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More than 5,000 butchers to be employed in UK

| 02/12/2008 | Reply
More than 5,000 butchers to be employed in UK

LONDON:
Over 5,000 butchers from Pakistan will get employment in the halal meat
industry of UK through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed
between the National Halal Foods Group of UK and Overseas Employment
Cooperation of Pakistan, diplomatic sources here say.


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The company Soja protein has received halal certificates for 26 of its products from the Islamic Community in Serbia.

| 14/11/2008 | Reply
The company Soja protein has received halal certificates for 26 of its products from the Islamic Community in Serbia.

The company Soja protein has received halal certificates for 26 of its products from the Islamic Community in Serbia.

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Asian entrepreneur warns: "Tesco, watch out!"

| 21/10/2008 | Reply
Asian entrepreneur warns: "Tesco, watch out!"

Khalid Hussain is the boss of the UK’s biggest chain of Asian
supermarkets. Earlier this year, he opened a megastore in one of the
most deprived areas of Birmingham, England. No wonder the Big Four supermarkets
are sitting up and taking notice.

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Cappoquin’s new owners to focus on halal market

| 08/10/2008 | Reply
Cappoquin’s new owners to focus on halal market

Ireland: The new owners of Cappoquin Chickens are expected to focus production on the halal market. The
owners of Derby Poultry, Perwiaz Latif and Zahid Hussain, who bought
the Co Waterford company last week, are already involved in producing
meats for the UK Muslim market.

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Islamic Funds

| 08/10/2008 | Reply
Islamic Funds

With all sorts of ethically ‘challenged’ companies
deliberately screened out, it comes as no surprise to learn that some
non-Muslim socially-responsible (SRI) investors have started taking
these funds seriously. Many Christian investors, for example, would
probably share many, if not most, of the same ethical views as Islamic
investors.

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Ritual slaughter of animals excluded from new regulations

| 29/09/2008 | Reply
Ritual slaughter of animals excluded from new regulations

Ritual
killing of animals by Muslims and Jews is to be excluded from a new
European Commission animal welfare regulation dealing with conditions
for slaughtering animals.

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Halal venture is tasty for food giant Nestlé as it cashes in on surging demand

| 26/09/2008 | Reply
Halal venture is tasty for food giant Nestlé as it cashes in on surging demand

Food giant Nestlé has gone halal in 75 of
its 480 plants worldwide as it cashes in on a surge in demand for food
and products acceptable to devout Muslims.

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Demand for halal foods drives up its availability

| 23/09/2008 | Reply
Demand for halal foods drives up its availability

With nearly 2 million Muslims living in Britain, few businesses here
can ignore the growing demand for foods that are permissible for
consumption under Islamic law. And the same phenomenon is taking place
in the United States and other countries.

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Turkey close to launch of halal standards

| 22/09/2008 | Reply
Turkey close to launch of halal standards

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Shariah Law: a matter of belief

| 18/09/2008 | Reply
Shariah Law: a matter of belief

Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, suggested
earlier this year that integrating some aspects of Shariah law into the
UK legal system might not be a bad idea. The archbishop said we had to face
up to the fact that some UK citizens did not relate to the current
legal system.
With
an estimated 1.6 million Muslims living and working in the UK and an
increasing Muslim population, Shariah is set to become a pressing issue
for employers.

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How Christian/Muslim Was/Is France?

| 18/09/2008 | Reply
How Christian/Muslim Was/Is France?

It is not often that you get news of the Muslims in France, or the situation there for Halal food. Now with Ramadan in progress articles are coming out. Let’s hope the French Interior Minister supports her statement that Islam must “take its full place in the French institutional landscape.” With 5 million muslims in their country it certainly makes sense.

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US Embassy Joins the Ramadan Follies

| 16/09/2008 | Reply
US Embassy Joins the Ramadan Follies

Ramadan, the holy month of fasting for Islam, has become a veritable
business in France. The western country hosts the largest number
of Muslims, some 5 million, and the consumption of halal food
increases there by 15% annually.

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Why a Swiss Village Makes Halal Pastry

| 13/09/2008 | Reply
Why a Swiss Village Makes Halal Pastry

An interesting article from der Spiegel about the increasing production of Halal food for export. Who would have thought that puff pastry had alcohol in it? Walter Leisi, director of a Swiss Nestlé plant has thought of it, and is doing very nicely with his Halal Leisi-Quick, a ready-made puff pastry product. Further proof of Halal going mainstream

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Swedish Prime Minister calls on companies to offer Muslims services

| 03/09/2008 | Reply
Swedish Prime Minister calls on companies to offer Muslims services

The Swedish Prime Minister spent the first day of
Ramadan learning more about halal products.  At the slaughterhouse in
Johanneshov, Fredrik Reinfeldt spoke of how important multiculturalism
is for Sweden. He also pointed out that the 40,000 Muslims in Sweden constitute a viable market for Halal products and encouraged local companies to look at ways to serve the Muslim consumers.

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The largest survey of Muslim women in the UK

| 26/07/2008 | Reply
The largest survey of Muslim women in the UK


A unique and groundbreaking “1000 Sisters’ voices” survey was carried out by Ummah
Foods, a “new generation” British Muslim food company, and by SISTERS,
the inspirational new magazine for Muslim women
One of the more interesting aspects of the survey was that Muslim women seem
to have turned their backs on the major supermarket chains when it comes to
halal food shopping with only 10 per cent choosing the supermarkets.

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First Halal Cheese in Scandinavia

| 22/07/2008 | Reply
First Halal Cheese in Scandinavia

Norway’s first halal cheese is now being made in Ørsta. Norbo cheese
was recently given the official Tayyibat halal certificate. This means
that all packages of cheese are marked with an international label of
certification, that is recognized by Muslims.

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Tahira produces chocolate Ramadan calendar

| 20/07/2008 | Reply
Tahira produces chocolate Ramadan calendar

Tahira
– Europe’s leading Halal brand – have produced a Ramadan calendar
containing 30 pieces of milk chocolate each embossed with a traditional
symbol and packed within its own plastic cell so they can be removed
individually daily during the holy month.

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Quick continues its implantation in Algeria

| 17/07/2008 | Reply
Quick continues its implantation in Algeria

Here is a fast food chain that is ‘adapting its menu’ to meet the demand for Halal meat in Algeria. But being the ‘number 3’ hamburger chain in Europe we would hope their franchisees would realise the potential of turning their outlets Halal to include the millions of muslims across Europe and travelling to Europe as their customers. Their outlets in Morocco must be Halal as well, but would need this confirmed.

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Halal Slaughter in Northern Spain

| 17/07/2008 | Reply
Halal Slaughter in Northern Spain

This article shows the growth of a business supplying Halal lamb and beef both to France and Spain. With a UK company already producing its Halal baby food in Spain, owing to cheaper manufacturing costs, this may show other business entrepreneurs, and sectors of the Spanish government, in Spain the potential of getting involved in the fast growing Halal industry.

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Halal, Kosher Slaughter Unacceptable, say German Vets

| 12/07/2008 | Reply
Halal, Kosher Slaughter Unacceptable, say German Vets


Muslim and Jewish groups are angered by a call from Germany’s federal
chamber of veterinarians for a law re-establishing protection against
slaughter without stunning. Both Islam and Judaism reject the stunning of animals before
slaughter and prescribe that animals be killed by a swift throat cut.

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