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        Meeting with UAE Hamariyah Free Zone & Sharjah Municipality Authority - 06th November 2017.

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             Middle Eastern, Oriental, Indian & Asian Culinary Training for Fluery Michon - FRANCE

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Halal  Training and Certification Program @ Cambodia Air Catering Services , Phnom Penh - 18th January 2017

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Halal  Training & Certification Program @ Vietnam Air Catering Services , Hanoi  & Cham Ranh, 04th till 08th Jan. 2017

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                                                   Halal  Training and Certification Program @ HIGICOL SA, Porto - Portugal

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    Halal  Training and Certification Program @ Maldives Inflight Catering - 18th May 2016

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Halal  Cargo Logistics Training and Certification Program @ Brunei International Airport Cargo Centr - 04th May 2016

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    Halal Training and Certification Program @ Chongqing Air Catering CO. LTD:  28th April 2016, Chongqing China. 

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The signing ceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Authority of Xingjiang Province and Malaysian Team for Halal, Muslim Friendly and Hospitality Services project.

The signing of the six MOUs, to establish and to promote integrated Halal and Muslim Friendly program in China and Central Asia region, was signed by both parties and witnessed by his excellency

Malaysian Ambassador to China, Dato' Zainuddin Yahya (standing in the middle).The City Mayor of Wujiaqu City, Urumqi and the Chinese Party Secretary convened the ceremony and gave the

welcome address, providing a brief introduction to "The One Belt & One Road Initiatives Halal Products and Certification" and its international collaborations.

Everyone will look forward to a productive and wonderful partnership, Insyaa Allah @  Xinjiang Province - 26th April 2016: 

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Halal Training and Certification Program @ Davigel, France, 12th Feb. 2016

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Halal Training & Certification Program @ GIC International, Frankfurt, 18 Feb. 2016 

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Halal Certification Program at Amol Dairy & Ice Cream Company @ Amol City, Mazandaran Province, IRAN.

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Halal Training and Certification Program @ MIASCOR Manila(MNL) & Clark(CRK)

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Halal Training & Certification Program Jan. 2016 @ Gate Gourmet Pudong, CHINA

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 Halal lead Auditor Training @ Dhaka, Bangladesh – 03rd till 07th December 2015

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Etihad Airways Halal Lead Auditors Program, Abu Dhabi - UAE.  

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Halal Awareness Training & Compliance Audit @ Perth Inflight Catering (PIC) PER Kitchen Unit 24th April 2015

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Official opening of "The World Halal Summit 2015", by Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

The WHS 2015 themed 'Enhancing the Global Halal Movement', starts since Monday, 30th March till Saturday 04th April 2015.It is designed as a platform to provide opportunities for halal-industry stakeholders to collaborate, network, discuss and present viable ideas for the expansion and promotion of the industry as well as to overcome the challenges it faces.

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Global Halal Logistics (GHL) has been certified under the International Halal Integrity Alliance (IHIA) Halal Standard for Logistics (IHIAS 0100:2010).

GHL has clearly defined and communicated procedures that protect the halal integrity throughout the supply chain, from pick-up to delivery. This provides their clients the necessary Halal Assurance for their halal (certified) products and the final consumer, limited to the logistics. 

The company has appointed a halal compliance officer who checks that their Halal Logistics Solutions are conform with the halal logistics requirements. GHL facilities are subject to regular inspection by a IHIA halal authority to ensure that the operations are in compliance with the international halal logistics standard and Malaysian halalan-toyyiban assurance pipeline standard (MS 2400 1 & 2:2010).

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Conduct Halal Awareness Training & Compliance Audit @ Barakat Quality Plus LLC @ Jabel Ali, Dubai UAE from 15th - 17th Nov. 2014

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Visit to Dubai Central Laboratory Department - 21st September 2014
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A growing number of Japanese Airlines Caterers are offering Halal Meals in their menus to cater to the needs of the growing number of Muslim passengers.

Halal Awareness Training & Compliance Audit @ TFK Haneda (HND) Kitchen Unit from 27th 29th August 2014.

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Visit Lahore Meat Processing Complex a project of Punjab Agriculture & Meat Company (PAMCO) to conduct "Halal & Hygiene Audit". 

First state-of-the-art slaughtering & meat processing facility. Mechanical equipment provided by Turkey, Netherlands and Iran.

Capacity of 500 large animals and 6000 small animals (8 hours shift). Advanced in-house lab testing facility and trained human resource.

