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Halal food drive starts

| 12/08/2008 | Reply
Halal food drive starts

Thailand has created a Halal
Food Services Standard for Tourism, developed by the Tourism Authority
of Thailand and the Halal Standard Institute of Thailand. What a clever plan! Restaurants are queued up in Malaysia trying to get Halal certification, and in the end most do not bother. This might be a more interesting approach to it.

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Halal Logo Hopes To Generate Trust

| 11/08/2008 | Reply
Halal Logo Hopes To Generate Trust

Brunei’s
Halal logo is hoped to

Hyperlinkgenerate trust on Brunei’s Halal products in
Southeast Asian and international markets
said the
Director of Agriculture from the Ministry of Industries and Primary
Resources, Hjh Normah Suria Hayati PJDSM Dato Seri Utama (Dr) Hj Jamil
Al-Sufri during an interview on the 3rd International Halal Expo 14-17 August 2008,

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Pro-India Trade Policy – II

| 11/08/2008 | Reply
Pro-India Trade Policy – II

Pakistan has finally decided
to establish a halal certification board, under the Ministry of Science
and Technology, to devise and enforce halal standards and certification
mechanism for export of halal food products. It is no longer good enough to say because your are a Muslim country things can be assumed to be Halal, especially for export and import purposes. It is interesting to note the ministry they have used for this purpose rather than Religious Affairs as is done in other countries like Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei.

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A Halal Meat Business Thrives in New York

| 09/08/2008 | Reply
A Halal Meat Business Thrives in New York

There is a great satisfaction in a father being able to pass a business, he has built, down to his son to carry on after his retirement, but when through this he brings the son back to his Islam and his culture, that is an achievement. This is another success story for Halal.

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Area meat-packing plants prepare product for Muslim community

| 09/08/2008 | Reply
Area meat-packing plants prepare product for Muslim community

Muslims
may not figure prominently into the demographics of Central Alberta,
but a pair of meat processing plants here have adjusted their
operations to serve that market. Sunterra Meats Ltd. in Innisfail and Canadian
Premium Meats Inc. in Lacombe have both obtained halal certification,
approval that allows their meat products to be consumed by devout
Muslims.

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PIHB To Set Up 40 Halal Hub Complexes Nationwide By 2010

| 08/08/2008 | Reply
PIHB To Set Up 40 Halal Hub Complexes Nationwide By 2010

Perbadanan Industri Halal Bhd (PIHB)
targets to set up 40 halal hub complexes nationwide by 2010, said its
chairman Datuk Dr Abdullah Md Zin. He said the complexes would offer various products like daily necessities, healthcare, cosmetics and medicines under one roof.


The Halal supermarket is an idea that has been raised at various times, now let’s see if it is possible to stock the shelves and keep them full with Halal certified products.

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Halal Science Center aims to safeguard faith of Muslim communities worldwide

| 08/08/2008 | Reply
Halal Science Center aims to safeguard faith of Muslim communities worldwide

Thailand’s
fairly large Muslim population means there is always a need for Halal
food. The Halal Science Center, a part of the Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn
University, has been in existence since 1994.

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New Producer-Owned Beef Plant For Winnipeg

| 08/08/2008 | Reply
New Producer-Owned Beef Plant For Winnipeg

Natural
Prairie Beef Inc. announced today it has purchased a former Winnipeg
meat processing plant and begun to upgrade and redevelop it to produce
premium-branded Manitoba beef. Following a new business model for the
Canadian beef industry, the producer-owned company will target niche
markets like Halal and Kosher and own more parts of the value chain from gate-to-plate.

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Imams want halal controls

| 08/08/2008 | Reply
Imams want halal controls

Unlike Montreal’s Jewish community, which has a long-established kosher
monitoring system, there are few safeguards in the city to ensure
Muslim consumers are getting food that respects their dietary
restrictions. Reports abound of companies misleading consumers by falsely labelling
their products halal to take advantage of the growing global market.

