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‘Buy Malaysia’ Campaign Not A Half-hearted Attempt

| 18/04/2009 | Reply
‘Buy Malaysia’ Campaign Not A Half-hearted Attempt

For many among the Malaysian
entrepreneurs, there is always an aspiration to see their products
being offered for sale on the shelves at hypermarkets nationwide. The ‘Buy Malaysia’ campaign organised by the Ministry of
Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry held at the Mydin
Wholesale Hypermarket is helping them to achieve this.

Apart from helping to sell and market the SME products, Mydin also
assists the entrepreneurs, among others, by providing courses on
awareness and halal practices. For the course on halal practices, Mydin is collaborating with the Halal Industry Development Corporation (HDC).

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UAE Market report shows good growth for Halal sector

| 17/04/2009 | Reply
UAE Market report shows good growth for Halal sector

Despite the current global economic outlook, the food and drink sector, and especially the Halal sub-sector has been receiving a lot of new interest lately. With companies like Canada’s Prairie Halal and the UAE’s Al Islami continuing their expansion, the Halal sector seems likely to buck the general trend.

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Asian RFID Outlook Predicts Opportunity in Halal Sector

| 10/04/2009 | Reply
Asian RFID Outlook Predicts Opportunity in Halal Sector

Consulting firm Frost
& Sullivan has identified many strong RFID opportunities in the
Halal food industry, which requires documentation that foods were
prepared and transported in accordance with Islamic law. Without tight
focus, vendors could miss this and other
specific opportunities throughout the food supply chain.

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Irish Halal Products for the Home Market

| 10/04/2009 | Reply
Irish Halal Products for the Home Market

In October 2008, the west Waterford poultry processor, Cappoquin
Chickens, was brought out of receivership by Perwiaz Latif and Zahid
Hussain, who immediately set the company on a new path that focuses on
gradual growth and re-establishing its market share. 

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FDA officially delays feed ban implementation

| 08/04/2009 | Reply
FDA officially delays feed ban implementation

The
Food and Drug Administration announced it has officially delayed for 60
days the 2008 BSE final rule prohibiting the use of certain cattle
materials in feed for all animals. The effective date is pushed back to
June 26 from April 27.

So, in case you thought that the rule prohibiting the use of rendered spinal cords and brains from use in animal feeds was already in force in the USA…think again!

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Halal and Organic…Finally!

| 08/04/2009 | Reply
Halal and Organic…Finally!

Although Halal is coming into its own as a food group, and Organic is
already mainstream, the words Halal and Organic are rarely seen
together. HalalFocus was surprised and pleased to come across BlossomPure in Toronto, suppliers of Halal Organic meat

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Agriculture Becomes 3rd Major Economic Growth Catalyst for Malaysia

| 02/04/2009 | Reply
Agriculture Becomes 3rd Major Economic Growth Catalyst for Malaysia

The Agriculture industry has become
the third major economic growth catalyst under the leadership of Datuk
Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. Riding on the motto of “agriculture is business”, the new approach
has enable the agriculture produce to penetrate new markets abroad,
recording an average increase of 13 per cent yearly from 2003 to July
2008.

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Several Countries Keen On Halal Certification Via HDC

| 02/04/2009 | Reply
Several Countries Keen On Halal Certification Via HDC

Malaysia has
attracted the interest of several countries for its consultancy
services on halal certification through the Halal Industry Development
Corporation (HDC). Among the countries keen to utilise such services are Turkey, China and the Chechen Republic.

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Swedish Muslim group: ‘Make halal slaughter legal’

| 01/04/2009 | Reply
Swedish Muslim group: ‘Make halal slaughter legal’

The Muslim Association of Sweden (SMF) has renewed calls for the legalization of religious slaughter practices such as kosher and halal. In a letter to the Swedish government, SMF chairperson Mahmoud Aldebe,
challenges the government to respect the “democratic rights” of
Sweden’s Muslims to exercise their “religious freedoms” and find a way
to permit the practice.

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Poultry sector sizzles up with large-scale consolidation drive

| 01/04/2009 | Reply
Poultry sector sizzles up with large-scale consolidation drive

The dull world of the Bangladesh’s poultry sector has suddenly sizzled
up with top farms embarking on an investment spree never seen in the
country’s history.


