Category: EU

EU: Officially Opened, WHFC Secretariat for Europe Regional

| 07/04/2012 | Reply
EU: Officially Opened, WHFC Secretariat for Europe Regional

The World Halal Food Council (WHFC) officially opened their office for Europe Regional, and their Executive Committee for Europe is located in The Netherlands. This has been done to facilitate the coordination of the implementation of halal standards that have been stipulated together with MUI and WHFC in Europe.

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Brunei: Belgium eyes tie-up in halal certification

| 04/04/2012 | Reply
Brunei: Belgium eyes tie-up in halal certification

A BUSINESS delegation from Belgium observed that Brunei, with its strategic location in Asean and known high quality ‘halal’ certification, has the potential to be the centre for halal certification for the region.

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Muxlim Debate A Great Reminder – Startups Far From Mainstream

| 01/04/2012 | Reply
Muxlim Debate A Great Reminder – Startups Far From Mainstream

“The company is not over. A re-launch with a new strategy is currently on the table, and I don’t think we should be celebrating the demise of any startup company prematurely when we all know that for example, Google changed it’s business model 3 times before finding the right one.”

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UK: ‘Cruel’ halal slaughter methods under attack in the UK

| 25/03/2012 | Reply
UK: ‘Cruel’ halal slaughter methods under attack in the UK

British ministers are seeking to change a law to ensure that meat slaughtered using Islamic, or halal, methods cannot be sold without proper labeling.

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EU: 5th Int’l Halal Food Conference opens in Belgium

| 25/03/2012 | Reply
EU: 5th Int’l Halal Food Conference opens in Belgium

Indonesian Ambassador to Brussels Arif Havas Oegroseno has opened the 5th International Halal Food Conference at Sheraton Hotel in Brussels, Belgium, on Friday. Government, business, private and public representatives discussed global halal (lawful according to Islam) standards, Information, Social, Cultural and Diplomatic Coordinator of the Indonesian Embassy in Brussels.

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EU: State-mosque relations in Europe, the other half of the story

| 19/02/2012 | Reply
EU: State-mosque relations in Europe, the other half of the story

Just over 1 percent of the world’s 1.5 billion Muslims reside in Western Europe, yet this minority has had a disproportionate impact on religion and politics in its new home. Approximately one out of every 25 Western Europeans is Muslim.

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France: Frozen Foods Success in French Halal Sector

| 10/02/2012 | Reply
France: Frozen Foods Success in French Halal Sector

The 10 per cent growth rate in the overall Halal market is clearly driven by the frozen products category. Savoury products alone total approx. €31 million (up 12 per cent). Frozen meats are one of the biggest contributors in terms of sales.

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EU: 5th International Halal Food Conference in Brussels

| 07/02/2012 | Reply
EU: 5th International Halal Food Conference in Brussels

The Halal Food Council of Europe (HFCE) announces the 5th International Halal Food Conference on March 23, 2012 in Brussels, Belgium. The theme of the conference is Halal Market Potential: A Global Force.

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Many Macedonian companies express interest in meeting Halal standards

| 23/12/2011 | Reply
Many Macedonian companies express interest in meeting Halal standards

‘Vigo-48’, ‘Pik Ko’ and ‘Makprogres’ are the first three Macedonian companies to be awarded with the Halal certificate. All of them are exporters of food products with already implemented Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) system.

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Netherlands: No veterinarian present? Then no ritual slaughter, says minister

| 21/12/2011 | 1 Reply
Netherlands: No veterinarian present? Then no ritual slaughter, says minister

The government is to make it compulsory for a veterinarian to be present during the ritual slaughter of animals, junior minister Henk Bleker is quoted as saying in a briefing to the senate on Tuesday.

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Ritual slaughter ban fails in Dutch Senate

| 14/12/2011 | Reply
Ritual slaughter ban fails in Dutch Senate

Animal Rights Party leader Marianne Thieme’s plan to introduce a ban on ritual slaughter has failed to make it through the Senate, the upper house of the Dutch parliament. Ms Thieme withdrew from the debate after intervention by Agriculture Minister Bleker.

