Category: Farm-to-Fork News

Al Islami Foods: Sales Grow 40% in 2007

| 09/02/2008 | Reply
Al Islami Foods: Sales Grow 40% in 2007

“With our channel wise focused strategy in the region, 2007 was a
milestone year in the history of Al Islami Foods, with solid
contributions from all business segments and extraordinary efforts of
the team. Al Islami signals another year of excellence as it
consolidates its leadership position, sets quality benchmarks for the
halal-food industry and contribution to the development of the national
economy.” said Saleh Abdullah Lootah, Chief Executive Officer of Al
Islami Foods.

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Philippine standard on halal guidelines presented to Arroyo soon

| 07/02/2008 | Reply
Philippine standard on halal guidelines presented to Arroyo soon

The Philippines continues to develop their Halal industry, and the drafting of the Philippine National Standard on Halal Guidelines is the latest move. Being free from bird-flu is also a distinct advantage, and if they can get sufficient investment and start to produce to general international food standards, they could emerge as significant Halal industry players in the South east Asian region.

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Bird Flu stories cost poultry industry billions in Pakistan

| 07/02/2008 | Reply
Bird Flu stories cost poultry industry billions in Pakistan

Pakistan Poultry Association (PPA) Monday said the poultry business
suffered billions of rupees loss on account of panic in consumers
caused by, what he called, a propaganda of Bird Flu.

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LTH to invest up to RM300m in AsiaPac equities

| 06/02/2008 | Reply
LTH to invest up to RM300m in AsiaPac equities

Haj operator Lembaga Tabung Haji (LTH) is looking at investing
up to RM300 million initially in syariah-compliant equities in the Asia
Pacific, ex-Japan, this year as it simultaneously seeks to leverage on
local companies to become a global halal food producer. LTH chief executive
officer Datuk Ismee Ismail said the organisation was eyeing equities in
syariah-compliant industries, including food, in markets such as Kuwait
and Australia.

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Animal Welfare Groups call on Federal Agriculture Minister to Stop Slaughter Without Stunning

| 06/02/2008 | Reply
Animal Welfare Groups call on Federal Agriculture Minister to Stop Slaughter Without Stunning

ANIMAL welfare groups have called on federal Agriculture Minister Tony
Burke to halt the slaughter by throat slitting of up to 4000 sheep a
week at four Victorian abattoirs for new kosher exports, which began
last month. The
previous agriculture minister Peter McGauran announced a review of the
standard for ritual slaughter in August last year after The Age
revealed animals were being slaughtered without stunning for halal meat
exports. The review will examine the
science of how much suffering this causes to conscious animals and
whether the practice is inhumane.


Let’s hope that this review is made public.

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Corporate Britain trying to appeal to Muslim customers

| 06/02/2008 | Reply
Corporate Britain trying to appeal to Muslim customers

In
today’s Britain, things have moved on with more understanding
of the needs of consumers from a particular segment of society. Slowly
too, and in their efforts to attract new customers, corporate Britain
has woken up to the strength of the ‘halal pound’, and are coming up
with newer and more ingenious ways of appealing to the Muslim customer.
Wander
down the aisles of supermarket giants Asda, and refrigerators full of
halal meat and poultry with labelling from Brazil or New Zealand sit
next to boxed kebabs and minced meat samosas.

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Thai Airways receives Halal Certificate

| 04/02/2008 | Reply
Thai Airways receives Halal Certificate

BANGKOK, Feb 3 (TNA) – National carrier Thai Airways International
(THAI) on Sunday received a certificate for Halal food prepared by its
catering department.

No article here, just a notice for world travellers who want to eat Halal food on board.

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UAE yet to decide on cloned meat

| 04/02/2008 | Reply
UAE yet to decide on cloned meat

Meat and dairy products from cloned animals or their offspring can
enter the UAE from the United States without being labelled as such,
after the US Food and Drug Agency declared them safe for consumption.

Khalid
Al Awadi, head of food safety at Dubai Municipality, told Gulf News GM
foods are low on their priority list. “We’re mainly concerned with
making sure the animals were slaughtered in the halal way and have high
hygienic standards,” he said.




This is an issue that needs more attention by the Shariah scholars to bring more clarity on it for the Halal market.

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In difference there is opportunity

| 31/01/2008 | Reply
In difference there is opportunity

By
developing high quality food offerings utilising ethnic cuisines and
building strong business format franchises around them, Mahmoods and
wok2go are two examples of the successful integration of British
multiculturalism and entrepreneurialism.

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Malaysian Halal Exporters Urged To Meet Europe’s Stringent Halal Standards

| 30/01/2008 | Reply
Malaysian Halal Exporters Urged To Meet Europe’s Stringent Halal Standards

Kuala Lumpur: Malaysian halal manufacturers have
been urged to meet the stringent standards set by Europe in order to
penetrate the growing halal market in Europe.




