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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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Brunei workshop on halal certification gets under way

| 17/06/2008 | Reply
Brunei workshop on halal certification gets under way

In the run up to their annual Halal Conference and Expo on August 14-17, Brunei Darusslam recently held special Halal certification workshops for local businesses.

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Malaysian delegation to promote Halal standards at next OIC meeting

| 17/06/2008 | Reply
Malaysian delegation to promote Halal standards at next OIC meeting

The next session of the OIC Foreign Ministers, due to be held in Uganda on June 18, will among other things, look at the formation of an International Zakat Organisation, and the development of international Halal standards, and the International Halal Integrity Alliance IHI.

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Ingredients expo opens in Dubai

| 17/06/2008 | Reply
Ingredients expo opens in Dubai

Now we are getting down to the nitty gritty of Halal food production. Beyond the disagreements on stunning and mechanical slaughter what people are wanting to know is, what about the hidden ingredients that make the ‘halalness’ of the everyday products we use dubious. Hopefully at this show people were able to speak with companies to get comprehensive answers on their questions in this regard.

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Bid to increase amount of food made locally

| 16/06/2008 | Reply
Bid to increase amount of food made locally

The UAE could save billions of dollars and curb soaring food prices by manufacturing more products at home, experts say.

“The halal
industry in this region alone is worth more than Dh73bn. We want a
slice of that market ourselves rather than buying it in,” said Joanne Cook organiser for the new Ingredients Middle East trade fair currently being held in Dubai
.

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Farmers sought for mobile abattoir project

| 15/06/2008 | Reply
Farmers sought for mobile abattoir project

If you go beyong the writer’s labelling of the mobile slaughter unit as a ‘killer on the run’ you will see that in fact in this big country where travelling great distances to get from A to B is the norm these mobile units could be a very beneficial service for the Halal industry. Will Muslims themselves realise an opportunity in this both for employment and assured Halal slaughter? Perhaps one should do a poll amongst the Muslim cab drivers of Alberta, who do not see any other jobs opportunities at the moment, even though they might have excellent qualifications.

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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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