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MEPs give green light to halal poultry

| 30/03/2009 | Reply
MEPs give green light to halal poultry

The EU Agriculture Committee has approved a proposal to update the rules on animal welfare at slaughter, giving the green light to halal poultry,  meaning that stunning prior to slaughter is not compulsory for Halal producers. However, they rejected an amendment calling for Halal products to be specially labeled.

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Pilgrim’s gets six more months to file reorganization plan

| 28/03/2009 | Reply
Pilgrim’s gets six more months to file reorganization plan

Pilgrim’s Pride
Corp. has been granted an additional six months to submit its plan of
reorganization for emerging from bankruptcy protection, according to
court documents filed on Thursday.

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Middle East re-opens markets to English meat

| 27/03/2009 | Reply
Middle East re-opens markets to English meat

Industry leaders have welcomed news that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has lifted its ban on English meat. In
a bid to promote quality English halal lamb to Middle Eastern
countries, EBLEX visited the Dubai Gulfood Exhibition last month, a
trip which generated significant interest from a number of potential
buyers.

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New Zealand to resume talks on live sheep export

| 26/03/2009 | Reply
New Zealand to resume talks on live sheep export

In New Zealand, negotiations to resume exports of live sheep for slaughter, mainly to the Middle East,
are continuing but Agriculture Minister David Carter says a ban will
remain unless they meet the highest welfare standards.

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Thailand develops logistics in bid to become regional Halal hub

| 26/03/2009 | Reply
Thailand develops logistics in bid to become regional Halal hub

Chulalongkorn
University’s Halal Science Centre has joined regional company Halal
Global Services to develop a Halal Super Highway to promote Halal foods
and products in both domestic and global markets. As a
result, Thailand is expected to become a Halal logistics hub – or
so-called Hogistics Hub – for the Southeast Asia region before the end
of next year. 

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British red meat is back on the menu in the UAE

| 26/03/2009 | Reply
British red meat is back on the menu in the UAE

British red meat is back on the menu in the UAE, and Scottish exporters are hopeful that this fact, together with this years rising lamb prices, will spell good news for the UK’s red meat industry. Lower sterling values and well as declining production in the EU and New Zealand are both contributing the the opportunity.

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Don’t be sheepish about a new industry

| 25/03/2009 | Reply
Don’t be sheepish about a new industry

British Columbia currently supplies
less than 25 per cent of the domestic lamb market. That means that
three-quarters of the lamb consumed in this province is imported from
Alberta, the United States, or New Zealand. At one of the Saturday
agriculture discussions last year we heard about a sheep farmer in New
Zealand who regularly sold his entire flock to a processor in Surrey,
B.C.

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UAE-based Al Islami Foods enters into partnership with Intercol

| 25/03/2009 | Reply
UAE-based Al Islami Foods enters into partnership with Intercol

BAHRAIN. Consolidating its presence in the GCC region, Al Islami
Foods, a leading halal food producer in the Middle East, today
announced its re-launch in Bahrain and distribution agreement with the
International Agencies Co in press conference held here in Bahrain
today.

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Sheep shipments will slaughter NZ’s overseas image

| 25/03/2009 | Reply
Sheep shipments will slaughter NZ’s overseas image

The Minister of Agriculture
David Carter has confirmed that New Zealand wants to
resume live sheep exports with Saudi Arabia. New
Zealand stopped live sheep exports in 2003 due to concern
about our overseas trading image. Now Awassi Ltd, a
majority owned Saudi company, is seeking permission to
resume the trade.

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MISC’s halal express service to start April 1

| 20/03/2009 | Reply
MISC’s halal express service to start April 1

MISC Bhd, a Malaysian shipping company, said its new halal express service will
start on April 1 and offer clients more direct calls and cover more
ports. The service will cover the Far East, Southeast Asia, Indian
Sub-Continent and Middle East and will be operated by MISC
independently.

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Corporation to tag animals coming to New Delhi abattoir

| 16/03/2009 | Reply
Corporation to tag animals coming to New Delhi abattoir

A Radio Frequency Identification Device (RFID) will
be used and it will help in avoiding a mix up between halal and jhatka
goats, while ensuring that owners get back their own animals. The RFID,
which will be tagged to the front leg of the goat or sheep, will act
like a bar code and have details about the animals as well as their
owners. The name of the owner, weight and age of the animal, and also
whether it is meant for jhatka or halal slaughter, will be mentioned in
the chip.

