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UAE Collection of International Halal Slaughter fees

| 17/01/2009 | Reply
UAE Collection of International Halal Slaughter fees

The government of the UAE, declared in 2007,that they wish to collect a
fee on a world wide basis, from premises engaged in halal slaughter. The government is now experiencing difficulties in collecting the fees
and will de-register any plant that does not pay, from approval to
export to the UAE.

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Al Islami Foods unveils Iraq expansion

| 16/01/2009 | Reply
Al Islami Foods unveils Iraq expansion

DUBAI: With the commencement of economic revival in Iraq, Al Islami
Foods today annouced signing of a major distribution agreement with the
Baghdad Poultry and Meat Preparing Company, a diversified trading
company in Baghdad, which will distribute a range of Al Islami products
in Iraq. The distribution agreement was signed in Dubai.

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Malaysian Companies Encouraged To Invest In Senegal

| 15/01/2009 | Reply
Malaysian Companies Encouraged To Invest In Senegal

Malaysian halal food
companies have been encouraged to invest in Senegal to tap the
potential markets in Africa, Europe and the United States.

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Mindanao Bemoans govt Indecision on Halal Certification

| 14/01/2009 | Reply
Mindanao Bemoans govt Indecision on Halal Certification

DAVAO CITY –
Businessmen in Mindanao lament the indecision of government to address
the issue of halal certification which could open the multi-billion
dollar market in the Middle East to Philippine food exports. The
options include certification by the East Asean Growth Area (Eaga), or
create a Philippine agency to certify that a particular food is okay
for Muslims to consume.

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The Power of Brunei Halal Food Policy

| 13/01/2009 | Reply
The Power of Brunei Halal Food Policy

Article on Brunei buying a multinational company for Halal done by Irfan after his trip to Brunei to speak at the Second Economic Forum at UBD

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Halal Subway celebrates 1st birthday

| 13/01/2009 | Reply
Halal Subway celebrates 1st birthday

Here’s a SUBWAY store in the UK that is happy that decided to go Halal one year ago. They have had a 20 per cent increase in sales which is what you want to hear about!

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Malaysian tourism industry achieves exemplary growth

| 13/01/2009 | Reply
Malaysian tourism industry achieves exemplary growth

Malaysia recorded a 5.1 per cent increase in tourist arrivals to
22,052,488 last year compared to 20,972,822 in 2007, Tourism Minister
Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said said today.

“Despite the current global economic meltdown,
the Malaysian tourism industry has managed to achieve exemplary growth
due to intensification of the ministry’s promotional efforts,” she told
reporters on the second day of the 29th Asean Tourism Forum in Hanoi. She said that Malaysia had attracted 2,428,605 tourists from Indonesia, 1,493,789 from Thailand and 1,172,154 from Brunei.


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Academics to offer advice on agro-development in Brunei

| 13/01/2009 | Reply
Academics to offer advice on agro-development in Brunei

Taipei, Jan. 9 (CNA) A group of
academics from Mingdao University in central Taiwan is scheduled to
leave Tuesday for Brunei to provide guidance on the development of
post-modern and organic agriculture in the Southeast Asian nation.

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Pharma Nectar, a Brazilian Company, Pitches Its Honey Overseas

| 13/01/2009 | Reply
Pharma Nectar, a Brazilian Company, Pitches Its Honey Overseas

Brazilian company Pharma Nectar exports propolis, honey and herbal
extracts from Brazilian medicinal plants to more than 20 countries,
mainly in Asia and Europe. With foreign market expansion plans for 2009, the company invests in
seeking new markets. According to company owner José Alexandre Abreu,
the organization, which already has many Muslim customers in Malaysia,
has decided to seek halal certification, which should be obtained still
in the first half of 2009.

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Brazil-Leading world poultry company in big trouble.

| 10/01/2009 | Reply
Brazil-Leading world poultry company in big trouble.

Sadia, Brazil’s second largest meat company, has seen 32% wiped off the value of
the company in December, after the large losses in currency trading now
subject to numbers law suits from investors.
The company is rumored to have taken out a new line of credit, for the
12 meat plants based in Brazil as well as its global operations.

