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Brunei Partakes In Singapore Halal Expo

| 30/01/2008 | Reply
Brunei Partakes In Singapore Halal Expo

Singapore Minister for Environment and Water
Resources cum Muslim Affairs Minister In Charge Dr Yaacob Ibrahim
officially opened the inaugural four-day Singapore International
Halal Showcase on January 24.
In attendance were officials from
the Singapore Malay Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SMCCI) and
ADEX Communications Pte Ltd, and entrepreneurs from several
countries such as Australia, Brunei, Canada, Indonesia, Malaysia,
New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.

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Malaysian Halal Exporters Urged To Meet Europe’s Stringent Halal Standards

| 30/01/2008 | Reply
Malaysian Halal Exporters Urged To Meet Europe’s Stringent Halal Standards

Kuala Lumpur: Malaysian halal manufacturers have
been urged to meet the stringent standards set by Europe in order to
penetrate the growing halal market in Europe.




It is important for the exporters to have the right certification,
transport documentation in order to meet the demands of the European
Muslim consumers for “safe, healthy food,” said the managing director
of Eurofrigo B.V, Derk van Mackelenbergh at a seminar jointly organised
by the Port of Rotterdam, Netherlands Embassy and the Netherlands
Foreign Investment Agency here Tuesday.

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Indonesia to lift import ban on U.S. beef

| 30/01/2008 | Reply
Indonesia to lift import ban on U.S. beef

Indonesian government will lift the
import ban on U.S. beef later this month, a senior agriculture ministry
official said Tuesday.

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Officials need to show hardship if they want to deny Halal meals to an inmate

| 28/01/2008 | Reply
Officials need to show hardship if they want to deny Halal meals to an inmate

Arizona prison officials need to show a
real hardship if they want to deny halal meals to a Muslim inmate, the
9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday. In a
unanimous ruling, the judges overturned a lower court decision which
accepted the claims of the state Department of Corrections that
providing the meals to Amin Shakur would create additional costs and
administrative burdens. The appellate judges said there was no evidence
that the state actually looked into the real cost. The judges
also noted that the state already provides two kinds of kosher meals
for Jewish inmates.

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Brunei-Australia Trade Growing

| 28/01/2008 | Reply
Brunei-Australia Trade Growing

Australian food producers are
involved in Brunei’s international halal brand in planning and
coordinating the Brunei Halal Brand product, which is expected to
launch in the middle of this year.

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How Safe is Cloned Meat?

| 28/01/2008 | Reply
How Safe is Cloned Meat?

With the US Food and Drug Administration already concluding that cloned meat is safe for consumers and the European food Safety Authority giving their greenlight as well to the consumption of cloned animal products do the public even have any say in the matter? Just like GMO food or farmed fish, will the real results of these ‘frankenfood’ alternatives ever be known in this decade? To then make a fatwa on whether cloned meat is acceptable would take a lot more than one mufti in Malaysia giving his comment.

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Where’s the Beef?

| 26/01/2008 | Reply
Where’s the Beef?


It’s not often that American food companies join hands with
environmental and consumer activists to call for greater government
control over the nation’s food supply. But that’s just what happened
last week after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration concluded that
meat and milk from cloned cows, pigs, and goats are safe for consumers.

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A taste of the Middle East in Texas

| 26/01/2008 | Reply
A taste of the Middle East in Texas

In a town near Dallas, Texas, USA, Zituna World Food Market has just opened its doors for business. This modern design Halal grocery store has various departments including Halal meat, dairy, deli and frozen food for Middle Eastern, Persian, Indian and Balkan Russian cuisines. With the Halal Tangier Mediterranean Grill attached to the store this looks like it could be a model for many multicultural towns across America and Canada catering both to the muslim community and international residents in them.

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Southeast Asian Countries Urged To Jointly Market Halal Products

| 26/01/2008 | Reply
Southeast Asian Countries Urged To Jointly Market Halal Products

Southeast
Asian countries competing to promote their halal products in the
international markets should join hands instead of trying to outdo each
other, a halal conference in Singapore was told today.

Malaysia’s
Halal Industry Development Corporation (HDC) chief executive officer
Datuk Jamil Bidin said they should be united so as to position
themselves as a global player or else they will face an uphill battle
to penetrate the world halal market if each goes its own way.

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Brunei Delegation Joins SIHAS

| 26/01/2008 | Reply
Brunei Delegation Joins SIHAS

Ten local companies, led by the Ministry of Industry and Primary
Resources, exhibited their products during the Singapore International
Halal Showcase (Sihas) 2008 at Singapore Expo in an effort to penetrate
the lucrative halal food industry.

