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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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Government looks to become top producer of halal goods

| 21/09/2008 | Reply
Government looks to become top producer of halal goods

A
draft bill before on halal goods before the House of Representatives
could help Indonesia become one of the world’s leading producers of
halal food and beverages, the government says.

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HDC preparing local SMEs for global halal market

| 18/09/2008 | Reply
HDC preparing local SMEs for global halal market

Halal Industry Development Corp (HDC) wants to strengthen the
participation of local small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the
global halal industry. HDC will train at least 300 trainees from Mydin’s (a Muslim run supermarket in Malaysia) SME
suppliers, who will receive certificates upon completion of the course.

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Muslim organizations to gain more clout

| 17/09/2008 | Reply
Muslim organizations to gain more clout

‘Singapore – Muslim institutions will
have more clout in Singapore under proposed changes to the law
governing Islamic affairs, news reports said Tuesday.’


After the worldwide release of a photograph of a clearly labelled packet of pork from Singapore with a Halal certification on it Singapore has got no choice but to tighten up the legal side of misuse of Halal certification in order to remain credible in this industry.

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Not many aware of 10-year pioneer status: Rohani

| 14/09/2008 | Reply
Not many aware of 10-year pioneer status: Rohani

KUCHING:
Companies that invest in the agriculture sector enjoy 10 years of
pioneer status but not many appear to be aware of this tax exemption,
said Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry Datuk
Rohani Abdul Karim.

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Malaysia Offers Scholarships To Ningxian-Hui Students For Halal Studies

| 14/09/2008 | Reply
Malaysia Offers Scholarships To Ningxian-Hui Students For Halal Studies

The signing of a
mutually-acknowledged halal food agreement between Malaysia and the
Ningxia Hui autonomous region, will generate much business prospects in
the future. In anticipation of this, two local universities, namely the
Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (UNITAR) and the Universiti Putra Malaysia
are offering five scholarships each to Ningxian-Hui students for
postgraduate studies in halal management. The scholarships are being offered through the Halal Industry Development Corporation (HDC).

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