Category: UK

UK – Halal meat getting recognition at long last

| 28/01/2010 | Reply
UK – Halal meat getting recognition at long last

A research project has been commissioned by the newly-formed Halal
Steering Group, established by EBLEX with key industry figures to guide
work in the Halal sector and act as a forum for issues related to Halal
meat. It will cover the Muslim population growth in England, as
well as demand for Halal products, the supply chain and changing
consumption trends, and build on previous work done to form a complete
view of the Halal sector.

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We are competing with the superstores

| 26/01/2010 | Reply
We are competing with the superstores

A local Halal grocery store in the UK is upping its standards on hygiene, and separating the butcher side of the business from the grocery section for less risk of contamination. They still have to compete with the superstores, but this investment in making their Halal store a hygenic and well organised environment is important for the reputation of Halal in the UK. Young Muslims are looking for these clean modern Halal stores to shop in nowadays.

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Five SMEs ship halal food to Britain

| 12/01/2010 | Reply
Five SMEs ship halal food to Britain

KUALA LUMPUR: Five small and medium enterprise (SME) suppliers from Malaysia are preparing to ship their halal
food products worth RM600,000 to Britain to be sold at 180 Tesco stores
there as part of the efforts by Tesco Stores (M) Sdn Bhd to bring
Malaysian products to the global arena.

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Coming Soon….Halal Business Catering in UK

| 07/01/2010 | Reply
Coming Soon….Halal Business Catering in UK

UK Specialist catering company Halalology are launching their new Halal business catering service, specialising in the Halal business lunch. An interesting approach, as there are many times when the Muslims have to pick around the edges or go vegetarian at business functions. The creative approach taken here offers a menu that anyone – Muslim or not – would be really happy to tuck into at a business function. Check out their rather cool online menu!

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New Halal meat cultures expand Chr. Hansen’s palette of solutions

| 07/01/2010 | Reply
New Halal meat cultures expand Chr. Hansen’s palette of solutions

“After many
customer requests Chr. Hansen has partnered with the Islamic Food
Council of Europe to offer Halal certified meat cultures to the meat
producers who wish to manufacture products according to the Halal
rules,” says John Jensen, Marketing Director, Meat Cultures, Chr.
Hansen.

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Is Stunning Animals used for Meat Haram?

| 06/01/2010 | Reply
Is Stunning Animals used for Meat Haram?

The question of stunning animals used for halal meat has become
somewhat of buzzword amongst some UK Muslims. This is mainly due to
poor communication from the relevant bodies on the differences in
stunning techniques and what the shariah (and scholars of fiqh) actually say about the matter of stunning. This short article outlines the approach of Abrahams Natural Foods to stunning. 

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KFC’s Halal Trial in the UK

| 03/01/2010 | Reply
KFC’s Halal Trial in the UK

KFC is continuing to roll out Halal-certified outlets in certain areas of the UK as part of what they call “Our Halal Trial”. This is a significant move within the UK restaurant business, and this has prompted us to put up the relevant page from the KFC website. KFC is clearly making an effort to be sensitive to animal welfare issues, as well as to the sensibilities of their halal consumers by clearly stating that they are only using stunned poultry. Because there are Muslims who prefer not to eat meat from stunned animals, KFC are giving them the option to make their own decision as to whether they want to eat there. By locating the Halal outlets carefully, they are also ensuring that both Halal and non-Halal options remain within easy reach of all their customers. A carefully-considered move that we will watch with interest.

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Former Halfords in Bradford to become Halal supermarket

| 30/12/2009 | Reply
Former Halfords in Bradford to become Halal supermarket

A former motor store which has become an eyesore since it closed more
than a decade ago is set to be turned into a £3 million Asian
superstore. It is a sign of the times, and another indication of the vibrant role that the Muslim community continue to play in the UK economy. It is also an indication of the strengthening of the Halal consumer market in Europe in general.

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Grey Areas of Halal, Transformation And Assimilation

| 29/12/2009 | Reply
Grey Areas of Halal, Transformation And Assimilation

The Muslim consumer needs to rise to the challenge that they can make the multinational companies look at having their products labeled as Halal. This article goes into the dark tunnel of ingredients in processed food and beverages, which may have no obvious meat source, but which necessitate the need for Halal compliance. This also shows a need for Halal auditors who are capable and qualified to work in these situations beyond the slaughter line.

