Category: Europe

UK: Pork DNA in halal sausages at Westminster primary school

| 14/03/2013 | Reply
UK: Pork DNA in halal sausages at Westminster primary school

Tests on a sample from Burdett Coutts School revealed the presence of lamb and pork DNA in lean minced beef. The items have been removed from all school meals and the contractor was asked not to use its meat supplier.

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Spain: Seminar on “Halal, a global concept”

| 08/03/2013 | 1 Reply
Spain: Seminar on  “Halal, a global concept”

The Halal training school, belonging to Educaislam, a training center sponsored by the Islamic Council, dedicated to the teaching of Islam in its different dimensions, has organised the II Halal Seminar: “Halal, a global concept”to be held on March 12th,

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Opinion: Food colouring, is it Halal and is it dangerous?

| 07/03/2013 | Reply
Opinion: Food colouring, is it Halal and is it dangerous?

Food company Sensient is offering Halal certified colours to the Middle Eastern market. Meanwhile in the US artificial colouring is used widely in products made by Kraft, Kellogg’s and even McDonald’s french fries with results now known to be associated with long term health problems.

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UK: Norfolk Halal abattoir investigated in BSE probe

| 07/03/2013 | Reply
UK:   Norfolk Halal abattoir investigated in BSE probe

A Norfolk abattoir has reassured the public there is no risk of infection from mad cow disease after beef quarters were sold containing bone that should have been removed.

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UK: MAT to Settle the Terms of Reference to the Community Inquiry

| 06/03/2013 | Reply
UK: MAT to Settle the Terms of Reference to the Community Inquiry

The Muslim Arbitration Tribunal will be inviting all the stakeholders involved in the recent discovery of pork DNA contamination in the supply chain of a Northern Ireland company to a Community Inquiry.

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UK: Sharia Halal Board backs British meat

| 05/03/2013 | Reply
UK: Sharia Halal Board backs British meat

It stated it believed British meat is of “extremely high standard, supreme quality with rigorous hygiene standards” and that such a level “cannot be achieved or received anywhere else but the United Kingdom”.

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UK: Lancashire halal meat query goes to the top

| 04/03/2013 | Reply
UK: Lancashire halal meat query goes to the top

THE Lancashire Council of Mosques has written to the country’s food boss Owen Paterson demanding he reveal the four county schools supplied with ‘halal’ beefburgers containing horsemeat.

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UK: Prison inmates sue Government over tainted Halal meat

| 01/03/2013 | Reply
UK: Prison inmates sue Government over tainted Halal meat

UK certifiers claim to be Halal regulators for the food industry, claiming that their organisations have been empowered by Defra and FSA. The following statement from Mr Geoff Webdale of the Defra Animal Welfare Core Team states this is not the case.

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EU: Breathable nail polish a surprise hit with Muslims

| 01/03/2013 | Reply
EU: Breathable nail polish a surprise hit with Muslims

The Polish company and some Muslims say the polish is the first of its kind because it lets air and moisture pass through to the nail. A craze has built up around it with Muslim women in recent months after an Islamic scholar in the United States tested its permeability.

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UK: HFA takes contamination very seriously

| 28/02/2013 | Reply
UK: HFA takes contamination very seriously

Halal Food Authority wants to reassure the Muslim community that no actual contaminated halal meals were served to Muslim inmates, and the alleged contaminated meals were never destined for the general Muslim consumers.

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Opinion: Horsemeat scandal companies can learn from Halal

| 28/02/2013 | Reply
Opinion: Horsemeat scandal companies can learn from Halal

The horsemeat scandal has raised significant consumer questions: what is in the food we eat, how can we be sure it’s properly labelled, and most importantly, who can we trust? For Muslim consumers who wish to observe halal food halal certification from a trusted authority is vital.

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Ikea Malaysia/UAE confirms their meatballs are Halal

| 27/02/2013 | Reply
Ikea Malaysia/UAE confirms their meatballs are Halal

Ikea Food Market and Ikea restaurant in Malaysia have temporarily stopped selling their beef meatballs while they do DNA testing on them after the recent controversy in their stores in Europe where horse meat was found in their meatballs labeled ‘beef and pork.’

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Switzerland: Swiss Muslims Eye Umbrella Organisation

| 26/02/2013 | Reply
Switzerland: Swiss Muslims Eye Umbrella Organisation

Swiss Muslim activists are joining hands to create an umbrella body for the Muslim minority, hoping that the new group would help improve understanding of Muslim issues among the authorities and the general population.

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Switzerland: Halal Pork Shocks Swiss Muslims

| 26/02/2013 | Reply
Switzerland: Halal Pork Shocks Swiss Muslims

The discovery of pork traces in Halal food in several stores is shocking the Muslim community in Switzerland and igniting debates for launching a Swiss halal label. Sample analysis show a very low proportion” of pork meat, or less than 0.1 percent.

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UK: Prison inmates sue Government over tainted Halal meat

| 26/02/2013 | Reply
UK: Prison inmates sue Government over tainted Halal meat

The Ministry of Justice is being sued over the contamination of Halal meat in prisons, Justice Minister Jeremy Wright told MPs today.

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Turkey: No horseplay from IKEA Turkey on halal meat

| 25/02/2013 | Reply
Turkey: No horseplay from IKEA Turkey on halal meat

IKEA Turkey has confirmed that all of its meat products are made of 100 percent veal with halal certification, after inspectors discovered that meatballs served in IKEA’s stores in the Czech Republic contained horsemeat.

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Italy: World Halal Food Council Europe arrives in Italy

| 25/02/2013 | Reply
Italy: World Halal Food Council Europe arrives in Italy

The World Halal Food Council of Europe, will group top experts on foods Muslims are allowed to eat, to meet for the first time in Italy. The conference is scheduled to be in Milan on March 1-2. The meeting, was organized by the local chapter of the Halal International Authority.

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Opinion: Pass the Tofu and Hold the Kebabs

| 20/02/2013 | 1 Reply
Opinion: Pass the Tofu and Hold the Kebabs

In many Arab Muslim countries, a meal without meat is seen as substandard, not even a meal. A vegetarian’s dining experience can often become a quest to dodge the following attempts at corrective feeding: “Allah lets you eat meat, so you should eat it.”

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UK: No Horsing Around with ANSA

| 19/02/2013 | Reply
UK: No Horsing Around with ANSA

The current scandalous fraud involving the contamination of beef-labelled products with horsemeat and pork DNA demonstrates that there are unscrupulous people in the food industry. However, the Non stunned meat industry is unscathed by such reprehensible contamination.

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EU: EFSA meets stakeholders to discuss monitoring of animal welfare at slaughterhouses

| 18/02/2013 | Reply
EU: EFSA meets stakeholders to discuss monitoring of animal welfare at slaughterhouses

According to new EU legislation on animal welfare at slaughterhouses, business operators must carry out regular checks to ensure that animals do not present any signs of consciousness after stunning and before death.

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