It is important for the exporters to have the right certification,
transport documentation in order to meet the demands of the European
Muslim consumers for “safe, healthy food,” said the managing director
of Eurofrigo B.V, Derk van Mackelenbergh at a seminar jointly organised
by the Port of Rotterdam, Netherlands Embassy and the Netherlands
Foreign Investment Agency here Tuesday.

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Indonesia to lift import ban on U.S. beef

| 30/01/2008 | Reply
Indonesia to lift import ban on U.S. beef

Indonesian government will lift the
import ban on U.S. beef later this month, a senior agriculture ministry
official said Tuesday.

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Officials need to show hardship if they want to deny Halal meals to an inmate

| 28/01/2008 | Reply
Officials need to show hardship if they want to deny Halal meals to an inmate

Arizona prison officials need to show a
real hardship if they want to deny halal meals to a Muslim inmate, the
9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday. In a
unanimous ruling, the judges overturned a lower court decision which
accepted the claims of the state Department of Corrections that
providing the meals to Amin Shakur would create additional costs and
administrative burdens. The appellate judges said there was no evidence
that the state actually looked into the real cost. The judges
also noted that the state already provides two kinds of kosher meals
for Jewish inmates.

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How Safe is Cloned Meat?

| 28/01/2008 | Reply
How Safe is Cloned Meat?

With the US Food and Drug Administration already concluding that cloned meat is safe for consumers and the European food Safety Authority giving their greenlight as well to the consumption of cloned animal products do the public even have any say in the matter? Just like GMO food or farmed fish, will the real results of these ‘frankenfood’ alternatives ever be known in this decade? To then make a fatwa on whether cloned meat is acceptable would take a lot more than one mufti in Malaysia giving his comment.

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Where’s the Beef?

| 26/01/2008 | Reply
Where’s the Beef?


It’s not often that American food companies join hands with
environmental and consumer activists to call for greater government
control over the nation’s food supply. But that’s just what happened
last week after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration concluded that
meat and milk from cloned cows, pigs, and goats are safe for consumers.

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A taste of the Middle East in Texas

| 26/01/2008 | Reply
A taste of the Middle East in Texas

In a town near Dallas, Texas, USA, Zituna World Food Market has just opened its doors for business. This modern design Halal grocery store has various departments including Halal meat, dairy, deli and frozen food for Middle Eastern, Persian, Indian and Balkan Russian cuisines. With the Halal Tangier Mediterranean Grill attached to the store this looks like it could be a model for many multicultural towns across America and Canada catering both to the muslim community and international residents in them.

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Ethnic Trend

| 19/01/2008 | Reply
Ethnic Trend

The UK’s
growing Muslim population means that demand for halal ingredients is
also on the rise, with many ingredients manufacturers looking to gain
halal accreditation. “Although we do not specialise in halal
ingredients, we get quite a few demands for them,” confirms Verstegen’s
Neil Bartlett. “We’ve been working towards halal certification for the
last couple of years and have now achieved it, so it might be an area
we develop further in the future.”

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North American Halal Food Industries acquires first USDA Halal meat

| 18/01/2008 | Reply
North American Halal Food Industries acquires first USDA Halal meat

Carfrae is the first and longest operating USDA facility in the United

States involved in the processing of Halal meat products under the

Midamar Halal brand, USA’s pioneer and premier Halal Brand

(www.midamar.com). North American Halal Food Industries, doing business as Halal Food Processors of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, acquired the meat processing facility on November 1, 2007 from Steve Carfrae.

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Globalising Halal Standards: Issues and Challenges

| 16/01/2008 | Reply
Globalising Halal Standards: Issues and Challenges

The
definitions of Halal, while generally agreed upon by Muslims, display
significant gaps when it comes to their application in the industry.
Due to differing Halal standards not only between countries but also
within each individual country (following the presence of various Halal
authorities), confusion, misunderstanding and even abuse in the Halal
audit and certification process have occurred. As a result, supply
chains have been broken whilst artificial shortages of raw material
have emerged as a result of disunity between Halal certification bodies.

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Halal Vending machines – why not?

| 14/01/2008 | Reply
Halal Vending machines – why not?

Kosher
Vending Industries, based in New York State, operates Hot Nosh machines
that serve up hot, kosher snacks such as hot dogs, cheese pizza,
mozzarella sticks and potato knish. Albany-based Organic Vending stocks
their machines with organic and natural snacks as well as gluten-free
foods, and the company is eyeing possible expansion into Canada. Why not Halal vending machines?

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Halal food in US schools?

| 13/01/2008 | Reply
Halal food in US schools?

The
powerful US Senate is likely to witness a bill from Democrat Senator
John Sabini, who is pursuing to ensure ‘halal food’ for Muslim students
in schools of the city and the state as well. “The ‘Halal Food
Bill’ will be placed before the State Senate shortly,” John said at a
fund-raising meeting in the city on Thursday.

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