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Category: Farm-to-Fork News

Brazil: The Halal Meat Trade

| 28/09/2011 | Reply
Brazil: The Halal Meat Trade

The number of Brazilian meat processors seeking Halal certification has grown rapidly within the last few years but may be leveling off, according to a main halal certifier. As the American dollar has consistently lost value against the Brazilian real currency over the last year, Halal-certified products have become more expensive for producers to export.

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Turkey: D8 members to discuss joint projects

| 26/09/2011 | Reply
Turkey: D8 members to discuss joint projects

Participants will discuss jointly manufacturing a car, adopting policies on energy and environmental issues, observing food standard — halal food in particular — and joint petrochemical plans. Iran, Turkey, Malaysia, Pakistan, Nigeria, Egypt, Bangladesh and Indonesia are D8 members.

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Pakistan: Government to establish 200 acre Halal Industrial Park

| 26/09/2011 | Reply
Pakistan: Government to establish 200 acre Halal Industrial Park

This industrial food products’ park will be provided full cover by the government and patronage from the top ranking departments, both from the private and public sector. This is the brainchild of Faisalabad Industrial Estate Development and Management Company (FIEDMC) and direct liaison with the Punjab’s Livestock and Dairy Development Department.

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China turns to its Muslims in Arab trade push

| 24/09/2011 | Reply
China turns to its Muslims in Arab trade push

A Halal food company formed 12 years ago in Beijing to cater to the dining requirements of the city’s Muslim community is now Xiangjuzhai Foods Group, and is one of Beijing’s biggest Halal food suppliers. It has been approached by the Chinese government to play a role in its ambitious plans to build a dominant Halal foods export industry to cater to West Asian markets.

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China hopes to broaden Halal food exports

| 24/09/2011 | Reply
China hopes to broaden Halal food exports

The Silk Road was once a dynamic set of trade links connecting Asia, Europe and parts of Africa. Now, the ancient routes may be given new life as Chinese Muslim businessmen follow their ancestors’ footsteps to export halal food to the world.

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First international Halal fast food chain opens in Maldives

| 24/09/2011 | Reply
First international Halal fast food chain opens in Maldives

President Mohamed Nasheed attended the official opening of Marrybrown, a Halal Malaysian fast food chain and the first international fast food chain to come to the Maldives. The Marrybrown franchise currently operates in 15 countries worldwide.

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Let Them Eat Ethanol and Cash

| 23/09/2011 | Reply
Let Them Eat Ethanol and Cash

By Greg Lindsay Why have global food prices spiked not once, but twice in the last three years, raising the specter of famine and triggering worldwide food riots–including the Arab Spring? [1] Many explanations have been floated, including climate change-related droughts in Australia, volatile oil prices, “food security” export restrictions, and last but not least, […]

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Malaysia: USM Receives R&D Sponsorship From Australian Company

| 23/09/2011 | Reply
Malaysia: USM Receives R&D Sponsorship From Australian Company

Holista Colltech, an Australian Stock Exchange listed company, extended the sponsorship to USM to produce the world’s first halal enzyme production process. The research is for an innovative process to enable plant-based enzymes to produce collagen and halal gelatine.

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China makes dent in halal market

| 21/09/2011 | Reply
China makes dent in halal market

With 22 million Muslims, China has just one-eight of India’s Muslim population. But China has managed to play an effective role in the $500 billion export market for halal food by capitalizing on its influence as the world’s biggest buyer of petroleum products.

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Pakistan: Belgium can provide technical, financial support

| 21/09/2011 | Reply
Pakistan: Belgium can provide technical, financial support

Tariq Iqbal Puri, Chief Executive Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) while meeting with Michel Kempeneers, Director, Asia-Pacific Wallonia Foreign Trade and Investment Agency (AWEX), Belgium asked him for Belgium’s technical and financial support in the areas of meat, pharmaceuticals, corporate agriculture and halal food meat certification and logistic etc.

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China plans free zone for Arabs

| 21/09/2011 | Reply
China plans free zone for Arabs

The China-Arab States Economic and Trade Forum will also look at issues relating to expanding China’s Halal food industry, trading in the yuan and joint financing of major construction projects in the Middle East region including in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya.

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Indonesia: House invites businesses to voice opinions on Halal bill

| 20/09/2011 | Reply
Indonesia: House invites businesses to voice opinions on Halal bill

With a bill on Halal product certification currently being deliberated, the House of Representatives says it is ready to take on opinions and complaints from food businesses and producers.

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UAE: Inzi and Anwar’s new cut

| 20/09/2011 | Reply
UAE: Inzi and Anwar’s new cut

Pakistan’s batting legends Inzamam-ul-Haq and Saeed Anwar, who once used to butcher bowlers, are now bringing their meat brand “Meat One” to Dubai. Their main aim is to bring this trusted brand to the UAE to ensure supply of best quality fresh ‘halal meat’ to people there. They will be opening two branches in Dubai.

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Indonesia: Import Regulation Reduces Chinese Imports

| 19/09/2011 | Reply
Indonesia: Import Regulation Reduces Chinese Imports

According to the Indonesian Food and Beverage Association (Gapmmi), a government regulation contributed to the decline of food and beverage imports from China and Hong Kong between January and August.

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USA: Halal standards in Muslim community up for interpretation

| 19/09/2011 | Reply
USA: Halal standards in Muslim community up for interpretation

Within the U.S. Muslim community, suspicion has grown in recent years about meat sold under the halal label as the number of suppliers expands and standards of animal slaughter get new, modern interpretation by a growing network of certifying agencies.

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Malaysia: Kontena Nasional Sees Marked Growth In Halal Logistics

| 19/09/2011 | Reply
Malaysia: Kontena Nasional Sees Marked Growth In Halal Logistics

Kontena Nasional is moving towards leading the market. In 2012 and 2013, they are going to sustain their market approach to be the leader in the halal logistics market.

“We’ve increased our halal warehouse, (we) started at two and up to June, we already have 14 halal warehouses, the growth is significant,

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Denmark: Muslims want independent body to supervise halal slaughter

| 19/09/2011 | Reply
Denmark: Muslims want independent body to supervise halal slaughter

The Danish Islamic Faith Society and 35 other Muslim associations joined together to stop what they say is non-halal meat (stun bolt) sold as halal.

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USA: Midamar Halal Foods Receives USDA Distinguished Community Service Award

| 17/09/2011 | Reply
USA: Midamar Halal Foods Receives USDA Distinguished Community Service Award

Midamar was the first company in America to receive the USDA award “For exemplary work in providing Halal food options for Muslims in America and around the world”.

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Money politics and political freedom

| 17/09/2011 | Reply
Money politics and political freedom

There are a number of Muslim majority and non-Muslim countries that have declared themselves to be Islamic finance hubs and halal food hubs. Malaysia is ranked 56th out of 178 countries (with a score of 4.4), Turkey also 56th (4.4), UAE 28th (6.3), Bahrain 48th (4.9), Brunei 38th (5.5), the UK 20th (7.6), France 25th (6.8), Luxembourg 11th (8.5), Singapore 1st (9.3), Hong Kong 13th (8.4), and Indonesia 110th (2.8).

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Brunei: MoU signing with Sarawak signals more economic, technical cooperation

| 16/09/2011 | Reply
Brunei: MoU signing with Sarawak signals more economic, technical cooperation

Second Minister of Planning and Resource Management and Minister of Public Utilities Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan welcomed the signing of the MoU that also covered telecommunications, transportation, tourism, halal hub, agriculture and fisheries.

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