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Category: Oceania

Malaysia, New Zealand Ink Agreement On Halal Certification

| 14/12/2010 | Reply
Malaysia, New Zealand Ink Agreement On Halal Certification

Veterinary Services Department director-general Datuk Dr Abd Aziz Jamaluddin said with the signing of the Malaysia Meat and Meat Products Halal Requirements (Overseas Market Access Notification) Notice 2010, Malaysians need no longer worry about the halal status of meat and dairy products from New Zealand.

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UAE: Burger Fuel chain plans to open 15 outlets in UAE

| 02/12/2010 | Reply
UAE: Burger Fuel chain plans to open 15 outlets in UAE

New Zealand’s Burger Fuel chain of restaurants, known for its grass fed halal meat, will open 15 outlets in the UAE, within the next five years.

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New Zealand: NZ selling Haram meat to Muslim countries

| 01/12/2010 | 1 Reply
New Zealand: NZ selling Haram meat to Muslim countries

New Zealand companies are exporting non-kosher [haram] beef and lamb to Muslim countries by suppressing the fact that the animals were not slaughtered but killed with bolt gun after being stunned.

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New Zealand: MP Carter makes quick u-turn

| 28/11/2010 | Reply
New Zealand: MP Carter makes quick u-turn

Carter was being sued by the Auckland Hebrew Congregation for changing the law in May to make traditional Jewish slaughter of animals illegal. The case was set to begin in the High Court at Wellington tomorrow – until an embarrassing backdown by Carter who on Friday overturned the ban he asked Cabinet to support.

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Executive Director of ICRIC visits New Zealand

| 29/01/2010 | Reply
Executive Director of ICRIC visits New Zealand

Dr. Fakhari, Executive manager of ICRIC (Islamic Chamber of Research & Information Centre) in Iran travelled to New Zealand to have meetings with the Manager of NZFSA ( New Zealand Food Safety
Authority ) and economic authorities of New Zealand Foreign Affairs
Ministry. He has been succeeded to explain them about the importance and
the observance of the Halalworld standard.

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Vegemite becomes politically correct

| 24/01/2010 | Reply
Vegemite becomes politically correct

VEGEMITE has gone halal in a bid by
food giant Kraft to make the national “treasure” available to Muslim
Australians.
This small gesture has created a mixed bag of reactions from people in Australia.

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Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) supports Gulfood 2010

| 19/01/2010 | Reply
Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) supports Gulfood 2010

The Australian meat & livestock industry
will be actively involved in the Gulfood 2010 edition to be held during
February 21-24, in a step that reflects its commitment to the
highly-important ME markets, according to Mr. Lachlan Bowtell, the
Regional Manager of Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA), the
international marketing arm of Australian meat and livestock producers.

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Halal certification group under fire

| 11/01/2010 | Reply
Halal certification group under fire

An
Islamic group seeking to offer New Zealand businesses a “globally
recognised” halal certification is being criticised by the NZ
Federation of Islamic Associations, which says the Southeast Asian
organisation does not have the resources to do inspections here.

Reza Khedmati, director of Al-Rasoul Halal Certification, said the
company had been set up to offer New Zealand exporters an
“internationally accepted halal certification” as a result of problems
encountered with Islamic countries.

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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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