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Aussie red meat sales in Mideast up 22pc

| 04/08/2008 | Reply
Aussie red meat sales in Mideast up 22pc

Australian red meat sales in the Middle East increased by 22 per cent in the second quarter this year, a report said.

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Brunei Gets Halal Logo

| 03/08/2008 | Reply
Brunei Gets Halal Logo

His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of
Brunei Darussalam has consented for the enforcement of the Halal
Certificate and Label Order 2005 starting August 1, 2008.The enforcement of the Order
will be implemented in stages and applications will be open for
local halal food producers who wish to use the Brunei Halal logo
during the Brunei 3rd International Halal Expo scheduled for
August 14, 2008. So far 12 companies have already applied for
the use of the logo.

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Holy Land brand spreads culture

| 31/07/2008 | Reply
Holy Land brand spreads culture

Here is a story about how a family in Minneapolis took the Halal corner store up to the next level, creating its own customer base around it.

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Halal feud centres on slaughter methods

| 30/07/2008 | Reply
Halal feud centres on slaughter methods

The battle of the Halal certifiers is now going to press in Canada. England, Australia, South Africa, Euope, and the USA, all these countries have open warfare between the agencies that certify Halal. How can we grow the Halal market if the people certifying it cannot agree on anything, or try to discredit their competitors?

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Halal food monitor riles sellers

| 29/07/2008 | Reply
Halal food monitor riles sellers

A Muslim
not-for-profit organization says that even though meat might be
advertised as halal, that doesn’t ensure it is slaughtered according to
Qur’an guidelines. And the Halal Monitoring Authority in Canada admits its
growing influence on halal food has upset some businesses.

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Muslim Families Forced to Buy Imported Meat

| 25/07/2008 | Reply
Muslim Families Forced to Buy Imported Meat

West Virginia’s Department of Agriculture wants to get the word out to
farmers and meat processing centers that there’s an untapped market of
Muslims who need Halal meat in their state.

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Sabinsa ingredients certified Halal

| 23/07/2008 | Reply
Sabinsa ingredients certified Halal

Sabinsa
Corporation in the US has received Halal certification for a number of its
dietary supplement ingredients, opening up their use in products
targeting Muslim populations.

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First Halal Cheese in Scandinavia

| 22/07/2008 | Reply
First Halal Cheese in Scandinavia

Norway’s first halal cheese is now being made in Ørsta. Norbo cheese
was recently given the official Tayyibat halal certificate. This means
that all packages of cheese are marked with an international label of
certification, that is recognized by Muslims.

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Halal Site Guides Hungry Muslims

| 22/07/2008 | Reply
Halal Site Guides Hungry Muslims

A website called zabihah.com is helping Muslims find markets and
restaurants with halal products, prepared according to Islamic dietary
law. You can hear Shahed Amanullah, Founder of this site, speak at the International Halal Market Conference being held in Brunei 16-17 August. He will also be launching the new Products section of Zabihah.com during the conference.

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Pakistan unveils new measures to boost exports

| 21/07/2008 | Reply
Pakistan unveils new measures to boost exports

It
has, been decided to establish a Halal Certification Board,
under the Ministry of Science and Technology in Pakistan, to devise and enforce
Halal Standards and certification mechanism for export of Halal food
products. This is long overdue, but shows that yet another muslim country is coming around to recognising the need for Halal standards. With the GCC and Turkey already looking into Halal Standards as well, this will give added strength and impetus to the Halal market worldwide.

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Tahira produces chocolate Ramadan calendar

| 20/07/2008 | Reply
Tahira produces chocolate Ramadan calendar

Tahira
– Europe’s leading Halal brand – have produced a Ramadan calendar
containing 30 pieces of milk chocolate each embossed with a traditional
symbol and packed within its own plastic cell so they can be removed
individually daily during the holy month.

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