Compliance of certifications - Halal, HACCP & ISO 9001 certified.

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Halal Training & Accreditation @ Islamic Centre for Halal Certificate - HANOI, 23rd  May 2014 

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A growing number of Japanese Airlines Caterers are offering Halal Meals in their menus to cater to the needs of the growing number of Muslim passengers. More info visit: "News Update"

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HALAL AWARENESS PROGRAMME IN EUROPE

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HALAL NEWS - JAPAN

Kyoto Aims to be Muslim-Friendly City.

Salama -  23/12/2013 - Japan Times

KYOTO – Kyoto, a city known worldwide as a major center for Buddhism and as the home of some of the country’s most famous Shinto shrines, is stepping up efforts to better welcome one particular group of foreign visitors: Muslims.
With the number of Muslim tourists from Malaysia on the rise, thanks to visa restrictions that were eased last July and the growing number of international conferences in the ancient capital being attended by Muslims from Africa, the Middle East and South and Southeast Asia, the city decided earlier this year to formally research better ways meet their needs.

Of the nearly 845,000 foreign visitors to Kyoto in 2012 who spent at least one night at a hotel, only about 13,000 were from Malaysia and Indonesia. But that was up from the combined 8,000 or so who visited in 2011, and the figure is expected to grow.
In response, Kyoto established a study group to make the city more Muslim-friendly. It consists of hotel managers, convention bureau officials, restaurateurs and others interested in attracting more Muslims. The group receives advice from the Kyoto Muslim Association, which allows Muslims to visit and pray at the mosque inside and which provides information on halal and Muslim-friendly restaurants in Kyoto.

Some hotels, such as Hotel Granvia and Kyoto Century Hotel, already offer Muslim-friendly meals, while the Kyoto Rose Café, not far from the association’s headquarters, offers halal meals. There are also Japanese/English-language websites that list halal and Muslim-friendly establishments in Kyoto.
But one idea that the group, under the direction of the Kyoto Muslim Association, is looking at is a more detailed guide to restaurants that are classified as not only “Muslim-friendly” but also “halal,” “Muslim-welcome” and “pork-free.”

A restaurant is designated halal when all of its menu items are halal-certified and contain no pork or pork products, and when no alcohol, including cooking wine or mirin (a sweet cooking wine made from rice), is used during the cooking process. Muslim-friendly means the restaurant has both halal and non-halal menus. Muslim-welcome means no pork or alcohol was used in the cooking, but non-halal meats and alcohol are available. Pork-free means just that, but alcohol may have been used in the cooking and the menu is non-halal.
In addition to offering prayer rooms facing toward Mecca or taking care to ensure the food served meets the requirements of Muslim customers, there are other issues.

Rie Doi, director of tourism promotion at the Kyoto Convention Bureau, notes it is especially important that Kyoto businesses interested in selling their wares to Muslim tourists understand the cultural background of their customers.
“For example, some companies may wish to offer certain kinds of souvenirs in colors that are particularly popular in the Muslim world and different from (those) other foreign customers might want,” she said.

At the same time, Muslim tourists, no matter where they’re from, ask the same kinds of questions any tourist might ask. A recent report presented to the study group noted that Malaysian Muslims asked their travel agents why they were going to a particular Kyoto temple or shrine and what, exactly, they could do while there. The report said addressing these questions was extremely important to Muslim visitors. But not a few tourists — most with limited time, little or no understanding of Japanese, and a minimal understanding of Kyoto’s history — are likely to want the answers as well.

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Japan's prime minister Shinzo Abe has announced his government's plans to double halal food export by 2020

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 Japan plans to increase its export of Halal Food as demand for Japanese food grows in Muslim countries in the Middle-East and Asia. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has announced plans to double exports by 2020 in a move that will bring an extra $10.3 billion to the country.

The Kuwait News Agency reported that the Japanese government is prepared to pay for half of the costs involved in upgrading processing facilities to make them compliant to Halal Standards.

The Japanese government hopes to increase beef exports in particular. At the moment Hong Kong and Thailand are the main customers of Japanese beef, but there is also a high demand for it in the UAE. They also aim to expand the market to Saudi Arabia, Indonesia and Malaysia.

