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Halal market expansion raises questions of Halal fraud

| 13/06/2008 | Reply
Halal market expansion raises questions of Halal fraud
The industry of Halal, foods that are permitted for
consumption according to Muslim law, is gaining a strong foothold – both
in the United States and beyond – and has an estimated global turnover
of $580 billion a year, catering for many non-Muslims as well as
Muslims. But the swell in demand for halal products has given rise to
fraud, where companies and exporters are labeling foods as halal, when,
in fact, this is not the case.

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UK sandwich franchise goes Halal

| 13/06/2008 | Reply
UK sandwich franchise goes Halal

Subway franchises in UK continue the trend of going Halal with the Bolton branch, opening up the outlet to a wider market to include the Muslim customers. No figures are available yet as to the effect that going Halal has had on the bottom line, but in many other regions (Singapore is a good example), many of the fast food chains gained signifcant increase in revenue by going Halal.

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Purely ethical

| 11/06/2008 | Reply
Purely ethical

What would you say to a
plate of petroleum-derived chemicals, along with a side of rusted lead?
Probably a polite, “no thank you”, but the funny reality is that most
women add toxic chemicals to their diet every day, simply by wearing
lipstick and other make-up.

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Tex-Med digs in to meaty export deal

| 08/06/2008 | Reply
Tex-Med digs in to meaty export deal

Houston-based Tex-Med Beef Co. has inked the largest export deal in
its six-year history by agreeing to provide Libya with halal beef and
lamb.

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Looking for a kosher and halal-certified cysteine for bakery goods?

| 29/05/2008 | Reply
Looking for a kosher and halal-certified cysteine for bakery goods?

It is not often we would put in an advertisement for a product in the news but with all the controversy about cysteine in food at the moment we thought it worthwhile to include the following information.

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HDC’s Role Important For Taking Malaysian Halal Certificate To The World

| 28/05/2008 | Reply
HDC’s Role Important For Taking Malaysian Halal Certificate To The World

The government said the move to give
the responsibility of issuing the Malaysian Halal certificate to the
Halal Industry Development Corporation (HDC) was important as it was
intended to expand the adoption of the certificate to other countries
such as Argentina and Brazil.

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Making sure our food is safe to eat

| 27/05/2008 | Reply
Making sure our food is safe to eat

More than just a Halal certificate is necessary these days, food labelling is more and more getting the attention of the health conscious consumer who wants to make his own choices on what he eats as we see from the following article.

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De Rahman Products Seeing Good Success In Saudi Arabia And China

| 24/05/2008 | Reply
De Rahman Products Seeing Good Success In Saudi Arabia And China

Kumpulan Rahman Brothers Sdn Bhd
(KRB) have added yet another success to their list with the successful
export of their De Rahman brand of products to the Saudi Arabia and
China markets in the last two years.
The company’s move into the Saudi Arabia and China
market was through joint efforts with Mara under the auspices of the
Ministry of Entrepreneur and Cooperatives Development (MeCD).

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Beef to Indonesia

| 24/05/2008 | Reply
Beef to Indonesia

A record of 3,762 tonnes of Halal beef was shipped from Australia to Indonesia in April, an increase of 121 per cent from April 2007.

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Growing Halal food market demands greater focus on ingredients

| 21/05/2008 | Reply
Growing Halal food market demands greater focus on ingredients

The
Middle East’s first trade exhibition dedicated to raw materials and
ingredients has generated a strong response from the region’s
fast-evolving manufacturing and processing industry, with particular
interest from groups specialising in Halal food.

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Global food labelling standards

| 20/05/2008 | Reply
Global food labelling standards

THE annual meeting of the Codex Committee on Food Labelling (CCFL)
was held in Ottawa during the first week of May. Hosted by the
government of Canada, the 36th meeting of CCFL was attended by close to
300 delegates representing 72 member countries, one Member
Organization, European Community and 27 international organisations.

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UAE to Collect Halal Fees on Foreign Plants

| 15/05/2008 | Reply
UAE to Collect Halal Fees on Foreign Plants

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – UAE officials indicate that they will approach approved foreign Halal certifiers directly in an
effort to identify slaughter houses that produce meat for export to the UAE for the purpose of
collecting annual Halal fees.

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Strong response across food industry to region’s first ingredients middle east exhibition

| 14/05/2008 | Reply
Strong response across food industry to region’s first ingredients middle east exhibition

Ingredients Middle East, organised by Dubai World Trade Centre
(DWTC), will take place from 15-17 June 2008 at the Dubai International
Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC) and has already attracted some
of the world’s leading ingredient producers.

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Local company signs deal to export halal meat to Malaysia

| 12/05/2008 | Reply
Local company signs deal to export halal meat to Malaysia

Premium Halal Abattoir, a Banglasdesh company, has signed a deal to export
halal meat to Malaysia as local processors are eying to grab a portion
of US$ 50 billion global halal meat market.

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Turkey Impressed With Malaysia’s Promotion Of Halal Standards

| 09/05/2008 | Reply
Turkey Impressed With Malaysia’s Promotion Of Halal Standards

Turkey has complimented the efforts
taken by the Malaysian government to promote halal standards, its
Deputy Undersecretary for Foreign Trade, Omer Faruk Dogan said Friday on his visit to the Malaysia International Halal Showcase in Kuala Lumpur.

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Halal variety of luxury Kobe beef takes the spotlight

| 06/05/2008 | Reply
Halal variety of luxury Kobe beef takes the spotlight

Le Meridien in Kuala Lumpur is serving a Halal variety of Kobe beef from Australia that is making news at their restaurant. Usually raised on massage, beer and sake, Kobe beef is famed for its marbelled texture and unusual tenderness. Now, Halal diners can taste some for themselves – minus the alcohol.

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Malaysia To Help OIC Formulate Halal Standards

| 06/05/2008 | Reply
Malaysia To Help OIC Formulate Halal Standards

Malaysia will help the members of
the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) develop OIC-based halal
standards, a move which will likely pave the way for the evolution of
global halal standards.

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Global Expansion Hope For Malaysia’s Halal Certification Standard

| 06/05/2008 | Reply
Global Expansion Hope For Malaysia’s Halal Certification Standard

The halal certification standard used
by Malaysia will hopefully be expanded to other countries including
member nations of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC),
Minister of International Trade and Industry Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin
said Monday.

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A T Kearney issue report on Addressing the Muslim Market

| 02/05/2008 | Reply
A T Kearney issue report on Addressing the Muslim Market

“Since Muslims are the fastest growing consumer segment in the world, any company that is not considering how to serve them is missing a significant opportunity to affect both its top-and bottom-line growth. Deciding to serve the Muslim consumer will depend on the ease with which the company can address this market and the opportunity versus the cost of doing so. Although there are political and social pitfalls to consider, the opportunities are so vast and far-reaching that they greatly outweigh the risks. With many of the world’s consumer segments reaching a saturation point, the Muslim consumer is fast becoming a new outlet to build a base for future growth.”


While this quote from A T Kearney’s report, “Addressing the Muslim Market” is not necessarily anything new to many of the Halal sector players, the fact that this report has appeared in the mainstream is itself a clear confirmation of what many of us have been saying for years.

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Thai Airways International Halal Kitchen now Fully Certified

| 02/05/2008 | Reply
Thai Airways International Halal Kitchen now Fully Certified

Responding to growing demand from thousands of Muslim travellers every
day, Thai Airways International has signed an MoU with the Islamic
Committee of Samut Prakarn Province to receive permission for usage of
the Halal Logo by the Central Islamic Committee of Thailand.

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