Category: Europe

Opinion: Political bias against halal meat market

| 30/03/2012 | Reply
Opinion: Political bias against halal meat market

Pakistan’s private sector and commerce ministry have miserably failed to capture even a small share of the global halal market because of indifference, lethargy, poor business vision and short-sightedness.

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Europe: Swiss concerned with potential backlash in Muslim markets

| 29/03/2012 | 1 Reply
Europe: Swiss concerned with potential backlash in Muslim markets

Switzerland’s economy minister said on Wednesday that the Swiss government is concerned with a possible boycott of Swiss products overseas because xenophobic tendencies have found more ground in the wealthy European country.

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UK: ‘Cruel’ halal slaughter methods under attack in the UK

| 25/03/2012 | Reply
UK: ‘Cruel’ halal slaughter methods under attack in the UK

British ministers are seeking to change a law to ensure that meat slaughtered using Islamic, or halal, methods cannot be sold without proper labeling.

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EU: 5th Int’l Halal Food Conference opens in Belgium

| 25/03/2012 | Reply
EU: 5th Int’l Halal Food Conference opens in Belgium

Indonesian Ambassador to Brussels Arif Havas Oegroseno has opened the 5th International Halal Food Conference at Sheraton Hotel in Brussels, Belgium, on Friday. Government, business, private and public representatives discussed global halal (lawful according to Islam) standards, Information, Social, Cultural and Diplomatic Coordinator of the Indonesian Embassy in Brussels.

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UK: Lord Noon’s Bombay Halwa launches Royal Halal in UK

| 22/03/2012 | Reply
UK: Lord Noon’s Bombay Halwa launches Royal Halal in UK

Lord Gulam Noon, who produces 1.5 million curries a week for various food brands, launched ‘Royal Halal’ meals under his own family-owned brand at the company headquarters, Bombay Halwa in Southall, Middlesex.

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France: Butchers beef up French presidential campaign

| 18/03/2012 | Reply
France: Butchers beef up French presidential campaign

President Nicolas Sarkozy has lamented the decline of the traditional French butcher and now wants all meat clearly marked—halal, kosher or French—while Prime Minister Francois Fillon has suggested the ritual slaughter of animals by Muslims and Jews is out of sync with modern times.

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France: Sarkozy, after bitter halal debate, visits main Paris mosque

| 14/03/2012 | Reply
France: Sarkozy, after bitter halal debate, visits main Paris mosque

Sarkozy met the mosque’s Imam and the French Muslim Council leader and said he told them “he did not want, in this electoral period, some of our compatriots to feel hurt by controversies that have no place here”.

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Opinion: Bright future for Halal personal care

| 14/03/2012 | Reply
Opinion: Bright future for Halal personal care

With a worldwide recession looming, the Halal sector is one of the few industries bucking the trend fueled by savvy consumers increasingly demanding purity of ingredients in their personal care products.

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France: French premier tries to soothe Jewish, Muslim leaders over animal slaughter practices

| 08/03/2012 | Reply
France: French premier tries to soothe Jewish, Muslim leaders over animal slaughter practices

For many, France’s prime minister Francois Fillon’s comments went too far. He hosted Jewish leaders Wednesday and was expected to meet with Muslim leaders Thursday in what appeared to be an attempt to ease concerns about his comments on French radio this week.

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France: French Jews, Muslims unite in anger over halal meat row

| 07/03/2012 | Reply
France: French Jews, Muslims unite in anger over halal meat row

France is home to western Europe’s largest Muslim minority, officially estimated at least four million, and its largest Jewish community, estimated at up to 700,000. The country has for years been debating how far it is willing to go to accommodate Islam, now France’s second religion.

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Germany: Halal and Kosher dairy demand on the rise

| 05/03/2012 | Reply
Germany: Halal and Kosher dairy demand on the rise

Consumer demand for Halal and Kosher-based dairy ingredients is on the rise globally, but demand not only demands careful evaluation of ingredients, but also strict regulation of product packaging, production processes and facilities.

