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Poland to amend animal rights law to legalise Kosher and Halal slaughter

| 24/01/2013 | Reply
Poland to amend animal rights law to legalise Kosher and Halal slaughter

The bill has now been passed on to social and trade union organizations for consultation. Ritual slaughter for meat earns 1.2 to 1.5 billion zloty (400 million euros) per year for the Polish economy, and creates between 4 and 5,000 jobs.

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EU: Growing demand sees Europe firms warm to ‘Halal production’

| 24/12/2012 | Reply
EU: Growing demand sees Europe firms warm to ‘Halal production’

One of the organizations in Europe that promote production of goods according to halal standards and encourages producers to enter this business is Belgium’s Halal Club, an initiative that is supported by the Walloon Export and Foreign Investment Agency (AWEX).

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EU: Polish court bans ritual slaughter, EU gives go-ahead

| 27/11/2012 | Reply
EU: Polish court bans ritual slaughter, EU gives go-ahead

The Constitutional Court’s ruling appeared largely symbolic, as it enters into force on January 1, the same day it is over-riden by a European Union directive setting common rules for the production of kosher and halal meat across the 27-nation bloc.

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EU: EC to research stunning information on meat labels

| 20/11/2012 | Reply
EU: EC to research stunning information on meat labels

The European Commission (EC) will launch a study next year to ask consumers whether they would like meat labels to contain information about stunning methods used before the animal was slaughtered.

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Second generation Dutch Muslims are becoming more religious

| 15/11/2012 | Reply
Second generation Dutch Muslims are becoming more religious

An increasing number of second generation Dutch Muslims are visiting the mosque at least once a week, according to research published by the goverment’s socio-cultural policy unit SCP, DutchNews.nl said.

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Dutch Government Planning Ban on ritual Slaughtering

| 07/10/2012 | Reply
Dutch Government Planning Ban on ritual Slaughtering

The draft decree, which was signed by Dutch Agriculture Minister Henk Bleker, was drawn up by the government to end two years of uncertainty about the future of the practice in the Netherlands.

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Spain: Financial crisis feeds expansion of a parallel economy

| 07/09/2012 | Reply
Spain: Financial crisis feeds expansion of a parallel economy

At a time when the future of the euro is in doubt and millions are unemployed or underemployed with little cash to spare, a parallel economy is springing up in parts of Spain, allowing people to live outside the single currency.

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Ireland: Halal accreditation crucial to Cappoquin success

| 23/08/2012 | Reply
Ireland: Halal accreditation crucial to Cappoquin success

Judge Cooke said the retention of the halal processing accreditation through the company’s continued adherence to particular slaughter techniques laid down under Muslim law was crucially important for the success of the Examinership.

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Meating the demand: The future of meat replacement proteins

| 13/08/2012 | Reply
Meating the demand: The future of meat replacement proteins

As this demand grows, the need for reliable alternative sources to animal proteins from livestock is going to become vital. So what options does the food industry have when it comes to producing effective alternatives to meat products?

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Opinion: Packaging as a source of halal food contamination

| 04/08/2012 | Reply
Opinion: Packaging as a source of halal food contamination

Packaging is an increasing source of Halal food contamination, according to Genetic ID Europe. This is due to the leaching of animal fat-based lubricants used in the production of some paper-based materials into packaged products.

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EU: Port of Zeebrugge receives Halal certificate

| 17/07/2012 | Reply
EU: Port of Zeebrugge receives Halal certificate

To ensure a halal treatment for food products, the port has initiated a specific halal procedure in cooperation with Zeebrugge Food Logistics to guarantee complete halal treatment for products in the logistical chain

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EU: Polish attorney general wants probe into halal, kosher slaughter

| 22/06/2012 | Reply
EU: Polish attorney general wants probe into halal, kosher slaughter

Polish Attorney General Andrzej Seremet has asked the Constitutional Tribunal to review whether halal and kosher ritual slaughter violates the country’s animal treatment laws.

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Dutch upper house rejects ban on ritual slaughter

| 19/06/2012 | Reply
Dutch upper house rejects ban on ritual slaughter

European Union regulations require animals to be stunned before slaughter but allow exceptions for ritual slaughter, which the European Court of Human Rights has ruled is a religious right.

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EU: Dutch groups agree on ritual animal slaughter reforms

| 05/06/2012 | 3 Replies
EU: Dutch groups agree on ritual animal slaughter reforms

Dutch Agriculture Deputy Minister Henk Bleker signed an agreement with Dutch Muslim and Jewish religious leaders yesterday to make ritual slaughter more humane, including stunning animals after 40 seconds. The agreement comes into force today.

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EU: Animal welfare group slams EU organics verdict

| 24/05/2012 | Reply
EU: Animal welfare group slams EU organics verdict

Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) has criticised the decision to recognise US organic food standards as equivalent to those in the EU. US organic standards are far lower than they are in the EU, and the use of antibiotics is permitted.

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EU: Poland – Kosher slaughter alive and well

| 21/05/2012 | Reply
EU: Poland – Kosher slaughter alive and well

Polish Agricultural Minister Marek Sawicki said that banning ritual slaughter would be contrary to the Polish Constitution, which guarantees freedom of religion. Under Polish law, animals must be stunned before slaughter; the only exception is ritual slaughter.

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EU: Avoid Misuse of Religious Exemptions to Stunning

| 16/05/2012 | Reply
EU: Avoid Misuse of Religious Exemptions to Stunning

Recommendations on ritual slaughtering have been published in 2011 and a study is ongoing to evaluate the opportunity for informing the consumer on this type of slaughtering.

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EU: Eurofragrance – Scenting Success in Halal

| 06/05/2012 | Reply
EU: Eurofragrance – Scenting Success in Halal

An IESE case study on Eurofragrance considers how organizations can profitably navigate the lucrative market for halal goods, and the challenges that this may present, particularly in relation to obtaining halal certification.

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European Union Calls on Packaging Industry to Help Limit Food Waste

| 26/04/2012 | Reply
European Union Calls on Packaging Industry to Help Limit Food Waste

Ninety million tons of food is wasted each year in the European Union. The UK-based Waste and Resources Action Program (WRAP) is working with major food packaging companies to develop new pack technologies that increase shelf life.

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EU: Some Germans Intolerant of Islamic Animal Slaughter

| 17/04/2012 | Reply
EU: Some Germans Intolerant of Islamic Animal Slaughter

How Germans slaughter the animals they eat is strictly regulated, more than in most EU countries. Today Germans are intolerant of the Halal slaughter tradition of its four million Muslims.

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