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EU: Euro Halal Conference Postponed

| 23/11/2011 | Reply
EU: Euro Halal Conference Postponed

With the social, political and the subsequent economic shocks in the Arab world and secondly, with the resonance of the new financial crisis that hit the world economy, the organisers of the Eurohalal Market regret the need to postpone the European Halal Trade Fair to the 26th, 27th & 28th of November 2012.

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Are airline meals labeled Muslim Meals really Halal?

| 21/11/2011 | 2 Replies
Are airline meals labeled Muslim Meals really Halal?

The MOML – “Muslim Meal” is just a meal “without pork and without Alcohol “(In the jargon Airline Caterer term it is called a “Non-Pork”-Meal). Everything else does not meet the Islamic dietary laws. It is also not the laid down claim that the meat would be Halal slaughtered or the ingredients are Halal-compliant.

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Bosnia – Uncharted Land

| 21/10/2011 | Reply
Bosnia – Uncharted Land

Bosnia could easily become a major halaal tourist destination, tapping the huge potential of the growing Muslim consumer market, the country’s cultural heritage and strategic geographic location, according to Amir Sakic, the head of the regional halaal certification institution – the Agency for Halaal Quality Certification.

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EU: HSBC’s Islamic unit says funds to exceed $10bn

| 18/10/2011 | Reply
EU: HSBC’s Islamic unit says funds to exceed $10bn

Demand for Islamic funds has risen in the past three to six months as the global economic slowdown prompted investors to seek alternative investments to help manage risk, according to Germain Birgen, Luxembourg-based global head of HSBC Amanah Securities. The unit will help set up more than 30 Sharia-compliant funds globally.

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EU: Halal food market grows, 5 bln-euro potential in Italy

| 17/10/2011 | Reply
EU: Halal food market grows, 5 bln-euro potential in Italy

Halal (conforming to Islamic rules) food is seeing double-digit growth the world over and even in Italy – due to rising interest by companies in the sector – it could soon become normal to find ”Islamically correct” labelled products on supermarket shelves.

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Pakistan: Belgium can provide technical, financial support

| 21/09/2011 | Reply
Pakistan: Belgium can provide technical, financial support

Tariq Iqbal Puri, Chief Executive Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) while meeting with Michel Kempeneers, Director, Asia-Pacific Wallonia Foreign Trade and Investment Agency (AWEX), Belgium asked him for Belgium’s technical and financial support in the areas of meat, pharmaceuticals, corporate agriculture and halal food meat certification and logistic etc.

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Denmark: Muslims want independent body to supervise halal slaughter

| 19/09/2011 | Reply
Denmark: Muslims want independent body to supervise halal slaughter

The Danish Islamic Faith Society and 35 other Muslim associations joined together to stop what they say is non-halal meat (stun bolt) sold as halal.

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Two Malaysian Firms Set To Establish Strong Foothold In The Netherlands

| 07/09/2011 | Reply
Two Malaysian Firms Set To Establish Strong Foothold In The Netherlands

Dewina Food Industries Sdn Bhd, popular with Halal food brand “Brahim’s” and green IT solutions provider, Basis Bay Group, have decided to expand their business operations to that European nation. Project Manager at Kuala Lumpur-based Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency Agnes Seah said the agency had assisted the firms to realise their ventures in the Netherlands.

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Opinion: Uncommon alliances: Muslim and Jew, left and right

| 02/09/2011 | Reply
Opinion: Uncommon alliances: Muslim and Jew, left and right

In October, the Dutch Senate will consider the ban on ritual slaughter enacted by the parliament’s lower house in June 2011. Self-described as “an institution that pays little heed to ideas which happen to be fashionable at the time,” the Senate has no one party that holds a majority. It will therefore be interesting to see whether it is able to protect religious freedom or succumb to the pressure to limit it through this law.

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