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Dubai to Host 1st Global Islamic Economy Summit

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Following the launch of ‘Dubai: Capital of Islamic Economy’ by His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in partnership with Thomson Reuters, is organizing  the summit on November 25 and 26, 2013. It will gather leading thinkers, policy makers and stakeholders from around the world to lead a discussion on the future of the $4 trillion Islamic economy. With a consumer base of 1.6 billion Muslims, much has been said about the promise the Islamic world holds for economic growth and profitability. Yet very little transformative dialogue has been undertaken to assess the scale of opportunities and challenges within the global Islamic Economy.

The Summit will initiate critical dialogue on the development of the integrated sectors of the Islamic Economy, covering Islamic financial services, halal manufacturing and related lifestyle sectors.Islamic Finance will cover: Islamic banking, Islamic asset management, takaful and retakaful, sukuk and capital markets and Waqf endowments; Halal Food: agriculture, ingredients and manufacturing, retail, logistics, research and product development and food services; Halal Lifestyle: cosmetics, personal care, pharmaceuticals, fashion, entertainment; art and design and media; Halal Travel: hospitality, tourism, meetings incentives conferences & exhibitions (MICE), healthcare and Hajj/Umrah; SME Development: technology and innovation, venture capital financing, incubation and training; Islamic Economy Infrastructure: training and education, compliance, standardisation, research, Muslim consumer marketing and research and government services.

The event will feature the launch of several innovations relating to the Islamic economy, including ground-breaking market studies and announcements from Dubai: Capital of Islamic Economy.Commenting on the launch, Mohammed Abdullah Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and Chairman of the Executive Office of Shaikh Mohammed said: “As part of the ‘Dubai: Capital of Islamic Economy’ initiative, the Global Islamic Economy Summit 2013 offers that one point of focus highlighting a world of opportunities in the Islamic economy. And there’s no better place to do it than Dubai, the geographic and economic nexus of the Islamic world and a melting pot of citizens from hundreds of countries and dozens of cultures.”Abdul Rahman Saif Al Ghurair, chairman, Dubai Chamber, said: “As a growing global business and leisure destination, Dubai is an ideal choice to become the capital of the Islamic economy.dubai2.jpg

The UAE is already one of the biggest markets in the region for Islamic banking and we see major opportunities to enhance the halal food industry, develop trade policies and commercial laws, and Islamic tourism among other sectors. The Global Islamic Economy Summit will be the ideal platform to explore these ideas and begin a constructive dialogue for future growth and development.”Russell Haworth, managing director, Middle East and North Africa, Thomson Reuters, said: “The emergence of an Islamic Economy as a definable economic paradigm opens up a new horizon of opportunities that, if nurtured, can bring tremendous benefits for societies all over the world.”Sayd Farook, Global Head of Islamic Capital Markets, Thomson Reuters, commented: “In the current global economic climate, the search for new underserved markets has brought a fresh spotlight onto the Muslim world, and especially with regard to Islamic Finance and the Halal food and services sectors. The convergence of these two Shariah compliant industries is likely to be a new engine of growth that engages both the Muslim and non-Muslim world.”  

HALAL AWARENESS TRAINING & COMPLIANCE AUDIT AROUND THE GLOBE

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HALAL CERTIFIED UDON NOODLE & ORAGA SOBA RESTAURANT IN OSAKA AIRPORT (KIX)

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A self-service udon noodle restaurant in Kansai International Airport, Za U-don got halal accreditation from the Malaysian Halal Consultation & Training (MHCT Agency), according to Kansai In-flight Catering Co., the operator of the service.

Kansai In-flight Catering Co. is part of the restaurant chain operator Royal Holdings Co. The latter got requests for halal food from people traveling to Islamic countries. So far, the Osaka airport had no halal restaurants, Kyodo reports.

Halal means permitted or lawful according to Islamic Law which forbids the consumption of pork and its derivatives, and alcoholic drinks (e.g. wine, sake, mirin etc) among other requirements.

Note: Udon is a type of thick wheat flour noodle of Japanese cuisine. Udon is often served hot as a noodle soup in its simplest form, as kake udon, normally  prepared in a mildly flavoured broth called kakejiru, which is made of dashi, soy sauce and mirin. It is usually topped with thinly chopped scallions. Other common toppings include tempura, often prawn or kakiage (a type of mixed tempura fritter), or aburaage, a type of deep-fried tofu pockets seasoned with sugar, mirin, and soy sauce. A thin slice of kamaboko, a halfmoon-shaped fish cake, is often added. Shichimi can be added to taste.

