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Category: Farm-to-Fork News

UK: Sharia Halal Board backs British meat

| 05/03/2013 | Reply
UK: Sharia Halal Board backs British meat

It stated it believed British meat is of “extremely high standard, supreme quality with rigorous hygiene standards” and that such a level “cannot be achieved or received anywhere else but the United Kingdom”.

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South Africa: Halal Butchers not Transparent

| 04/03/2013 | Reply
South Africa: Halal Butchers not Transparent

One local butcher told VOC the lack of transparency in the industry has been a problem of longstanding and goes so far that he would not trust 95% of what is sold by local Muslim butchers.

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UK: Lancashire halal meat query goes to the top

| 04/03/2013 | Reply
UK: Lancashire halal meat query goes to the top

THE Lancashire Council of Mosques has written to the country’s food boss Owen Paterson demanding he reveal the four county schools supplied with ‘halal’ beefburgers containing horsemeat.

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UAE: Global Halal food producers upbeat on Mideast growth prospects

| 02/03/2013 | Reply
UAE: Global Halal food producers upbeat on Mideast growth prospects

At the four-day Gulfood, the biggest food and hospitality fair which ended here Thursday, meat producers from East and West said the demand for Islamic or halal food emerged to an accepted global mainstream taste.

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UK: Prison inmates sue Government over tainted Halal meat

| 01/03/2013 | Reply
UK: Prison inmates sue Government over tainted Halal meat

UK certifiers claim to be Halal regulators for the food industry, claiming that their organisations have been empowered by Defra and FSA. The following statement from Mr Geoff Webdale of the Defra Animal Welfare Core Team states this is not the case.

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EU: Breathable nail polish a surprise hit with Muslims

| 01/03/2013 | Reply
EU: Breathable nail polish a surprise hit with Muslims

The Polish company and some Muslims say the polish is the first of its kind because it lets air and moisture pass through to the nail. A craze has built up around it with Muslim women in recent months after an Islamic scholar in the United States tested its permeability.

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UK: HFA takes contamination very seriously

| 28/02/2013 | Reply
UK: HFA takes contamination very seriously

Halal Food Authority wants to reassure the Muslim community that no actual contaminated halal meals were served to Muslim inmates, and the alleged contaminated meals were never destined for the general Muslim consumers.

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Opinion: Horsemeat scandal companies can learn from Halal

| 28/02/2013 | Reply
Opinion: Horsemeat scandal companies can learn from Halal

The horsemeat scandal has raised significant consumer questions: what is in the food we eat, how can we be sure it’s properly labelled, and most importantly, who can we trust? For Muslim consumers who wish to observe halal food halal certification from a trusted authority is vital.

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India: Halal India wins Quality Excellence Award

| 28/02/2013 | Reply
India: Halal India wins Quality Excellence Award

Halal India has won the ‘Quality Excellence Award For Best Customer Service Result-2013’ at the National Quality Excellence awards-2013 held by the Stars of the Industry Group.

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Dubai: No horse in UAE meat, tests confirm

| 28/02/2013 | Reply
Dubai: No horse in UAE meat, tests confirm

The Dubai food chief responsible for ensuring what’s on your plate is exactly as described on the tin insists there’s neigh chance any meat from horses is in the food there.

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EU: Horse and pork doner kebabs – not very Halal

| 27/02/2013 | Reply
EU: Horse and pork doner kebabs – not very Halal

The (supposedly) lamb sandwich has turned up with signs of horsemeat across Europe, but the twist in this case is that traces of pork were found as well, in a product that is popular among Muslims and advertised as Halal.

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UAE: Dubai Chamber highlights investment opportunities in the food sector

| 27/02/2013 | Reply
UAE: Dubai Chamber highlights investment opportunities in the food sector

Highlighting the challenges faced by the Halal food sector, Saleh Lootah pointed at the lack of awareness about it and minimal investment in innovation, research and development, lack of options provided to the consumers as well as the competition between global and local brands.

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Ikea Malaysia/UAE confirms their meatballs are Halal

| 27/02/2013 | Reply
Ikea Malaysia/UAE confirms their meatballs are Halal

Ikea Food Market and Ikea restaurant in Malaysia have temporarily stopped selling their beef meatballs while they do DNA testing on them after the recent controversy in their stores in Europe where horse meat was found in their meatballs labeled ‘beef and pork.’

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USA: Midamar Turkey Deli Products Line wins 2013 “Best New Frozen or Chilled Food” at Gulfood Awards

| 26/02/2013 | Reply
USA: Midamar Turkey Deli Products Line wins 2013 “Best New Frozen or Chilled Food”  at Gulfood Awards

Midamar also received recognition for highly commended entries in the Best New Fast Food Product or Innovation Award, Best New Halal Food Award and the Best New Foodservice Innovation Award.

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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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