Thai poultry giant CP has triggered the battle with a war chest of
$60 million, forcing top player Kazi Farms to throw the gauntlet with
its own two-year expansion scheme in feed, meat processing and
retailing.

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Experts urge processors to foodservice strategies in recession

| 31/03/2009 | Reply
Experts urge processors to foodservice strategies in recession

In an effort to deliver value to a shrinking number of consumers
dining out, foodservice operators and the processors that supply them
are turning to value cuts, smaller portion sizes and other creative
strategies, according to a panel discussion here at the North American
Meat Processors Association 2009 Meat Industry Management Conference.

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Cargill adds remote video auditing at slaughter plants

| 31/03/2009 | Reply
Cargill adds remote video auditing at slaughter plants

Cargill
said Monday it has begun implementing a third-party video auditing
program to bolster the company’s animal welfare protection systems and
will have the program in place at all of its U.S. beef slaughter plants
by the end of 2009. I wonder if this practise will find its way into their Better Beef plant in Canada, and other facilities in the Halal sector?

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South Carolina firm recalls meat and poultry products

| 31/03/2009 | Reply
South Carolina firm recalls meat and poultry products

York, S.C.-based Halal International Processing is recalling nearly
2,925 pounds of beef, chicken, goat and lamb products that were
mislabeled, according to USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.




Not only are these products mislabeled according to USDA, but they also have on the label that they are from a company called ‘Halal International’ but there is no Halal certification on the products. This is a case for needing a regulatory body for Halal foods in the US.

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MEPs give green light to halal poultry

| 30/03/2009 | Reply
MEPs give green light to halal poultry

The EU Agriculture Committee has approved a proposal to update the rules on animal welfare at slaughter, giving the green light to halal poultry,  meaning that stunning prior to slaughter is not compulsory for Halal producers. However, they rejected an amendment calling for Halal products to be specially labeled.

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Pilgrim’s gets six more months to file reorganization plan

| 28/03/2009 | Reply
Pilgrim’s gets six more months to file reorganization plan

Pilgrim’s Pride
Corp. has been granted an additional six months to submit its plan of
reorganization for emerging from bankruptcy protection, according to
court documents filed on Thursday.

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Middle East re-opens markets to English meat

| 27/03/2009 | Reply
Middle East re-opens markets to English meat

Industry leaders have welcomed news that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has lifted its ban on English meat. In
a bid to promote quality English halal lamb to Middle Eastern
countries, EBLEX visited the Dubai Gulfood Exhibition last month, a
trip which generated significant interest from a number of potential
buyers.

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New Zealand to resume talks on live sheep export

| 26/03/2009 | Reply
New Zealand to resume talks on live sheep export

In New Zealand, negotiations to resume exports of live sheep for slaughter, mainly to the Middle East,
are continuing but Agriculture Minister David Carter says a ban will
remain unless they meet the highest welfare standards.

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Thailand develops logistics in bid to become regional Halal hub

| 26/03/2009 | Reply
Thailand develops logistics in bid to become regional Halal hub

Chulalongkorn
University’s Halal Science Centre has joined regional company Halal
Global Services to develop a Halal Super Highway to promote Halal foods
and products in both domestic and global markets. As a
result, Thailand is expected to become a Halal logistics hub – or
so-called Hogistics Hub – for the Southeast Asia region before the end
of next year. 

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British red meat is back on the menu in the UAE

| 26/03/2009 | Reply
British red meat is back on the menu in the UAE

British red meat is back on the menu in the UAE, and Scottish exporters are hopeful that this fact, together with this years rising lamb prices, will spell good news for the UK’s red meat industry. Lower sterling values and well as declining production in the EU and New Zealand are both contributing the the opportunity.

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Don’t be sheepish about a new industry

| 25/03/2009 | Reply
Don’t be sheepish about a new industry

British Columbia currently supplies
less than 25 per cent of the domestic lamb market. That means that
three-quarters of the lamb consumed in this province is imported from
Alberta, the United States, or New Zealand. At one of the Saturday
agriculture discussions last year we heard about a sheep farmer in New
Zealand who regularly sold his entire flock to a processor in Surrey,
B.C.

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