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UK: Arson probe after Gafoor Poultry Products factory fire

| 17/12/2010 | Reply
UK: Arson probe after Gafoor Poultry Products factory fire

This follows Gafoor’s recent successful application for British Retail Consortium (BRC) Global Food Standard Grade B accreditation following a £4m investment to automate the Preston site’s infrastructure over the past four years; the company is also planning imminent product launches for mainstream and halal markets.

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UK: Gafoor invest in Halal poultry processor

| 16/12/2010 | Reply
UK:  Gafoor invest in Halal poultry processor

Gafoor Poultry Products Ltd, one of the UK’s longest serving Halal poultry processors, is reaping the benefits from a substantial investment at the purpose-built high-tech processing plant in Preston.

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UK: Halal meat to stay on school dinner menus

| 11/12/2010 | Reply
UK: Halal meat to stay on school dinner menus

A CAMPAIGN led by the BNP to take halal meat off school menus has been defeated.

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Opinion: Halal Hysteria

| 08/12/2010 | 2 Replies
Opinion: Halal Hysteria

Leaving aside any references to what Muslims and Jews say about halal and kosher slaughter (which has been dismissed by Johann Hari as “pseudoscience: the intelligent design of animal welfare”), there is in fact a significant body of independent scientific evidence that seems to have been conveniently ignored which shows that at the very least the alleged humaneness of stunning is a very grey issue indeed.

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EU: European Council agrees on new labeling rules for food

| 07/12/2010 | Reply
EU: European Council agrees on new labeling rules for food

The version of the regulation that the Council has sent back to the European Parliament for their consideration does not include Amendment 205 the clause which would have required that all meat and meat products slaughtered by the shechita/Halal method be pejoratively labeled.

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UK: A Cautious Welcome from Shechita UK to EU Council’s Rejection of 205

| 07/12/2010 | Reply
UK: A Cautious Welcome from Shechita UK to EU Council’s Rejection of 205

Shechita UK has welcomed the outcome of Tuesday’s European Council meeting, where a new draft of the food information regulation was agreed. The version of the regulation that the Council has sent back to the European Parliament for their consideration does not include Amendment 205 the clause which would have required that all meat and meat products slaughtered by the shechita method be pejoratively labeled.

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EU: Clerics call for religious freedom in Europe

| 07/12/2010 | Reply
EU: Clerics call for religious freedom in Europe

Fifty clerics from Austria, Belgium, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the United States petitioned Van Rompuy to protect their freedom of religion at a time when some right-populist parties are calling for bans to certain non-Christian religious practices, including circumcision for minors and kosher and halal butchering of meat.

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UK: Halal cosmetics store to open in Birmingham city centre

| 07/12/2010 | 1 Reply
UK: Halal cosmetics store to open in Birmingham city centre

Pure Halal Beauty will offer ethical beauty products and cosmetics, all free of animal products and alcohol and all Halal certified.

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UK: Turning Halal can Increase Restaurant Margins during the Recession

| 04/12/2010 | Reply
UK: Turning Halal can Increase Restaurant Margins during the Recession

Inventive Edinburgh restaurateur Michael Yip, owner of Dragon Way, Newington, believes he has found the way and has recently received a quality Halal Seal of Approval, to become the capital’s first certified Halal Chinese restaurant. This is not the first time Michael has looked at ways to increase profit margins and retain customers in the current economic climate.

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UK: Birmingham Muslim Community Outraged

| 03/12/2010 | Reply
UK: Birmingham Muslim Community Outraged

Members of the Birmingham Muslim community raised concerned to the Birmingham EHO with regards to halal poultry falsely labeled by major high street chain KFC.

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Turkey: TSE addresses Islamic countries for common Halal certificate

| 03/12/2010 | Reply
Turkey: 	 TSE addresses Islamic countries for common Halal certificate

Turkish Standards Institute (TSE) President Tahir Büyükhelvac?gil has said they have the competency to certify products halal and are ready to do so when there is a need for it.

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USA: ISNA Advances the Halal Movement at World Halal Forum-Europe

| 01/12/2010 | Reply
USA: ISNA Advances the Halal Movement at World Halal Forum-Europe

The Forum team brought a distinguished array of speakers and panelists who illuminated the promise and some of the pitfalls of the Halal industries. Halal industries represented were food, finance, cosmetics and personal care products, pharmaceuticals, travel, and logistics. The speakers gave plenty of information for the attendees to weigh, and experts in the audience also contributed to the panel sessions.

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UK: Tesco adds seven ranges to ethnic line-up

| 01/12/2010 | Reply
UK: Tesco adds seven ranges to ethnic line-up

The supermarket giant is adding specialist Turkish, Sri Lankan, Latin, Filipino, African, South African and Greek-Cypriot ranges to a roster that already includes Asian, Oriental, Afro-Caribbean, Kosher, Polish, and Halal foods.

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EU: A European Standard on halal food?

| 28/11/2010 | Reply
EU: A European Standard on halal food?

The European Committee for Standardization (CEN) set up a Working Group to analyse the feasibility of a European Standard on halal food.

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UK: The World Halal Forum Europe 2010 In London

| 27/11/2010 | Reply
UK: The World Halal Forum Europe 2010 In London

The World Halal Forum Europe, UK’s first major halal industry event to date, has, at its second meeting in Europe, sent a strong message to manufacturers and retail chains on the need to respect Muslim consumers in a growing halal market.

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UK: New report offers a unique insight into the Halal market

| 22/11/2010 | Reply
UK: New report offers a unique insight into the Halal market

The unique report, entitled ‘The Halal meat market: Specialist supply chain structures and consumer purchase and consumption profiles in England’, gives an overview of the Halal market and provides an insight into Muslim consumers’ attitudes to Halal meat, using qualitative and quantitative research supported by extensive desk research.

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UK: Supermarket chain pledges CCTV in abattoirs to stamp out cruelty

| 19/11/2010 | Reply
UK: Supermarket chain pledges CCTV in abattoirs to stamp out cruelty

Secret footage shot inside a West Country slaughterhouse has reignited a row over abattoir cruelty, following a series of undercover films that have shed new light on the way animals are killed behind closed doors. These are not Halal slaughterhouses.

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UK: New Report aims to Improve understanding of Halal Meat

| 19/11/2010 | Reply
UK:  New Report aims to Improve understanding of Halal Meat

The report, entitled ‘The halal meat market: Specialist supply chain structures and consumer purchase and consumption profiles in England’, will give an overview of the halal market and provide an insight into Muslim consumers’ attitudes to halal meat, using qualitative and quantitative research supported by extensive desk research.

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UK: WHF Europe Strengthens Int’l Alliance on Halal Accreditation

| 18/11/2010 | 1 Reply
UK: WHF Europe Strengthens Int’l Alliance on Halal Accreditation

The International Halal Integrity Alliance (IHI), The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), The American Halal Association (AHA) and the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) signed an agreement to collaborate on issues relating to Halal Standards development and the formation of a network of national Halal Accreditation bodies to ensure Halal integrity throughout the supply chain at the recent WHF Europe in London.

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UK: MP’s Anger after they are secretly served Halal meat

| 18/11/2010 | Reply
UK: MP’s Anger after they are secretly served Halal meat

ANGRY MPs last night urged tougher laws on food labelling after discovering that Muslim halal meat has been secretly served in House of Commons restaurants.

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