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Category: Farm-to-Fork News

Canada’s listeria outbreak serves as a lesson for all

| 25/12/2008 | Reply
Canada’s listeria outbreak serves as a lesson for all

Food safety is big news, and it is likely to stay at the top of the agenda for manufactures and consumers alike in the coming year. This is both a challenge and an opportunity for players in the Halal food industry. Safety and hygiene form the underlying foundation for a food item to be Halal. Unsafe food of any kind, regardless of how it was slaughtered or manufactured, is by definition not Halal. The more the Halal food industry wakes up to this reality, the stronger the Halal market will become.

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Cargill find alternatives to pork-based ingredients

| 25/12/2008 | Reply
Cargill find alternatives to pork-based ingredients

With an eye on the current and future trends in the ever-evolving food ingreients industry, market leaders Cargill have come up with alternatives to pork-based ingredients, looking to serve the growing health-conscious and Halal markets.

Similar palm-oil based alternatives have also been developed in Malaysia, making it easier than ever to go Halal. When you see market leaders eyeing the Halal sector, you can be confident that it is growing in popularity and profitability.

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China’s melamine crisis has knock-on effects

| 25/12/2008 | Reply
China’s melamine crisis has knock-on effects

Food safety issues continue to fill the news, with the increaseing globalisation of the food supply chain, the impact can be far-reaching. The ripples of this year’s melamine dairy crisis have spread through the
food chain and although quality assurance measures can benefit
responsible firms, downturn in Chinese dairy has still led to loss of
ingredients sales.

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Halal Turkeys sales in UK booming

| 25/12/2008 | Reply
Halal Turkeys sales in UK booming

Here is a BBC news clip about the increasing sales for Halal turkeys in Britain’s north east



http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/7798465.stm

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Globalisation impacts the Australian meat industry

| 23/12/2008 | Reply
Globalisation impacts the Australian meat industry

Speaking at the 2008 Australian Bureau of Agricultural and
Resource Economics (ABARE) Outlook, Glen Feist of Meat and Livestock
Australia said it was imperative that the safe and healthy status of
Australian beef be maintained, particularly in the Japanese market.
Overall, 60-70% of Australian beef and lamb is exported.

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Southeast Asia to benefit from halal market

| 23/12/2008 | Reply
Southeast Asia to benefit from halal market

Over
the next 12 months, an ambitious poultry project in the BIMP-EAGA
sub-region, which consists of Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and the
Philippines, will align their resources together to boost poultry
production and take advantage of the growing halal export market.

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Canadian Cattlemen’s Association Sign up for farm-to-fork traceability software

| 21/12/2008 | Reply
Canadian Cattlemen’s Association Sign up for farm-to-fork traceability software

FoodLogiQ,
the leading provider of On Demand food safety and traceability
software, today announced that they have signed an agreement with the
Canadian Cattlemen’s Association to provide a value added traceability
solution to its members.

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Penang to Develop Halal Hub

| 20/12/2008 | Reply
Penang to Develop Halal Hub

Dr. Mohamed Amin Kassim, deputy director of Urusan Century Logistics
Holdings, will chair the committee with members representing 17
companies and organizations.

“The companies involved will be clustered according to their needs
and sector,” said Abdul Malik Abul Kassim, chairman of the state
committee for domestic trade and consumer affairs.

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Recent Melamine Scare Grossly Blown Out Of Proportion, Forum Told

| 20/12/2008 | Reply
Recent Melamine Scare Grossly Blown Out Of Proportion, Forum Told

The recent health scare
caused by the contamination of melamine in biscuits manufactured in
Malaysia was grossly “blown out of proportion”, damaging the
RM1.3-billion industry virtually beyond repair, a forum here was told.

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Al Islami Foods enters Saudi Arabia to reach USD5.6 billion food market

| 19/12/2008 | Reply
Al Islami Foods enters Saudi Arabia to reach USD5.6 billion food market

Al Islami Foods, a leading halal food producer in the Middle East, has
entered Saudi Arabia with the announcement of a strategic distribution
agreement with Arabian Trading Supplies, a leading distributor in Saudi
Arabia, which will distribute a range of Al Islami’s healthy and real
halal products under the brand name of ‘Co-op Islami’. The distribution
agreement was signed in Jeddah.

