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Minister Keeps the Freeze on Port Beef

| 07/06/2009 | Reply
Minister Keeps the Freeze on Port Beef

With
the presidential election and the end of his term looming, Agriculture
Minister Anton Apriyanto seems to believe that he alone has the right
to decide what meat is halal and what meat isn’t, no matter what the
Indonesian Council of Ulema, Coordinating Ministry for the Economy or
the trade minister might have to say.

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Indonesia Bans New Zealand Beef Over Halal Certification

| 07/06/2009 | Reply
Indonesia Bans New Zealand Beef Over Halal Certification

Indonesia, Asia’s third-most populous
country, has banned imports of beef from New Zealand, saying the
meat doesn’t conform to religious certification requirements.

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Perlis Halal Park Expected To Operate Next Year

| 07/06/2009 | Reply
Perlis Halal Park Expected To Operate Next Year

Malaysia: The Perlis Halal Industry Park here is
expected to start operations before the end of next year with its first
phase involving 24 premises comprising small and medium industries
(SMIs).

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Organic sector increasingly dependent on imports: USDA

| 05/06/2009 | Reply
Organic sector increasingly dependent on imports: USDA

The US organic sector has become increasingly dependent on imported
ingredients as a supply squeeze continues to limit the sector’s growth,
according to a new report from the US Department of Agriculture.

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Thai, UAE talks to set up livestock farms

| 04/06/2009 | Reply
Thai, UAE talks to set up livestock farms

The UAE Government is holding talks with Thailand about plans to
develop huge livestock farms and produce halal products in the
Southeast Asian country.

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Chicken injected with beef waste sold in UK

| 04/06/2009 | Reply
Chicken injected with beef waste sold in UK

Muslims and Jews conned into eating meat bulked out with cow and pig products.

Cafes and restaurants across Britain have been selling chicken secretly injected with beef and pork waste, The Independent can reveal today.

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Local Meat Producers Urged To Compete In Global Halal Market

| 03/06/2009 | Reply
Local Meat Producers Urged To Compete In Global Halal Market

Local producers of
halal meat and meat products in Malaysia have been urged to increase their
production as well as the promotion of their products to capture some
of the global halal products and services market which is valued at
RM7.6 trillion annually. Local meat is considered more fresh considered they are kept frozen for a shorter period of time than imported meat.

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BPOM Discovers More Pork In 3 ‘Halal’ Beef Jerky Brands

| 02/06/2009 | Reply
BPOM Discovers More Pork In 3 ‘Halal’ Beef Jerky Brands

Indonesia: The
Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (BPOM) has discovered more samples of
dendeng , or beef jerky, that contain pork despite being labeled
suitable for consumption by Muslims. A check with the Indonesian Council of Ulema (MUI), which
certifies halal products, found that the tainted products’ halal labels
were fake and had not been issued by the council.

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No drugs, alcohol in Red Bull drink

| 02/06/2009 | Reply
No drugs, alcohol in Red Bull drink

After several countries banned the Red Bull and Red Bull Cola drinks, Red Bull Malaysia insists that the one it distributes in Malaysia does not contain any element of drug or alcohol.

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Ban on Electric Stunning in the EU?

| 30/05/2009 | Reply
Ban on Electric Stunning in the EU?

Are you ready to give up electrical stunning?  You could have no
choice.  Yvonne Vizzier Thaxton from www.meatingplace.com attended the Annual meeting of the European Branch
of World Poultry Science’s Poultry Welfare Conference, and this is what she heard when she was there, and her view on it.

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KFC says use of halal meat to remain limited in U.S.

| 28/05/2009 | Reply
KFC says use of halal meat to remain limited in U.S.

KFC officials said there are no plans to
offer halal meat at U.S. stores despite a widely publicized test
currently under way at eight of the quick-service chain’s restaurants
in London. In the United States, only a few of KFC’s franchised stores
offer halal items.

