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Increased corn imports to boost Halal market

| 22/04/2008 | Reply
Increased corn imports to boost Halal market

Mindanao
Business Council chair Vicente Lao said in an interview that one major
factor affecting the bid of the Philippines to be the prime exporter of
chicken with the Halal certification is the high price of corn in the
country today.


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MIHAS 2008 gets ready for takeoff

| 18/04/2008 | Reply
MIHAS 2008 gets ready for takeoff

As MIHAS gets ready for its 5th year, its is once again clear that this is the big event of the Halal expo calendar. The first mover advantage that was struggled for – against many odds – and gained by pioneering CEO Shukri Abdullah, has really made this KL-based trade show the top venue for all pro-active Halal industry stakeholders around the world. Expect around 500 booths, tens of thousands of traders, lots of Halal big-guns and a few hundred million in trade sales. Thats what I call a trade show. See you there!

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Local Companies Overlook Opportunities In Muslim Minority Markets

| 17/04/2008 | Reply
Local Companies Overlook Opportunities In Muslim Minority Markets

Manufacturers and service providers
have overlooked the opportunities that exist in Muslim minority markets
such as the European Union and the United States, MIHAS chief executive
officer Mohd Shukri Abdullah said Tuesday.

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Jakim Will Continue To Train Halal Industry Researchers, Says Abdullah

| 12/04/2008 | Reply
Jakim Will Continue To Train Halal Industry Researchers, Says Abdullah

The Malaysian Islamic Development
Department (Jakim) will continue to train officers handling research on
the halal industry, said Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. He said they must know what are the matters that need to be
understood in determing whether a product is halal (permitted by Islam).

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Harrington Picks Malaysia As Hub To Boost Sales To Asia-Pacific And Mid-East Marts

| 12/04/2008 | Reply
Harrington Picks Malaysia As Hub To Boost Sales To Asia-Pacific And Mid-East Marts

Herbal products company, Harrington Pte London, has picked
Malaysia as its regional hub to boost the sales of its Virgin Dtox
London products to Asia-Pacific and Middle East markets.

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Incentives for Halal Parks

| 12/04/2008 | Reply
Incentives for Halal Parks

The Halal Industry Development Corporation (HDC) is expected to
announce incentives for the development of halal parks and products
during the World Halal Forum 2008 next month.

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Inn keeping with changing needs

| 10/04/2008 | Reply
Inn keeping with changing needs

A SWIFT drink down the local has taken on a new twist – at what is thought to be the country’s first Islamic ‘pub’. Reminiscent
of the 19th century temperance bars, the Halal Inn, on Featherstall
Road, Oldham is a public house which has most of the trappings of a
traditional British hostelry, but is missing what many would think is
the key ingredient – alcohol!
Owner Azizur Rahman and
business partner Muzahid Khan spotted a gap in the market and came up
with the idea to provide an alternative social gathering place for
local Muslims.

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MITI Pledges To Work With HDC To Grow Halal Industry

| 08/04/2008 | Reply
MITI Pledges To Work With HDC To Grow Halal Industry

The International Trade &
Industry Ministry (MITI) Monday pledged to work with Halal Industry
Development Corporation Sdn Bhd (HDC) to step up the pace of growth of
the industry to enable it to meet international demand. The Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, said MITI accepts the
Cabinet’s decision for HDC to remain within the Prime Minister’s
department (JPM).

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Thailand aiming to be hub for halal food

| 07/04/2008 | Reply
Thailand aiming to be hub for halal food

Thailand will host the third Asia-Middle East Dialogue (AMED) in the
next two years as part of efforts to turn the Kingdom into a regional
hub for halal food. Ministers and senior officials from
50 countries and regional organisations from Asia and the Middle East
ended two days of dialogue in Egypt’s resort beach of Sharm El Sheikh
yesterday. AMED has already established a sub-working group on halal food to set standards for products and production.

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HDC Is Not To Take Over Jakim’s Authority, Says Ahmad Zahid

| 06/04/2008 | Reply
HDC Is Not To Take Over Jakim’s Authority, Says Ahmad Zahid

The Minister in the Prime Minister’s
Department Datuk Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said today the Halal Industry
Development Corporation Sdn Bhd (HDC), which has been entrusted by the
Cabinet to issue halal certificates, is not meant to take over the
Malaysian Islamic Development Department’s (Jakim) authority. “Instead, it was meant as a one-stop agency consisting of Jakim,
the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI), Halal Forum
and so on,” he told a press conference.