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MITI Yes To RM4.6 Billion Bumi Manufacturing Projects

| 16/03/2009 | Reply
MITI Yes To RM4.6 Billion Bumi Manufacturing Projects

JOHOR BAHARU, March 16 (Bernama) — The Ministry of
International Trade and Industry (Miti) has approved Bumiputera
manufacturing projects involving investments of RM4.8 billion for 2008, including RM947 million for food.

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North Carolina bill targets kosher, halal foods

| 16/03/2009 | Reply
North Carolina bill targets kosher, halal foods

This bill would set state standards for kosher and halal food. State
Sen. Larry Shaw, a Fayetteville Democrat, said he filed the bill after
hearing from Jews and Muslims who were concerned about sales of foods
that meet strict religious requirements.

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Halal Farm to Fork DVD

| 10/03/2009 | Reply
Halal Farm to Fork DVD

The West Midlands is poised to become the European hub of an industry
that could see regional farmers annually supplying thousands of tonnes
of halal meat to Muslim communities throughout the world. Livestock
producers in Worcestershire and Herefordshire could tap into new
consumer markets for halal meat in Europe and the Middle East following
the approval of the UKs first farm to fork traceability system.

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Active participation from China sought for Senai Airport

| 09/03/2009 | Reply
Active participation from China sought for Senai Airport

SENAI
Airport Terminal Services Sdn Bhd (SATS) is seeking active
participation from China in its quest to transform Senai into a
regional transport hub.

It was reported that MMC International
Holdings Bhd planned to offer 30% equity in SATS to a company from
China to develop the airport into an aviation hub or a duty-free zone.

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Consumers shifting down again — from ready-to-serve to fresh meat

| 09/03/2009 | Reply
Consumers shifting down again — from ready-to-serve to fresh meat

The shift from foodservice to retail over the past several months is
giving way to another shift as consumers are increasingly purchasing
fresh meat instead of more expensive heat-and-serve entrees, according
to industry executives attending the Annual Meat Conference here this
week.

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Welfare Central to Halal

| 07/03/2009 | Reply
Welfare Central to Halal

Animal welfare is a top
priority for the UK halal meat industry, a leading consultant told
delegates at an EBLEX event in Milton Keynes.

Speaking
at the launch of a new DVD about halal meat, aimed at public sector
caterers, consultant to EBLEX, Nizar Boga, told industry
representatives that the welfare of animals is of extreme importance to
Islamic traditions.

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The Growing Halal and Kosher Markets

| 07/03/2009 | Reply
The Growing Halal and Kosher Markets

It isn’t just kosher-observant Jews and halal-observant Muslims who are
driving the sacred foods market. Many consumers who are concerned about
food safety are turning to kosher- and halal-certified foods because of
the perception that they are “cleaner” and more closely supervised
during the manufacturing process.

Vegans, vegetarians and consumers
with food intolerances are drawn to the products as well because the
certification labeling means that they can quickly see if a food
contains, for example, dairy. Manufacturers are also pursuing
certification because it can help open up new regional markets in
cities where buyers are more likely to be accepting of certified
products.

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RP’s national halal body ready to operate

| 06/03/2009 | Reply
RP’s national halal body ready to operate

After a series of lengthy meetings and
consultations to enhance the country’s effort to tap into the world’s
estimated US$500-billion yearly Muslim dietary food market, the
National Halal Accreditation Board of the Philippines, Inc. (NHABPI) is
ready to launch and operate on March 16.

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‘AL ISLAMI’ AND ‘IHI ALLIANCE’ HOLD HALAL STANDARDS DEVELOPMENT CONVENTION AT GULFOOD 2009

| 05/03/2009 | Reply
‘AL ISLAMI’ AND ‘IHI ALLIANCE’ HOLD HALAL STANDARDS DEVELOPMENT CONVENTION AT GULFOOD 2009

DUBAI – In conjunction with Gulfood exhibition2009, Al Islami Foods and
the International Halal Integrity (IHI) Alliance held a “halal
standards development” convention on the sideline of the world’s
largest FMCG show. The modules discussed were Food Processing and Food
Service. 

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