 

Halal Mark a Must for All Food Products in UAE by 2014

18th May 2013  Gulf News - By Shafaat Shahbandari

Dubai: All food products claiming to be halal need to have a halal mark and certification

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 from next year, a senior official from the Emirates Standardisation and Metrology Authority (Esma) has said.

The announcement comes as part of a halal regulations package, which will also include halal certification for cosmetics and perfumes as well as clothes and accessories.

“It is His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai’s dream to make Dubai the capital of the halal economy and this initiative is part of that project. Through this process we will make sure what people consume assuming it is halal is actually halal,” said Mohammad Saleh Badri, Director-General of Esma.

According to Badri, there is currently a system in place to verify halal compliance of food products but it has very limited scope.

Recently mandated by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to formulate halal codes for cosmetics and perfumes to be implemented in all Islamic countries, Esma hopes the halal food standards will also be adopted by other countries.

“Each emirate has its own system to verify halal compliance at municipal level but there are no general standards and regulations. We will be putting a whole new system in place which will not only be a point of reference for firms in the UAE but also for other Islamic nations,” added Badri.

Currently in the process of ratification, the standards will be in place by early next year, covering all types of food products and outlets.

“Every eatery and food brand that claims its food to be halal will come under the scanner and we will go into details of the ingredients used, the processing, the plantation, chemicals used, the packaging as well as the slaughtering of animals. Every process should comply with Sharia regulations,” said Badri, explaining the certification system.

The announcement comes following recent speculation about Western food chains not complying with halal standards, which led to the
withdrawal of certain products in several countries.

“Once we have our system in place, there will be no place for speculation and scepticism. It will be clear to people what products are halal and what are not permissible. We will ban those products that don’t comply with the standards,” Badri said.

Paying attention to detail, the standards will even look into cases of food products being genetically modified or processed using chemicals or fertilisers that have traces of non-permissible products.

Having traces of pork, animals slaughtered in a non-Islamic way or the presence of alcohol in food products among other things is not allowed according to Sharia.

In the next phase, the authority will implement standards to ensure all clothing and accessories are also halal.

IMPLEMENTATION OF HALAL ASSURANCE SYSTEM

Please be informed that, starting July 1, 2013, the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (JAKIM) will require all new applications of Malaysian Halal Certification under multinational category to implement Halal Assurance Management System before applying for Halal Certification. While, for existing applications in the category, are given until December 31, 2013 to create and implement such a system. Enclosed herewith Industry Action Procedure before submitting application for Halal Certification Malaysia as follows:-

01) Appointments of Internal Halal Committee

02) Establish Halal Assurance System

03) Implementation of Halal Assurance System (03 months)

04) Implementation of Internal Audit

05) Application of Malaysian (JAKIM) Halal Certification (e-halal)

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JIJI - MAY 15, 2013

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Japanese food-makers are increasingly seeking halal certification for their products, with the global Islamic population forecast to grow from 1.6 billion at present to more than 2 billion by 2030.

Halal, an Arabic word meaning “permissible,” is used to designate foods that comply with Islamic law. Halal foods do not use pork and alcohol (intoxicant), while the use of poultry and other ingredients is permitted only after they are processed under particular methods.

Food producers must also keep their production lines clean and be honest with consumers. In short, integrated management “from farm to the table” is required for halal foods. Authorized foods carry a halal certification label. For such authorization, religious elements are taken into account alongside food safety and the health of consumers, according to Mr. Hj. Saifol Bahli, manager for training consultancy of the International Institute for Halal Research and Training in Kuala Lumpur.

Japanese companies designated as makers of halal foods held a fair to exhibit their products in the city of Fukuoka in February. It was the first such fair in Japan.

Tsukasa Yoshimura, president of a seafood-processing company in Karatsu, Saga Prefecture, sees halal foods as a possible way to tackle the shrinking domestic market and use nonstandard marine products. “The concept of halal is not irrational,” Yoshimura said. “Although it may be costly (to remain in compliance with Islamic law), we won certification as a new sanitary code.”

Yoshimura’s company developed “gyoza” dumplings featuring meat from horse mackerel smaller than the standard. After the dumplings were certified as halal in October 2011, exports were started to Singapore, where Muslims account for some 15 percent of the population.

Eiko Yamashita, a marketing consultant in Fukuoka, surveyed 79 Muslims at a trade fair of Japanese halal foods in Singapore in March last year and found most were interested in the products. Muslims “long for and trust genuine Japanese foods,” Yamashita said, adding that this offers business opportunities to Japanese food companies for “everything, including snacks and seasonings.”

