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USA: Labels That Tell You a Little

| 23/01/2011 | Reply
USA: Labels That Tell You a Little

Many labels describe only one aspect of how a meat or dairy product was produced. Depending upon what aspects of food production concern you most, these labels may be sufficient. But be careful not to assume that they provide information about anything other than the one practice the labels describe.

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USA: FDA report notes improved food safety in retail food outlets

| 15/01/2011 | Reply
USA: FDA report notes improved food safety in retail food outlets

Food safety compliance has improved significantly in fast food restaurants, full-service restaurants, and produce markets and departments, according to a Food and Drug Administration study that monitored more than 800 retail food establishments from 1998-2008.

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Oman: A’saffa Foods enters 2011 with new identity and new brands

| 10/01/2011 | Reply
Oman: A’saffa Foods enters 2011 with new identity and new brands

One of the Sultanate’s largest producers of poultry products changed their name from A’Saffa Poultry to A’Saffa Foods earlier this year to facilitate their plans to diversify and expand their range of Halal and 100 per cent healthy and tasty food products into new markets.

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France: ‘Halal champagne’ falls a little flat

| 31/12/2010 | Reply
France: ‘Halal champagne’ falls a little flat

Trumpeted by its manufacturer as one more way that Muslims can integrate into European society, especially during the holiday season, the drink has been widely derided as a misguided and ultimately demeaning attempt to imitate non-Muslim habits.

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UK: Muslim and Jewish groups object to labelling of ritually slaughtered meat

| 20/12/2010 | Reply
UK: Muslim and Jewish groups object to labelling of ritually slaughtered meat

Religious groups argue that slaughter of animals for halal and kosher meat which is unstunnned is humane.

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USA: “Our mission is to restore the sacredness of food”

| 09/12/2010 | Reply
USA: “Our mission is to restore the sacredness of food”

Adnan Durrani, the “Chief Halal Officer” of new food manufacturer American Halal saw a market opportunity with more discerning Muslim consumers, and his line of Saffron Road-branded halal ready meals found success in the upscale Whole Foods Market chain.

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UK: Tesco adds seven ranges to ethnic line-up

| 01/12/2010 | Reply
UK: Tesco adds seven ranges to ethnic line-up

The supermarket giant is adding specialist Turkish, Sri Lankan, Latin, Filipino, African, South African and Greek-Cypriot ranges to a roster that already includes Asian, Oriental, Afro-Caribbean, Kosher, Polish, and Halal foods.

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USA: 10 Facts about the Muslim Consumer

| 25/11/2010 | Reply
USA: 10 Facts about the Muslim Consumer

According to a recent gallup study, Muslim Americans have the least amount of income disparity between the genders. The Muslim American community also happens to be the most ethnically diverse.

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UK: New report offers a unique insight into the Halal market

| 22/11/2010 | Reply
UK: New report offers a unique insight into the Halal market

The unique report, entitled ‘The Halal meat market: Specialist supply chain structures and consumer purchase and consumption profiles in England’, gives an overview of the Halal market and provides an insight into Muslim consumers’ attitudes to Halal meat, using qualitative and quantitative research supported by extensive desk research.

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Indonesia: Russia, Indonesia to boost economic cooperation

| 20/11/2010 | Reply
Indonesia: Russia, Indonesia to boost economic cooperation

Indonesian Ambassador to Russia, Hamid Awaluddin pointed out that there had been demand from Russia’s Muslim community for Indonesian garments and packaged Halal food.

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Malaysia: Malaysia store in Tehran to market Halal goods and services in West Asia

| 20/11/2010 | Reply
Malaysia: Malaysia store in Tehran to market Halal goods and services in West Asia

While the Neguin Group is engaged in the setting up of the infrastructure of 1MDS, HDC is engaged in the business coaching and marketing of Malaysian SMEs into Iran and the West Asia region. 1MDS represents an excellent platform to a vast halal market potential in Iran for Malaysian SME exports.

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Malaysia: Eleven 1MDS To Be Established In Iran Within Next Five Years – HDC

| 19/11/2010 | Reply
Malaysia: Eleven 1MDS To Be Established In Iran Within Next Five Years – HDC

Eleven 1Malaysia Departmental Store will be established in Iran within five years, to help Malaysian companies penetrate the country’s untapped market place.

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Japan: Islamic community lays down roots

| 14/11/2010 | Reply
Japan: Islamic community lays down roots

The Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center in Shibuya Ward, notable for its Ottoman architecture and intricate Arabic reliefs, is one of the mosques located across the nation that serve a small but thriving Muslim community estimated to number around 110,000 to 120,000, including roughly 10,000 Japanese Muslims.

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UK: Inspectors swoop on Glasgow Halal butchers

| 09/11/2010 | Reply
UK: Inspectors swoop on Glasgow Halal butchers

Food safety officers have swooped on Glasgow’s halal butchers after claims they were selling cheap cuts of beef as lamb.

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UK: MP Letter to Minister re Supermarkets selling Halal Meat

| 05/11/2010 | Reply
UK: MP Letter to Minister re Supermarkets selling Halal Meat

The public should be able to make informed choices about whether they find this method of slaughter acceptable and it appears they have not been given this opportunity by unknowingly consuming halal meat products from many well know and supposedly high welfare retailers which is unacceptable.

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Malaysia: Nestle Q3 profit higher on strong demand

| 29/10/2010 | Reply
Malaysia: Nestle Q3 profit higher on strong demand

Its export business continued to perform well, posting a strong double-digit growth for the quarter, it said. “The strong economic growth experienced within the South-East Asian countries helped generate higher demand for the group’s halal products.”

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France: Halal Food – Inside a Big Business

| 29/10/2010 | Reply
France: Halal Food – Inside a Big Business

REPORTERS – With 5 million potential consumers, demand for halal food in France is soaring. Industry and supermarket chains are taking notice. But there’s no regulatory body ensuring compliance with religious law. France 24 takes a closer look at this burgeoning market, where profit often supersedes religious concerns.

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USA: MyHalalKitchen Meets Saffron Road’s Chief Halal Officer

| 28/10/2010 | Reply
USA: MyHalalKitchen Meets Saffron Road’s Chief Halal Officer

Here is an interesting entry from Halal blogista extraordinaire Yvonne Maffei. It Includes her review of Saffron Road’s products and an interview with founder and Chief Halal Officer, Adnan Durrani.

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Brunei Halal proves quick sellout at 7th China-Asean Expo

| 23/10/2010 | Reply
Brunei Halal proves quick sellout at 7th China-Asean Expo

The team charged with promoting the brand at the 7th China-Asean Expo were seen working overtime yesterday at the Brunei pavilion, two days ahead of the end of the expo, to ensure that they have enough supplies to last them until tomorrow.

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UK: Kosher Shechitah scare over McDonald’s meat

| 21/10/2010 | Reply
UK: Kosher Shechitah scare over McDonald’s meat

Kosher consumers suffered a double blow this week when a major abattoir in Ireland closed its kosher facility and a second in the north of England temporarily suspended operations. The decision was prompted by media stories that halal meat was being used without the knowledge of the public by some McDonald’s restaurants.

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