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Indonesia: Mui adopts porcine detection kits for Halal food

| 20/12/2012 | Reply
Indonesia: Mui adopts porcine detection kits for Halal food

Indonesia’s top Muslim clerical body, has adopted PerkinElmer’s Porcine Detection Kits for Halal Food Testing & Screening. Designed for the fast detection of porcine meat traces, the kits can provide results for the presence of porcine biomarkers in less than 15 minutes.

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UAE: Halal Congress Middle East Declaration; Unified Halal Code

| 19/12/2012 | Reply
UAE: Halal Congress Middle East Declaration;  Unified Halal Code

Halal Development Council intends to take the Halal Congress platform to other countries with the aim to promote the Halal trade within OIC and other countries with Muslim population, and to introduce the ‘Halal’ brand in the world as the guarantee for ‘Good Quality’ product.

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Pakistan: EPZA, ICCI to establish Halal Export Processing Zone

| 16/12/2012 | Reply
Pakistan: EPZA, ICCI to establish Halal Export Processing Zone

Various international brands should be attracted towards Pakistan for investment in a Halal Processing Zone which would ultimately increase the exports of Halal products as global value for trade of Halal foods and non-food products.

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Malaysia: Jakim sets up first Halal lab in Nilai

| 14/12/2012 | Reply
Malaysia: Jakim sets up first Halal lab in Nilai

The laboratory will become a one-stop-centre for the world’s halal certification and research industry.

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Saudi Arabia: The Food Exporter’s Hidden Gem

| 14/12/2012 | Reply
Saudi Arabia: The Food Exporter’s Hidden Gem

Like the rest of the Persian Gulf region, Saudi Arabia saw an explosion in consumer spending over the past decade due to the bourgeoning global energy demand. Per capita food consumption through 2015 is forecast to grow 7.31%.

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USA: Saudi Arabia Retail Foods Update 2012

| 14/12/2012 | Reply
USA: Saudi Arabia Retail Foods Update 2012

This report provides an update on the Saudi retail food market structure and information that the U.S., and other exporters would need to enter this important market.

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Malaysia: AIM to increase financing for operators of halal products

| 14/12/2012 | Reply
Malaysia: AIM to increase financing for operators of halal products

National micro financing provider Amanah Ikhtiar Malaysia (AIM) is increasing its funding for operators of halal products in Sarawak up to RM12.9 million starting next year. They will also be providing financing facility for the renovation of their premises

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Saudi Arabian chain Herfy outlines growth plans

| 11/12/2012 | Reply
Saudi Arabian chain Herfy outlines growth plans

Since its founding in 1981 by Ahmed Hamad Al Saeed, who remains the company’s chief executive, the now-194-unit Riyadh-based Herfy chain has woven itself into the fabric of the Gulf kingdom as well as several other Middle Eastern countries.

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UAE kicks off Halal standardisation worldwide

| 10/12/2012 | Reply
UAE kicks off Halal standardisation worldwide

Esma is now working on a scheme on how to certify halal products and unifying the procedure for certification with one set of standards. Esma is also working on producing a unified stamp or mark for halal products entering the UAE that can also be introduced to the GCC.

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Halal school meals row continues in Lancashire

| 05/12/2012 | Reply
Halal school meals row continues in Lancashire

Here is a link to a Granada ITN interview by Clare Fallon with representatives from the Lancashire Country Council and Lancashire Council of Mosques on the topic of serving stunned meat to Muslim school children in the county

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Malaysia – Brahim’s To Acquire LSG Sky Chefs Before Year-end

| 01/12/2012 | Reply
Malaysia – Brahim’s To Acquire LSG Sky Chefs Before Year-end

Halal food and beverages group, Brahim’s Holdings Bhd, expects the acquisition of the remaining 49 per cent stake in Brahim’s-LSG Sky Chefs Holdings Bhd to be completed before year-end.

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Lancashire County Council caught in the crossfire of Halal certifier wars

| 29/11/2012 | Reply
Lancashire County Council caught in the crossfire of Halal certifier wars

This drama graphically illustrates the inherent problems that occur when the Halal sector is left as an unregulated sub-sector of the UK food industry. While attempting to provide Halal meals for Muslim school children, the LCC gets caught in the crossfire.

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Halal meat at centre of Lancashire row

| 29/11/2012 | Reply
Halal meat at centre of Lancashire row

This issue highlights the dramas caused by inconsistencies in the application of Halal standards, and the free-rein given to independent certification agencies, for most whom Halal certification is an unregulated profit-driven business.

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Qatar National Food Security Programme holds Qatar sustainability expo

| 29/11/2012 | Reply
Qatar National Food Security Programme holds Qatar sustainability expo

Qatar National Food Security Programme unveils infotech display unit at Qatar sustainability expo. Also the Filaha Project demonstrated historical and traditional farming methods, agricultural practices from sustained communities of the MENA region

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USA: Midamar Corporation continues to supply customers worldwide

| 29/11/2012 | Reply
USA: Midamar Corporation continues to supply customers worldwide

Midamar facilities were recently raided by government agencies and a business account was frozen. They were not informed of the purpose or the cause of the investigation. There is no evidence that Midamar’s halal integrity has been compromised by this investigation.

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EU: Polish court bans ritual slaughter, EU gives go-ahead

| 27/11/2012 | Reply
EU: Polish court bans ritual slaughter, EU gives go-ahead

The Constitutional Court’s ruling appeared largely symbolic, as it enters into force on January 1, the same day it is over-riden by a European Union directive setting common rules for the production of kosher and halal meat across the 27-nation bloc.

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UK: LCM Warning for children not to eat school dinners

| 27/11/2012 | Reply
UK: LCM Warning for children not to eat school dinners

The call comes amid fears by Lancashire Council of Mosques that LCC’s latest suppliers of Halal products are not accredited by a certifying organisation that is in line with the Halal criteria adopted by the LCM in 2007.

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Malaysia: First NFC halal app to be launched soon

| 27/11/2012 | Reply
Malaysia: First NFC halal app to be launched soon

Developed by Malaysia Microelectronic Solutions (My-MS) Sdn Bhd, the first of its kind application is set to bring great advantage to Muslims globally, as consumers would be able to identify and authenticate restaurants and hotels that are halal certified.

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UAE: Dubai sets menu for exporters of food

| 26/11/2012 | Reply
UAE: Dubai sets menu for exporters of food

About 90% of the UAE’s food is imported, posing a significant challenge to authorities wanting to impose a uniform set of labelling and safety rules. The municipality is working on making sure the food they export next year is safe and properly labelled.

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