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Malaysia: Single halal certificate beginning April

| 07/10/2010 | Reply
Malaysia: Single halal certificate beginning April

The draft of the amendments to the Trade Description Act 1972 that would allow for a single Malaysian halal logo and certification was finalised at a meeting between the ministry and the Islamic Development Department (Jakim) yesterday.

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UK: Secret Halal Meat Sale – Why not Label it?

| 05/10/2010 | Reply
UK: Secret Halal Meat Sale – Why not Label it?

Christian organisation appeals to the public to insist on Halal meat being sold to be labelled as such.

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UK: EDL targets Blackburn KFC in protest over Halal chicken

| 05/10/2010 | Reply
UK: EDL targets Blackburn KFC in protest over Halal chicken

A GROUP of 40 English Defence League supporters descended on Blackburn to protest about a fast food restaurant’s decision to sell Halal chicken.

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Brunei: Brunei Halal Brand A ‘Facilitator’ Of Trade

| 05/10/2010 | Reply
Brunei:  Brunei Halal Brand A ‘Facilitator’ Of Trade

The premium halal brand, launched in 2009, is said to be the first proper attempt to put together a global halal brand that will reap the potential commercial returns of catering to the consumption needs of Muslims worldwide.

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UAE: Al Islami Reinforces Saudi Presence

| 01/10/2010 | Reply
UAE: Al Islami Reinforces Saudi Presence

UAE-based halal food producer Al Islami Foods, proudly announced today its partnership with Saudi distributor Abbar and Zainy Cold Stores (AZCS), as part of a five-year plan to reinforce channel expansion and market growth in the region. From July 2010, Al Islami products are available in all locations within the AZCS distribution chain across the […]

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UK: MCB respond to ‘Mail on Sunday’ article

| 22/09/2010 | Reply
UK: MCB respond to ‘Mail on Sunday’ article

The Muslim Council of Britain have written a short response to the Mail On Sunday article about Halal food in the UK

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Grandin & Regenstein: Ritual Slaughter and Animal Welfare

| 21/09/2010 | Reply
Grandin & Regenstein: Ritual Slaughter and Animal Welfare

For the many HalaFocus readers who see beyond the current Halal meat dramas in the UK, and have a genuine interest in the science of animal welfare and slaughter, here is a reprint of the 1994 article from Meat Focus International by two of the most knowledgeable and widely respected scientists on this subject.

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EU: Düsseldorf Halal Conference Resolves to Protect Halal in Europe

| 17/09/2010 | Reply
EU: Düsseldorf Halal Conference Resolves to Protect Halal in Europe

The European Halal Conference ended with a series of resolutions to take specific steps to try and protect Halal – both in its legal status and its practice of sacrifical slaughter – within Europe.

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Jakim To Conduct Spot Checks On Hotels To Authenticate Halal Compliance

| 04/06/2010 | Reply
Jakim To Conduct Spot Checks On Hotels To Authenticate Halal Compliance

The Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) will be conducting spot checks on hotels nationwide to ensure authenticity of halal certification. Its director-general Datuk Wan Mohamad Sheikh Abdul Aziz said the step was necessary to safeguard the interests of Muslim guests at the hotels, local and foreigners alike, besides protecting the good reputation of Malaysia’s tourism […]

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Hundreds of jobs at UK’s ‘Simply Halal’ food park

| 29/05/2010 | Reply
Hundreds of jobs at UK’s ‘Simply Halal’ food park

A food park which will be a first for Europe and create up to 300 jobs is planned for south Norfolk. Within a year, the European Halal Food Park will create about 100 jobs at Moor Farm, to the north west of Banham. It will build on a small-scale, 100 per cent Halal meat abattoir and cutting plant currently running called Simply Halal, where meat is slaughtered according to Islamic law.

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UK: Spice Time moves to larger premises

| 17/05/2010 | Reply
UK: Spice Time moves to larger premises

Birmingham-based ethnic foods manufacturer Spice Time is moving into new purpose-built premises this year as it embarks on an ambitious bid to become the UK’s leading Halal foodservice manufacturer.

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Consumers spending more at restaurants, but…

| 14/05/2010 | Reply
Consumers spending more at restaurants, but…

New data released this week indicated that more consumers are spending money at restaurants in the United States, but the average dollars spent per check continues to decline.

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Whole Foods reports soaring profit, names co-CEO

| 14/05/2010 | Reply
Whole Foods reports soaring profit, names co-CEO

Whole Foods said its second-quarter profit nearly doubled from a year ago, exceeding expectations, as consumers traded up to more expensive items. This supports the idea that even in hard times, people will continue to buy food, and that in the quest for value, many choose quality over price. Halal manufacturers take note…

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Arab world needs $144bn to meet food needs

| 10/05/2010 | Reply
Arab world needs $144bn to meet food needs

Arab countries need to invest $144 billion in agriculture between now and 2030 to meet the demand for food for their growing populations, said an Arab official. Food security became a major issue in the Arab world since 2008 when food prices soared in the global market. Arab states need to secure half of this […]

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Malaysia: Amendment To Act To Spur Halal Industry

| 08/05/2010 | Reply
Malaysia: Amendment To Act To Spur Halal Industry

Malaysia is tabling an amendment to the trade Descriptions Act to strengthen Jakim’s position in the Halal certification field. The revised Act would give Jakim new enforcement powers and make their logo the only permitted one for use by manufacturers and restaurants. This would outlaw various other certification bodies operating in the country.

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KFC Halal issue shows Halal is an identity issue

| 28/04/2010 | Reply
KFC Halal issue shows Halal is an identity issue

By Abdalhamid Evans, Founder, HalalFocus The extent to which the KFC Halal trial has stirred public interest, both online and in the streets shows how much of an issue this is…and how deep it goes. Naturally for the Muslims, eating Halal is an identity issue, especially for those of us who live in a predominantly […]

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Great Transition – Saudi Arabia Planting New Seeds

| 27/04/2010 | Reply
Great Transition – Saudi Arabia Planting New Seeds

Monday, 26 April 2010 16:07 Saudi Arabia’s agriculture sector is in a period of great transition. The government has identified five key segments to focus on as water conservation and use policies take a more prominent role in decision-making. With arable land scarce, the future for agriculture in the Kingdom is likely to involve international […]

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UK: Meat Packers United

| 24/04/2010 | Reply
UK: Meat Packers United

Scandalous working conditions in industrial chicken sheds have led to a revolution. The labour movement has come back to life in the UK poultry sector– and forced supermarkets to act.

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UK: 2 Sisters adds Storteboom to form £1bn business

| 23/04/2010 | Reply
UK: 2 Sisters adds Storteboom to form £1bn business

Birmingham-based processing company 2 Sisters is to buy the Dutch-based poultry business Storteboom Group. The acquisition of Storteboom adds six sites to the 2 Sisters Group, turning it into a £1 billion-plus turnover business.

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Malaysia: `Draw halal standard from all 4 Sunni schools’

| 20/04/2010 | Reply
Malaysia: `Draw halal standard from all 4 Sunni schools’

IF Malaysia wants MS 1500: 2009 to be a truly global halal standard, it should be based on all of the Sunni schools of law, advised the mufti of Poland.

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