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Category: Farm-to-Fork News

Halal Turkeys sales in UK booming

| 25/12/2008 | Reply
Halal Turkeys sales in UK booming

Here is a BBC news clip about the increasing sales for Halal turkeys in Britain’s north east



http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/7798465.stm

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Globalisation impacts the Australian meat industry

| 23/12/2008 | Reply
Globalisation impacts the Australian meat industry

Speaking at the 2008 Australian Bureau of Agricultural and
Resource Economics (ABARE) Outlook, Glen Feist of Meat and Livestock
Australia said it was imperative that the safe and healthy status of
Australian beef be maintained, particularly in the Japanese market.
Overall, 60-70% of Australian beef and lamb is exported.

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Southeast Asia to benefit from halal market

| 23/12/2008 | Reply
Southeast Asia to benefit from halal market

Over
the next 12 months, an ambitious poultry project in the BIMP-EAGA
sub-region, which consists of Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and the
Philippines, will align their resources together to boost poultry
production and take advantage of the growing halal export market.

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Canadian Cattlemen’s Association Sign up for farm-to-fork traceability software

| 21/12/2008 | Reply
Canadian Cattlemen’s Association Sign up for farm-to-fork traceability software

FoodLogiQ,
the leading provider of On Demand food safety and traceability
software, today announced that they have signed an agreement with the
Canadian Cattlemen’s Association to provide a value added traceability
solution to its members.

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Penang to Develop Halal Hub

| 20/12/2008 | Reply
Penang to Develop Halal Hub

Dr. Mohamed Amin Kassim, deputy director of Urusan Century Logistics
Holdings, will chair the committee with members representing 17
companies and organizations.

“The companies involved will be clustered according to their needs
and sector,” said Abdul Malik Abul Kassim, chairman of the state
committee for domestic trade and consumer affairs.

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Recent Melamine Scare Grossly Blown Out Of Proportion, Forum Told

| 20/12/2008 | Reply
Recent Melamine Scare Grossly Blown Out Of Proportion, Forum Told

The recent health scare
caused by the contamination of melamine in biscuits manufactured in
Malaysia was grossly “blown out of proportion”, damaging the
RM1.3-billion industry virtually beyond repair, a forum here was told.

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Al Islami Foods enters Saudi Arabia to reach USD5.6 billion food market

| 19/12/2008 | Reply
Al Islami Foods enters Saudi Arabia to reach USD5.6 billion food market

Al Islami Foods, a leading halal food producer in the Middle East, has
entered Saudi Arabia with the announcement of a strategic distribution
agreement with Arabian Trading Supplies, a leading distributor in Saudi
Arabia, which will distribute a range of Al Islami’s healthy and real
halal products under the brand name of ‘Co-op Islami’. The distribution
agreement was signed in Jeddah.

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GCC to recognise Singapore Halal Certification

| 16/12/2008 | Reply
GCC to recognise Singapore Halal Certification

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
signed in Doha Monday the free trade agreement with GCC members, a
grouping comprised of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and
the United Arab Emirates.

The
GSFTA is a comprehensive agreement that encompasses trade in goods,
services, government procurement and other aspects. The cooperation
chapter as mentioned in the agreement will also encourage and
facilitate bilateral cooperation in several areas, including
recognition of the Halal certification of Singapore’s Majlis Ugama
Islam Singapura (MUIS).

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The Latest Twist in the Story of Ethical Meat

| 16/12/2008 | Reply
The Latest Twist in the Story of Ethical Meat

When
Maple Leaf Foods announced that listeria had infected its processing
plant on Sheppard Avenue, people purged their fridges and freezers, and
vowed never to eat mass-produced bologna again. Sales of cold cuts
plummeted across Canada. But not at Blossom­Pure, a small retail
and wholesale business in Mississauga, Ontario where sales remained strong. The
store’s owner, Fahim Alwan, fielded calls from prospective customers
anxious to know the provenance of his salami.

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Holidays bring increased demand for goat meat

| 13/12/2008 | Reply
Holidays bring increased demand for goat meat

As the holiday season hits full swing, immigrants are flocking to
butcher shops, meatpacking plants and farms for the food they crave:
goat. Muslims
who marked the three-day Eid al-Adha festival that ended Wednesday
divided goat carcasses into portions of three—honoring the idea of
sacrifice by feeding the poor as well as cooking up the sweetly pungent
meat for their families.

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Kraft looking at the Halal market?

| 12/12/2008 | Reply
Kraft looking at the Halal market?

An interesting interview with Kraft CEO Irene Rosenfeld that includes a few clues about how Kraft is planning to get into the Halal market. Like many of the majors, Kraft is becoming increasingly aware of the value of the Halal market. Even in Muslim-minority countries like Canada and the USA, the Halal sector still represents multi-billion dollar markets, and in hard times, these previously unnoticed consumer segments are starting to get noticed.

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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 | 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 | 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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