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GCC to recognise Singapore Halal Certification

| 16/12/2008 | Reply
GCC to recognise Singapore Halal Certification

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
signed in Doha Monday the free trade agreement with GCC members, a
grouping comprised of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and
the United Arab Emirates.

The
GSFTA is a comprehensive agreement that encompasses trade in goods,
services, government procurement and other aspects. The cooperation
chapter as mentioned in the agreement will also encourage and
facilitate bilateral cooperation in several areas, including
recognition of the Halal certification of Singapore’s Majlis Ugama
Islam Singapura (MUIS).

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The Latest Twist in the Story of Ethical Meat

| 16/12/2008 | Reply
The Latest Twist in the Story of Ethical Meat

When
Maple Leaf Foods announced that listeria had infected its processing
plant on Sheppard Avenue, people purged their fridges and freezers, and
vowed never to eat mass-produced bologna again. Sales of cold cuts
plummeted across Canada. But not at Blossom­Pure, a small retail
and wholesale business in Mississauga, Ontario where sales remained strong. The
store’s owner, Fahim Alwan, fielded calls from prospective customers
anxious to know the provenance of his salami.

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Holidays bring increased demand for goat meat

| 13/12/2008 | Reply
Holidays bring increased demand for goat meat

As the holiday season hits full swing, immigrants are flocking to
butcher shops, meatpacking plants and farms for the food they crave:
goat. Muslims
who marked the three-day Eid al-Adha festival that ended Wednesday
divided goat carcasses into portions of three—honoring the idea of
sacrifice by feeding the poor as well as cooking up the sweetly pungent
meat for their families.

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Kraft looking at the Halal market?

| 12/12/2008 | Reply
Kraft looking at the Halal market?

An interesting interview with Kraft CEO Irene Rosenfeld that includes a few clues about how Kraft is planning to get into the Halal market. Like many of the majors, Kraft is becoming increasingly aware of the value of the Halal market. Even in Muslim-minority countries like Canada and the USA, the Halal sector still represents multi-billion dollar markets, and in hard times, these previously unnoticed consumer segments are starting to get noticed.

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Halal Promotion Stepped Up

| 10/12/2008 | Reply
Halal Promotion Stepped Up

Consumers in two key
cities in Central Mindanao have been organized in line with efforts to
promote halal food and non-food products in the region poising to lead
the country’s scientific halal certification process.

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Ex-slaughterman’s action threatens meat industry

| 07/12/2008 | Reply
Ex-slaughterman’s action threatens meat industry

Meat
Industry Association members said they were contacted by the Security
Intelligence Service (SIS) this week after Ahmed Ghanem, an
Egyptian-born halal slaughterman now living in Christchurch, published
articles on a British website decrying New Zealand slaughter methods as
inhumane and contrary to Islamic practice.

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When halal is not enough – Demand for organic all-natural meat among American Muslims increases

| 07/12/2008 | Reply
When halal is not enough – Demand for organic all-natural meat among American Muslims increases

Finding
halal meat has always been a challenge for Muslims in America, though
many larger communities now boast stores and companies catering to
Islamic dietary regulations.
But with rising
awareness of the nature of food production – particularly meat
production – in the giant farms and factories that supply America’s
grocery stores, some Muslims are coming to an understanding that simply
halal, or zabiha meat, is not enough.

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Crescent Halal Chicken Lands On Wal-Mart Shelves

| 06/12/2008 | 1 Reply
Crescent Halal Chicken Lands On Wal-Mart Shelves

Crescent Foods, the Chicago-based Halal chicken producer, recently
sealed a deal to supply Halal chicken products to Wal-Mart, the world’s
biggest retail chain. In a move that reflects the growing demand for
Halal products, five Wal-Mart superstores in the Michigan area now
stock a range of Crescent chicken products. This is further evidence that Halal is really moving into the mainstream.

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Summit Industrial Products earns ISO 21469 certification

| 05/12/2008 | Reply
Summit Industrial Products earns ISO 21469 certification

This article on a company that produces lubricants for equipment in the food industry, and also for cosmetic and pharmaceutical production is, once again, showing that Halal certification comes in at many different stages of manufacturing that people do not realise.

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Halal certification for restaurants

| 05/12/2008 | 1 Reply
Halal certification for restaurants

Entrepreneurs in the restaurant business in Brunei will now be able to obtain the ‘halal’ certification from the Halal
Food Control Division and Syariah Affairs at the Ministry of Religious Affairs.

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