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iPhone helps US Muslims eat halal on-the-go

| 26/05/2009 | Reply
iPhone helps US Muslims eat halal on-the-go

Finding
a halal restaurant just became significantly easier for American
Muslims, thanks to a new smart phone application launched this month
that makes dietary religious observance a piece of cake. The application scans the internet — mainly Google, Yahoo, Yelp and
the online guide to halal restaurants and products known as Zabihah.com
— to produce a list of halal eateries sorted by distance.

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Rising Demand for Southeast Asian Flexible Plastic Packaging Market

| 26/05/2009 | Reply
Rising Demand for Southeast Asian Flexible Plastic Packaging Market

Packaging is an intrinsic part of food in modern urban life. It is
also vital for export as it protects the contents and ensures that
quality products reach the consumer. Growth in the flexible plastic
packaging market for food is a function of the growth of the food and
food processing industry and growth in food exports. Countries such as

Malaysia and
Thailand have strengthened their position as ‘halal’ food exporters and have gained a share of the export market in the
Middle East, thereby, enhancing growth in this market.

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DNA way to check halal claims

| 26/05/2009 | Reply
DNA way to check halal claims

KUALA LUMPUR: Are food and cosmetic products which claim to be
halal really so? A Malaysian company may just have the solution for a
quick answer.


Olipro Biotechnology’s por-cine gene chip is
said to be the first of its kind in the world that detects pork DNA or
pork contamination in processed food and cosmetic products.

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The halal fast food restaurant with a prayer room

| 24/05/2009 | Reply
The halal fast food restaurant with a prayer room

A NEW fast food business in Birmingham will operate “on a chicken wing and a prayer.” For
a branch of Dixy Chicken has opened on the Coventry Road, incorporating
a prayer room. It is believed to be the first fast-food outlet in
Britain to have such a room.

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Exports are Turkey’s first venture into halal market

| 24/05/2009 | Reply
Exports are Turkey’s first venture into halal market

Following
the global trend in the certification of halal foods, goods prepared in
accordance with Islamic law, the Food Auditing and Certification
Research Association (G?MDES) has become the first body to issue halal
certificates in Turkey, currently for foodstuffs that are being
exported outside the country.

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Betong chicken ready to take flight

| 23/05/2009 | Reply
Betong chicken ready to take flight

Thailand: After years of lower sales resulting from the
bird flu epidemic and violence in the southernmost provinces of the
country, the Betong chicken industry is now getting a boost from state
agencies and expects a bright outlook.




The project would cover farms, a standard slaughterhouse and a
processing plant that meet Good Agricultural Practices and halal
production requirements with a capacity to process 2,000 to 3,000
chickens per day.

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U.S. beef gaining traction in Middle East

| 23/05/2009 | Reply
U.S. beef gaining traction in Middle East

High-quality
U.S. beef is becoming a popular item in the Middle East, which
traditionally has been a strong market for beef livers and other
variety meats, according to the U.S. Meat Export Federation. In the first quarter of 2009, U.S. beef muscle-cut exports rose 84
percent in volume and more than 40 percent in value over the same
quarter last year.

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Are Lunchers Finally Getting the Message About the Halal Carts on 53rd & 6th?

| 21/05/2009 | Reply
Are Lunchers Finally Getting the Message About the Halal Carts on 53rd & 6th?

Well now we have the battles between the Halal carts in New York. Having visited the ‘halal guy’ one after midnight and seen the queue for it I do understand that they have built a certain reputation which people might be looking for. Wonder why they can’t do a deal to keep the same spot during the day to avoid confusion.

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KFC introduces Halal in selected UK restaurants

| 21/05/2009 | Reply
KFC introduces Halal in selected UK restaurants

Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) is trialling halal
meat – meaning it has been killed in accordance with Islamic dietary
laws – in eight of its UK restaurants. But the trial has sparked a
debate over what is and what isn’t halal, with some Muslims boycotting
the restaurants because they say the meat has not been killed
correctly.

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