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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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HDC has issued Halal Certificates for 38 Thai Products So Far

| 02/07/2008 | Reply
HDC has issued Halal Certificates for 38 Thai Products So Far

The Halal Development Corporation (HDC) has issued a total of 38 halal
certificates to products from Thailand’s multinational companies since
its establishment in September 2006.

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Risks and Rewards: the Halal Market

| 02/07/2008 | Reply
Risks and Rewards: the Halal Market

This is a long and well researched article on the Halal market today. The writer has looked into the different aspects of the Halal industry starting from Halal certification onto Halal consumers, traceability, to showing a success story with US company Crescent Halal’s road to success through producing 100% high quality Halal chicken products, to inspire food processors in Europe and the US to enter the Halal market.The President of Crescent Halal, Mr Ahmad Adam, will be speaking at the International Halal Market Conference in Brunei Darussalam 16-17 August, specifically to give valuable information on how to Achieve Excellence in Halal Production and distribution.

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Abu Dhabi active in Halal standardisation

| 01/07/2008 | Reply
Abu Dhabi active in Halal standardisation

Abu
Dhabi is building a solid platform to create global standards in the
Halal industry according to organiser of the Halal World Expo, IIR
Middle East. Establishing such a
benchmark would require a “major combined effort” between industry and
government authorities and the Abu Dhabi government was keen to play a
pivotal role in this process, IIR explained.

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Filipino Muslims are against the "halal" butchering of cloned meat

| 01/07/2008 | Reply
Filipino Muslims are against the "halal" butchering of cloned meat

The Filipino Muslims and food scientists maintain that it is
impossible to “accept the norm on animal cloning” that permits
“conformity to Islamic law”, even though the opinion of the Pakistani
clerics is positive. 

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SACF expands Halal raw materials for flavours

| 01/07/2008 | Reply
SACF expands Halal raw materials for flavours

Let’s hope that if the ingredients industry is getting Halal certification for its ingredients that this will push the manufacturers to use these ingredients to start their own Halal lines! We hope that this is indicative of a new move in the US to get on board with Halal products for the millions of consumers in the US searching for them.

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Chocolate Products of Australia has released a new cake topping range under the Nemar brand.

| 29/06/2008 | Reply
Chocolate Products of Australia has released a new cake topping range under the Nemar brand.

The Australians have figured out that getting Halal Certification for products that they produce is very beneficial to their sales. Of course we have the Halal Aussie beef and lamb but there are many many other products coming out of Australia that have nothing to do with the Halal meat sector that have added Halal certification to their label. Changing over to natural colouring is brilliant for all those parents with hyper active children. Good business sense that was also driven by the consumer!

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HDC Awaits Tamadam Proposal on Halal Park Logistics

| 27/06/2008 | Reply
HDC Awaits Tamadam Proposal on Halal Park Logistics

HALAL Industry Development Corp Sdn Bhd (HDC) is waiting for Tamadam
Bonded Warehouse Bhd’s proposal on logistics infrastructure framework
for halal parks in the country. Also in the article is the number of Halal certifications that HDC has approved so far out of the 380 Halal certification applications that have come in so far.

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Muslims not prepared to declare cloning ‘halal’

| 27/06/2008 | Reply
Muslims not prepared to declare cloning ‘halal’

The issue of cloning certainly goes well beyond whether or not an animal is stunned before Halal slaughter and the method used in the slaughtering of it. This also comes under the category of ‘ethical’ which is also now a much broader issue with the production of food today. As this question becomes better researched from a Halal perspective perhaps the wisdom of the Islamic shariah will bring clarity on this for everyone questioning whether it is ethical to produce cloned animals for human consumption. Perhaps this is an issue to be addressed to the Shariah scholars and scientists at the upcoming International Halal Market Conference being held on the 16-17 August in Brunei Darussalam.

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HDC Receives 380 Applications For Halal Certification

| 26/06/2008 | Reply
HDC Receives 380 Applications For Halal Certification

No surprise that HDC is getting this amount of queries for Halal certifications, everyone wants their Halal certification in Malaysia. What we hope though is that the processing for this number of certifications is done quickly and efficiently under HDC now, as JAKIM for years was criticised about not being able to do. The markets both domestic and internationally will watch with a great deal of interest the outcome of this shift over to the Halal Industry Development Corporation.

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British Airways launches new ‘taste team’

| 25/06/2008 | Reply
British Airways launches new ‘taste team’

It is a good sign – and good business sense – that British Airways is catering to the Muslim Halal food market in the GCC region by giving them a nice serving of British cuisine Halal style! I thought the national dish for Britain was curry these days! This is all in line with the new push on Halal tourism. At least if you can eat good food in the air it might make you feel a bit better about paying the higher airfares.

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Restaurant owner plans new ready meals range

| 24/06/2008 | Reply
Restaurant owner plans new ready meals range

Waiting for reply from Seamark

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Minnesota’s Holy Land is leading by example

| 24/06/2008 | Reply
Minnesota’s Holy Land is leading by example

Every now and again you have an experience that reaffirms your belief in all that’s good, in humanity, generosity, good food and good company. Our recent visit to Holy Land in Minneapolis was just such an experience. Holy Land is a multi-functional Halal market zone with a bakery, grocery store, restaurant, catering service and general all-round meeting place that was filled with the hum of a growing community.

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Understanding Halal Order

| 22/06/2008 | Reply
Understanding Halal Order

With an excellent Halal Standard already created by Brunei Ministry of Religious Affairs, Brunei is ready for the next phase of their Brunei Halal programme which is the training of the relevant users of the Halal certification on the requirements and terms of it.

Brunei will also be holding the International Halal Market Conference on the 15-16 August 2008 in order to further educate their delegates through the experiences of others who have started up in a Halal business, the possibility of Halal pharmaceuticals, and also looking at the new role of Islamic tourism in the Halal industry, among the topics being discussed. But essential to the conference will be the Shariah & Science session with Islamic Scholars, Scientists and the Halal industry experts jointly looking at current issues surrounding Halal.

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Halal butchers under threat from superstores

| 19/06/2008 | Reply
Halal butchers under threat from superstores

Patterns do repeat themselves. With the fierce competition and low margins that the food retailng giants operate with, they are constantly on the lookout for new profit centres. That usually means taking business away from someone else. The traditional corner store has long been a favourite target of the supermarkets, but now those neighbourhood shops are also the Halal shops and butchers.




The big retailers are well aware that the Muslim consumer is doing most of their shopping in the supermarkets – but not buying their Halal meats and other items there. This is partly because of non-availability and partly an issue of trust. Now that the big guns are aiming at the Halal consumer, expect to see more and more Halal produce on their shelves.





And as for the High Street….?

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