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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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Quick continues its implantation in Algeria

| 17/07/2008 | Reply
Quick continues its implantation in Algeria

Here is a fast food chain that is ‘adapting its menu’ to meet the demand for Halal meat in Algeria. But being the ‘number 3’ hamburger chain in Europe we would hope their franchisees would realise the potential of turning their outlets Halal to include the millions of muslims across Europe and travelling to Europe as their customers. Their outlets in Morocco must be Halal as well, but would need this confirmed.

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Halal Slaughter in Northern Spain

| 17/07/2008 | Reply
Halal Slaughter in Northern Spain

This article shows the growth of a business supplying Halal lamb and beef both to France and Spain. With a UK company already producing its Halal baby food in Spain, owing to cheaper manufacturing costs, this may show other business entrepreneurs, and sectors of the Spanish government, in Spain the potential of getting involved in the fast growing Halal industry.

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Indonesia lifts ban on New Zealand beef exports, says minister

| 17/07/2008 | Reply
Indonesia lifts ban on New Zealand beef exports, says minister

Indonesia has lifted a week-old ban on imported
beef from New Zealand, Trade Minister Phil Goff said on Monday
following talks in Wellington with visiting officials from Jakarta.

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NZ fights Indonesian Halal beef ban

| 13/07/2008 | Reply
NZ fights Indonesian Halal beef ban

The saga of the Indonesian ban on NZ Halal beef exports continues, with NZ officials travelling to Jakarta to contest the ban. This is similar to the Malaysian ban a few years ago, in that it was announced with no forewarning…but for different reasons. While the Malaysian ban was based on concerns about thoracic sticking, this ban is to do with labeling, confirming our statement a while back that labeling is likely to be a more pressing issue for Halal producers than the illusive Halal standard issue.

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Halal, Kosher Slaughter Unacceptable, say German Vets

| 12/07/2008 | Reply
Halal, Kosher Slaughter Unacceptable, say German Vets


Muslim and Jewish groups are angered by a call from Germany’s federal
chamber of veterinarians for a law re-establishing protection against
slaughter without stunning. Both Islam and Judaism reject the stunning of animals before
slaughter and prescribe that animals be killed by a swift throat cut.

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Globalisation of McDonald’s: Comparative Study Morocco and France

| 10/07/2008 | Reply
Globalisation of McDonald’s: Comparative Study Morocco and France

This article is research for those who want to see how global giants market to the masses so as not to miss out on any corner of the market.

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Marhaba Halal Food to launch in Harrods and Waitrose

| 10/07/2008 | Reply
Marhaba Halal Food to launch in Harrods and Waitrose

A
new range of delicious Halal Belgium chocolates, cake bars and sweets
will shortly be available in Harrods and 35 Waitrose stores around the
country.

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Indonesia bans New Zealand beef imports

| 10/07/2008 | Reply
Indonesia bans New Zealand beef imports

Indonesia has temporarily
banned imports of beef products from New Zealand due to halal
certification issues, a senior agriculture ministry official
said on Tuesday.

We will find more and more emphasis being put on labelling in the Muslim countries who are importing their Halal products. Halal exporters will have to keep on their toes. This has already become law in the UAE as well, but with Arabic as the second language on the label.

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Recent advances pave way for fish gelatine for food

| 10/07/2008 | Reply
Recent advances pave way for fish gelatine for food

Increasing
demand for gelatine, coupled with consumer concerns over the mammalian
variety, may open the door for fish gelatine to fill the gap for food
formulators, says a new review.

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Brunei Invited To Join Global Zakat Body

| 06/07/2008 | Reply
Brunei Invited To Join Global Zakat Body

Malaysia
yesterday extended an invitation to His Majesty the Sultan and Yang
Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam to become a joint founder of the
International Zakat Organisation.

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EU proposal threatens halal foods

| 05/07/2008 | Reply
EU proposal threatens halal foods

This is a must-read. The proposed reversal of the animal by-product ban for animal feeds is a clear example of putting the health of the economy over the health of the people. Not only is this of concern to the Muslims – none of us want to eat carnivorous cows – but this is of concern to everyone, and it is an issue in which the Muslims should take on on everyones behalf, not just for the Ummah.

This is for a matter for Bani Adam, so let the Muslims play an appropriate role. “Oh Mankind, eat what is lawful and wholesome on the earth…”

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Islamic Relief Worldwide Appoints Hadhari Cattle For Deboning Sacrificial Meat

| 05/07/2008 | Reply
Islamic Relief Worldwide Appoints Hadhari Cattle For Deboning Sacrificial Meat

Islamic Relief Worldwide, the implementing agency
appointed for distribution of sacrificial meat appointed by the
Jeddah-based Islamic Development Bank (IDB), has named a local company
– Hadhari Cattle Industry Sdn Bhd (Hadhari Cattle) – to debone
slaughtered sheep.

This is a good example of a sharp entrepreneurial initiative from Hadhari’s deputy President Dr Abdul Rashid Tan. It makes you reflect on what might happen if more of Malaysia’s Chinese community accepted Islam…maybe the ‘Halal Hub’ dream might be a bit more realistic.

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OIC To Submit Final Draft On Halal Standardisation, Accreditation And Certification In 2009

| 04/07/2008 | Reply
OIC To Submit Final Draft On Halal Standardisation, Accreditation And Certification In 2009

The Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) will submit
the final draft of the proposed common international halal
standardisation, accreditation and certification to its members during
the Tenth OIC Standardisation Experts’ Group Meeting in Jeddah, Saudi
Arabia in February 2009.

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Dh300m meat processing plant to be set up in Al Ain

| 04/07/2008 | Reply
Dh300m meat processing plant to be set up in Al Ain

The retail
major Emke Group is establishing the joint venture project in
collaboration with Denmark’s Rose Poultry, to be located at the Al Ain
Industrial City. Once completed, the project will have an initial
manufacturing capacity of 10,000 metric tonnes per annum, in the first
phase with scope for further enhancement in the second phase.

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HDC To Meet Government Officials On Halal Industry During D-8 Summit

| 03/07/2008 | Reply
HDC To Meet Government Officials On Halal Industry During D-8 Summit

Bangladesh and Indonesia are
keen to leverage on Malaysia’s expertise in developing halal standards
and experience in the industry to develop the industries in their
countries.

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