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Midamar to launch Halal consulting services

| 04/12/2007 | Reply
Midamar to launch Halal consulting services

Midamar, North America’s largest supplier of high quality US
Halal meats, will unveil a new consultation service for Middle East
companies aiming to capitalise on huge market growth in the US at Halal
World Expo in Abu Dhabi next week.

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Uruguay Eyes M’sia As Springboard To Asian Market

| 26/11/2007 | Reply
Uruguay Eyes M’sia As Springboard To Asian Market

Uruguay wants to form a partnership
with Malaysia to export its halal beef and make the latter a
springboard to enter Asian market, said its Ambassador to Malaysia
Pablo Sader.

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Iowa halal turkeys grace tables abroad

| 24/11/2007 | Reply
Iowa halal turkeys grace tables abroad

To
assist Muslims wishing to recreate the traditional Thanksgiving dinner in their
own homes in Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Kuwait and Singapore this year,
Midamar has shipped overseas about 25,000 halal turkeys. An additional
10,000 halal turkeys have been delivered to Muslim homes in the United
States.

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Australian Producers Eye Poultry Venture in Malaysia

| 22/11/2007 | Reply
Australian Producers Eye Poultry Venture in Malaysia

Two large scale chicken producers from
Australia are exploring Malaysia’s East Coast Economic Region (ECER)’s
potential as poultry hub.

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200,000 Canned Drinks Seized For Carrying Expired Halal Logo

| 22/11/2007 | Reply
200,000 Canned Drinks Seized For Carrying Expired Halal Logo

Malaysia – Some 200,000 canned drinks of various
flavours worth about RM200,000 were seized by the Islamic religious
authority from a company in Taman Selamat here today for carrying an
expired Halal logo.

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Muslims urged to Manufacture Halal Products

| 20/11/2007 | Reply
Muslims urged to Manufacture Halal Products

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam said that Malacca State Development Corporation would be developing a
halal hub in a 2ha site in Serkam, with the construction of 34
workshops and 10 shophouses at a cost of RM9.1mil.

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25 Attend Halal Audit Training Programme

| 15/11/2007 | 2 Replies
25 Attend Halal Audit Training Programme

A four-day course on Halal audit training for twenty five participants from the
Agriculture Department, Religious Council, State Mufti’s Office,
Syariah Affairs Department, Department of Health Services, Fisheries
Department and National Accreditation and Standard Centre
will be held held in Brunei Darassalam. They will be following the guidelines of the Halal Standard Brunei launched and their Halal Conference in August.

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New Products for Baby’s Health

| 15/11/2007 | Reply
New Products for Baby’s Health

Mumtaz Halal baby foods expansion will be launched at HALAL World Expo in Abu Dhabi, UAE, 9-11 December 2007, to combat baby anaemia.

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Asda And National Halal Food Group in Unique Store Link

| 12/11/2007 | Reply
Asda And National Halal Food Group in Unique Store Link

This unique joint venture partnership between the supermarket chain and
Birmingham-based “National Halal Food Group” is seen as a
groundbreaking move for both parties and reflects a growing demand from
the Muslim community for Halal meat and poultry products.

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Brunei-Australia Plan For World’s First International Halal Brand

| 11/11/2007 | Reply
Brunei-Australia Plan For World’s First International Halal Brand

The world’s first international halal
brand, which is expected to be launched by the middle of next year, is
being developed by the Brunei government with the involvement of
Australian food producers. Brian Norwood, chairman of Elders International Australia Ltd, the
company that is co-ordinating the project in Australia, told Bernama
the brand would be carried by only those products that are
“unquestionably genuine halal”.

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Asda under fire over plan to sell halal meat

| 08/11/2007 | Reply
Asda under fire over plan to sell halal meat

The deal by the National Halal group in Birmingham to sell Halal meat via their own store-in-store is a ground-breaking move for the UK Halal market. National Halal sell only high quality unstunned meat, and this will naturally cause some controversy, especially in the UK where the animal welfare lobby is very vocal.  National Halal defend their non-stun policy by saying that it is the most trauma-free method, a position that we support.

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Sadia to have factory in the Emirates

| 06/11/2007 | Reply
Sadia to have factory in the Emirates

Sadia, the Brazilian poultry giant is set to invest 57million USD in a factory in the UAE. Company exports to the Middle East total US$ 550 million a year. In the
first nine months of 2007 alone, of the total Sadia exports of 2.4
billion Brazilian reais (US$ 1.4 billion), 22% were to the Arab market. Expect to see more of this…

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And now it’s time for halal tourism

| 06/11/2007 | Reply
And now it’s time for halal tourism

The WTM report is available here

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Fish gelatin could be economically beneficial

| 06/11/2007 | Reply
Fish gelatin could be economically beneficial

The question of Halal and Kosher gelatin is being promoted by Joe Regenstein at Cornell University.
Regenstein, head of the Cornell Kosher and Halal Food Initiative, said 99 percent of the 272,500 tons of gelatin produced in 2003 came from pork or non-religiously slaughtered beef. Clearly, with 2 billion Halal consumers, there is a potential market for fish-based gelatin products.
“When we talk about globalization, the fact that we don’t talk about
halal foods in most cases is a major oversight,” Regenstein said.

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UK International Airlines begins Halal flights to Pakistan

| 31/10/2007 | Reply
UK International Airlines begins Halal flights to Pakistan

The airline, which was formed in 2005
and is based in Sheffield, will operate flights twice a week from
Nottingham to Islamabad via Sharjah. A unique feature of the airline was the serving of halal
meals and non-alcoholic drinks on flights. This new move reinforces the fact that Halal has an important role to play in the food service industry.

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Aussie plan to push for halal standard rejected

| 10/10/2007 | Reply
Aussie plan to push for halal standard rejected

The issue of developing international Halal standards continues to appear in all corners of the world. This issue was recently brought up in the Australian parliament, to use the Australian Government Muslim Slaughter (AGMS) programme as an international benchmark, but it was rejected.

We expect to see some further initiatives on international standards coming up under the OIC umbrella in the near future.

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Rochdale Subway goes halal

| 09/10/2007 | Reply
Rochdale Subway goes halal

Sandwich franchise Subway continue their rollout of Halal outlets catering to the UK Muslim community.

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Al Islami Foods sets up European hub to reach $16 billion

| 28/09/2007 | Reply
Al Islami Foods sets up European hub to reach $16 billion

UAE Halal food producer Al Islami Foods has set up its European hub, after
signing a strategic joint venture with UK-based foodservice distributor
3663 First for Foodservice. If Al Islami, with their ‘no grey areas’
policy regarding Halal integrity, can establish a strong European
presence, this will be a big step forward for their expansion ambitions.

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Turkey misses out on $2.1 trillion halal market

| 26/09/2007 | Reply
Turkey misses out on $2.1 trillion halal market

Turkey’s moved to develop Halal standards, and play a significant role in the Halal market are – perhaps predictably – beset with difficulties. Finding the balance between Islamic and secular issues, as far as Halal is concerned, is likely to be a delicate balancing act. If they cannot resolve this issue, they will find themselves falling behind as more countries develop national Halal standards. Whether this issue can be resolved under the OIC umbrella remains to be seen.

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Aussies work on first global halal brand

| 24/09/2007 | Reply
Aussies work on first global halal brand

A GROUP of Victorian businesses are working with the Government
of Brunei to develop the world’s first global halal brand. This initiative is poised to be the first realistic cross-border collaboration that may actually go beyond the talking stage. The coming year will be critical, to get some results before the Brunei Halal Expo in August 2008.

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