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Category: The Americas

Kosher, Halal Foods Meet Demands of Today’s Consumers — But Most Don’t Know It Yet

| 17/04/2009 | Reply
Kosher, Halal Foods Meet Demands of Today’s Consumers — But Most Don’t Know It Yet

In kosher and halal food production, sanitation
requirements are more exacting, supervision is more rigorous, inspection is
more frequent, prohibitions against certain ingredients and contaminants
are stricter, and label information is more forthcoming than required by
federal law. And unlike federal law, these ancient standards are not
subject to negotiation.

Market Intelligence company Packaged Facts’ new report, “MarketTrend: Kosher- and
Halal-Certified Foods in the U.S.” investigates the current and potential market penetration for these sectors.

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Mexico May Help Brunei To Link Up With Global Food Chain

| 09/04/2009 | Reply
Mexico May Help Brunei To Link Up With Global Food Chain

Mexico, one
of the world’s largest food producers, is keen on exploring joint ventures with Bruneian food companies to help it grab
a slice of the lucrative global market for halal products.

“We see a lot of
possibilities in terms of food,” said Mexican Ambassador to
Singapore Juan Jose Gomez Camacho who led a Mexican business
delegation that met with Bruneian businessmen in the
Sultanate yesterday.

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FDA officially delays feed ban implementation

| 08/04/2009 | Reply
FDA officially delays feed ban implementation

The
Food and Drug Administration announced it has officially delayed for 60
days the 2008 BSE final rule prohibiting the use of certain cattle
materials in feed for all animals. The effective date is pushed back to
June 26 from April 27.

So, in case you thought that the rule prohibiting the use of rendered spinal cords and brains from use in animal feeds was already in force in the USA…think again!

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Halal and Organic…Finally!

| 08/04/2009 | Reply
Halal and Organic…Finally!

Although Halal is coming into its own as a food group, and Organic is
already mainstream, the words Halal and Organic are rarely seen
together. HalalFocus was surprised and pleased to come across BlossomPure in Toronto, suppliers of Halal Organic meat

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Judge approves Gold’n Plump settlement with Muslim workers

| 02/04/2009 | Reply
Judge approves Gold’n Plump settlement with Muslim workers

The Minnesota Federal District Court has approved a settlement amongst
Gold’n Plump Poultry, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
(EEOC) and private parties over prayer accommodation at the company’s
Cold Spring, Minn., and Arcadia, Wis., production plants.

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Experts urge processors to foodservice strategies in recession

| 31/03/2009 | Reply
Experts urge processors to foodservice strategies in recession

In an effort to deliver value to a shrinking number of consumers
dining out, foodservice operators and the processors that supply them
are turning to value cuts, smaller portion sizes and other creative
strategies, according to a panel discussion here at the North American
Meat Processors Association 2009 Meat Industry Management Conference.

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Cargill adds remote video auditing at slaughter plants

| 31/03/2009 | Reply
Cargill adds remote video auditing at slaughter plants

Cargill
said Monday it has begun implementing a third-party video auditing
program to bolster the company’s animal welfare protection systems and
will have the program in place at all of its U.S. beef slaughter plants
by the end of 2009. I wonder if this practise will find its way into their Better Beef plant in Canada, and other facilities in the Halal sector?

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South Carolina firm recalls meat and poultry products

| 31/03/2009 | Reply
South Carolina firm recalls meat and poultry products

York, S.C.-based Halal International Processing is recalling nearly
2,925 pounds of beef, chicken, goat and lamb products that were
mislabeled, according to USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.




Not only are these products mislabeled according to USDA, but they also have on the label that they are from a company called ‘Halal International’ but there is no Halal certification on the products. This is a case for needing a regulatory body for Halal foods in the US.

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America’s Costly Halal Food

| 30/03/2009 | Reply
America’s Costly Halal Food

WASHINGTON — Though they concern themselves with eating halal food,
American Muslims are finding it difficult to get affordable foodstuff
to cater to their needs with the skyrocketing prices of
Shari`ah-compliant items.

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Don’t be sheepish about a new industry

| 25/03/2009 | Reply
Don’t be sheepish about a new industry

British Columbia currently supplies
less than 25 per cent of the domestic lamb market. That means that
three-quarters of the lamb consumed in this province is imported from
Alberta, the United States, or New Zealand. At one of the Saturday
agriculture discussions last year we heard about a sheep farmer in New
Zealand who regularly sold his entire flock to a processor in Surrey,
B.C.

