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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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Malaysia: Brahim’s ready for overseas Halal markets

| 07/02/2013 | Reply
Malaysia: Brahim’s ready for overseas Halal markets

After 10 years concentrating on the local market, Brahim’s executive chairman says it’s now time to venture overseas. Brahim’s has embarked on a RM2 million rebranding exercise. Brahim’s Airline Catering currently services over 30 international airlines.

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South Africa: Muslim Judicial Council says no to EU Chicken

| 07/02/2013 | Reply
South Africa: Muslim Judicial Council says no to EU Chicken

Notice given to all European slaughterers by the EU last quarter for increased voltage stunning came into effect on 1 January and has particular significance for Muslim consumers given an increase in European imported “halal” products into South Africa seen recently.

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Indonesia: Citing Public Demand, NU Sets Up new Halal Certifier

| 07/02/2013 | Reply
Indonesia: Citing Public Demand, NU Sets Up new Halal Certifier

The NU Chairman at launch of the NU Halal Body (BHNU), said the new body was not meant to compete with similar existing institutions but was a response to public demand, especially from NU members in their guise as consumers. This is the wish and the demand of consumers.

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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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