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London 2012: why feeding 24,000 athletes and team officials is an Olympian feat

| 25/05/2012 | 1 Reply
London 2012: why feeding 24,000 athletes and team officials is an Olympian feat

Providing familiar food, meeting halal standards and not poisoning the competitors are among the challenges for the caterers. Saudi Arabia is one of more than 50 Muslim countries sending competitors who are likely to be negotiating the Ramadan fast.

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9 food processing companies receive “Halal Certification” with USAID support

| 25/05/2012 | Reply
9 food processing companies receive “Halal Certification” with USAID support

Training Serbian companies to qualify for certification was provided by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) through its Economic Security Project. The companies shared the costs involved in meeting standards and getting certified with USAID.

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Muslim Olympic athletes consider delaying fast in London

| 25/05/2012 | Reply
Muslim Olympic athletes consider delaying fast in London

3,500 Muslim athletes expected to compete in London may look to ancient Islamic tenets that allow exemptions travelers, the sick and others out of concern that not eating or drinking throughout the day could put them at a competitive disadvantage.

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EU: Animal welfare group slams EU organics verdict

| 24/05/2012 | Reply
EU: Animal welfare group slams EU organics verdict

Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) has criticised the decision to recognise US organic food standards as equivalent to those in the EU. US organic standards are far lower than they are in the EU, and the use of antibiotics is permitted.

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UAE allows French beef imports

| 24/05/2012 | Reply
UAE allows French beef imports

The UAE’s Ministry of Environment and Water has authorised French beef meat imports into the country after negotiations the French Ministry of Agriculture. All the imported beef meat products will be halal certified by French organizations authorised by local authorities.

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UK: Leicester has elected its first Muslim Mayor

| 24/05/2012 | Reply
UK: Leicester has elected its first Muslim Mayor

Leicester, one of the most rapidly Islamizing cities in England, has elected its first-ever Muslim mayor. Abdul Razak Osman, an Indian-origin Muslim who was born in Kenya and who immigrated to Britain in 1971, was sworn into office on May 18.

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UK: Volys Star products are now available at Tesco’s

| 23/05/2012 | 1 Reply
UK: Volys Star products are now available at Tesco’s

VOLYS STAR, the Belgian based market leader of Premium Halal Poultry Products, is now also available at selected Tesco retail stores in the UK. They will be starting with their Sliced Smoked Turkey Rashers. A must for anyone who wants to have a Halal BLT!

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UAE lifts ban on British beef

| 23/05/2012 | Reply
UAE lifts ban on British beef

The ban on the import of British beef and beef products into the country has been lifted with immediate effect. Products ranging from Aberdeen-Angus steaks to roast-beef flavoured potato crisps will soon be available in UAE restaurants and on supermarket shelves.

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UK: New butchers’ posters for halal market

| 22/05/2012 | Reply
UK: New butchers’ posters for halal market

Eblex has developed new posters for butchers catering for the halal market in order to satisfy increased demand from the sector. The free Lamb Cutting Guide for the Halal Market was developed as a training tool. You can also download The Halal Meat Guide.

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UK: Call for the defence of Halal and religious slaughter

| 22/05/2012 | Reply
UK: Call for the defence of Halal and religious slaughter

New Halal Legislation is being planned for implementation in the UK by January 2013 and is currently undergoing ‘consultation’. These new laws pose some of the biggest threats to the continuance of Halal in a generation.

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EU: Poland – Kosher slaughter alive and well

| 21/05/2012 | Reply
EU: Poland – Kosher slaughter alive and well

Polish Agricultural Minister Marek Sawicki said that banning ritual slaughter would be contrary to the Polish Constitution, which guarantees freedom of religion. Under Polish law, animals must be stunned before slaughter; the only exception is ritual slaughter.

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EU: Avoid Misuse of Religious Exemptions to Stunning

| 16/05/2012 | Reply
EU: Avoid Misuse of Religious Exemptions to Stunning

Recommendations on ritual slaughtering have been published in 2011 and a study is ongoing to evaluate the opportunity for informing the consumer on this type of slaughtering.

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UK – Opinion: Halal hysteria

| 15/05/2012 | Reply
UK – Opinion: Halal hysteria

With the threat from terrorism receding, Britain’s Islam-baiters have jumped on the anti-halal bandwagon, and not just the neo-fascists of the British National Party and the English Defence League, but mainstream commentators, too.

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Opinion: Is Islamic slaughter cruel and inhumane or is it profit above Principle?

| 13/05/2012 | Reply
Opinion: Is Islamic slaughter cruel and inhumane or is it profit above Principle?

When the writer of this article applied to be shown around a number of halal slaughterhouses, calls went unreturned and messages unanswered for weeks. So he decided to go undercover, posing as a potential buyer of halal meat for a fictional chain of high-quality ‘bespoke meats’ to see what really goes on in an abattoir.

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UK: Meat firms Sher Halal Foods and United Halal Foods in Caernarfon cease trading

| 10/05/2012 | 1 Reply
UK: Meat firms Sher Halal Foods and United Halal Foods in Caernarfon cease trading

An abattoir and a meat producer in Gwynedd have ceased trading after going into administration. The problems faced by the two business at Caernarfon suggested an “increasingly tough environment for the food processing industry”. It was reported the sale would result in a major overhaul, designed to improve productivity and raise standards.

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UK: Stunning before slaughter can cause pain, is cruel and tortures the animal

| 10/05/2012 | Reply
UK: Stunning before slaughter can cause pain, is cruel and tortures the animal

There is no scientific evidence, which has been properly done and agreed upon by a broad consensus of scientists, proving that unstunned animals, when properly practised during religious slaughter, suffer pain. Majid Katme establishes the facts about non-stun slaughter, to separate them from Fiction and Myth.

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UK: The Halal Slaughter Controversy

| 08/05/2012 | 2 Replies
UK: The Halal Slaughter Controversy

Islamic Halal slaughter has increasingly come under attack. There are two distinct issues: there is the vegetarian agenda which wants to ban all consumption of animal products, and there is the animal rights lobby which argues for a humane method of slaughter.

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UK: Halal Monitoring Committee Limited goes into liquidation but is now trading as HMC (UK)

| 06/05/2012 | 14 Replies
UK: Halal Monitoring Committee Limited goes into liquidation but is now trading as HMC (UK)

In order not to pay VAT due to the HMRC since 2005 because HMC believed it was exempt from VAT due to the nature of its work and charity status, they have put HMC Ltd into liquidation and started HMC UK to carry on Halal certification.

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EU: Eurofragrance – Scenting Success in Halal

| 06/05/2012 | Reply
EU: Eurofragrance – Scenting Success in Halal

An IESE case study on Eurofragrance considers how organizations can profitably navigate the lucrative market for halal goods, and the challenges that this may present, particularly in relation to obtaining halal certification.

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Opinion: The West has much to learn from Islamic finance

| 05/05/2012 | Reply
Opinion: The West has much to learn from Islamic finance

Given they are barred from charging interest and must abide by a strict religious code, Islamic financial institutions are often dismissed by sophisticated western bankers as living in the dark ages. However, Islamic finance, a cash-rich sector, has much to teach the west’s financial system.

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