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Market, Consumer Behaviour Study Key To Halal Success

| 10/01/2009 | Reply
Market, Consumer Behaviour Study Key To Halal Success

Bandar Seri
Begawan – Policy needs such as science and scientific
application cannot resolve all problems in penetrating the global
Halal market. Economics and business elements such as market
knowledge, consumer behaviour knowledge, knowledge on regulatory
framework in the export markets are crucial factors to be considered
to take the Brunei Halal industry forward.

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SMEs Briefed On Importance Of International Standards And Certification

| 08/01/2009 | Reply
SMEs Briefed On Importance Of International Standards And Certification

Government initiatives in assisting local products to
be recognised and more competitive in the international market have
resulted in twenty-five local Brunei companies in food manufacturing, cottage industry
and factory sectors being selected by the National Standard
Centre to take part in the development of the GAP Assessment Programme
for SMEs.  The project is centred around
conducting research and analysis compliance according to
international standards in the local food industry.

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Boycott products by Jewish companies: PPIM

| 08/01/2009 | Reply
Boycott products by Jewish companies: PPIM

The Muslim Consumers Association
Malaysia (PPIM) will launch a nationwide campaign urging Malaysians to
boycott products made by Jewish companies following Israel’s military
invasion of Gaza.

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Philippines may adopt foreign halal accreditation protocols

| 07/01/2009 | Reply
Philippines may adopt foreign halal accreditation protocols

The Philippines can adopt the halal certification protocol of Brunei or Malaysia
in order to hasten the development of the country’s Halal industry
particularly here in Mindanao. This was said by
Mindanao Business Council (MinBC) chair Vicente Lao during a weekly
business media forum.

“It’s nice to have
our own halal certification.” Said Lao, but he said they can also
shortcut it by adopting the certification procedures of Brunei or
Malaysia, both countries which have similar halal certification
protocols.”

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Indonesia to Import Meat from Brazil

| 07/01/2009 | Reply
Indonesia to Import Meat from Brazil

Indonesia plans to open the way for Brazilian meat imports in an effort
to lower domestic meat prices, Agriculture Minister Anton Aprijantono
said Monday in Jakarta.

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Marine, fruit products primed to lead foray into halal exports

| 07/01/2009 | Reply
Marine, fruit products primed to lead foray into halal exports

Sitti Amina Jain, the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI)
national point person on halal food, said in an interview yesterday
that canned and bottled sardines, frozen and processed tuna, as well as
dried and fresh fruits, have promising potential in the halal
international market.

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Augrid Global Holdings Corporation

| 07/01/2009 | Reply
Augrid Global Holdings Corporation

AUGRID Global Holdings Corp. (PINKSHEETS: AGHG), a holding company dedicated to acquiring and managing ownership
interests in a diverse range of businesses, re-negotiated very favorable
terms for the Halal meat processing plant acquisition.

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Brunei sells 148 mln in local currency Islamic bonds

| 07/01/2009 | Reply
Brunei sells 148 mln in local currency Islamic bonds

Brunei has sold B$148
million ($100.7 million) of short-term Islamic bonds, bringing
total government issuance to B$1.3 billion to date.

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Award for UK Halal Meat Company

| 06/01/2009 | Reply
Award for UK Halal Meat Company

Janan Meats, In the West Midlands of England, has the distinction of being the first Halal abattoir
in England that practices the halal method of slaughter, to receive the
accreditation of the Red Tractor Scheme, which assures customers that
the animals welfare and slaughter are done within all the legislation
of government and animal rights.

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Brunei To Join Forum To Bolster Asean Tourism

| 04/01/2009 | Reply
Brunei To Join Forum To Bolster Asean Tourism

Bandar Seri
Begawan – Brunei Tourism along with other key players of the
local tourism industry will soon be departing for Hanoi, Vietnam to
participate in the 28th Asean Tourism Forum (ATF) 2009.

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