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France: Butchers beef up French presidential campaign

| 18/03/2012 | Reply
France: Butchers beef up French presidential campaign

President Nicolas Sarkozy has lamented the decline of the traditional French butcher and now wants all meat clearly marked—halal, kosher or French—while Prime Minister Francois Fillon has suggested the ritual slaughter of animals by Muslims and Jews is out of sync with modern times.

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Malaysia: HDC expects moderate growth in halal exports

| 18/03/2012 | Reply
Malaysia: HDC expects moderate growth in halal exports

Minister of International Trade and Industry Datuk Sri Mustapa Mohamed announced yesterday that Malaysia’s export value for halal products in 2011 stood at RM35.4 billion. This is some 50 per cent more than in 2010.

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Canadian political parties rail against ritual slaughter

| 17/03/2012 | Reply
Canadian political parties rail against ritual slaughter

The pro-independence party said it was worried that mainstream companies are selling halal meat without labeling to unsuspecting consumers. It wants to know how many companies are involved in producing halal meat and the number of animals that are being slaughtered annually under Islamic ritual.

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China: China Ningxia Province Seeks Sister City In Indonesia

| 16/03/2012 | Reply
China: China Ningxia Province Seeks Sister City In Indonesia

“On behalf of Ningxia’s foreign affairs office, we express our desire to establish a sister city relationship with one of Indonesia’s cities,” Zhang Yexing, vice director general of Ningxia’s foreign affairs office, told journalists yesterday. Yexing said the Ningxia government is eager to establish cooperation in Halal food production with its sister city in Indonesia.

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Canada: PQ claims halal meat ‘slams against Quebec values’

| 14/03/2012 | Reply
Canada: PQ claims halal meat ‘slams against Quebec values’

The Parti Quebecois is sounding the alarm bell over an Islamic food ritual, calling slaughter for halal meat an affront not only to the rights of animals but to the values cherished by Quebecers.

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France: Sarkozy, after bitter halal debate, visits main Paris mosque

| 14/03/2012 | Reply
France: Sarkozy, after bitter halal debate, visits main Paris mosque

Sarkozy met the mosque’s Imam and the French Muslim Council leader and said he told them “he did not want, in this electoral period, some of our compatriots to feel hurt by controversies that have no place here”.

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Opinion: Bright future for Halal personal care

| 14/03/2012 | Reply
Opinion: Bright future for Halal personal care

With a worldwide recession looming, the Halal sector is one of the few industries bucking the trend fueled by savvy consumers increasingly demanding purity of ingredients in their personal care products.

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Australia: General Public Paying For Halal Certification Whether They Like it or Not

| 12/03/2012 | Reply
Australia: General Public Paying For Halal Certification Whether They Like it or Not

The Halal economy is booming, with everything from food and cosmetics, to leisure products and holidays, being awarded Halal certification. The cost exceeds that of normal goods meaning consumers are paying to make a certain few millionaires. Video report.

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France: Halal meat drama enters election campaign

| 11/03/2012 | Reply
France: Halal meat drama enters election campaign

The confrontation between traditional Muslim ways and Europe’s Christian heritage has erupted in several European countries as the number of Muslims increases across the continent because of continuing immigration and the customary large families of Muslim immigrants. But it is particularly raw in France. This is true in part because it has emerged as an issue in the election campaign.

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Saudi Arabia: Cafes promote a new culture of dialogue

| 09/03/2012 | Reply
Saudi Arabia: Cafes promote a new culture of dialogue

The growing number of coffee shops in Riyadh gives a different dimension to the city because as they are no longer simply a place for relaxation and comfort but offer facilities to discuss sports, culture, science, technical issues and finance. They sometimes solve some dilemmas of society.

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GCC investing in food security in Pakistan, India and others

| 08/03/2012 | Reply
GCC investing in food security in Pakistan, India and others

Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) governments are investing heavily in outside farmland acquisitions and leases, along with injecting money in domestic food production industry, to secure food supplies to the region and safeguard against market fluctuations.

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France: French premier tries to soothe Jewish, Muslim leaders over animal slaughter practices

| 08/03/2012 | Reply
France: French premier tries to soothe Jewish, Muslim leaders over animal slaughter practices

For many, France’s prime minister Francois Fillon’s comments went too far. He hosted Jewish leaders Wednesday and was expected to meet with Muslim leaders Thursday in what appeared to be an attempt to ease concerns about his comments on French radio this week.

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France: French Jews, Muslims unite in anger over halal meat row

| 07/03/2012 | Reply
France: French Jews, Muslims unite in anger over halal meat row

France is home to western Europe’s largest Muslim minority, officially estimated at least four million, and its largest Jewish community, estimated at up to 700,000. The country has for years been debating how far it is willing to go to accommodate Islam, now France’s second religion.

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HDC Pakistan to organize Halal Compliance training for Pakistani companies

| 06/03/2012 | Reply
HDC Pakistan to organize Halal Compliance training for Pakistani companies

An MOU was signed for mutual co-operation and support in the development of the Halal industry in Pakistan with the objective to facilitate and promote the exports of Pakistani Halal products to Malaysia by organizing Halal compliance training workshops in Pakistan, for the Pakistani companies who want to export Food products to Malaysia.

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Saudi Arabia: Saudi delegation seeks food products from Pakistan

| 06/03/2012 | Reply
Saudi Arabia: Saudi delegation seeks food products from Pakistan

The Saudi delegation’s plan is also to visit the meat exporting companies’ facilities in different Pakistani cities with an aim to award licenses to them and above all to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the state-owned Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP). The plan is to boost exports of a range of food commodities from Pakistan to Saudi Arabia, mainly meat, poultry and fish products.

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UAE: Burnt bone-free ‘halal sugar’ heads to Middle East

| 06/03/2012 | Reply
UAE: Burnt bone-free ‘halal sugar’ heads to Middle East

Keen to tap a booming market dominated by meat slaughtered in accordance with Islamic rituals, one of India’s largest sugar sellers is bagging up halal-branded sweetener made without any powdered cow bones used by some sugar refiners.

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Malaysia: Halal Scientific Programme

| 06/03/2012 | Reply
Malaysia: Halal Scientific Programme

Malaysian Academy of SME of Enterpreneurship Development (“MASMED”)-UiTM in collaboration with Malaysian Biotechnology Corp Sdn. Bhd (“Biotechcorp”) and TPM Biotech Sdn Bhd (“TPMB”) will be conducting a human capital programme known as Certified Halal Scientific Executive.

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French politicians urge scrapping kosher, halal

| 06/03/2012 | Reply
French politicians urge scrapping kosher, halal

In an effort to woo the far-right, French politicians continue to oppose traditional Abrahamic religions by suggesting that Muslims and Jews put an end to Halal and Kosher food laws.

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USA: Food trucks on the National Mall being pushed

| 06/03/2012 | Reply
USA: Food trucks on the National Mall being pushed

Harriet Tregoning, D.C.’s Director of Planning, wants the National Park Service to make changes to its regulations to allow food trucks to park and serve customers near the Mall. “Every day of the week, there’s a different selection of food trucks,” said D.C. resident Tore Dyvik. “Monday through Friday you can choose Korean, you can choose Halal.”

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Germany: Halal and Kosher dairy demand on the rise

| 05/03/2012 | Reply
Germany: Halal and Kosher dairy demand on the rise

Consumer demand for Halal and Kosher-based dairy ingredients is on the rise globally, but demand not only demands careful evaluation of ingredients, but also strict regulation of product packaging, production processes and facilities.

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