Shinsuke Nagaoka, associate professor of Islamic finance at Kyoto University’s Graduate School of Asian African Area Studies, believes the barriers against entry to the Islamic market are low for Japanese companies. “The Islamic economy is close to the Japanese way of doing business, as it puts weight on fair transactions and production of goods and on contribution to local communities,” he said.

 

Brahim’s Banks on Jordan For More Mideast Deals

By Sharen Kaur – Business Times - 26/04/013

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KUALA LUMPUR: Brahim’s Holdings Bhd is banking on Jordan to promote its military food products in the Middle East and improve overseas earnings, major shareholder Datuk Ibrahim Ahmad Badawi (picture) says.

The in-flight caterer also aims to expand its halal food business in the Arab region, said Ibrahim, who is group executive chairman.

Brahim’s, via wholly-owned unit Brahim’s Overseas Ventures Sdn Bhd (BOV), rolled out last week its food production factory, Arab Ready Meals LLC (ARM), at the KADDB Industrial Park in the Dhail special free zone in Jordan.

The factory, which was built at a cost of US$45 million, will supply 500,000 24-hour ration packs annually to the Royal Jordanian Army.

ARM is a 50:50 joint venture between BOV and King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau, Jordan’s defence think tank.
BOV is a specialist in developing and packing ready-to-eat meals based on Middle Eastern cuisine.

The project was initiated four years ago when King Abdullah visited Malaysia to discuss the possibility of a Malaysian company producing halal ration packs for the United Nations peacekeeping f

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Ibrahim, who is also the chairman of BOV, said the factory, the first of its kind in the region, will serve as Brahim’s hub for the lucrative Middle East market.

“We expect our presence in Jordan to be the launchpad for further military food deals in the Middle East.

“Our military food packs represent a technology change from the traditional tin cans, which are heavy and bulky,” he told Business Times in an interview this week.

He added that exporting technology and know-how, particularly in halal food production, is Brahim’s strength. “This project marks the successful collaboration between two Muslim nations.”

Brahim’s, famous for its ready-to-use cooking sauces and meat dishes, is also looking at ways to increase its earnings.

By year-end, the group is hoping to wipe out the RM170 million accumulated losses incurred by MAS Catering Sdn Bhd, which it bought in 2003.

It recently bought over LSG Asia’s 49 per cent stake in the world’s largest halal flight kitchen at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang.

With the conclusion of the deal, it expects a quantum leap in net profit and revenue in the current year.

Brahim’s is also looking forward to serving airlines at klia2 with its new range of Asian and international cuisine when the new low-cost terminal starts operations in June, Ibrahim said.

 | 08/04/2013 @ halalfocus.net

151316152Australian airline Qantas Airways has removed food items containing pork and alcohol from its in-flight menu on routes that transit through Dubai.

The move comes following the launch of a major global alliance between Qantas and Dubai-based Emirates Airline that came into force on April 1. The tie-up will see the two carriers collaborate on ticket pricing, scheduling and frequent flyer programmes.

The alliance has seen Qantas switch its hub for European flights from Singapore to Dubai, a Gulf emirate which adheres to Sunni Islam and strictly controls distribution of alcohol and pork, both of which are forbidden under the religion.

A Qantas spokesperson confirmed to Arabian Business via telephone on Sunday morning that the airline has removed all food products containing pork and alcohol on services to and from Dubai. The carrier will however continue to serve alcoholic drinks on these routes.

Qantas, which makes a loss on its international routes, said that following the announcement of the Emirates deal it had seen a sixfold increase in bookings to Europe on the joint network in the first nine weeks of sales compared to the same period last year.

The number of Emirates customers booked to travel on Qantas’ domestic network is almost seven times higher than under Qantas’ previous partnership arrangement in the same nine week period, a statement said.

Combined the two airlines will offer 98 flights a week between Australia and Dubai. Qantas will continue to operate its A380 services from Sydney and Melbourne through to London.

The partnership is expected to benefit Australian tourism, with both airlines developing a global marketing campaign to promote Qantas destinations that are now part of the extended Emirates network.

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TOKYO: With markets expanding in Muslim countries, a number of Japanese companies see the production of halal foods and other products as a passport to the Islamic world, even though this might mean the complete renovation of a factory. Halal, an Arabic term meaning “permissible”, is used to designate the preparation of food Muslims are allowed to eat according to Islamic law. Other products also must contain ingredients that are considered halal. Halal authentication bodies have received applications from Japanese companies that want to produce halal products for Islamic countries.
 
