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Growing number of Australian manufacturers embracing Halal and Kosher certification

| 20/09/2008 | Reply
Growing number of Australian manufacturers embracing Halal and Kosher certification

Australia was the first non-Muslim country to place Halal
certification under legislation and, according to the Australian Halal
Food Directory, there are currently four recognized certifying bodies
in Australia for Halal food.

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Shariah Law: a matter of belief

| 18/09/2008 | Reply
Shariah Law: a matter of belief

Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, suggested
earlier this year that integrating some aspects of Shariah law into the
UK legal system might not be a bad idea. The archbishop said we had to face
up to the fact that some UK citizens did not relate to the current
legal system.
With
an estimated 1.6 million Muslims living and working in the UK and an
increasing Muslim population, Shariah is set to become a pressing issue
for employers.

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HDC preparing local SMEs for global halal market

| 18/09/2008 | Reply
HDC preparing local SMEs for global halal market

Halal Industry Development Corp (HDC) wants to strengthen the
participation of local small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the
global halal industry. HDC will train at least 300 trainees from Mydin’s (a Muslim run supermarket in Malaysia) SME
suppliers, who will receive certificates upon completion of the course.

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How Christian/Muslim Was/Is France?

| 18/09/2008 | Reply
How Christian/Muslim Was/Is France?

It is not often that you get news of the Muslims in France, or the situation there for Halal food. Now with Ramadan in progress articles are coming out. Let’s hope the French Interior Minister supports her statement that Islam must “take its full place in the French institutional landscape.” With 5 million muslims in their country it certainly makes sense.

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Muslim organizations to gain more clout

| 17/09/2008 | Reply
Muslim organizations to gain more clout

‘Singapore – Muslim institutions will
have more clout in Singapore under proposed changes to the law
governing Islamic affairs, news reports said Tuesday.’


After the worldwide release of a photograph of a clearly labelled packet of pork from Singapore with a Halal certification on it Singapore has got no choice but to tighten up the legal side of misuse of Halal certification in order to remain credible in this industry.

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US Embassy Joins the Ramadan Follies

| 16/09/2008 | Reply
US Embassy Joins the Ramadan Follies

Ramadan, the holy month of fasting for Islam, has become a veritable
business in France. The western country hosts the largest number
of Muslims, some 5 million, and the consumption of halal food
increases there by 15% annually.

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Not many aware of 10-year pioneer status: Rohani

| 14/09/2008 | Reply
Not many aware of 10-year pioneer status: Rohani

KUCHING:
Companies that invest in the agriculture sector enjoy 10 years of
pioneer status but not many appear to be aware of this tax exemption,
said Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry Datuk
Rohani Abdul Karim.

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Malaysia Offers Scholarships To Ningxian-Hui Students For Halal Studies

| 14/09/2008 | Reply
Malaysia Offers Scholarships To Ningxian-Hui Students For Halal Studies

The signing of a
mutually-acknowledged halal food agreement between Malaysia and the
Ningxia Hui autonomous region, will generate much business prospects in
the future. In anticipation of this, two local universities, namely the
Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (UNITAR) and the Universiti Putra Malaysia
are offering five scholarships each to Ningxian-Hui students for
postgraduate studies in halal management. The scholarships are being offered through the Halal Industry Development Corporation (HDC).

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China’s Ningxia Region Plans Air Cargo Charters To Kuala Lumpur

| 14/09/2008 | Reply
China’s Ningxia Region Plans Air Cargo Charters To Kuala Lumpur

China’s Muslim-dominated
Ningxia autonomous region, which is beefing up its halal products
sector, is planning to start air cargo charters to Kuala Lumpur,
Bangkok and Dubai next year.

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Halal Park can be major producer of quality halal products: Taib

| 13/09/2008 | Reply
Halal Park can be major producer of quality halal products: Taib

KUCHING:
The Tanjung Manis Halal Park is poised to set the benchmark for the
production of halal food products due to its emphasis on standards in
terms of quality and safety.

