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Category: Oceania

AANZFTA a boon for Asean, modest boost for Brunei

| 10/01/2010 | Reply
AANZFTA a boon for Asean, modest boost for Brunei

AUSTRALIA’S trade minister Simon Crean welcomed the commencement of
the country’s largest free trade agreement, the Asean-Australia-New
Zealand Free Trade Agreement (AANZFTA), earlier this week in an
announcement on the ministry’s website. Australia’s
High Commissioner to Brunei, Mark Sawers, is focusing on the broader liberalisation
aspect between the three regions. Sawers told The Brunei Times yesterday that the historic
agreement, which spans 12 economies with over 600 million people and a
combined GDP of A$3.1 trillion, will lead to modest improvements in
some particular sectors between Brunei and Australia.

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Muslim move threat to NZ meat trade

| 09/01/2010 | Reply
Muslim move threat to NZ meat trade

Indonesia’s highest authority on Islamic affairs, the Council of
Ulema (MUI), has signalled a hard line on imports from New Zealand and
other Western nations.

It plans to insist that all imported food labelled as halal is sold only if it has the council’s own halal certification.

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Why we must ban export of live sheep

| 15/12/2009 | Reply
Why we must ban export of live sheep

Australians may
think of themselves as animal lovers, yet our laws allow many animals
to suffer a lifetime of cruelty in the name of profit.

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Another outlet for meat in Fiji

| 27/11/2009 | Reply
Another outlet for meat in Fiji

The Muslim community can now buy meat from the Fiji
Meat Industry Board’s Nasinu abattoir after the facility received its
halal accreditation this week.

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NZIMM ready to export into more Halal markets

| 25/11/2009 | Reply
NZIMM ready to export into more Halal markets

New Zealand Islamic Meat Management is ready
and able to take up the Prime Minister’s challenge to sell
exports into more Halal markets.

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Food safety agency gets into halal-certification

| 25/11/2009 | Reply
Food safety agency gets into halal-certification

The New Zealand government is stepping into an arena it has previously tried
to stay clear of – the certification of New Zealand exports as
“halal”, or “clean” in terms of Islamic religious rules. New Zealand Food Safety Authority (NZFSA) has announced that
organisations which certify halal meat for export will be subject
to government oversight “to standardise halal certification and
improve assurances to our trading partners”.

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Prime Minister John Key has highlighted opportunities for New Zealand to boost its trade in halal-certified food products going to markets such as Malaysia.

| 20/11/2009 | Reply
Prime Minister John Key has highlighted opportunities for New Zealand to boost its trade in halal-certified food products going to markets such as Malaysia.

He told a news conference marking his first year in Government that
while New Zealand exporters are taking full advantage of the demand
some markets, there are areas where they’re missing out.

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This cruelty to sheep is economically unsound

| 19/11/2009 | Reply
This cruelty to sheep is economically unsound

Eid al-Adha, or the Festival of Sacrifice, is to celebrated soon,
and again Australian sheep have been sent en masse to the Middle East
for slaughter. The live export industry is becoming increasingly
irrelevant yet the Australian Government continues to bow to the live
export lobby at the expense of animal suffering.

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Australian ritual slaughter ruling condemned

| 13/11/2009 | Reply
Australian ritual slaughter ruling condemned

THE World Society
for the Protection of Animals has condemned the Federal Government for
allowing the ritual slaughter of conscious animals for halal and kosher
meat to continue in Australian abattoirs.

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Australia – Halal Ritual slaughter debate

| 13/11/2009 | Reply
Australia – Halal Ritual slaughter debate

THE religious ritual slaughter of conscious animals will be allowed to
continue at some Australian abattoirs, after a decision by federal and
state agriculture ministers.

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Australia – Roger Fletcher on Halal pre-stunning

| 12/11/2009 | Reply
Australia – Roger Fletcher on Halal pre-stunning

Australia’s largest sheepmeat processor — and largest halal
sheepmeat exporter in the world — said most of the industry opposed
religious ritual slaughter on conscious animals.

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Australia – New report on Halal and Kosher slaughter

| 10/11/2009 | Reply
Australia – New report on Halal and Kosher slaughter

Scientific reports into the use – or lack thereof – of stunning
equipment prior to livestock slaughter due to religious beliefs will be
released by State and Federal Governments.

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Speech: Climate Change, Trade And Agriculture

| 04/11/2009 | Reply
Speech: Climate Change, Trade And Agriculture

A speech by Tim Groser, New Zealand politician, on the future of NZ agriculture.

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Marinova Leading The Way In Innovation

| 02/11/2009 | Reply
Marinova Leading The Way In Innovation

Marinova, is a Tasmanian
company using innovative methods to develop and market products for
which there is a large demand.
Since 2006,
Marinova’s Cambridge extraction facility has been developing medical
and nutritional applications from brown seaweed harvested in Tasmania,
Canada and Argentina.

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New standard to be issued for halal meat exports

| 21/10/2009 | Reply
New standard to be issued for halal meat exports

The New Zealand Food Safety Authority is close to issuing a new national export standard covering halal meat processed for Muslim markets.

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Victoria Keen On Malaysia As Springboard Into Region

| 07/10/2009 | Reply
Victoria Keen On Malaysia As Springboard Into Region

Australia’s Victorian state government is keen to make
Malaysia as a springboard into Southeast Asia by leveraging on good
relationships as well as the country’s highly skilled human resources.

Victorian government commissioner for Southeast Asia, Tim Dillon, said
Malaysia could also tap niche areas like the provision of halal
products.

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MEAT & Livestock Australia (MLA) appoints

| 29/09/2009 | Reply
MEAT & Livestock Australia (MLA) appoints

Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA), the
international marketing arm of Australian meat producers, has appointed
Mr. Lachlan Bowtell to the post of Regional Manager Middle East &
North Africa with the responsibility to maintain and increase the
Australian meat and livestock industries’ leading market positions
across the GCC, the Levant, Egypt and the Maghreb countries.

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Holista Biotech optimistic on RM20m sales this year

| 26/09/2009 | Reply
Holista Biotech optimistic on RM20m sales this year

HOLISTA Biotech Sdn Bhd, a local biotechnology company, expects to
register about RM20 million in sales this year, driven by its existing
range of products. “Holista Colltech Australia Ltd is not yet in a place to give so
significant a revenue boost to the group. (But) next year (its
contribution) should be more,” Holista Colltech chief executive officer
Datuk Dr M. Rajen told Business Times recently.


Holista Colltech is the product of a reverse takeover exercise on
Colltech Australia Ltd by Holista Biotech, which was initiated last
year. Colltech holds the patent for the process of extracting collagen
from sheepskin.

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Halal red meat exports up 17pc

| 21/09/2009 | Reply
Halal red meat exports up 17pc

IN
the 2008-09 financial year, Australia exported an estimated 187,671
tonnes (shipped weight) of certified halal red meat products, up more
than 17 percent year-on-year.

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FIANZ makes peace with Nando’s over mechanical slaughter

| 15/09/2009 | Reply
FIANZ makes peace with Nando’s over mechanical slaughter

The
prolonged controversy over the Halal products used by Nando’s
restaurants in New Zealand ended last week with the Wellington based
Federation of Islamic Associations in New Zealand (FIANZ) agreeing to
reinstate its Halal Certification to the restaurant chain.

The issue in question concerned mechanical slaughter, and FIANZ have determined that the Nando’s procedure was acceptable. Details of FIANZ’s position on mechanical slaughter can also be seen here, after the Nando’s article.

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