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North Carolina bill targets kosher, halal foods

| 16/03/2009 | Reply
North Carolina bill targets kosher, halal foods

This bill would set state standards for kosher and halal food. State
Sen. Larry Shaw, a Fayetteville Democrat, said he filed the bill after
hearing from Jews and Muslims who were concerned about sales of foods
that meet strict religious requirements.

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Safe Quality Food Institute launches new Web site

| 09/03/2009 | Reply
Safe Quality Food Institute launches new Web site

The Safe Quality Food Institute, a division of the Food Marketing Institute, announced it has launched a new website — sqfi.com — organizing the content according to user needs.

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Consumers shifting down again — from ready-to-serve to fresh meat

| 09/03/2009 | Reply
Consumers shifting down again — from ready-to-serve to fresh meat

The shift from foodservice to retail over the past several months is
giving way to another shift as consumers are increasingly purchasing
fresh meat instead of more expensive heat-and-serve entrees, according
to industry executives attending the Annual Meat Conference here this
week.

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Poll Finds U.S. Muslims Thriving, but Not Content

| 07/03/2009 | Reply
Poll Finds U.S. Muslims Thriving, but Not Content

The Gallup study is significant because it is the first to examine a
randomly selected sample of American Muslims. Gallup interviewed more
than 300,000 people by telephone in 2008 while conducting broader
polls, and focused on 946 who identified themselves as Muslims.

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Muslim Americans Exemplify Diversity, Potential

| 07/03/2009 | Reply
Muslim Americans Exemplify Diversity, Potential

Key findings from a new report by the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies

WASHINGTON,
D.C. — In the first-ever nationally representative study of a randomly
selected sample of Muslim Americans, Gallup reveals that Muslim
Americans are the most racially diverse religious group surveyed in the
United States, with African Americans making up the largest contingent
within the population, at 35%.

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The Growing Halal and Kosher Markets

| 07/03/2009 | Reply
The Growing Halal and Kosher Markets

It isn’t just kosher-observant Jews and halal-observant Muslims who are
driving the sacred foods market. Many consumers who are concerned about
food safety are turning to kosher- and halal-certified foods because of
the perception that they are “cleaner” and more closely supervised
during the manufacturing process.

Vegans, vegetarians and consumers
with food intolerances are drawn to the products as well because the
certification labeling means that they can quickly see if a food
contains, for example, dairy. Manufacturers are also pursuing
certification because it can help open up new regional markets in
cities where buyers are more likely to be accepting of certified
products.

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Gulfood a boost for F&B market morale

| 04/03/2009 | Reply
Gulfood a boost for F&B market morale

Rastelli owner Anthony Rastelli, who was exhibiting in Dubai
International Convention and Exhibition Centre’s (DICEC) Sheikh Maktoum
Hall this year, says Gulfood 2009 was “one of the more successful
shows” for the Halal food company, adding that there had been no
particular impact from the economic climate.

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Demand for Halal hots up in USA

| 04/03/2009 | Reply
Demand for Halal hots up in USA

Poll
after poll reveals what Americans are after from poultry products:
wholesomeness, healthfulness and a certain “natural” quality. The
rising demand for clean labels has affected which products Americans
buy, and companies that offer specially certified products, such as Halal poultry, are among the ones reaping the rewards.

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Illinois University database connects producers with processors

| 04/03/2009 | Reply
Illinois University database connects producers with processors

Say you are a chef in Chicago who wants to source Illinois
grass-fed beef. Or you are a meat processor in New York looking for Halal beef that was raised locally. You might be a
retailer looking for all the meat processors you could partner with in
Macon County, Georgia, or even a consumer wondering where to find all
the meat markets in Akron, Ohio. It’s all available on
MarketMaker.

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Pilgrim’s Pride to close three chicken plants, lay off 3,000

| 28/02/2009 | Reply
Pilgrim’s Pride to close three chicken plants, lay off 3,000

Pilgrim’s
Pride, which is reorganizing under bankruptcy protection, on Friday
said it would idle three U.S. chicken processing plants and lay off
3,000 workers, reducing its production by as much as 10 percent as the
recession takes its toll on consumer demand.

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