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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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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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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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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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Making a killing out of a food crisis

| 03/09/2012 | Reply
Making a killing out of a food crisis

The United Nations, aid agencies and the British Government have lined up to attack the world’s largest commodities trading company, Glencore, after it described the current global food crisis and soaring world prices as a “good” business opportunity.

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Barclays makes £500m betting on food crisis

| 03/09/2012 | Reply
Barclays makes £500m betting on food crisis

Barclays has made as much as half a billion pounds in two years from speculating on food staples such as wheat and soya, prompting allegations that banks are profiting handsomely from the global food crisis.

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Opinion: Halal toothpaste, anyone? Religious observance has become a global brand

| 01/09/2012 | Reply
Opinion: Halal toothpaste, anyone? Religious observance has become a global brand

The unstoppable growth of halal products shows we are all fair game for marketers. A few years ago, the only “halal” signs one saw were on butchers’ shops, But now halal is turning into a global brand.

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UK-Opinion: In the Shadow of Fiction: How Television Is Making (Up) Muslim History

| 31/08/2012 | Reply
UK-Opinion: In the Shadow of Fiction: How Television Is Making (Up) Muslim History

Two educated responses to Channel 4’s insulting programme ‘Islam: The Untold Story’, that claims there is no historical evidence for the seventh century origins of Islam, which included many historically inaccurate hypotheses.

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UK: £17.5m Cambridge mosque gets planning approval

| 22/08/2012 | Reply
UK: £17.5m Cambridge mosque gets planning approval

Planning permission was today granted for Cambridge’s £17.5 million new mosque after the designs were praised as “breathtaking”. The application was approved unanimously. Next target is to raise the £13 million construction cost.

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UK: The rise of the affluent Muslim traveller

| 20/08/2012 | Reply
UK: The rise of the affluent Muslim traveller

A recent study conducted by Dinar Standard, a US-based consultancy that tracks the Muslim lifestyle market, found that Muslims spent about 102bn euros (£85bn, $126bn) during their travels last year.

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UK: Birmingham Trading Standards attempt to Clean up Halal raid

| 16/08/2012 | Reply
UK: Birmingham Trading Standards attempt to Clean up Halal raid

Birmingham companies and wholesalers have been raided by Birmingham Trading Standards for allegedly selling non Halal meat as Halal. They will be doing further investigation into the companies.

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UK: The Future is Halal

| 16/08/2012 | Reply
UK: The Future is Halal

Is this burgeoning international industry simply driven by the desire for business profit or is it really supporting Muslim values? This BBC Radio 4 programme will be airing on Tuesday 21 August.

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UK: Halal poultry supplier Gafoor sold

| 14/08/2012 | Reply
UK: Halal poultry supplier Gafoor sold

A £52m-turnover Halal poultry supplier has been bought out of administration by Gafoor Pure Halal. Preston-based Gafoor Poultry Products was founded in 1964 and is owned by the Patel family.

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Saudi Arabia follows Egypt, UAE, Algeria to exempt Olympics athletes from fasting

| 22/07/2012 | Reply
Saudi Arabia follows Egypt, UAE, Algeria to exempt Olympics athletes from fasting

Hakmi said that as the athletes are traveling with the intention of returning, not to stay there. Therefore, they and whoever accompanies them can skip their Ramdan fasting, even if their stay “reaches 15 or 19 days.

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Opinion: What happens to your body during your fast

| 20/07/2012 | Reply
Opinion: What happens to your body during your fast

During a fast, your body generates its own energy by burning stored resources made from excess fats, carbohydrates and sugars to produce energy. Fasting is also a healing for the mind, body and soul in more ways than one.

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UK: Faccenda Group opts out of Halal poultry operation

| 20/07/2012 | Reply
UK: Faccenda Group opts out of Halal poultry operation

FACCENDA Group, who supplied halal chickens for KFC, has opted out of its Halal poultry operation for them, from 6th July after 40 of the leading scholars unanimously decided that machine slaughter of chickens was not halal.

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UK: Ritual slaughter and animal welfare

| 29/06/2012 | Reply
UK: Ritual slaughter and animal welfare

Halal Food Authority is working to achieve agreement with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs over the rules governing ritual slaughter of animals ahead of full implementation of new regulations.

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UK: Muslim scholars reject machine slaughtered meat as halal

| 27/06/2012 | Reply
UK: Muslim scholars reject machine slaughtered meat as halal

Around 40 of the country’s leading Islamic Scholars have called on fast food giant KFC to stop selling their meat as halal which they say is slaughtered using machines.

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UK: Food eco labels more popular with shoppers and manufacturers

| 20/06/2012 | Reply
UK: Food eco labels more popular with shoppers and manufacturers

They used to be a hard sell for a niche agenda, but eco labels exploded on to the mainstream and now consolidation is on its way. The largest is Fairtrade, but the Ecolabel Index tracks 431 eco labels worldwide.

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UK: Bangers ban in hundreds of schools

| 17/06/2012 | Reply
UK: Bangers ban in hundreds of schools

Head teachers are deciding for “cultural” and “religious” reasons to drop traditional sausages and ham from children’s lunches. Muslim and Jewish leaders said they had never asked for schools to ban pork.

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