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UAE yet to decide on cloned meat

| 04/02/2008 | Reply
UAE yet to decide on cloned meat

Meat and dairy products from cloned animals or their offspring can
enter the UAE from the United States without being labelled as such,
after the US Food and Drug Agency declared them safe for consumption.

Khalid
Al Awadi, head of food safety at Dubai Municipality, told Gulf News GM
foods are low on their priority list. “We’re mainly concerned with
making sure the animals were slaughtered in the halal way and have high
hygienic standards,” he said.




This is an issue that needs more attention by the Shariah scholars to bring more clarity on it for the Halal market.

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In difference there is opportunity

| 31/01/2008 | Reply
In difference there is opportunity

By
developing high quality food offerings utilising ethnic cuisines and
building strong business format franchises around them, Mahmoods and
wok2go are two examples of the successful integration of British
multiculturalism and entrepreneurialism.

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Malaysian Halal Exporters Urged To Meet Europe’s Stringent Halal Standards

| 30/01/2008 | Reply
Malaysian Halal Exporters Urged To Meet Europe’s Stringent Halal Standards

Kuala Lumpur: Malaysian halal manufacturers have
been urged to meet the stringent standards set by Europe in order to
penetrate the growing halal market in Europe.




It is important for the exporters to have the right certification,
transport documentation in order to meet the demands of the European
Muslim consumers for “safe, healthy food,” said the managing director
of Eurofrigo B.V, Derk van Mackelenbergh at a seminar jointly organised
by the Port of Rotterdam, Netherlands Embassy and the Netherlands
Foreign Investment Agency here Tuesday.

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Indonesia to lift import ban on U.S. beef

| 30/01/2008 | Reply
Indonesia to lift import ban on U.S. beef

Indonesian government will lift the
import ban on U.S. beef later this month, a senior agriculture ministry
official said Tuesday.

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Officials need to show hardship if they want to deny Halal meals to an inmate

| 28/01/2008 | Reply
Officials need to show hardship if they want to deny Halal meals to an inmate

Arizona prison officials need to show a
real hardship if they want to deny halal meals to a Muslim inmate, the
9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday. In a
unanimous ruling, the judges overturned a lower court decision which
accepted the claims of the state Department of Corrections that
providing the meals to Amin Shakur would create additional costs and
administrative burdens. The appellate judges said there was no evidence
that the state actually looked into the real cost. The judges
also noted that the state already provides two kinds of kosher meals
for Jewish inmates.

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How Safe is Cloned Meat?

| 28/01/2008 | Reply
How Safe is Cloned Meat?

With the US Food and Drug Administration already concluding that cloned meat is safe for consumers and the European food Safety Authority giving their greenlight as well to the consumption of cloned animal products do the public even have any say in the matter? Just like GMO food or farmed fish, will the real results of these ‘frankenfood’ alternatives ever be known in this decade? To then make a fatwa on whether cloned meat is acceptable would take a lot more than one mufti in Malaysia giving his comment.

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Where’s the Beef?

| 26/01/2008 | Reply
Where’s the Beef?


It’s not often that American food companies join hands with
environmental and consumer activists to call for greater government
control over the nation’s food supply. But that’s just what happened
last week after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration concluded that
meat and milk from cloned cows, pigs, and goats are safe for consumers.

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A taste of the Middle East in Texas

| 26/01/2008 | Reply
A taste of the Middle East in Texas

In a town near Dallas, Texas, USA, Zituna World Food Market has just opened its doors for business. This modern design Halal grocery store has various departments including Halal meat, dairy, deli and frozen food for Middle Eastern, Persian, Indian and Balkan Russian cuisines. With the Halal Tangier Mediterranean Grill attached to the store this looks like it could be a model for many multicultural towns across America and Canada catering both to the muslim community and international residents in them.

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Ethnic Trend

| 19/01/2008 | Reply
Ethnic Trend

The UK’s
growing Muslim population means that demand for halal ingredients is
also on the rise, with many ingredients manufacturers looking to gain
halal accreditation. “Although we do not specialise in halal
ingredients, we get quite a few demands for them,” confirms Verstegen’s
Neil Bartlett. “We’ve been working towards halal certification for the
last couple of years and have now achieved it, so it might be an area
we develop further in the future.”

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North American Halal Food Industries acquires first USDA Halal meat

| 18/01/2008 | Reply
North American Halal Food Industries acquires first USDA Halal meat

Carfrae is the first and longest operating USDA facility in the United

States involved in the processing of Halal meat products under the

Midamar Halal brand, USA’s pioneer and premier Halal Brand

(www.midamar.com). North American Halal Food Industries, doing business as Halal Food Processors of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, acquired the meat processing facility on November 1, 2007 from Steve Carfrae.

