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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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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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