The number of restaurants and university cafeterias offering halal dishes is also increasing. “Halal is a passport to Islamic countries,” Akmal Abu Hassan, 43, a Malaysian living in Japan, said at a forum held in Saitama in mid-February. About 150 people from companies thinking of expanding into Islamic countries attended the forum. Hassan, who runs a company to help Japanese companies develop halal products, said: “(Islamic countries are) a promising future market. This is a good opportunity (to develop halal products).”

The number of Muslims is expected to exceed two billion in 2030. Two of the largest Muslim countries, Indonesia and Bangladesh, are ex­­pected to chalk up growth rates of 6%. In anticipation of the future huge market, Japanese companies scrambling to receive halal authentication are on the increase. However, it is not easy for a company to meet the requirements. An association official said: “In some cases, it is necessary to totally renovate a factory.” Only five applications have been approved over the past three years, the official said.

At a spice manufacturing company in Ageo, Saitama prefecture, which received halal authentication from another organisation, part of its factory was renovated to produce halal products exclusively. Kazuto Inoue, 73, who runs the company, is busily developing halal products. “The Muslim market is very attractive,” he said. 

The tourism industry also has its eye on Muslim countries. According to the Japan National Tourism Organisation (JNTO), the number of tourists from Indonesia last year increased by nearly 60% compared to visitors from that country in 2007. The Japan Halal Association said the number of restaurants offering halal dishes has increased rapidly over past 10 years. Currently, about 200 restaurants across the nation offer halal dishes.

Takayuki Ishihara, manager of the Gyumon barbecue restaurant in Shibuya Ward, Tokyo, which offers halal meat, said, “I hope mutual understanding will deepen between Muslims and Japanese by dining here.” The JNTO, which plans to open an office in Indonesia in May, is prepa­ring booklets to introduce Japanese restaurants offering halal dishes and places where Muslims can pray, an official said.

A restaurant on the University of Tokyo’s Hongo campus prepares a daily halal dish, such as chicken cooked in tomato sauce and beef curry. The restaurant staff have discussed menus with Muslim students, and separate cooking utensils are used to prepare halal dishes from those needed for other dishes. An oven is set aside for halal dishes.

According to the National Federation of University Co-operative Associations, seven other universities prepare halal dishes. Chukyo University Prof Ryoichi Namikawa, who has written a book about the concept of halal, said: “People may have become more interested in Muslim countries because of China’s economic slowdown. To understand Muslim countries, an understanding of halal is essential.”

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Sri Lankan Muslim to Group to Give Up Halal Certification

salama | 11/03/2013

Faced with stiff opposition by hardline Buddhist majority groups, a Sri Lankan Muslim group, which has been issuing the Halal certificates to businesses, has said it would now withdraw the practise.The All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJU), Sri Lanka’s main body of Islamic scholars, said that Halal certification would now be limited to export products meant for Islamic nations.“We are giving up what is very important to Muslims. We are making a sacrifice in the interest of peace and ethnic harmony,” Rizwe Mufthi of the ACJU said.The Buddhist extremist Bodu Bala Sena (Buddhist Force) has been running a vocal protest campaign to force the end to Halal certification. Their main grouse was that non-Muslims are being forced to consume Halal certified products.Mufthi said that consumer products in the super market shelves would no longer carry the Halal certification.As an immediate reaction to BBS campaign, the ACJU had last month said that Halal products would only be offered to Muslims, which was dismissed out of hand by the BBS.Lanka’s leading trade chamber, the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, said it was impractical to have Halal and non-Halal products from the same item.Responding to another criticism that the Muslim scholars of ACJU were making money out of Halal certification, the body said the certificates from now on would be issued free of charge to those who cater to export orders.Sensing racial tensions between the majority Sinhalese and the nine per cent Muslim minority over the issue, President Mahinda Rajapaksa appointed a special ministerial committee to recommend ways to nip it in the bud.

UAE Tough Penalties for Flouting Rules on Pork Sales

12/02/2013 - By Mariam M. Al Sekal, Senior Reporter, Gulf News

Dubai Municipality issues warning following public complaints about some hotels
Image Credit: Francois Nel/Gulf News Archives A non-halal section at a supermarket. Municipality rules clearly state that pork products should not come into contact with surfaces of utensils or equipment used for other food products.Image Credit: Francois Nel/Gulf News Archives

A non-halal section at a supermarket. Municipality rules clearly state that pork products should not come into contact with surfaces of utensils or equipment used for other food products.

