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Category: Farm-to-Fork News

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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Indonesia to set up halal certification center

| 05/12/2008 | Reply
Indonesia to set up halal certification center

The Indonesian government plans to set up an
international-standard halal (edible according to Islamic law) product
certificiation center, a minister said. Agriculture Minister Anton Apriyantono said here on Tuesday the bill on
halal product guarantee was currently still being discussed at the
parliament, adding he hoped the discussion could be finished soon.

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USA No. 1 chicken producer Pilgrim’s Pride files for Chapter 11

| 03/12/2008 | Reply
USA No. 1 chicken producer Pilgrim’s Pride files for Chapter 11
The economic pressures facing the U.S. chicken industry came into full view Monday when the No. 1 producer, Pilgrim’s Pride, (PPC) filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy-court protection. Pilgrim’s,
which produces 25% of U.S. broilers, suffered a triple whammy of large
debt, high feed prices and lower prices for chicken amid weakening
demand in the U.S. and abroad.

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Kosher getting harder to find

| 03/12/2008 | Reply
Kosher getting harder to find

The closure of Agriprocessors kosher meat facility in Iowa has had a strong knock-on effect throughout the kosher food retailing sector in the USA. Supplies have been effected, some product lines have been cut and prices are climbing. It remains to be seen if any other producers can step into the gap created by the closure of Agriprocessors, but for now kosher is harder to find on the shelves.

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Halal Food on US Campus

| 02/12/2008 | Reply
Halal Food on US Campus

This article is proof that if the demand is there Halal food will be made available for the Muslims. This extends to all areas of the food industry.

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Get halal certs, Aussie beef producers urged

| 02/12/2008 | Reply
Get halal certs, Aussie beef producers urged

PERTH:
Malaysia is encouraging Australian beef producers to get halal
certification from the Depart­ment of Islamic Development Ma­­laysia
(Jakim) to boost meat supplies in the country, said Veterinary
Ser­vices Department director-general Datuk Dr Abd Aziz Jamaluddin.

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Indonesia says eyeing beef imports from Brazil

| 29/11/2008 | Reply
Indonesia says eyeing beef imports from Brazil

Indonesia is considering
permitting imports of beef products from Brazil to help reduce
dependence on a few exporting countries, Agriculture Minister
Anton Apriyantono told Reuters on Thursday.

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Halal Agency Readies Global Standard Draft For Six Industries By Next May

| 28/11/2008 | Reply
Halal Agency Readies Global Standard Draft For Six Industries By Next May

The International Halal Integrity
Alliance (IHI) is working on draft guidelines for at least six
industries feedback at the World Halal Forum (WHF) next May in Kuala
Lumpur in its goal of forging a global Syariah-compliant standard.

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Halal lab to rise in Koronadal early next year

| 26/11/2008 | Reply
Halal lab to rise in Koronadal early next year

DAVAO CITY — The Department of Science and Technology in
Central Mindanao is rushing the construction of a P50-million laboratory
complex in Koronadal, South Cotabato which will be the main halal
certification facility in the country, said Zenaida P. Laidan, the
department’s regional director.

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Bangkok Global Halal Conference 2008

| 22/11/2008 | Reply
Bangkok Global Halal Conference 2008

The conference was inaugurated by Deputy Prime Minister Olarn
Chaipravat, with a keynote address by ASEAN Secretary-General Dr. Surin
Pitsuwan, on “From Islamic Finance to Halal Products.” Moreover, a
seminar was held on “Helal Certification and Cooperation,” “Halal
Business and Islamic Finance,” and “Current Halal Research.”

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Halal laboratory to open in Koronadal

| 21/11/2008 | Reply
Halal laboratory to open in Koronadal

Stakeholders
in Mindanao’s industry met yesterday for the creation of a Mindanao
Halal Food Industry Development Plan, a three-year road map on the
development of the halal industry. The plan which started this
month until July 2009 will cover specific strategies, targets,
programs and projects on halal, and plot areas of cooperation with
related industries like agriculture, food processing, manufacturing,
halal ingredients, plus branding and promotion.

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Plans to make HID corporation (HDC) into a certification body

| 20/11/2008 | Reply
Plans to make HID corporation (HDC) into a certification body

Though the Halal Industry Development Corp. has definitely been up and running much longer than 7 months, as mentioned in this article, their taking over the Halal certification from JAKIM is probably closer to that length of time. HDC is creating a new model for how a government can manage the Halal industry in their country and they are certainly going through lots of start up problems with no example to follow, and having to figure it out as they go along. This is made even more difficult by the fact that they are also trying to enter the international Halal market offering Halal certification. Not an easy task when even people in their own country are not sure who they are and what they are doing.

Now it looks like the Philippines are trying to follow their example for their own development of the Halal industry in Mindanao.

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Zahid Supports Effort To End Conflicts Between Syariah And Civil Laws

| 20/11/2008 | Reply
Zahid Supports Effort To End Conflicts Between Syariah And Civil Laws

The Halal Industry Development Corporation will assist the Halal Product Research Institute of Universiti Putra
Malaysia in marketing its research findings internationally.

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Brazilian Halal exports to the Middle East to cross US$6.38 billion in 2008

| 19/11/2008 | Reply
Brazilian Halal exports to the Middle East to cross US$6.38 billion in 2008

Brazilian
Halal exports to the Middle East are expected to exceed USD 6.38
billion in 2008, as the demand for beef meat and poultry continues to
rise in the region. Industry reports have revealed that 33 per cent of
Brazilian poultry and 40 per cent of its meat production are being
supplied to the global Halal market, which is largely concentrated
within the region.

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Many American meat exporters obtain halal certificate fraudulently

| 18/11/2008 | Reply
Many American meat exporters obtain halal certificate fraudulently

Dubai:
Ninety-five per cent of American food items found in supermarket
shelves in the UAE and some other Gulf countries are not halal even
though they may be certified as such, an industry specialist said at
the Halal World Expo in Abu Dhabi.

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