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USA: Muslims having problem in “halal meat” in US

| 07/05/2013 | Reply
USA: Muslims having problem in “halal meat” in US

Ali Kucukkarca, the owner of the biggest halal slaughter facility in the east, said, “60 percent of the meat which is being sold with halal certificate in New York and New Jersey is not Halal.” Many institutions which gave a halal certificate are not reliable.

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Brazil: Arab Brazilian Chamber to attend Saudi Food fair

| 03/05/2013 | Reply
Brazil: Arab Brazilian Chamber to attend Saudi Food fair

Currently in its 18th edition, the Saudi Food, Hotel and Hospitality fair features exhibitors in the food, beverage and hospitality industries. Saudi Food is one in a set of actions to bring Saudi food buyers and Brazilian exporters closer together.

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USA: From Bloggers’ Wrath to Foodies’ Delight: Saffron Road

| 26/04/2013 | Reply
USA: From Bloggers’ Wrath to Foodies’ Delight: Saffron Road

Multinational food brands and fast food chains doing billions in halal sales globally are “hesitant to openly associate themselves to be marketing to the American Muslim,” says Faisal Masood, who organizes the annual American Muslim Consumer Conference.

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USA: Judge approves McDonald’s non-halal settlement

| 18/04/2013 | Reply
USA: Judge approves McDonald’s non-halal settlement

Judge Kathleen Macdonald of the Wayne County Circuit Court approved the $700,000 non-halal meat class action lawsuit settlement against defendants McDonald’s Corporation and Finley’s Management Company.

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USA: Midamar Corporation Welcomes Return of Seized Funds

| 10/04/2013 | Reply
USA: Midamar Corporation Welcomes Return of Seized Funds

On March 1, 2013 the government officially returned all of the funds that were frozen and seized last October. The return of funds was not accompanied by any information or explanation as to why the raid or such seizure actions took place.

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Brazil agency targets food exports to Saudi

| 10/04/2013 | Reply
Brazil agency targets food exports to Saudi

Brazilian exports to Saudi Arabia were valued at $3 billion in 2012, according to recent figures, with around 585 Brazilian companies currently exporting various products, including chicken, sugar, maize, iron ore and soy among other items.

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USA: Halal United with the IFANCA International Halal Food Conference

| 10/04/2013 | Reply
USA: Halal United with the IFANCA International Halal Food Conference

Food bridges diverse cultures effectively, and it forged bonding at the International Halal Food Conference, hosted by the Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA). The event brought together a multinational array of corporations.

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Chile expanding halal market reach

| 04/04/2013 | 3 Replies
Chile expanding halal market reach

With its Muslim population numbering fewer than 1,000 people, it was a steep learning curve to understand the demand and supply chain of the halal market and the difference in certification between the Malaysian and Middle East markets.

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Japan: New app shows where to eat halal food in a non-Muslim nation

| 26/03/2013 | Reply
Japan: New app shows where to eat halal food in a non-Muslim nation

Japanese student is developing an app to help Muslims living in non-Muslim-majority countries to find and buy halal foods more easily. You can use the app to search for halal restaurants, supermarkets and convenience food stores near to where you are.

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Canada: Canadian Halal Food Festival

| 13/03/2013 | Reply
Canada: Canadian Halal Food Festival

On June 1 and 2, 2013 Halal Food Festival Toronto, the first ever Canadian halal food festival, is coming to The International Centre located in the GTA, home to the largest concentration of Muslims in all of North America.

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USA: Halal Fests Making a Wave in America!

| 09/03/2013 | Reply
USA: Halal Fests Making a Wave in America!

Sameer’s Eats co-founders have decided to hold a Halal Food Tour across America starting in Los Angeles on April 13th; then to New York in June, Washington DC in August, Chicago in October, and Houston in December.

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USA: Halal Alliances: ISNA and IFANCA

| 07/03/2013 | 1 Reply
USA: Halal Alliances: ISNA and IFANCA

ISNA has built an alliance with the Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA) for support in establishing the national Halal standards and accreditation body, to ensure Halal products are standardized, certified and regulated for the protection of the consumer.

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Opinion: Food colouring, is it Halal and is it dangerous?

| 07/03/2013 | Reply
Opinion: Food colouring, is it Halal and is it dangerous?

Food company Sensient is offering Halal certified colours to the Middle Eastern market. Meanwhile in the US artificial colouring is used widely in products made by Kraft, Kellogg’s and even McDonald’s french fries with results now known to be associated with long term health problems.

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USA: Midamar Turkey Deli Products Line wins 2013 “Best New Frozen or Chilled Food” at Gulfood Awards

| 26/02/2013 | Reply
USA: Midamar Turkey Deli Products Line wins 2013 “Best New Frozen or Chilled Food”  at Gulfood Awards

Midamar also received recognition for highly commended entries in the Best New Fast Food Product or Innovation Award, Best New Halal Food Award and the Best New Foodservice Innovation Award.

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USA: Crescent Foods unveils new user friendly website

| 26/02/2013 | Reply
USA: Crescent Foods unveils new user friendly website

Crescent Foods has launched its completely re-designed and revamped website keeping its key stakeholders in mind. From the busy mom who needs a quick recipe for a healthy meal to the restaurant owner who needs to order wholesale quantities of premium chicken.

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USA: Midamar Corporation to exhibit at Gulfood 2013

| 22/02/2013 | Reply
USA: Midamar Corporation to exhibit at Gulfood 2013

Managing Director Jalel Aossey will also be delivering insights on food supply chain essentials, risk strategies, as well as Halal standards and issues to investors, restaurant owners, franchisees, and franchisors in the Food Franchising Workshop at the conference.

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USA: 59% of America’s “tuna” isn’t actually tuna

| 22/02/2013 | Reply
USA: 59% of America’s “tuna” isn’t actually tuna

84% of fish samples labeled “white tuna” were actually escolar, a fish that can cause gastrointestinal symptoms. The only fish more likely to be misrepresented than tuna was snapper, which was mislabeled 87% of the time.

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UAE: Chile offers Halal meat at Gulfood for first time in region

| 18/02/2013 | 3 Replies
UAE: Chile offers Halal meat at Gulfood for first time in region

It has been two years since Chile received certification to export halal meat to the UAE but Chilean company Agromarin supported by ProChile was keen to wait until Gulfood 2013 to launch its product. The product will be launched at the Halal Corner at Gulfood.

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USA: A Meaty Question

| 08/02/2013 | Reply
USA: A Meaty Question

Few Western countries have laws explicitly regulating kosher or halal products—chiefly meat produced by the ritual slaughter of animals, subject to particular standards of health or hygiene. Governments prefer to rely on private companies and market forces to do the job.

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USA: ‘Halal’ Financing for Muslim Entrepreneurs Gains Currency

| 07/02/2013 | Reply
USA: ‘Halal’ Financing for Muslim Entrepreneurs Gains Currency

A March 2012 study of American Muslim entrepreneurs (PDF) tallied 81,000 Muslim-owned businesses in the U.S., with half located in New York, Chicago, and Houston. Some banks do “Sharia-compliant” home mortgages but not entrepreneur financing, which is much more complicated.

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