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Company will allow prayer breaks for Somalis

| 13/09/2008 | Reply
Company will allow prayer breaks for Somalis

Gold’n Plump Poultry Inc. has agreed to allow Somali
workers to take short prayer breaks and to refuse handling pork at the
St. Cloud-based company’s poultry processing facilities, under a
federally mediated settlement. The agreement is among the first in the nation that requires
employers to accommodate the Islamic prayer schedule and the belief,
held by many strict Muslims, that the Quran prohibits the touching and
eating of pork products.

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Why a Swiss Village Makes Halal Pastry

| 13/09/2008 | Reply
Why a Swiss Village Makes Halal Pastry

An interesting article from der Spiegel about the increasing production of Halal food for export. Who would have thought that puff pastry had alcohol in it? Walter Leisi, director of a Swiss Nestlé plant has thought of it, and is doing very nicely with his Halal Leisi-Quick, a ready-made puff pastry product. Further proof of Halal going mainstream

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Biofuels: Can a global standard solve the sustainability problem?

| 12/09/2008 | Reply
Biofuels: Can a global standard solve the sustainability problem?

For anyone seriously interested in the development of Halal standards, on a global scale, a look at how things are moving along in other related areas may prove enlightening. It is likely to be along and complicated road…

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China’s Communist Regime Suppresses Uighur Ramadan Activities

| 11/09/2008 | Reply
China’s Communist Regime Suppresses Uighur Ramadan Activities

While Muslims in the world are performing the obligatory fast of Ramadhan in their respective countries and enjoying the benefits of this blessed month, spare a thought for the Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang China who have to do this with the fear of Communist retaliation.

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China eager to attend Pakistan’s International Halal Food Conference

| 11/09/2008 | Reply
China eager to attend Pakistan’s International Halal Food Conference

Talking on the side lines of the Ningxia (China) International
Muslim Halal Food Festival and Ningxia Investment and Trade
Fair that kicked off here on Wednesday, the Director Press,
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ningxia Liu Guo Qing said that
it will be a good opportunity for China to showcase their
kitchen items in Pakistan.

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Int’l Halal Food Conference in Karachi on Oct 19

| 10/09/2008 | Reply
Int’l Halal Food Conference in Karachi on Oct 19

International Conference on Halal Food & Agriculture 2008 will be
held in conjunction with 3rd Food, Agri & Livestock Asia 2008
International Exhibition on October 19 & 20 at Karachi Expo Centre.

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Thailand signs Halal export deals

| 10/09/2008 | Reply
Thailand signs Halal export deals

In an aggressive move to increase Halal exports,
Thailand’s Commerce Ministry has signed two export deals.

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Singapore delegates see potential in business ventures with local counterparts

| 09/09/2008 | Reply
Singapore delegates see potential in business ventures with local counterparts

Brunei: The recently-concluded trip to the Sultanate by a trade delegation from Singapore Malay Chamber of
Commerce and Industry (DPPMS) has been considered a huge success by the participating traders from the
island.

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A Quarter of Meat Market in the Persian Gulf Belongs to Brazil’s Sadia

| 09/09/2008 | Reply
A Quarter of Meat Market in the Persian Gulf Belongs to Brazil’s Sadia

Brazilian company Sadia, a producer of meats and meat products, has
a 25% market share in the beef, whole-chicken and chicken-in-part
markets in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman
and Bahrain, all countries in the Gulf.

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Faithful Have New Food for Thought

| 07/09/2008 | Reply
Faithful Have New Food for Thought

There is a new mindset for people’s outlook on food that is emerging through their personal beliefs that cannot be overlooked. This has changed from what used to be called ‘alternative’ lifestyle preference, and now is going mainstream. It is one of the reason’s that the market for Halal extends to the non-Muslims with the extra assurance of the animal welfare. This does not only apply to America but also the Middle East where manufacturing Halal food  cannot just about what is permitted in their religion but they now also, like the Americans, have to take into consideration the obesity and health issues that are prevalent in their region.

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