Category: EU

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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Malaysia: Malaysia will double EU trade in ten years – trade minister

| 13/07/2011 | Reply
Malaysia: Malaysia will double EU trade in ten years – trade minister

After the failure to reach a EU-ASEAN Free Trade Agreement (FTA), Malaysia is entering serious negotiations with the European Commission for a bilateral agreement. An interview with the Asian country’s International Trade and Industry Minister Mustapa Mohamed.

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UK: EDL protest at Simonstone home of Euro MP Sajjad Karim

| 09/07/2011 | Reply
UK: EDL protest at Simonstone home of Euro MP Sajjad Karim

A BURNLEY Euro-MP and his family were left terrified last weekend after a group of protesters from the English Defence League targeted his Simonstone home. Mr Karim has also been sent offensive emails over his stance on halal and kosher meat.

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EU: Ansa Regrets Dutch decision

| 01/07/2011 | Reply
EU: Ansa Regrets Dutch decision

ANSA (Association of Non Stun Abattoirs) has expressed dismay at the decision of the Dutch lower parliament to pass a law that would ban ritual slaughter in accordance with both Jewish law, known as shechita, and Muslim law, known as halal.

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EU: Stunning of cattle a big issue in Europe’s abattoirs

| 30/06/2011 | Reply
EU: Stunning of cattle a big issue in Europe’s abattoirs

The Dutch Parliament has angered Muslims and Jews by moving to ban killing of animals in abattoirs without stunning first. Ritual killing for religious reasons must now be preceded in the Netherlands by the use of a gas or electric stun gun.

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EU: Dutch approve ban on religious animal slaughter

| 28/06/2011 | Reply
EU: Dutch approve ban on religious animal slaughter

The Dutch parliament passed a bill Tuesday banning the slaughter of livestock without stunning it first, removing an exemption that has allowed Jews and Muslims to butcher animals according to their centuries-old dietary rules. However, the bill must still pass the Senate, which is unlikely before the summer recess.

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EU: Halal Debate Adds to Dutch Muslims’ Woes

| 28/06/2011 | Reply
EU: Halal Debate Adds to Dutch Muslims’ Woes

Last week, Jews and Muslims wrung a concession out of lawmakers when the lower house agreed to an amendment. If religious organizations can show that their method of slaughter causes no more pain than industrial slaughtering, they will obtain a license for five years.

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Spain: Export Demand Driving Spanish Halal Food Sector

| 23/06/2011 | 1 Reply
Spain: Export Demand Driving Spanish Halal Food Sector

Spanish Halal production is on the rise, with more than one hundred meat businesses currently holding the Halal certification (20% more than in 2008). Despite the growing domestic demand, Spain exports around 70 per cent of all its halal production with exports covering products such as meats, vegetable oils, cheese and spices.

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Italy: Campania firm produces first ‘halal’ certified mozzarella

| 23/06/2011 | 1 Reply
Italy: Campania firm produces first ‘halal’ certified mozzarella

A company in Italy’s southern Campania region has won certification for the first ‘halal’ buffalo milk mozzarella cheese made according to strict Islamic principles.

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Dutch lawmakers to debate ritual slaughter ban

| 23/06/2011 | Reply
Dutch lawmakers to debate ritual slaughter ban

Netherlands (AP) — Centrist Dutch lawmakers worked behind the scenes Wednesday to amend legislation that would outlaw centuries-old Jewish and Muslim traditions of slaughtering animals. Facing a backlash from Islamic supporters for supporting the law change, the Labor Party has said it wants “to improve the legislation in certain areas.” The party has not revealed […]

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EU: Dutch Jews, Muslims appeal ritual slaughter plan

| 18/06/2011 | Reply
EU: Dutch Jews, Muslims appeal ritual slaughter plan

Jewish and Muslim representatives Thursday appealed to Dutch lawmakers not to enforce plans requiring animals to be stunned before halal and kosher slaughtering rituals. Dutch law required animals to be stunned before being slaughtered but made an exception for ritual halaal and kosher slaughters.

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EU: Special labeling of non stunned meat removed from EU legislation

| 17/06/2011 | Reply
EU: Special labeling of non stunned meat removed from EU legislation

The European Council and the European Parliament agreed this week that the new food information regulation will not include a requirement that all kosher and halal meat would be labeled “meat from slaughter without stunning”.

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Singapore: CrescentRating to promote Halal Friendly Travel in the Balkans

| 14/06/2011 | Reply
Singapore: CrescentRating to promote Halal Friendly Travel in the Balkans

Singapore based Crescentrating have joined hands with the Islamic Community in Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Agency for Halal Quality Certification to promote Halal Friendly Travel services and facilities in the region.

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EU: Resistance grows to ritual slaughter ban

| 10/06/2011 | Reply
EU: Resistance grows to ritual slaughter ban

Resistance is growing to the proposed ban on ritual slaughter which would stop the production of kosher and halal meat in the Netherlands, the Volkskrant reports on Thursday.

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Germany: Munich Airport Opens Muslim Prayer Room in Terminal 1

| 25/05/2011 | Reply
Germany: Munich Airport Opens Muslim Prayer Room in Terminal 1

Serving as a gateway to the Middle East is Module C in Terminal 1, where airlines such as Emirates, Etihad Airways and Oman Air offer flights to major centers in the region. In addition to signage in German, English and Arabic, the food services in departure area feature halal menu selections.

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Italy: First ‘Halal’ firm to supply restaurants and canteens

| 21/05/2011 | Reply
Italy: First ‘Halal’ firm to supply restaurants and canteens

Italy’s first-ever ‘Halal’ supplier has opened for business in Italy’s northern city of Bologna, selling meals prepared according to Islamic principles to restaurants and canteens in Italy and abroad.

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