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Take A Leaf From M’sia On Halal Food Standards, Says Expert

| 15/11/2008 | Reply
Take A Leaf From M’sia On Halal Food Standards, Says Expert

ABU DHABI, Nov 13 (Bernama) — The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and
other Middle East countries should emulate Malaysia in regulating halal
food production to prevent governments and consumers from being
defrauded, said an industry expert. Midamar Corporation director Jalel Aossey said countries like
Malaysia and Brunei had well established regulatory bodies to verify
products were halal-compliant and that protection levels were in place
in countries like the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

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Brunei to Develop 7 industrial Clusters outside Oil & Gas

| 15/11/2008 | Reply
Brunei to Develop 7 industrial Clusters outside Oil & Gas

Brunei
is set to develop seven areas outside the oil and gas industry, namely
renewable energy, eco-tourism, aquaculture, “green” ICT, Pulau Muara
Besar (PMB) project, Halal processing, and Islamic finance.

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HDC Certs: Call For Efforts To Get Recognition From More Countries

| 14/11/2008 | Reply
HDC Certs: Call For Efforts To Get Recognition From More Countries

DUBAI, Nov 12 (Bernama) — Efforts have to be made to convince
more countries to recognise halal certificates issued by the Malaysian
Halal Industry Development Corporation (HDC), said Entrepreneur and
Cooperative Development Ministry Secretary-General Datuk Musa Muhamad
Wednesday.

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RFM’s meat plant secures halal accreditation

| 14/11/2008 | Reply
RFM’s meat plant secures halal accreditation

MANILA, Philippines –
Listed food and beverage company RFM Corp. said its meat processing
plant secured halal certification, allowing it to produce hotdogs,
frankfurters, and sausages for more than 1.9 billion Muslims around the
world.


The facility is the first and the only halal-certified meat processing plant in the country, RFM said.

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Two Companies To Start Operations In Penang’s Halal Industrial Park Next Year

| 08/11/2008 | Reply
Two Companies To Start Operations In Penang’s Halal Industrial Park Next Year

PENANG, MALAYSIA – Two local companies who produce halal
medical products will become the first companies to start operations at
the Penang Halal Industrial Park next year.

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Nestle’s 3Q net falls 25%

| 04/11/2008 | Reply
Nestle’s 3Q net falls 25%

Nestle said it was planning to invest more than RM200 million in the coming months to increase the range of its halal products.

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HDC Aims To Penetrate Deeper Into International Markets

| 29/10/2008 | Reply
HDC Aims To Penetrate Deeper Into International Markets

KUALA LUMPUR,  The Halal Industry
Development Corporation (HDC) aims to penetrate deeper into
international markets, especially the United States, Europe and Japan.

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Matrade Bags IDB’s Islamic Solidarity Prize

| 26/10/2008 | Reply
Matrade Bags IDB’s Islamic Solidarity Prize

Malaysia External Trade
Development Corporation (Matrade) has been awarded the Islamic
Development Banks (IDB) Islamic Solidarity Prize for its efforts in
promoting trade among Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC)
member nations.

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Hong Kong hospitals cook up first halal meals

| 26/10/2008 | Reply
Hong Kong hospitals cook up first halal meals

Halal meals, prepared according to strict Islamic
guidelines, are being served to Hong Kong Muslims in some public
hospitals for the first time, a media report said Saturday.

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Introducing Brunei to foreign investors

| 26/10/2008 | Reply
Introducing Brunei to foreign investors

The Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources (MIPR) Brunei yesterday held “Business Investment Seminar and
Business Networking” at Nanning International Convention and Exhibition Centre in Nanning, China to
promote business and investment opportunities in tourism, agribusiness, halal industry, and information and
communication technology (ICT) among foreign investors.

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Govt Sets New Standard For Halal Products

| 25/10/2008 | Reply
Govt Sets New Standard For Halal Products

KUALA LUMPUR,  The government
continues to take on a proactive approach to meet demands from Muslim
consumers by setting a new Standard for Cosmetic and Personal Care – General Guidelines, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Dr
Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said today.

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Halal advocacy activities slated in Zamboanga City

| 21/10/2008 | Reply
Halal advocacy activities slated in Zamboanga City

Zamboanga City —
As part of its advocacy campaign for Muslim consumers following the
holy month of Ramadhan in September, the Department of Trade and
Industry will be conducting a series of halal advocacy activities in
Zamboanga City, Phillipines from October 20 to 23, 2008.

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Halal food standards discussed in Lahore at UVAS

| 21/10/2008 | Reply
Halal food standards discussed in Lahore at UVAS

THE 6th meeting of the Pakistan Standard and Quality
Control Authority (PSQCA) Technical Committee on Halal Food Standards
was held at the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) on
Monday. The university has developed linkages with the
Halal Products Research Institute of the University Putra, Malaysia,
and National Halal Products Lab, Birmingham, UK.

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Canadian High Commissioner meets TDAP chief

| 21/10/2008 | Reply
Canadian High Commissioner meets TDAP chief

Canadian High Commissioner held a meeting with chief
executive of Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP)
on Friday and discussed potential for investment in processed
food and mining. Pakistan has abundant raw material for food processing and
needs investment to increase its export share in world’s Halal food market.

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Workshop on Syariah law and halal certification ends

| 21/10/2008 | Reply
Workshop on Syariah law and halal certification ends

The workshop on Syariah rules and law, and the execution of halal certification and halal brand of 2005 in Brunei Darussalem
ended yesterday with a closing ceremony and certificate presentation. In his speech, the guest of honour urged the 266 participants from various sectors of the government to use the knowledge accordingly and
as a guideline for proper execution of their duties.

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Muslim food industry in China vows to ensure food safety

| 14/10/2008 | Reply
Muslim food industry in China vows to ensure food safety

XINING, (Xinhua) — Muslim food business
leaders in China are pledging product safety and vowing to follow their
religious teachings in food production. 200 Muslim food business leaders made that
declaration while attending an ongoing international trade fair in the
northwest Chinese city of Xining.

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Local brands making waves at home, abroad

| 08/10/2008 | Reply
Local brands making waves at home, abroad

This is a great example of how a company had to become successful overseas first in order to get recognition in its own country of manufacture. Sometimes failure might come not because you have not got the product right, but because you were not selling it to the right market for it to succeed.

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Islamic Group Gains Power in Indonesia

| 08/10/2008 | Reply
Islamic Group Gains Power in Indonesia

This article from the New York Times is about MUI, which is the quasi-governmental body of Muslim scholars who are the sole authority to issue Halal certification in Indonesia. What it shows is, certification is only a very small part of the work that they do, and definitely not where they get their funding from.

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Philippines keen on UAE investments

| 08/10/2008 | Reply
Philippines keen on UAE investments

Dubai:
Ahead of the 5th Association of South East Asian Nations Finance
Ministers Investor Seminar in Dubai, Margarito B. Teves, Finance
Secretary of the Philippines, spoke to Gulf News about the potential for joint investment initiatives between the UAE and the Philippines.

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Penang investment mission to Mideast draws RM100m

| 03/10/2008 | Reply
Penang investment mission to Mideast draws RM100m

PENANG:
A mission by the state government to attract investors from the Middle
East to the International Halal Hub in Penang has drawn more than RM100
million in investments.

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