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Philippine standard on halal guidelines presented to Arroyo soon

| 07/02/2008 | Reply
Philippine standard on halal guidelines presented to Arroyo soon

The Philippines continues to develop their Halal industry, and the drafting of the Philippine National Standard on Halal Guidelines is the latest move. Being free from bird-flu is also a distinct advantage, and if they can get sufficient investment and start to produce to general international food standards, they could emerge as significant Halal industry players in the South east Asian region.

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Bird Flu stories cost poultry industry billions in Pakistan

| 07/02/2008 | Reply
Bird Flu stories cost poultry industry billions in Pakistan

Pakistan Poultry Association (PPA) Monday said the poultry business
suffered billions of rupees loss on account of panic in consumers
caused by, what he called, a propaganda of Bird Flu.

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LTH to invest up to RM300m in AsiaPac equities

| 06/02/2008 | Reply
LTH to invest up to RM300m in AsiaPac equities

Haj operator Lembaga Tabung Haji (LTH) is looking at investing
up to RM300 million initially in syariah-compliant equities in the Asia
Pacific, ex-Japan, this year as it simultaneously seeks to leverage on
local companies to become a global halal food producer. LTH chief executive
officer Datuk Ismee Ismail said the organisation was eyeing equities in
syariah-compliant industries, including food, in markets such as Kuwait
and Australia.

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Animal Welfare Groups call on Federal Agriculture Minister to Stop Slaughter Without Stunning

| 06/02/2008 | Reply
Animal Welfare Groups call on Federal Agriculture Minister to Stop Slaughter Without Stunning

ANIMAL welfare groups have called on federal Agriculture Minister Tony
Burke to halt the slaughter by throat slitting of up to 4000 sheep a
week at four Victorian abattoirs for new kosher exports, which began
last month. The
previous agriculture minister Peter McGauran announced a review of the
standard for ritual slaughter in August last year after The Age
revealed animals were being slaughtered without stunning for halal meat
exports. The review will examine the
science of how much suffering this causes to conscious animals and
whether the practice is inhumane.


Let’s hope that this review is made public.

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Halal Industry Masterplan To Be Presented To Government By End February

| 06/02/2008 | Reply
Halal Industry Masterplan To Be Presented To Government By End February

A masterplan for the Malaysian halal industry
will be presented to the government by end of this month, the chief
executive officer of Halal Industry Development Corporation, Datuk
Jamil Bidin, said today at the launch of the World Halal Forum 2008. Jamil said that the masterplan was a comprehensive blueprint
encompassing a three-year roadmap for the development of the country’s
halal industry which is rapidly expanding.

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Brunei exports closer

| 06/02/2008 | Reply
Brunei exports closer

The Religious Council of
Brunei is soon expected to authorise commencement of a Halal
accreditation process for interested Australian companies wanting to be
a part of the global Brunei Halal Brand.
The opportunity for Ararat
producers to export Halal certified grain, meat and other products to
Brunei is about to move a step closer.

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Corporate Britain trying to appeal to Muslim customers

| 06/02/2008 | Reply
Corporate Britain trying to appeal to Muslim customers

In
today’s Britain, things have moved on with more understanding
of the needs of consumers from a particular segment of society. Slowly
too, and in their efforts to attract new customers, corporate Britain
has woken up to the strength of the ‘halal pound’, and are coming up
with newer and more ingenious ways of appealing to the Muslim customer.
Wander
down the aisles of supermarket giants Asda, and refrigerators full of
halal meat and poultry with labelling from Brazil or New Zealand sit
next to boxed kebabs and minced meat samosas.

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Thai Airways receives Halal Certificate

| 04/02/2008 | Reply
Thai Airways receives Halal Certificate

BANGKOK, Feb 3 (TNA) – National carrier Thai Airways International
(THAI) on Sunday received a certificate for Halal food prepared by its
catering department.

No article here, just a notice for world travellers who want to eat Halal food on board.

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UAE yet to decide on cloned meat

| 04/02/2008 | Reply
UAE yet to decide on cloned meat

Meat and dairy products from cloned animals or their offspring can
enter the UAE from the United States without being labelled as such,
after the US Food and Drug Agency declared them safe for consumption.

Khalid
Al Awadi, head of food safety at Dubai Municipality, told Gulf News GM
foods are low on their priority list. “We’re mainly concerned with
making sure the animals were slaughtered in the halal way and have high
hygienic standards,” he said.




This is an issue that needs more attention by the Shariah scholars to bring more clarity on it for the Halal market.

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Drop Islamic Banking Study, group says

| 04/02/2008 | Reply
Drop Islamic Banking Study, group says

“The
Muslim Canadian Congress wants the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. to
stop a study considering the introduction of so-called “Islamic
banking” to Canada.” How ‘Halal’ is Islamic banking? The idea of honest interest free banking for everyone is perhaps a study the Muslim Canadian Congress should look into further for the benefit of everyone. If they look into the Islamic banking in SE Asia they will find there is a much higher percentage of customers that are non-Muslim who have seen the benefits are more favourable for them.

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Islamic branding: the next big thing?

| 31/01/2008 | Reply
Islamic branding: the next big thing?

THERE is a sense of the arrival of a new “big thing” in the world of
marketing – and it is coloured green; not the familiar grass green of
the environment, but the deeper green of Islam.
For the first time, it is a topic which is receiving serious public
attention; and the future of Islamic branding was in the spotlight at
the last World Islamic Economic Forum in Kuala Lumpur.

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In difference there is opportunity

| 31/01/2008 | Reply
In difference there is opportunity

By
developing high quality food offerings utilising ethnic cuisines and
building strong business format franchises around them, Mahmoods and
wok2go are two examples of the successful integration of British
multiculturalism and entrepreneurialism.

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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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