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Halal certification now under HDC

| 06/04/2008 | Reply
Halal certification now under HDC

The Cabinet has decided to transfer the function of halal
certification to Halal Industry Development Corporation Sdn Bhd (HDC)
from Jabatan Kemajuan Islam Malaysia (Jakim), Minister in the Prime
Minister’s Department Datuk Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said.

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Halal certification can open new opportunities

| 06/04/2008 | Reply
Halal certification can open new opportunities

Companies can benefit
greatly from having halal certification, says Malaysia International
Halal Showcase (Mihas) chief executive officer Mohd Shukri Abdullah. He said with the certification, the halal sector could create a lot of opportunities for them.

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One body now for Malaysia Halal Industry

| 06/04/2008 | Reply
One body now for Malaysia Halal Industry

Halal Industry Development Corp (HDC) is now the only body in the country authorised to issue halal certificates.


Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi
said HDC would also conduct research and development, organise
expositions and promote the halal industry.

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Bio-tech company eyes Halal hub in Brunei

| 05/04/2008 | Reply
Bio-tech company eyes Halal hub in Brunei

Against the backdrop of Brunei’s Halal brand initiative and the US$200 billion Halal market, the country now seems to
be venturing into the bio-industry with the introduction of technology that may revolutionise medical care, with special
considerations to Halal regulations.

This is the second pharmaceutical company from Japan to approach Brunei to assess the feasibility of locating a manufacturing plant and distribution hub using the Brunei Halal certification. Are we seeing the beginnings of a Halal pharmaceutical cluster?

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New Halal Certification For Restaurants in Brunei

| 04/04/2008 | Reply
New Halal Certification For Restaurants in Brunei

A new Halal certification for restaurants in the
country is – to be implemented this year. This certification will
identify which restaurants will be fit for Muslim consumption and
which are not. It will also give authority to the Halal Food Control
Section to close down a restaurant if needed.

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HDC To Issue Country’s Halal Certificate And Logo

| 04/04/2008 | Reply
HDC To Issue Country’s Halal Certificate And Logo

The Halal Industry Development
Corporation (HDC) has been given the mandate by the Cabinet to start
issuing the Halal certificate in the country and take over the role
from Jakim (Department of Islamic Development, Malaysia). The decision has been made and it is effective immediately, Prime
Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi announced Wednesday.

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Global food traceability experts reveal how Malaysian companies can enter global markets

| 03/04/2008 | Reply
Global food traceability experts reveal how Malaysian companies can enter global markets

The “Food Traceability – The Key to Global Market Access” conference organised by the UK-based Global Food Traceability Forum (GFTF) was recently held in Kuala Lumpur. Some 20 internationally recognised experts on the topic addressed a range of important global topics such as “Is
Halal traceability a route to opening new markets?”; “How Traceability
and Food Safety influence Trading Opportunities between Asia and
Europe”;
“Is traceability a technical barrier to trade?” during the 2-day conference. This shows the potential of yet another sector’s affiliation to the Halal industry.

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DPMM Sends Mission To China To Promote Halal Products

| 03/04/2008 | Reply
DPMM Sends Mission To China To Promote Halal Products

A Malaysian business delegation’s
visit to Xi’an, Shaanxi, in China from this weekend is expected to open
doors to local businessmen to penetrate the huge halal products market
in that country. The 100-strong mission, to be headed by Malaysian Malay Chamber of
Commerce (DPMM) president Syed Ali Alattas, will be in that region for
five days from Saturday and it will, among others, organise a business
forum for both Malaysian and Chinese businessmen.

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Requirements for developing RP’s halal industry identified

| 03/04/2008 | Reply
Requirements for developing RP’s halal industry identified

Creation of a national brand for halal products and formation of a
single regulatory and certifying body are key to developing a halal
industry that is capable of penetrating the $200-billion foreign
market. Heads of at least six government line agencies in Central Mindanao made
this assertion on Tuesday, among them the departments of Science and
Technology, of Health, of Tourism and of Agriculture, as well as the
National Economic and Development Authority.

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Muhyiddin: Let ministry promote halal hub

| 03/04/2008 | Reply
Muhyiddin: Let ministry promote halal hub

The International Trade
and Industry Ministry is offering to take the lead in promoting the
country as a halal hub. Its minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin
said that although the Halal Industry Development Corporation (HDC) had
been tasked with promoting the halal food and non-food industry, the
ministry had been there longer, and had the manpower and resources to
do the job.

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