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Category: Farm-to-Fork News

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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Comment: Animal rights are less important than human rights

| 26/06/2009 | Reply
Comment: Animal rights are less important than human rights

The debate over animal welfare is misguided. Where human need clashes with animal rights, humans must take precedence.

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Animal rights outcry at Euro slaughter decision

| 26/06/2009 | Reply
Animal rights outcry at Euro slaughter decision

Animal rights groups have reacted with outrage at a European
Union ruling earlier this week protecting Jewish and Muslim methods of
slaughtering animals.

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Indonesia Demands Halal Cert On NZ’s Meat Products

| 26/06/2009 | Reply
Indonesia Demands Halal Cert On NZ’s Meat Products

JAKARTA, (Bernama) — Indonesia has asked New
Zealand to certify its meat products exported to Indonesia with Halal
certification, meaning it had been slaughtered in line with Islamic
practice.

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RI, New Zealand set to finalize bilateral FTA agreement

| 25/06/2009 | Reply
RI, New Zealand set to finalize bilateral FTA agreement

In a press conference after a meeting with New Zealand Foreign Minister
Murray McCully on Thursday in Jakarta, Indonesian Foreign Minister
Hassan Wirajuda said both countries had negotiated the arrangement for
halal certification for New Zealand meat products and a scheme for
agricultural technical assistance from Wellington in return for market
access for New Zealand products in Indonesia.

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Blackburn pizza shop switches to halal menu

| 24/06/2009 | Reply
Blackburn pizza shop switches to halal menu

Domino’s has worked closely with the HFA, the UK’s leading
accreditation authority for halal food, which has examined every stage
of the pizza-making process.


Franchisee of the Blackburn store, Slawomir Szulc, said the move
towards halal pizzas was vital if the takeaway was going to have a
viable future.

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Popularising local goat meat

| 24/06/2009 | Reply
Popularising local goat meat

Lately Malaysia is seeing more local investment in
goat farming. More goats are being reared today than in 2003. There are
about 20,000 farmers currently involved in goat farming.

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Finland’s McDonald’s chicken slaughtered according to Islamic ritual

| 23/06/2009 | Reply
Finland’s McDonald’s chicken slaughtered according to Islamic ritual

Nordic McDonalds are using a Danish Lantmän’s Danpo produced
chicken. Danpo slaughters chickens according to the correct Islamic
manner, as the company’s products are exported to many Arab and Muslim
countries.


In an interview published in Kotimaa, Finnish McDonald Quality
Manager Tiina Partanen says that the method used by the restaurant
chain’s subcontractors is not a traditional halal slaughter, because
the animals are stunned before.

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End ‘cruel’ religious slaughter, say scientists

| 22/06/2009 | Reply
End ‘cruel’ religious slaughter, say scientists

The Farm Animal Welfare Council (UK) says that slitting the throats of the animals
most commonly used for meat, chickens, without stunning, results in “significant
pain and distress”. The committee, which includes scientific,
agricultural and veterinary experts, is calling for the Government to launch
a debate with Muslim and Jewish communities to end the practice.

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Al Salam Bank ventures into farming business

| 22/06/2009 | Reply
Al Salam Bank ventures into farming business

Bahrain-based Al Salam Bank is moving into the agricultural
industry. The bank yesterday announced it had signed a memorandum of
understanding (MoU) with Thailand’s Charoen Pokphand Group (CP Group),
a major global food and agricultural company.
“This MOU signifies CP Group and Al Salam’s intent to establish
Bahrain as the ‘Halal Food Hub’ of the Mena region,” said CP
vice-chairman Eam Ngamdamronk.

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Can Bar Codes for Food Lead to Safer Practices?

| 21/06/2009 | Reply
Can Bar Codes for Food Lead to Safer Practices?

The New Scientist reported the flurry of technologies, reporting
systems and databases for tracing food origins. From the Locavore
iPhone app [iTunes link], to the Good Guide’s product listing of “safe,
healthy and green” products (also available for mobile devices), and
the Trace Tracker which allows mobile tracing of Halal food, the food
information movement seems to be gaining traction.

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Nestle plans ASEAN investment

| 16/06/2009 | Reply
Nestle plans ASEAN investment

Swiss food giant Nestlé has
reaffirmed its commitment to growth in its south-east Asia, unveiling
plans to invest CHF260m (US$238.4m) in the region during 200, including
a capital investment of CHF85m for 2009 to meet
the increasing demand for Halal products.

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Is Halal Business Real?

| 16/06/2009 | Reply
Is Halal Business Real?

For
a long time, the halal simply meant buying meat from a halal butcher,
who slaughtered in accordance with Islamic principles. But the halal
food market has exploded in the past decade and is now worth an
estimated $632 billion annually, according to the
Halal Journal,
a Kuala Lumpur-based magazine. That’s about 16% of the entire global
food industry.

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Sookh and ye shall find

| 16/06/2009 | Reply
Sookh and ye shall find

A deli-style halal butchery is a welcome addition to Joburg’s northern suburbs. Hilary Biller checked out its offerings.

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Experts agree Turkey needs a bio-security law, but clash over content

| 16/06/2009 | Reply
Experts agree Turkey needs a bio-security law, but clash over content

GMOs are questioned by Islam

?smail
Köksal from the F?rat University faculty of theology, who wrote a book
titled “Cloning from the Fiqh [Islamic jurisprudence] Point of View,”
argued that if there is no vital need for it, genetic modification
contradicts with the rules of Islam.

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Mobile App Aids Muslims with Food Choices

| 11/06/2009 | Reply
Mobile App Aids Muslims with Food Choices

You may not think that religion and technology go together, but that’s the idea behind a new product developed by one Massachusetts company. Alawy Incorporated, based in Milton, Massachusetts, has developed a mobile food search application called “AMNA Mobile” which helps Muslims observe Islamic dietary standards.


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Processing for Halal poultry products

| 10/06/2009 | Reply
Processing for Halal poultry products

Saracen
UK Ltd believes that its new poultry processing machine offers answers
to both the concerns of the Muslim community regarding true Halal
products, as well as the commercial concerns of the processor.

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Al Islami Foods launches ‘100 Schools Health Awareness Drive’

| 10/06/2009 | Reply
Al Islami Foods launches ‘100 Schools Health Awareness Drive’

DUBAI – As part of the corporate social
responsibility programme for the education sector, Al Islami Foods, a
leading halal food producer in the Middle East, today launched the ‘100
Schools Health Awareness Drive’ across the UAE to combat the growing
obesity and diabetes.

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Indonesia Lifts Ban on New Zealand Beef Imports, Group Says

| 09/06/2009 | Reply
Indonesia Lifts Ban on New Zealand Beef Imports, Group Says

Indonesia, Asia’s third-most populous
country, lifted a ban on imports of beef from New Zealand after
clerics clarified that the meat conforms to Islamic dietary laws. New certification rules will come into effect on 1st October, so this incident of banning and then lifting the ban is really a kind of early warning shot, and is a reminder of the commercial power of the Ulema in many countries.

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