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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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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 | 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 | Reply
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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