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Liquorice brand bagged

| 23/12/2009 | Reply
Liquorice brand bagged

This UK confectionery company has gone the extra distance to make sure their products are both vegetarian and Halal compliant for certification to capture the largest consumer group possible for their Pontefract Cakes. Once you start designing packaging that the consumers will read these issues will pop up. Decisions will need to be made about who your consumer is and what their requirements are, and Halal might well be one of them.

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Local Food Campaign back small UK enterprises

| 22/12/2009 | Reply
Local Food Campaign back small UK enterprises

Here is the UK’s answer to the 100 mile diet that they do in Canada to support local producers. Pleased to see that the big superstores are also participating.

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It’s a steal: sales stack up at Asda

| 19/12/2009 | Reply
It’s a steal: sales stack up at Asda

A day in the life at an Asda store where 75% of
the 70,000 customers who visit every week are from ethnic minorities.

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UK Supermarkets seize chance for land grab

| 19/12/2009 | Reply
UK Supermarkets seize chance for land grab

Britain’s supermarkets
are using the property crash to seize sites for new stores in a land
grab that could redefine the retail sector for years to come. The
move will consolidate the supermarkets’ stranglehold over the retail
sector and alarm MPs, small businesses and green groups. Tesco and Asda,
the biggest retailers, are committed to opening 2.5m sq ft of new space
this year, while Sainsbury’s wants to add 2.5m sq ft – 15% of its
floorspace – by March 2011. Morrisons is on track to open 1m sq ft by January 2011.

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Halal standard gets Olympic seal of approval

| 16/12/2009 | Reply
Halal standard gets Olympic seal of approval

THERE has
been a major breakthrough in securing approval of a food accreditation
standard set by the European Halal Development Agency. It comes with the publication of the 2012 Olympic Games food guidelines
that set standards for food including Halal at the games in London in
two-and-a-half years.

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New industry group formed to focus on Halal Issues within the UK meat Sector

| 16/12/2009 | Reply
New industry group formed to focus on Halal Issues within the UK meat Sector

In the UK the Halal Steering Group, made up of nine members, has been put
together to guide work in the Halal sector and act as a forum for
issues related to Halal meat and will meet for the first time early in
the New Year. The move follows several months of dedicated work by Eblex and industry.

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HIG to host world’s first conference between Islamic finance, halal players

| 15/12/2009 | Reply
HIG to host world’s first conference between Islamic finance, halal players

BRITAIN’S Halal Industries Group plc (HIG) will host the world’s first
Halal Capital Markets Conference in London on 24-28 May 2010. The event aims to bring together players in the halal food production and
Islamic finance.

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UK flags new rules to strengthen meat traceability

| 10/12/2009 | Reply
UK flags new rules to strengthen meat traceability

New supply chain regulations designed to beef up the ‘farm to fork’
traceability of cattle, sheep and goats sent to slaughter will come
into force in the UK from the beginning of next year.

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Alcohol Free Handwash

| 09/12/2009 | Reply
Alcohol Free Handwash

A British firm said that it had solved a potential hygiene problem
for Muslims by inventing an alcohol-free handwash that has been
certified as “halal”.

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SJK Products Launches Onepure alcohol free, natural sanitising handgel

| 04/12/2009 | Reply
SJK Products Launches Onepure alcohol free, natural sanitising handgel

Based
on a 900-year Old Formula: This combination of natural ingredients was
originally discovered in the 12th century by Genghis Khan’s Mongol
Empire. Its efficacy in killing germs may have been a major
contribution towards bringing about the Mongol Empire’s military
supremacy.

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When Halal Isn’t Enough

| 24/11/2009 | Reply
When Halal Isn’t Enough

Eid al-Adha is almost here and Muslims across the world are preparing
to commemorate Prophet Abraham’s near-sacrifice of his son Ismael by
doing what we do best: eating lots and lots of meat. At the heart of this celebration however, especially in the West, is
the controversial issue of what makes our meat halal or permissible.

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