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EU: Dutch groups agree on ritual animal slaughter reforms

| 05/06/2012 | Reply
EU: Dutch groups agree on ritual animal slaughter reforms

Dutch Agriculture Deputy Minister Henk Bleker signed an agreement with Dutch Muslim and Jewish religious leaders yesterday to make ritual slaughter more humane, including stunning animals after 40 seconds. The agreement comes into force today.

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UK Halal Commission Launched

| 05/06/2012 | Reply
UK Halal Commission Launched

The UK Halal Commission will invite representatives from all segments of the British Muslim community to put forward representations to the body. MCB’s deputy secretary general Dr. Shuja Shafi, will act as interim chairman to help put in place a proper governance structure.

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UK: Muslims of all major branches of Islam sign “Birmingham Declaration”

| 03/06/2012 | Reply
UK:  Muslims of all major branches of Islam sign “Birmingham Declaration”

A proposal was made to set up a UK Halal Commission at a meeting set up by the Association of Non Stun Abbatoirs and led partly the the Muslim Council of Britain. The ‘Birmingham Declaration’, stating the need for this central body, was signed at the event.

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UK: Unanimous decision to support defense of unstunned slaughter

| 03/06/2012 | Reply
UK:  Unanimous decision to support defense of unstunned slaughter

An event organised the Halal Monitoring Committee confirmed the unanimous decision to continue to support the defence of unstunned Halal in the UK. It also included discussion on the campaign against mechanical slaughter.

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Slaughter Without Stunning – religious slaughter in context

| 01/06/2012 | Reply
Slaughter Without Stunning – religious slaughter in context

Traditional religious slaughter does not intend for farm animals to suffer when slaughtered for food. In fact, the opposite is true if the tenets of the Abrahamic religions are studied. The belief is that all animals should be treated with respect at all times and all safeguards should be deployed to minimise suffering during the entire life of farm animals.

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Turkey: Istanbul to host World Halal Council

| 01/06/2012 | Reply
Turkey: Istanbul to host World Halal Council

The World Halal Council (WHC) is getting ready to move its headquarters to Istanbul on the heels of a meeting organized in Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, in April. The details will be confirmed at the congress in Istanbul in October.

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UK: ANSA congratulates participants of ground-breaking Ulama meeting

| 31/05/2012 | Reply
UK: ANSA congratulates participants of ground-breaking Ulama meeting

Top Scholars, politicians and motivated Religious leaders from across the UK will gather in Birmingham this Saturday to kickstart plans to defend the prophetic method of Zabihah.

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Malaysia: Authorities get tough on halal ruling

| 30/05/2012 | Reply
Malaysia: Authorities get tough on halal ruling

JAJ officers made spot checks at many eateries recently and found that some of them were using either a halal certification issued by the private sector, or that their halal certification had already expired.

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Malaysia-Philippines trade set to see steady growth

| 29/05/2012 | Reply
Malaysia-Philippines trade set to see steady growth

Halal certification would not only help the Philippines companies venture into Malaysia, but also serve as a gateway to the halal market of the Asean region and more export destinations.

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UK: Halal judgment day

| 29/05/2012 | Reply
UK: Halal judgment day

Over 40 Mufti’s and Imam’s, from the country’s most respected Islamic scholars will pass a vote on whether machine slaughter of animals for halal consumption is strictly permitted under Islamic law or not, at a conference being held in the UK on the 3rd June.

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USA: USDA offers Outdoor Barbecuing Food Safety Tips

| 29/05/2012 | Reply
USA: USDA offers Outdoor Barbecuing Food Safety Tips

Whether it is snowing or hot and sunny, it’s important to follow food safety guidelines to prevent harmful bacteria from multiplying and causing foodborne illness. There’s something for everyone to learn in this article.

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Saudis demand that McDonald’s be punished for Happy Meal toy

| 29/05/2012 | Reply
Saudis demand that McDonald’s be punished for Happy Meal toy

The people of Saudi Arabia are furious with the McDonald’s fast food chain for a toy which they say desecrates the name of Muhammed, the Prophet of Islam. They are demanding retribution.

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UAE: Call for same rules on cosmetics in GCC

| 29/05/2012 | Reply
UAE: Call for same rules on cosmetics in GCC

The priority now is to focus on the UAE, where each emirate has a different set of rules governing the regulation of consumer products, from lipsticks and shampoos to skin creams.

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Singapore: Halal cosmetics – a new alternative

| 28/05/2012 | Reply
Singapore: Halal cosmetics – a new alternative

There are many Muslims in Singapore – and while most have always been careful to stay away from consuming non-halal (unlawful) meat such as pork, some are now starting to ensure that the makeup they wear is also halal.

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Indonesia: Ulema council launches online halal certification service

| 28/05/2012 | Reply
Indonesia: Ulema council launches online halal certification service

LPPOM MUI have launched an online halal certification service called CEROL – SS 23000.”The CEROL certification system will accelerate the process of halal certification for products and improve the agency`s documentation system,” LPPOM Director Lukmanul Hakim stated.

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UK: MPs want curbs on ‘unacceptable’ religious slaughter

| 28/05/2012 | Reply
UK: MPs want curbs on ‘unacceptable’ religious slaughter

The government is facing renewed calls to curb the slaughtering of animals that have not first been rendered unconscious – a debate that pits religious sensitivities against the convictions of animal welfare campaigners. “New measures” might be needed to enforce the law properly, she said.

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UAE to chair and host body on unifying standards for Halal cosmetics and personal care

| 28/05/2012 | Reply
UAE to chair and host body on unifying standards for Halal cosmetics and personal care

“Thanks to the prudent leadership’s interest in providing solid infrastructure and technical foundations, the win reflects the confidence other Islamic countries have in the UAE’s relevant expertise and technical efficiency,”

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Brunei Halal eyes European made goods for Asia

| 26/05/2012 | Reply
Brunei Halal eyes European made goods for Asia

BRUNEI Halal brand is hoping to introduce European-made products in Asia under the brand name in future, as opposed to only having Asian manufactured products distributed in Europe, said the brand’s owners, Brunei Wafirah Holdings Sdn Bhd.

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London 2012: why feeding 24,000 athletes and team officials is an Olympian feat

| 25/05/2012 | Reply
London 2012: why feeding 24,000 athletes and team officials is an Olympian feat

Providing familiar food, meeting halal standards and not poisoning the competitors are among the challenges for the caterers. Saudi Arabia is one of more than 50 Muslim countries sending competitors who are likely to be negotiating the Ramadan fast.

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9 food processing companies receive “Halal Certification” with USAID support

| 25/05/2012 | Reply
9 food processing companies receive “Halal Certification” with USAID support

Training Serbian companies to qualify for certification was provided by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) through its Economic Security Project. The companies shared the costs involved in meeting standards and getting certified with USAID.

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