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Opinion: Can GM Foods Be ‘Halal’? Or Kosher?

| 04/08/2011 | Reply
Opinion: Can GM Foods Be ‘Halal’? Or Kosher?

Back in December 2010, a conference held in Penang, Malaysia with biotechnology experts and halal proponents ended with the conclusion that genetically modified food was halal ( ‘permissible’ for Muslims) as long as the sources from which they originate from are halal. This decision – which was accompanied by a fatwa declaring GM halal – came as a shock to some in the wider Muslim community who consider GM a deviation from god’s creation.

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UK: EBLEX Research Project Investigates Mutton Quality

| 26/07/2011 | Reply
UK: EBLEX Research Project Investigates Mutton Quality

EBLEX, working together with the University of Bristol and the organisation for beef and sheep levy payers, hopes to be able to identify clear practices that will allow producers and processors to offer a more consistent eating experience for mutton.

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UK: EDL protest at Simonstone home of Euro MP Sajjad Karim

| 09/07/2011 | Reply
UK: EDL protest at Simonstone home of Euro MP Sajjad Karim

A BURNLEY Euro-MP and his family were left terrified last weekend after a group of protesters from the English Defence League targeted his Simonstone home. Mr Karim has also been sent offensive emails over his stance on halal and kosher meat.

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UAE: Al Farooj awards franchise rights to UK based Al-Amin

| 06/07/2011 | Reply
UAE: Al Farooj awards franchise rights to UK based Al-Amin

As part of its expansion plan, Al Farooj Fresh, a fast-casual restaurant chain in UAE, has signed an agreement with Al-Amin Holdings, a UK-based business group, awarding them the franchise rights for opening up six Al Farooj outlets in the UAE.

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EU: Stunning of cattle a big issue in Europe’s abattoirs

| 30/06/2011 | Reply
EU: Stunning of cattle a big issue in Europe’s abattoirs

The Dutch Parliament has angered Muslims and Jews by moving to ban killing of animals in abattoirs without stunning first. Ritual killing for religious reasons must now be preceded in the Netherlands by the use of a gas or electric stun gun.

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UK: Ocado shares plunge

| 28/06/2011 | Reply
UK: Ocado shares plunge

Ocado is launching its own products and it yesterday unveiled a partnership with Carrefour to sell the French chain’s food products. Tim Steiner, Ocado’s chief executive, said the link-up was the first of many “speciality” ranges that would include Oriental, kosher, halal and diabetic foods

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UK: Asda celebrates 10 years with £1bn sales of local food

| 24/06/2011 | Reply
UK: Asda celebrates 10 years with £1bn sales of local food

On the day that Asda celebrates its 10th year working with local suppliers, the retailer announces that is has clocked up £1bn of sales since it began working with local and ethnic suppliers in 2001.

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UK: New Halal meat group formed

| 16/06/2011 | Reply
UK: New Halal meat group formed

Members of the halal meat industry have formed a new association non-stun Abattoir owners. Mohammed Akram Gill (Director of Pak Mecca Meats Birmingham) and the chairman of Association of Non-Stun Abattoirs Ltd, said “This was long overdue the non-stun halal industry was without a voice.

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UK: Meat Management Awards 2011 – Best Poultry Product

| 09/06/2011 | Reply
UK: Meat Management Awards 2011 – Best Poultry Product

This year saw Lancashire based family firm Gafoor Poultry Products awarded as a
finalist in the best poultry product category with two entries from their own brand ‘Gafoor Pure Halal’.

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UK: Essential introduces Halal catering stocks

| 08/06/2011 | Reply
UK: Essential introduces Halal catering stocks

Essential Cuisine has introduced a new range of Halal stocks that meet Halal Food Agency guidelines. Available in chicken, vegetable, beef and lamb flavours, the stocks are suitable for those catering for diets that require Halal dishes

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UK: London’s Edgware Road is a crossroads of East and West

| 28/05/2011 | Reply
UK: London’s Edgware Road is a crossroads of East and West

This is the time of year when Edgware bursts into activity as visitors from the Gulf migrate to the fashionable London district to escape the summer heat. Edgware Road’s microculture hints at an intriguing global multicultural future for the Arab and Muslim worlds.

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UK: New Cocoa Replacer developed to Combat Spiralling Prices

| 18/05/2011 | Reply
UK: New Cocoa Replacer developed to Combat Spiralling Prices

Fayrefield Foodtec has developed a new Halal certified cocoa replacer at a time when cocoa powder is soaring to £5 a kilo. This is coming at a time when manufacturers are finding margins under increasing pressure.

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UK: Halal Kitchen at Mill Wharf, Birmingham

| 18/05/2011 | Reply
UK: Halal Kitchen at Mill Wharf, Birmingham

Enta, based in Mill Wharf, provides halal food to businesses, social events and nurseries in the city. The Mill Wharf site, which offers catering and deliveries, was built by the social enterprise’s own construction trainees and tutors.

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UK: BVA calls for total pre-stunned slaughter

| 18/05/2011 | Reply
UK:  BVA calls for total pre-stunned slaughter

Last month, the EU Environment, Public Health and Food Safety committee voted in favour of new labelling regulations requiring meat to be labelled as stunned or non-stunned. The new measures will be put forward for full approval by the parliament in July.

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UK: UAE Royal guests attend UK export meeting

| 23/04/2011 | Reply
UK: UAE Royal guests attend UK export meeting

As part of the visit, the Al Mualla ruling family of Umm Al Qaiwain and UAE trade representatives, discussed certification of meat in the UK to ensure that Halal principles on the slaughter line are compliant with UAE standards.

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UK: Farming Minister supports plans to label kosher meat

| 08/04/2011 | Reply
UK: Farming Minister supports plans to label kosher meat

Slaughtering animals without pre-stunning is banned in the UK, but there is currently an exception for Jewish and Muslim methods of slaughter which require the animal to be alive and well when it is killed.

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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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UK:Halal certified rubber Boot and rubber Apron for the Halal food industry

| 16/03/2011 | Reply
UK:Halal certified rubber Boot and rubber Apron for the Halal food industry

While we try to educate people that Halal is not just about how you slaughter meat and poultry, but a whole farm to fork process, Raven Safety Footwear has taken it one step further to have their industrial footwear and aprons to use in Halal facilities certified Halal!

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UK: Islamic Finance Roundtable deliberates on ‘public good’

| 16/03/2011 | Reply
UK: Islamic Finance Roundtable deliberates on ‘public good’

Public good is one concept that is common to both conventional and Islamic finance. The values advocated by the Shariah are not only confined to the detailed technical aspects of transactions, but also in the extent to which the objectives of the Shariah are achieved. If every aspect of Islamic finance were to be subject to a public good test, arguably no negative repercussion could ever arise.

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