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Italy: Campania firm produces first ‘halal’ certified mozzarella

| 23/06/2011 | 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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France: Staying Halal in Paris will not take you out of your way

| 21/05/2011 | Reply
France: Staying Halal in Paris will not take you out of your way

Paris is a treasure trove of restaurants showcasing food from all over the Middle East and North Africa, with a vast choice of patisseries and bakeries, gourmet caterers and halal butchers. Here is a short city guide for those looking to search for these places.

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Plan to label ritually slaughtered meat angers religious groups

| 24/04/2011 | Reply
Plan to label ritually slaughtered meat angers religious groups

MEPs’ initiative to label meat from animals that have not been stunned before slaughter will be voted on in June.

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EU: EU wants to label ritually slaughtered meat ‘slaughter without stunning’

| 21/04/2011 | Reply
EU: EU wants to label ritually slaughtered meat ‘slaughter without stunning’

New EU proposals have steered away from labelling meat from ritually slaughtered animals as Halal or Shechita to avoid causing religious offence, instead opting for the label of “meat from slaughter without stunning”.

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EU: Dutch consider banning religious animal slaughter

| 09/04/2011 | Reply
EU: Dutch consider banning religious animal slaughter

In the Netherlands, an unlikely alliance of an animal rights party and the xenophobic Freedom Party is spearheading support for the ban on kosher and halal slaughter methods that critics say inflict unacceptable suffering on animals.

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Paris Halal Expo gets underway

| 01/04/2011 | Reply
Paris Halal Expo gets underway

The halal market in France is worth in the region of 5Billion Euros and is growing at an estimated 10% annually. The annual Halal Trade Fair is back in Paris this year, and business is booming.

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UK: Religious slaughter meat should be labelled?

| 01/04/2011 | Reply
UK: Religious slaughter meat should be labelled?

Jim Paice, the food and farming minister, has told the Daily Telegraph that he would like to introduce a labelling system that allows consumers to see whether meat has been stunned or not before it has been slaughtered.

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UK: The truth about your supermarket loaf

| 31/03/2011 | Reply
UK: The truth about your supermarket loaf

European law is to change, and retailers will be soon forced to reveal all foods that have been previously frozen. Top of the list is the lovely ‘fresh baked’ bread that we love to smell as we walk past the bakery section in the supermarket. Sorry, but most of it has just gone straight from the freezer to the oven.

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Denmark: We eat Halal meat without knowing it

| 21/03/2011 | Reply
Denmark: We eat Halal meat without knowing it

A vast majority of all Danish slaughter chickens – 99 percent – are butchered using the stunned halal method, with the majority being exported.

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EU: Bovines to receive digital ID

| 09/03/2011 | Reply
EU: Bovines to receive digital ID

The European Commission is working on a proposal to introduce electronic identification in bovine animals, as the traceability of animals and animal products across Europe plays an important role in protecting both animal and consumer health.

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EU: Holland Moves To Ban All Ritual Slaughter, Unless Animal Is First Stunned

| 23/02/2011 | Reply
EU: Holland Moves To Ban All Ritual Slaughter, Unless Animal Is First Stunned

The Dutch parliament has begun legislation proceedings that will ultimately ban Jewish slaughter on the grounds that it causes undue suffering to animals and constitutes abuse of them. If the law is passed, Holland will become the first country to ban Jewish slaughter since the EU was formed. The Dutch parliament has begun legislation proceedings […]

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New EU labels for halal and kosher foods spark anger

| 26/12/2010 | Reply
New EU labels for halal and kosher foods spark anger

New move would require halal and kosher meat producers to state on their packaging that animals were not stunned before slaughter, as required by EU rules, a move that has angered the Jewish and Muslim communities.

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UK: Kosher bosses welcome EU labelling decision

| 10/12/2010 | Reply
UK: Kosher bosses welcome EU labelling decision

The kosher body has said it is pleased that a European Council meeting where a new draft of the food information regulation was agreed, did not include Amendment 205, which would have required that all meat and meat products slaughtered by kosher and halal methods to be pejoratively labelled.

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