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UK Government Halal Consultation: Halal Under Threat?

| 24/09/2012 | Reply
UK Government Halal Consultation: Halal Under Threat?

DEFRA finally launched its consultation paper covering the re-drafting of current legislation that provides protection for Halal and Kosher slaughter. The Muslim and Jewish communities have been left until 24 October to defend religious slaughter.

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Salamworld, the Social Network for ‘Core Muslim Values’

| 21/09/2012 | Reply
Salamworld, the Social Network for ‘Core Muslim Values’

Salamworld has ambitious plans to launch in 17 countries by November, to offer counseling from certified imams; a library of e-books on Islamic heritage; city guides with information on Islamic centers and halal restaurants; Muslim news network.

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UK: How Halal is a growing presence in Wales’ food market

| 20/09/2012 | Reply
UK: How Halal is a growing presence in Wales’ food market

As Wales’ retailers and restaurants are responding to a changing marketplace, reflecting the country’s increasingly diverse and discerning consumers, also among these changes are the rise in the halal sections of supermarket aisles.

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Indonesia: Food group nixes halal certification rules

| 20/09/2012 | Reply
Indonesia: Food group nixes halal certification rules

Local food producers say that the controversial halal certification bill slated to become law in October must be amended to make halal certification of their products optional, not mandatory, as planned.

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UK: Halal chicken sold at KFC ‘may not be ‘real halal’

| 19/09/2012 | Reply
UK:  Halal chicken sold at KFC ‘may not be ‘real halal’

KFC sales of halal chicken, worth hundreds of thousands of pounds, may not meet the requirements of Islamic law, according to a leading group of Muslim scholars in the UK.

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Saudi Arabia threatens to block YouTube over anti-Islam film

| 19/09/2012 | Reply
Saudi Arabia threatens to block YouTube over anti-Islam film

Saudi Arabia’s Communications and Information Technology Commission has ordered host companies in the kingdom to block this movie from Internet users and has also requested Google to block all YouTube links carrying the film.

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Saudi Arabia Halal food market valued at $6 billion

| 19/09/2012 | Reply
Saudi Arabia Halal food market valued at $6 billion

Saudi Agriculture 2012, the 31st International Agriculture, Water and Agro-Industry Show, set on Sept. 24-27, 2012 at the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center. Saudi Arabia’s Halal food market alone valued at around $6 billion.

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UAE: Hotel Show Saudi Arabia set to revolutionize booming hospitality industry

| 18/09/2012 | Reply
UAE: Hotel Show Saudi Arabia set to revolutionize booming hospitality industry

More than 100 companies from 24 countries representing various supply chains of the hospitality sector across the Middle East and beyond will be participating at the inaugural Hotel Show Saudi Arabia.

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Opinion: ‘Shariah-compliant’ tourism opens new markets

| 17/09/2012 | Reply
Opinion: ‘Shariah-compliant’ tourism opens new markets

These days, more and more Muslim travellers are looking for the “halal” label on hotels, restaurants and even airlines when they travel. One-quarter of the world’s population is Muslim and they are becoming a growing sector of the world’s economy

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Saudi Arabia: Organic farms to constitute 5% of total planted area by 2017

| 12/09/2012 | Reply
Saudi Arabia: Organic farms to constitute 5% of total planted area by 2017

Demand for agricultural products is swelling in Saudi Arabia, driven by a population boom, rising incomes, affluent lifestyles and a strong economy – the largest in the Gulf region.

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USA: Exporting Halal – opportunity and responsibility

| 12/09/2012 | Reply
USA: Exporting Halal – opportunity and responsibility

US companies are now starting to take notice of the monumental opportunities to expand their markets to the Middle East and South East Asia. “It is not enough to wait for regulators to enforce rules. It is up to Halal food producers to set the standards”

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UAE-China trade grow fivefold over last 10 years, says MoFT

| 10/09/2012 | Reply
UAE-China trade grow fivefold over last 10 years, says MoFT

A study revealed that the Halal food industry and market in China should be explored further, revealing that the Halal food sector in China is witnessing an increase in demand considering the presence of millions of Chinese Muslims.

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Saudi Arabia: Inflatable Solar Canopy to Power the Arabian Peninsula?

| 10/09/2012 | Reply
Saudi Arabia: Inflatable Solar Canopy to Power the Arabian Peninsula?

An MIT student proposes to solar-power the Arabian peninsula with more than 10,000 square kilometers of Powerscape – a tensile solar-collecting canopy comprised of inflatable mirrors.

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It’s might be ‘Halal’, but is it humane?

| 10/09/2012 | Reply
It’s might be ‘Halal’, but is it humane?

Over 10 billion animals are killed for food every year in the USA. The majority of them do not lead natural lives; they are raised, killed and processed with more of an eye on the bottom line than on the animal’s welfare. Isn’t it time we started asking ourselves how the animal lived, not just how it died?

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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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UK: Scottish Government admit Halal meat is illegal

| 07/09/2012 | Reply
UK: Scottish Government admit Halal meat is illegal

As part of their consultation on upcoming changes in animal slaughter legislation the Scottish Government have admitted that the placing of non-stunned meat slaughtered in the UK into the general food chain has been illegal since 1995.

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USA: How ‘Millennials’ Are Changing Food as We Know It

| 05/09/2012 | Reply
USA: How ‘Millennials’ Are Changing Food as We Know It

Yes, Millennials still prefer cheaper food, and want it to be convenient. But they are also more willing to pay for fresh and healthy food, and are willing to go to great lengths to find it. And they are also more aligned with the “food movement.”

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India: McDonald’s goes vegetarian in India

| 05/09/2012 | Reply
India: McDonald’s goes vegetarian in India

So how’s the new all-vegetarian version of McDonald’s going to play in India? We can only guess, although from China to France, the mega chain has a history of successfully adjusting its brand abroad to suit the locals.

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USA: Halal cover-ups: One designer takes on fashion world

| 05/09/2012 | Reply
USA: Halal cover-ups: One designer takes on fashion world

Designers love to push boundaries in the search for that sexy catwalk look, but Nzinga Knight, an American Muslim, takes an even more daring tack: covering her models up.

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USA: Organic, conventional foods similar in nutrition, safety, study finds

| 04/09/2012 | Reply
USA: Organic, conventional foods similar in nutrition, safety, study finds

Stanford University culled the scientific literature for research into the health benefits and risk of contamination among organic and conventional produce and meats, from 17 human studies and 223 evaluations of nutrient and contaminant levels.

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