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USA: Concerns rise over halal fraud

| 28/06/2013 | Reply
USA: Concerns rise over halal fraud

The booming halal market in the US is often accompanied by a lack of consensus about what constitutes halal — and that has caused confusion and controversy among Muslim Americans.

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USA: McDonald’s drops halal food from U.S. menu

| 25/06/2013 | Reply
USA: McDonald’s drops halal food from U.S. menu

There have been only two McDonald’s restaurants in the U.S. that have offered halal food. Both were in east Dearborn, Mich., which has a sizable population of Arab-American Muslims.

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Halal Food Festival Shows Canada’s Diversity

| 03/06/2013 | Reply
Halal Food Festival Shows Canada’s Diversity

The first-ever halal food festival in Canada has drawn record-breaking crowds, showing the diversity of the marketplace in a major North American city. Lineups wrapped around the 100,000 sq ft facility.

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Canada: Government to impose new labels, but not new standards, on halal food

| 01/06/2013 | Reply
Canada: Government to impose new labels, but not new standards, on halal food

According to proposed regulations published in this week’s Canada Gazette, all food that advertises itself as halal would have to list on the packaging which body certified it meets the criteria under Islamic law.

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USA: Local McDonald’s stops serving halal meat

| 31/05/2013 | Reply
USA: Local McDonald’s stops serving halal meat

After McDonald’s Corporation and the Finley Management Company settled a non-halal class action lawsuit for $700,000, the owners of the Dearborn McDonald’s have decided to no longer include halal items on their menu.

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Canada: Halal Food Fest showcases diverse, exotic taste of halal food

| 30/05/2013 | Reply
Canada: Halal Food Fest showcases diverse, exotic taste of halal food

Toronto’s first Halal Food Fest at the International Centre in Mississauga on June 1 and 2. In a report by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the government estimates that the halal food industry is worth more than a billion dollars in Canada.

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Opinion: How One Woman Revolutionized Halal Food in Canada

| 29/05/2013 | Reply
Opinion: How One Woman Revolutionized Halal Food in Canada

On a high level, the festival is a way to showcase what we have and inspire more growth. It also serves as way to educate people and encourage the importance of eating halal in a fun and interactive way.

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Canada: Halal Food Fest – Celebrating Diversity Through Halal Food

| 16/05/2013 | Reply
Canada: Halal Food Fest – Celebrating Diversity Through Halal Food

On June 1 and 2, people from all over the Greater Toronto area will be attending the first ever Canadian halal food festival. Also others from cities across Canada and the US!

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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 | Reply
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 | 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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