Dubai: Authorities have warned food establishments to abide by the rules when handling and selling pork products to avoid facing hefty fines and having their licences revoked.

Some residents said they were shocked last week to find that restaurants in five-star hotels along the Jumeirah Beach Residence community failed to adhere to municipal standards and used the same kitchen equipment on halal products after slicing pork products.

“I ordered a halal pizza and, as we were seated by the open kitchen, I could clearly see that the same cutter was used for a pork pizza that was delivered to the table beside mine. The chef also did not use any gloves and did not wash his hands. How is it halal then if, after I requested to see the kitchen, the waiter clearly stated that they had a separate room to cut pork but were not using it,” asked a worried resident, who wished to remain anonymous.

When approached by Gulf News, an official from Dubai Municipality said severe action will be taken against any restaurant that does not strictly adhere to the rules and regulations pertaining to pork products.

“A food retail outlet needs a permit to sell pork items, and when they acquire one, they are fully informed about the requirements they have to adhere to if they do not want their licence revoked,” said Bobby Thulasi, senior food studies and surveys officer at the Food Control Department of Dubai Municipality.

According to an external circular that was released by the municipality in 2009, all food establishments involved in importing, selling, preparing or serving pork products have to provide storage facilities that are clearly labelled and separated from those used for other foodstuff.

The circular also states that “pork products should not come into contact with surfaces of utensils or equipment that are used for other food products”, and that “separate, colour-coded cutting boards and knives shall be used for pork products.”

“Restaurants need special areas to handle pork products and the cutting booth and equipment should be in a separate area as well. Knives and other equipment have to be disinfected before they are used for other products. And these codes have to be strictly adhered to,” Thulasi said.

“Once these incidents are reported, our inspectors will immediately visit the site and, if there are any violations, the establishment can be fined from Dh5,000 to Dh20,000, depending on the gravity of the situation,” he added.

Ban on 'confusing' Halal logos begins Jan 1st 2013 

KUALA LUMPUR: Starting Jan 1, the use of halal logos, symbols and words such as 'ditanggung halal' (halal assured), 'Muslim food' and Ramadan buffet' which can confuse Muslim consumers will be banned.

Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) director-generalDatuk Othman Mustapha said starting on that date, legal action will be taken against individuals and companies using halal logos other than those issued by Jakim or state religious councils.

"A corporation or organisation found guilty can face up a fine of up to RM200,000 for the first offence or up to RM500,000 for the second or subsequent offence.

"Meanwhile, an individual or other parties can face up to RM100,000 fine or a maximum of three years in jail, or both, if convicted for the first offence, or a maximum of RM250,000 fine or up to five years in jail, or both for the second or subsequent offence," he said in a statement here on Friday.

He said all imported food items to be declared halal should also have the halal logo and certification issued by the authorities recognised by Jakim in the producing countries.

Othman said the transition period for Trade Descriptions (certification and marking of halal) Order 2011 which took effect on Jan 1 2012, would end on Dec 31 2012.

"Hence, Jakim would like to remind the industry players to be prepared and alert of the Malaysian halal certification from time to time.

"It is also hoped that the public will cooperate and channel information about the abuse of halal logos to Jakim," he added. - Bernama

Introduction to Halal http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AgxwPWFZ3KY

Halal Awareness Training in China (English / Mandarin) http://lnkd.in/NyvrGV

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CHINA: The Halal Emerging Market.

The growth of Halal food market was not much affected by the global pecuniary depression. The largest contributors to the Halal market in Asia are China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Gulf States (GCC) members. These countries have all seen substantial growth in the Halal food industry that is unlikely to be curbed in the near future.”