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US recession poses no threat to halal trade

| 26/01/2008 | Reply
US recession poses no threat to halal trade

A recession in the United States will have a minimal impact on the
international halal trade as the need to consume halal products is an
Islamic tenet, said Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation
(Matrade) chief executive officer Datuk Noharuddin Nordin,
speaking
at a press briefing yesterday on the upcoming 5th Malaysia
International Halal Showcase (Mihas 2008).

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More firms eyeing overseas markets seek halal certification

| 26/01/2008 | Reply
More firms eyeing overseas markets seek halal certification

More firms in Singapore are obtaining halal certification in hopes of
a slice of the global Muslim consumer market, Islamic Religious Council
data said on Friday.
Minister-in-charge
of Muslim Affairs Yaacob Ibrahim told the Singapore International Halal
Showcase that the industry has expanded beyond food and includes health
supplements, cleansing agents and traditional Chinese medicines

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Student introduces Halal foods to University Park campus

| 25/01/2008 | Reply
Student introduces Halal foods to University Park campus

Starting this month, Muslim Penn State students can dine on Halal certified food weekdays on the University Park campus.

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Over US$1 trillion committed to developing the region’s Leisure Landscape.

| 19/01/2008 | Reply
Over US$1 trillion committed to developing the region’s Leisure Landscape.

A staggering US$1.006 trillion (US$1006 billion) has been committed
to Leisure projects across the region. Development of the ‘Leisure
Landscape’ is a critical part of a total travel and tourism
investment of $3.63 trillion encompassing hotels, leisure projects,
aviation developments, cruise lines, tourism promotion and supporting
infrastructure, across the Middle East, according to the latest findings
of a major region wide research programme unveiled today.

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Ethnic Trend

| 19/01/2008 | Reply
Ethnic Trend

The UK’s
growing Muslim population means that demand for halal ingredients is
also on the rise, with many ingredients manufacturers looking to gain
halal accreditation. “Although we do not specialise in halal
ingredients, we get quite a few demands for them,” confirms Verstegen’s
Neil Bartlett. “We’ve been working towards halal certification for the
last couple of years and have now achieved it, so it might be an area
we develop further in the future.”

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Jawhara: A Hotel With An Islamic Image

| 18/01/2008 | Reply
Jawhara: A Hotel With An Islamic Image

You will notice that the coming trend in the UAE is Islamic/Halal hotels and tourism. This article is just another example of another hotel group seeing the potential of this market. The sooner these venues become international the more muslims will look for them and the number will increase. With Halal food on the menu, once again the Halal industry will find another sector to expand into.

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Islamic hotels to hit the market

| 18/01/2008 | Reply
Islamic hotels to hit the market

Dubai-based Almulla Hospitality is gearing towards making Islamic hotels


a force to be reckoned with in the competitive hospitality sector.



“The Islamic hotel chain is a new industry, a new wave coming through,”



Chairman Abdullah Mohamed Almulla  told BERNAMA on the sidelines of the Global Halal and Islamic Business Forum held in conjunction with the Halal World Expo in Abu Dhabi recently.

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North American Halal Food Industries acquires first USDA Halal meat

| 18/01/2008 | Reply
North American Halal Food Industries acquires first USDA Halal meat

Carfrae is the first and longest operating USDA facility in the United

States involved in the processing of Halal meat products under the

Midamar Halal brand, USA’s pioneer and premier Halal Brand

(www.midamar.com). North American Halal Food Industries, doing business as Halal Food Processors of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, acquired the meat processing facility on November 1, 2007 from Steve Carfrae.

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Al Islami calls for UAE to strengthen position in Halal

| 18/01/2008 | Reply
Al Islami calls for UAE to strengthen position in Halal

Al Islami Foods has urged the UAE authorities to consolidate the strength of region’s halal market. It
called for consultation with the key stakeholders so that the local
markets develop capabilities to compete with the international players.

These
recommendations were presented by Al Islami Foods marketing manager
Mustafa Jassem to at the Global Halal and Islamic Business Forum at Abu
Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.

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WTO urges Gulf States to Promote Islamic Tourism

| 18/01/2008 | Reply
WTO urges Gulf States to Promote Islamic Tourism

Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries have been urged to do more to develop and promote the Islamic tourism market. In
its global trends report, the World Tourism Organisation (WTO) said
recently that the region should be more assertive role in pursuing the
wealth of investment opportunities in the market.

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