Category: UK

UK: Meat firms Sher Halal Foods and United Halal Foods in Caernarfon cease trading

| 10/05/2012 | 1 Reply
UK: Meat firms Sher Halal Foods and United Halal Foods in Caernarfon cease trading

An abattoir and a meat producer in Gwynedd have ceased trading after going into administration. The problems faced by the two business at Caernarfon suggested an “increasingly tough environment for the food processing industry”. It was reported the sale would result in a major overhaul, designed to improve productivity and raise standards.

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UK: Stunning before slaughter can cause pain, is cruel and tortures the animal

| 10/05/2012 | Reply
UK: Stunning before slaughter can cause pain, is cruel and tortures the animal

There is no scientific evidence, which has been properly done and agreed upon by a broad consensus of scientists, proving that unstunned animals, when properly practised during religious slaughter, suffer pain. Majid Katme establishes the facts about non-stun slaughter, to separate them from Fiction and Myth.

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UK: The Halal Slaughter Controversy

| 08/05/2012 | 2 Replies
UK: The Halal Slaughter Controversy

Islamic Halal slaughter has increasingly come under attack. There are two distinct issues: there is the vegetarian agenda which wants to ban all consumption of animal products, and there is the animal rights lobby which argues for a humane method of slaughter.

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UK: Halal Monitoring Committee Limited goes into liquidation but is now trading as HMC (UK)

| 06/05/2012 | 14 Replies
UK: Halal Monitoring Committee Limited goes into liquidation but is now trading as HMC (UK)

In order not to pay VAT due to the HMRC since 2005 because HMC believed it was exempt from VAT due to the nature of its work and charity status, they have put HMC Ltd into liquidation and started HMC UK to carry on Halal certification.

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Opinion: The West has much to learn from Islamic finance

| 05/05/2012 | Reply
Opinion: The West has much to learn from Islamic finance

Given they are barred from charging interest and must abide by a strict religious code, Islamic financial institutions are often dismissed by sophisticated western bankers as living in the dark ages. However, Islamic finance, a cash-rich sector, has much to teach the west’s financial system.

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UK: Top Vets slams ‘unacceptable’ slaughter of animals without prior stunning

| 05/05/2012 | Reply
UK: Top Vets slams ‘unacceptable’ slaughter of animals without prior stunning

Prof Reilly’s comments come as the Welsh Government is preparing to consult on plans to restrict non-stun slaughter. The Food Standards Agency (FSA) said its own figures showed most animals were stunned before being killed, after conducting a survey into animal welfare.

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Opinion: Is Muslim fashion finally ‘on trend’?

| 03/05/2012 | 1 Reply
Opinion: Is Muslim fashion finally ‘on trend’?

It’s 2012. We’re bored to death with debates about the hijab. Why women wear it. All this talk neglects the role of fashion in the hijab’s popularity. It’s just easier to be a fashionable Muslim in Britain these days – walk down Oxford street and stereotypes of the hijab as bland and restrictive are laughable.

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UK: Islamic finance an opportunity for UK county Yorkshire

| 29/04/2012 | 2 Replies
UK: Islamic finance an opportunity for UK county Yorkshire

Over the last few years, there has been encouragement from the UK Government for the growth of Islamic finance in the UK through legislative adjustments and creating a supportive environment, but this has focused on promoting the financial centre of London.

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UK: The legacy of Victorian England’s first Islamic convert

| 27/04/2012 | Reply
UK: The legacy of Victorian England’s first Islamic convert

In 1894 the title of Sheikh-ul-Islam, leader of Muslims in the British Isles, was conferred on William Abdullah Quilliam by the last Ottoman caliph, Sultan Abdul Hamid II. He was also appointed Vice Consul of Persia by the Shah.

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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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UK: Bid to label all Halal and Kosher meat blocked by Parliament after Manchester MP forces vote

| 24/04/2012 | 4 Replies
UK: Bid to label all Halal and Kosher meat blocked by Parliament after Manchester MP forces vote

Conservative MP Philip Davies wanted customers in the UK to be fully informed about what products they bought however Labour’s Gorton MP Sir Gerald Kaufman spoke out. MPs voted to block the Food Labelling (Halal and Kosher Meat) Bill 73 to 70, a majority of three.

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Saudi Arabia: Lulu plans logistics center in the UK

| 22/04/2012 | Reply
Saudi Arabia: Lulu plans logistics center in the UK

“Lulu Sourcing and Logistics Center”, to be opened in the UK, will be an integral part of commitment to Britain, from where Lulu Hypermarkets of the Gulf have been importing products worth 24 million pounds annually. The Lulu’s center will be located in Birmingham.

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Can Islamic Finance Repair The Modern Financial System?

| 21/04/2012 | Reply
Can Islamic Finance Repair The Modern Financial System?

From humble beginnings in the 1990’s, Islamic finance has become a trillion-dollar industry. The market consensus is that Islamic finance has a bright future, owing to favourable demographics.

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UK: British Group creates int’l Halal certification programme

| 17/04/2012 | 3 Replies
UK: British Group creates int’l Halal certification programme

The Halal Authority Board (HAB) in the UK has designed what they say is a “realistic and practical” certification scheme that regulates the production of halal products.

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UK: Worldwide Halal certification standard created

| 17/04/2012 | Reply
UK: Worldwide Halal certification standard created

An eminent group of UK Halal scholars have created a new Shariah-compliant halal certification scheme for the food industry, which they hope will be adopted as a worldwide standard.

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UK: New Modern Halal Certification Scheme Launches

| 13/04/2012 | 1 Reply
UK: New Modern Halal Certification Scheme Launches

Cert ID Europe has joined forces with the Hijaz Group to form the Halal Authority Board (HAB), which will offer a new worldwide benchmark for Halal certification for the food industry.

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UK: Multi-million pound Halal facility now open

| 12/04/2012 | Reply
UK: Multi-million pound Halal facility now open

Bombay Halwa has gone live with a dedicated, multi-million pound production facility for a ready meal range of curries called ‘Royal Halal’. Tesco, Sainsbury, Asda and Waitrose will all have these products in their Frozen Food section.

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Travel: Airborne prayers problem solved for tech-savvy Muslims

| 06/04/2012 | Reply
Travel: Airborne prayers problem solved for tech-savvy Muslims

Launched earlier this month, the online tool takes data such as prayer times in the country of origin, the destination city and in countries on the flight path and uses an algorithm to plot exact prayer hours during a flight.

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UK: Biocatalysts enzyme taps into new and growing Halal/Kosher cheese market

| 30/03/2012 | 1 Reply
UK: Biocatalysts enzyme taps into new and growing Halal/Kosher cheese market

Enzyme manufacturer, Biocatalysts, has broadened its microbial dairy enzyme range with a product designed as an alternative to porcine pancreatin, a pig pancreas derivative, for dairy flavour applications.

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UK: London 2012: How do the Olympics handle religion?

| 30/03/2012 | Reply
UK: London 2012: How do the Olympics handle religion?

On more day-to-day issues, the faith services team will be overseeing break-a-fast packs for Muslims observing Ramadan during the Games, while dining facilities at the athletes’ village will be open for 24 hours so competitors will be able to eat before dawn.

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