The recent scandal from pork DNA being found in Halal certified food actually highlights an opportunity. With the majority of the Muslim world importing food from non-Muslim countries, there is an opportunity to become a trusted supplier of Halal food.

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UK: Northern Ireland firm in halal meat row

| 05/02/2013 | Reply
UK: Northern Ireland firm in halal meat row

In a statement, a spokesman for McColgan Quality Foods Limited in Strabane, Co Tyrone, said the company was co-operating with the Food Standards Agency following the discovery of trace elements of porcine DNA in a number of halal-certified pastry products.

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Malaysia’s Port Klang to become Southeast Asia’s largest transit hub for Islamic products

| 02/02/2013 | Reply
Malaysia’s Port Klang to become Southeast Asia’s largest transit hub for Islamic products

The 1,000-acre Port Klang Free Zone provides facilities for international procurement, green development and Islamic product manufacturing and distribution, targeting mainly Chinese and Southeast Asian investors.

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UK: ‘Traces of pork DNA’ found in Halal prison meat

| 02/02/2013 | Reply
UK: ‘Traces of pork DNA’ found in Halal prison meat

The Ministry of Justice is to suspend a firm supplying meat to prisons after tests found that it may have provided pies and pasties described as Halal – but with traces of pork DNA. The Ministry of Justice orders all halal products from one unnamed prison supplier be destroyed.

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Halal in Croatia – know where to go

| 01/02/2013 | Reply
Halal in Croatia – know where to go

Croatia has good relations with the Arab world (most notably with Turkey and Qatar). It marks an increasing number of visitors coming from the Middle East. Because of that, it has been becoming increasingly familiar with their specific culture and visitors’ needs.

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Malaysia: Halal cert for pharmacy given to CCM

| 30/01/2013 | Reply
Malaysia:  Halal cert for pharmacy given to CCM

Three companies under Chemical Company of Malaysia Berhad (CCM), namely CCM Pharmaceuticals Sdn Bhd, Upha Pharmaceutical Mfg. (M) Sdn Bhd and Duopharma (M) Sdn Bhd received the halal logo for more than 200 products. it was the first award to a pharmaceutical company.

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Halal nail polish! Say what?

| 29/01/2013 | Reply
Halal nail polish! Say what?

Cosmetic company Inglot claims it’s manufactured the world’s first ‘wudu-friendly’ nail polish. Nail polish is impermissible because of the waterproof barrier it creates on nails, which prevents the washing before the Muslim prayer 5 times a day being valid.

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