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Globalising Halal Standards: Issues and Challenges

| 16/01/2008 | Reply
Globalising Halal Standards: Issues and Challenges

The
definitions of Halal, while generally agreed upon by Muslims, display
significant gaps when it comes to their application in the industry.
Due to differing Halal standards not only between countries but also
within each individual country (following the presence of various Halal
authorities), confusion, misunderstanding and even abuse in the Halal
audit and certification process have occurred. As a result, supply
chains have been broken whilst artificial shortages of raw material
have emerged as a result of disunity between Halal certification bodies.

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Halal Vending machines – why not?

| 14/01/2008 | Reply
Halal Vending machines – why not?

Kosher
Vending Industries, based in New York State, operates Hot Nosh machines
that serve up hot, kosher snacks such as hot dogs, cheese pizza,
mozzarella sticks and potato knish. Albany-based Organic Vending stocks
their machines with organic and natural snacks as well as gluten-free
foods, and the company is eyeing possible expansion into Canada. Why not Halal vending machines?

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Halal food in US schools?

| 13/01/2008 | Reply
Halal food in US schools?

The
powerful US Senate is likely to witness a bill from Democrat Senator
John Sabini, who is pursuing to ensure ‘halal food’ for Muslim students
in schools of the city and the state as well. “The ‘Halal Food
Bill’ will be placed before the State Senate shortly,” John said at a
fund-raising meeting in the city on Thursday.

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Brazil markets halal certified mortadella

| 11/01/2008 | Reply
Brazil markets halal certified mortadella

Ceratti,
a traditional Brazilian maker of mortadella, has developed a light
mortadella that, since 2005, has been certified halal by the Muslim
Federation. The stamp has already guaranteed growth of 35% in the
volume of company sales of the product.

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GCC Region pushes for Halal committee

| 11/01/2008 | Reply
GCC Region pushes for Halal committee


A new committee will be formed to establish guidelines of the Muslim World League on Halal slaughter and food production. The responsibilities of the new committee will include the development
and implementation of educational programmes for manufacturers on the
approved guidelines for Halal slaughter and processing.

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Arab world buys 30% of Brazilian chicken exports

| 27/12/2007 | Reply
Arab world buys 30% of Brazilian chicken exports

São Paulo – The Arab countries buy 30% of Brazilian poultry exports.
“It is the most important and traditional market for exports from
Brazil. We have been present in the market for more than 35 years now,”
said to ANBA the president at the Brazilian Poultry Exporters
Association (Abef), Christian Lohbauer. In 2007, sales to the Middle
East totalled over US$ 1 billion.

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GCC Panel to issue halal food guidelines

| 26/12/2007 | Reply
GCC Panel to issue halal food guidelines

Dubai:
An industry panel has been set up to issue guidelines on how halal food
is produced and sold, a move that seeks to streamline the estimated
$500 billion a year global market.
Delegates attending the recent Global Halal and Islamic Business
Forum in Abu Dhabi called for the setting up of “monitoring offices”
around the world to work with “recognised Islamic centres to conform to
the halal protocols for all foodstuffs to be imported into the GCC
region.”

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Abu Dhabi Halal Forum endorces GCC stance on Halal standards

| 25/12/2007 | Reply
Abu Dhabi Halal Forum endorces GCC stance on Halal standards

Delegates at the Global Halal and Islamic Business Forum have
unanimously endorsed recommendations from the Gulf Standards Authority
regarding global Halal industry guidelines. A statement, read out by Mr. Khaled Al Zamoul from the Kuwait
Municipality, confirmed that a committee will be formed to establish
guidelines of the Muslim World League regarding Halal slaughter and
food production.

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Turkey – which way to go on Halal Standards?

| 25/12/2007 | Reply
Turkey – which way to go on Halal Standards?

The direction that the Halal Standards debate in Turkey eventually takes is likely to have profound implications both in Europe and throughout the Muslim world. As on of the few major food producers among the Muslim world, Turkey’s stance on whether this is a religious or commercial issue will cause ripples one way or the other. The debate itself is likely to be heated.

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Judges prevents Muslims from Eid sacrifice

| 23/12/2007 | Reply
Judges prevents Muslims from Eid sacrifice

A
North Carolina judge has issued a 10-day injunction against the planned
slaughter of hundreds of lambs by Muslim families for a religious
festival. At officials’ urging, a Johnston County judge told a
farmer Friday he couldn’t open his farm next week to 250 Muslim
families planning to slaughter lambs as part of the three-day festival
known as Eid al-Adha, or Festival of the Sacrifice, which begins
Wednesday.

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