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Turkey: ‘Muslim Facebook’ plans to be launched in Istanbul in Ramadan

| 05/03/2012 | 1 Reply
Turkey: ‘Muslim Facebook’ plans to be launched in Istanbul in Ramadan

Described as a “Halal Facebook,” the new social networking phenomenon, Salamworld, set to hit the Muslim world during the fasting month of Ramadan, will create an Internet platform for Muslims of all ages. The headquarters of the company are located in Istanbul.

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UK/UAE: “Rock star” Islamic scholars a risk for Islamic finance

| 29/02/2012 | Reply
UK/UAE: “Rock star” Islamic scholars a risk for Islamic finance

There are over 400 sharia scholars worldwide but only around 15 to 20 prominent and experienced ones, which creates demand for scholars to sit on multiple boards. The top 20 scholars hold 14 to 85 positions each, occupying a total of around 620 board positions or 55 percent of the industry.

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UK: HMC Delegation returns with assurances from CEO of SFDA

| 23/02/2012 | Reply
UK: HMC Delegation returns with assurances from CEO of SFDA

Presenting his report to the HMC National Executive Committee, Shaykh Yunus said; “This was a
very important conference for the Muslim community around the world and we congratulate the Saudi Drug and Food Authority for an outstanding conference and wonderful hospitality.”

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Italy: UAE, Italy promoting halal food certification

| 22/02/2012 | Reply
Italy: UAE, Italy promoting halal food certification

“The ministry is working on an ambitious project of halal certification, an instrument that allows a marriage of Italian excellence and the guarantee of production respecting Islamic rules, which brings significant potential for opening towards markets connected to precise religious principles,” the director of the department of trade internationalisation at the ministry, Patrizia Giarratana, said.

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France: Meat bosses deny Halal claims

| 20/02/2012 | Reply
France: Meat bosses deny Halal claims

Front National presidential candidate Marine Le Pen made the statement in a speech in Lille, saying that “all the meat distributed in the Ile-de-France is halal”. She said that this was being done unknown by the consumer, adding that “all the abattoirs in Ile-de-France sell halal”. However professionals in the sector said Ms Le Pen had mixed up “distribution” and “slaughtering”.

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EU: State-mosque relations in Europe, the other half of the story

| 19/02/2012 | Reply
EU: State-mosque relations in Europe, the other half of the story

Just over 1 percent of the world’s 1.5 billion Muslims reside in Western Europe, yet this minority has had a disproportionate impact on religion and politics in its new home. Approximately one out of every 25 Western Europeans is Muslim.

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Turkey: ‘Halal Facebook’ introduced to global audiences in Istanbul

| 14/02/2012 | Reply
Turkey: ‘Halal Facebook’ introduced to global audiences in Istanbul

Monday evening saw prominent Muslim figures from all over the world gather at Istanbul’s stunning Çyragan Palace for the first official insight into a new social networking phenomenon set to hit the Muslim worldwide — Salam World.

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France: After Halal products and Halal stores, here comes HALAL Logistics

| 14/02/2012 | Reply
France: After Halal products and Halal stores, here comes HALAL Logistics

The Port of Marseille, with the strong support of the Malaysian government, is actively developing the Halal logistics sector. Intense lobbying is in place in order to convince logistic companies to move into this developing sector.

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UK: ANSA re-iterates commitment to Prophetic Dhabihah, welcomes IHCA

| 13/02/2012 | Reply
UK: ANSA re-iterates commitment to Prophetic Dhabihah, welcomes IHCA

ANSA (Association of Non Stun Abattoirs) would like to welcome the formation of the Independent Halal Certification Authority (IHCA). ANSA understands that IHCA is a professional body of Muslim Scholars with a national network of qualified and experienced Imams and Muftis with a specialism in Islamic Jurisprudence.

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