Category: Europe

UAE: Golden Halal opportunity beckons at the heart of the Islamic World

| 17/02/2013 | Reply
UAE: Golden Halal opportunity beckons at the heart of the Islamic World

A book called Pig 05049 that proved pieces of one pig, the 05049 of the title, ended up in 185 separate products, from toothpaste to dough improver and desserts. Meindertsma’s book offers a lesson for everyone about how the processing of products has changed in the globalised world.

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Dutchmen in horsemeat scandal also sold ‘halal’ horse: report

| 14/02/2013 | Reply
Dutchmen in horsemeat scandal also sold ‘halal’ horse: report

In Brussels, EU ministers held crisis talks Wednesday to seek a rapid response to the growing food fraud scandal which French President Francois Hollande warned could seriously damage France’s frozen food sector.

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UK: ‘New’ Halal Food Hub in the West Midlands

| 13/02/2013 | Reply
UK: ‘New’ Halal Food Hub in the West Midlands

Simply Halal Beef & Lamb products can now be purchased, direct from AS Audhali Farm Gate Poultry Ltd, at A.S Audhalis ‘New’ Halal Food Hub in the West Midlands.

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Production of Halal items a boost to Bosnia

| 13/02/2013 | Reply
Production of Halal items a boost to Bosnia

Bosnia and Herzegovina has become a regional leader in the production of Halal-certified products, and continued development of the sector is an important part of the country’s economy. There are 47 certified companies operating in BiH, and interest in Halal certification is high.

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UK: Halal research commissioned

| 12/02/2013 | Reply
UK: Halal research commissioned

EBLEX’s research – due to take place during March – will look at issues surrounding the trade, including how and where Muslim consumers shop for meat, which species and cuts they buy most frequently and what influences the decision of where to shop.

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Turkey: Food-serving facilities to obtain halal certificates

| 12/02/2013 | Reply
Turkey: Food-serving facilities to obtain halal certificates

This certificate and the opportunity to establish halal sections within restaurants and hotels will boost halal tourism in Turkey. Turkey was rated the world’s third-most Muslim-friendly holiday destination in a survey released Jan. 17.

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UK: HFA defends stance on certification process

| 10/02/2013 | 1 Reply
UK: HFA defends stance on certification process

The Halal Food Authority (HFA) has spoken out against claims made about its auditing and certification practices in light of the discovery of pork DNA in halal foods made by a producer it certifies.

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Opinion: Double Standards in Halal certification?

| 10/02/2013 | Reply
Opinion: Double Standards in Halal certification?

The UK halal industry could take great strides in quality and accountability if “the HMC’s rigorous monitoring procedures could be combined with the HFA’s impressive record of working with government and corporate entities, both nationally and internationally.”

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UK: McAdam Foods names UK meat trader as horse meat scandal rumbles on

| 08/02/2013 | Reply
UK: McAdam Foods names UK meat trader as horse meat scandal rumbles on

The Irish company at the centre of the horse meat scandal has named the UK meat trader that allegedly supplied meat stored at Freeza Meats, which was found to contain 80% horse.

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UK: 100% horse meat prompts FSA to order testing of processed beef

| 08/02/2013 | Reply
UK: 100% horse meat prompts FSA to order testing of processed beef

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has ordered authenticity testing on all processed beef products after it was revealed that Findus found up to 100% horse meat in its beef lasagnes.

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South Africa: Muslim Judicial Council says no to EU Chicken

| 07/02/2013 | Reply
South Africa: Muslim Judicial Council says no to EU Chicken

Notice given to all European slaughterers by the EU last quarter for increased voltage stunning came into effect on 1 January and has particular significance for Muslim consumers given an increase in European imported “halal” products into South Africa seen recently.

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UK: Halal board condemns pork DNA ‘lapse’

| 07/02/2013 | Reply
UK: Halal board condemns pork DNA ‘lapse’

The Sharia Halal Board has held a meeting to discuss a “recent lapse”, which saw pork-contaminated halal products being supplied to UK prisons and government organisations in England and Wales.

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UK: Horsemeat scandal: Food labelling and what’s changing

| 07/02/2013 | Reply
UK: Horsemeat scandal: Food labelling and what’s changing

The new food labelling rules being introduced from 13 December 2014 will require new practices for food manufacturers which will involve increased costs, possibly running into millions of pounds to ensure that packaging is compliant with the new legislation.

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UK: Meat tests to be revealed after pork DNA in halal food scandal

| 06/02/2013 | Reply
UK: Meat tests to be revealed after pork DNA in halal food scandal

The results of industry tests will be published “to provide a clearer picture of standards”, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) said after a meeting attended by food and farming minister David Heath, and major food retailers and suppliers yesterday.

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UK: Britain ‘can’t afford to overlook’ Halal trade

| 05/02/2013 | Reply
UK: Britain ‘can’t afford to overlook’ Halal trade

The Halal meat market is a multi-million pound contributor to the British economy. Abattoirs, butchers, processors and retailers can’t afford to overlook it. Eblex has commissioned new research, which will follow on from a comprehensive publication it put out in 2010 by them.

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UK: Prison Reform Trust welcomes immediate apology and investigation

| 05/02/2013 | Reply
UK: Prison Reform Trust welcomes immediate apology and investigation

The Prison Service is investigating this as a matter of urgency. Its director Juliet Lyon said: ”This is not a matter of dietary preference but of Islamic law. There are clear hospital and prison rules that halal meat must be on the menu.’

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UK: 3663 drops McColgan’s halal products over pork DNA discovery

| 05/02/2013 | Reply
UK: 3663 drops McColgan’s halal products over pork DNA discovery

Food processors and Defra have met with the Food Standards Agency to find a solution to what officials call ‘an unacceptable meat labelling situation.’

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UK: Muslim leader says that Pork DNA find could hit Irish beef sales

| 05/02/2013 | Reply
UK: Muslim leader says that Pork DNA find could hit Irish beef sales

The Food Standards Agency NI, however, said no pork meat was found in halal products meant for prisons in England and Wales. County Tyrone food company McColgan’s and distributors 3663 withdrew products after traces of pork DNA were found.

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UK: Legal action may follow ‘Halal meat’ pork fed to prisoners

| 05/02/2013 | Reply
UK: Legal action may follow ‘Halal meat’ pork fed to prisoners

The food safety watchdog, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) is considering legal action after the Ministry of Justice revealed meat pies and pasties supplied to prisons in England and Wales were labelled and served as Halal but contained traces of pork DNA.

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UK: Council of Mosques clashes with Halal Food Authority after pork DNA scandal

| 05/02/2013 | Reply
UK: Council of Mosques clashes with Halal Food Authority after pork DNA scandal

A Council of Mosques has called for a boycott of Halal Food Authority (HFA) products. The HFA meanwhile hit back stating they still have one of the ‘most stringent and well regulated auditing systems for accreditation of halal meat’.

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