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Category: Farm-to-Fork News

Pahang goes it alone

| 21/07/2009 | Reply
Pahang goes it alone

Fed up with the failure of a local Malaysian company to set up a halal food hub here, the Pahang government has decided to do it instead.




Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob said yesterday the project
would kick off with the construction of a RM11 million complex for 40
small entrepreneurs in Gambang. He said the complex would be in
operation by next year.


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Committee works to draft halal food standards

| 17/07/2009 | Reply
Committee works to draft halal food standards

Working
under the supervision of the Islamic Development Agency (?KT), the
Halal Standards Preparation Committee, established by experts from 52
countries, has recently produced a draft of mutually agreed upon
standards. The newly prepared standard draft was reviewed by experts in
a meeting in Ankara this April. It is expected that the halal standards
will be given their final shape following a conference to be held in
?stanbul in October. The Foreign Trade Undersecretariat (DTM), the
Turkish Standards Institute (TSE) and Turkish Accreditation Agency have
all taken part in the committee’s deliberations.

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Call to make a meal of our camel cull

| 15/07/2009 | Reply
Call to make a meal of our camel cull

Camel rancher Noel Fullerton said millions of dollars could be made exporting camel meat to Arab nations. He
has made three trips to the Middle East doing research on camel meat
exportation for the Central Australian Camel Industry Association and
said there was a huge demand for camel meat.

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A Taste of Good Fortune

| 15/07/2009 | Reply
A Taste of Good Fortune

The story of a Singapore SME rising to a company with a $100 million turnover in 5 years. Lao Tzu once said: ‘The journey of a thousand miles
starts with a single step.’ Pang Lim, founder and managing director of
Koufu, took that first step as a kitchen helper.

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Bon Appetit for authentic Halal delicacies

| 15/07/2009 | Reply
Bon Appetit for authentic Halal delicacies

As part of the ongoing Dubai Summer Surprises (DSS), Al Islami Foods
launched a unique Bon Appetit Food Festival to make this summer a
memorable one. The theme of Bon Appetit is “You Are What
You Eat”, where Al Islami presents free light meals to visiting guests,
which include healthier, tastier and real halal range of products.

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Management of halal certs transferred back to Jakim

| 13/07/2009 | Reply
Management of halal certs transferred back to Jakim

THE
management and issuance of halal certificates has been transferred back
to the Islamic Development Department (Jakim) from the Halal
Development Corporation (HDC).

Minister in the Prime Minister’s
Department Datuk Jamil Khir Baharom said the Cabinet directive came
into force with immediate effect.

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Halal Market

| 09/07/2009 | Reply
Halal Market

Halal Market Overview

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Women’s Role In Halal Food Control Stressed

| 08/07/2009 | Reply
Women’s Role In Halal Food Control Stressed

Even in a Muslim country like Brunei they are teaching the women how to implement ‘Halal food control’ in the country. Creating this consumer awareness is one of the best ways to ensure that the products you are choosing as Halal really are Halal.

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170 Halal-certified hotel kitchens…and counting

| 07/07/2009 | Reply
170 Halal-certified hotel kitchens…and counting

Malaysia’s HDC continues to speed up the certification process in Malaysia. Reports that the government will only use hotels with Halal certified kitchens for government functions has led to a flurry of applications from hotels, and HDC seems to be keeping pace with demand…something that Jakim was not always able to do. Compare this with the ‘Halal Revolution’ article below.

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The Halal Revolution

| 07/07/2009 | Reply
The Halal Revolution

A good article from the Middle East Hotelier, recognising that there is a Halal food revolution taking place in the Hotel industry. The article points out that the strategic move to make is to convert to completely Halal, because that means that you can serve the whole market. Any other approach either limits the market, or requires a double process. Halal is good for the bottom line.

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Halal for the Palates of Young Muslims

| 04/07/2009 | Reply
Halal for the Palates of Young Muslims

Al-Falah Halal Foods Ltd, UK, is a young company founded by 3 university
friends, Ritesh-Mehdi, Naheed & Aly, in 2004. We came together to
provide unique 100% halal products not available in the market.We found
that the halal food market was lacking products that catered to the
palates of young Muslims.

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Food safety training boosts capability of RP halal food certifiers

| 03/07/2009 | Reply
Food safety training boosts capability of RP halal food certifiers

Philippine halal food certifiers recently received additional
training on food safety assurance system that would give them a deeper
understanding of globally accepted food safety assurance guidelines and
standards and help them in their mandate of providing halal
certification to Philippine food producers.

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Asda reveals layout of new superstore

| 03/07/2009 | Reply
Asda reveals layout of new superstore

The countdown is on for the opening of the £25 million-plus Asda superstore
in Keighley in less than a fortnight’s time. Senior store manager Karl Brown said Asda would be the first supermarket in the area to offer
halal baby food in its café and sell halal meat on its shelves.

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Halal certs not simply issued

| 03/07/2009 | Reply
Halal certs not simply issued

Opinion: I feel that the writer of the letter “Halal cert and hotels” (The Star, June 30) is biased, not to mention playing the blame game.Why
blame the Halal Industry Develop­ment Corporation (HDC) for slow
issuance of the Halal certificate? Did the writer bother to find out
what these “petty and less important” issues are?

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FG Multifarm Aims To Be Regional Goat Supplier

| 03/07/2009 | Reply
FG Multifarm Aims To Be Regional Goat Supplier

Kuching:Sole proprietor, Jeli Bohari Biha, said FG Multifarm went direct to
Australia to import the goats which produce good meat, adapt well to
the Malaysian climate and can grow up to 70-80 kg per animal, because
there was not enough local supply.

“We can actually be a regional supplier of both live goats and goat
meat as well as for the halal market in the Middle East, and we have
achieved this to a certain extent with the Brunei market asking for
more,” he said.

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Higher advertising budget for McDonald’s

| 03/07/2009 | Reply
Higher advertising budget for McDonald’s

Golden Arches Restaurants Sdn Bhd, the operator of McDonald’s in
Malaysia, is increasing its advertising and promotion budget by over
10% this year compared with last year’s RM35mil budget to strengthen
its position and woo more customers.

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Halal Certification: Getting Approvals is such a Hassle

| 30/06/2009 | Reply
Halal Certification: Getting Approvals is such a Hassle

The Malaysian Association of Hotel Owners (Maho), the Malaysian
Association of Hotels and the Malaysia Budget Hotels Association have
made great efforts to encourage member hotels to apply for halal
certification for hotel kitchens to provide halal food at designated
restaurants.

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Vita Cat To Expand Market In Middle East

| 30/06/2009 | Reply
Vita Cat To Expand Market In Middle East

KUALA LUMPUR, (Bernama) — Edaran Vita Cat Sdn Bhd, a
halal cat food producer, plans to expand its market in the Middle East
after making inroads in Dubai recently.

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Food certification pays

| 28/06/2009 | Reply
Food certification pays

WITH
consumer preferences changing and safety standards in the global food
market becoming more stringent, proper certification of Philippine
agricultural and marine products can no longer be taken for granted.


“There
is a growing demand for our processed foods in many developed markets,
and if our small and medium manufacturers want to take advantage of
this, they need to invest in a wider range of certification,” says Ma.
Antonietta Salazar, senior trade industry development specialist at the
Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions.

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Religious Slaughter Safeguarded by EU

| 26/06/2009 | Reply
Religious Slaughter Safeguarded by EU

A regulation protecting religious slaughter in the European Union was
welcomed by British Jewry this week, following a ruling enshrining into
EU law legislation that will protect shechita from those who may seek
to ban it in the future.

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