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Venue: Linxia Gansu Province - P.R. China Date: 23 July 2013




The Look East Policy (LEP)
was introduced by the then Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir Mohamad on Feb. 8, 1982. The formulation of the LEP was inspired by Japan’s past struggle for success, particularly its resilience and determination in rising from the ashes of World War 2, to become one of the most powerful global economies.The policy calls on Malaysians to look toward Japan and other rapidly developing eastern nations for inspiration, methods and skills in our attempt to further develop Malaysia. Through the policy, Malaysia aims to emulate and learn from Japan, among others, the technological knowhow, work ethic and good work values, and management system that have been the ingredients for the success of Japan.Now after more than 30 years following the introduction of the LEP, Malaysia has certainly benefited from the policy. Malaysia has positioned itself among the world’s fast-growing economies and is moving toward developed nation status by 2020. The LEP has without doubt brought the desired results and has accelerated Malaysia’s development through providing the right kind of workforce for increased foreign investment, technology transfer and in-house training.Japanese technology, gained through the implementation of various cooperative projects between our two nations in the ambit of the LEP, have continued to facilitate industrial development in Malaysia. At the same time, Japanese institutions of higher learning have also assisted in the training of our human resources.  To date, more than15,000 Malaysians have obtained their tertiary education as well as benefited from the various advanced trainings under the policy.The implementation of the LEP reached another milestone in 2011 when both the governments of Malaysia and Japan formally agreed to establish and jointly finance the development of the Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology (MJIIT) in Kuala Lumpur.

Halal food on verge of boom with rise in Muslim visitors

KYODO - June 21, 2013

Halal food, the only type Muslims are permitted to eat under Islamic law, is in hot demand, say managers at Halal Deli, which delivers boxed lunches to devout Muslims in Tokyo.

“Halal foods are currently delivered only within the 23 wards of Tokyo, but we want to expand the delivery area,” a member of the deli’s staff said.

The shop, based in Koto Ward, opened to meet growing demand for halal food from tourists from Indonesia and other Islamic countries.

A group of about 30 education officials from Indonesia in Japan to visit schools were licking their lips during a recent lunch break as they tried some curry from Halal Deli in a room at the nearby National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation.

“It’s delicious,” one said.

“I want some more,” said another.

Halal Deli signed contracts with three restaurants in April to supply Malaysian, Indonesian and Turkish food. They also decided to expand by launching phone and Internet-based delivery services.

Their most frequent customers are companies that have Muslim employees and visitors, and tourists.

On the menu you can find about a dozen “bento” (boxed lunches) containing chicken, rice and Japanese foods.

The concept of halal does not only prohibit pork and alcohol as most people think. It can also ban consumption of beef, lamb or chicken if the meats are not processed according to Islamic custom.

When this happens, they become “haram” or forbidden — the opposite of halal.

Some seasonings or condiments, like “mirin,” a sweet cooking sake used in Japan, can also be designated haram.

“I didn’t have to worry if what I was eating was allowed or not,” said Fauziah Fauzan, 42, another of the visiting Indonesian officials.

“It would be great if halal foods were available in other areas.”

After visiting Osaka and Nagoya, Tokyo was the first place they found restaurants or dining services that offered halal food, said Fauziah, who by then was resorting to fish or strictly vegetarian meals.

The leader of the team, Mina Hattori, an associate professor at the School of Education and Human Development of Nagoya University, said the last time they had a group of visitors from Indonesia, she had to prepare about 50 halal lunches with only the help of Indonesian students at the university.

“There are many Muslims who would like to visit Japan, but the concern about the food is the main reason why they have second thoughts,” said Hattori, who has conducted research on Islamic education. “I think that if halal became more available, the number of Muslims visiting Japan would increase.”

The Japanese government recently made tourism from Southeast Asia a priority and is preparing to relax visa requirements to lure more people from the region.

“In our primary plan, we estimated about 200 orders monthly, but now we receive over 500 per month,” says the staff member at Halal Deli. “We plan to get more contracts and we hope the service will eventually be expanded to other cities.”

Translated by The Japan Times

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In the near future, more establishments are likely to offer halal-certified services for Muslim visitors. This might mean that there would be increased Muslim-friendly businesses around the world including Japan.

Japan Offers More Halal Certified Services for Tourists

The world’s total Muslim population stands at around 1.6 billion which translates toabout 25% of all the people in the world. With the new achievement, Japan should have a fair share of this number coming to tour the country.

Muslim Sharia law uses the word halal to refer to something permitted or lawful. The law strictly prohibits consumption of pork and drinks that contain alcohol. It forbids use of utensils or food that come into contact with other non-halal foodstuffs either directly or indirectly. The law presses charges to offenders of this rule and may force people to even pay interest among other penalties.

The Sharia rule is so particular to an extent that it sometimes contradicts other rules for companies and businesses. Due to this ambiguity, there are only few halal-certified establishments in non-Muslim nations, Japan being one of them.

According to Japan National Tourism Organization, there is increased tourist flow from Muslim populated countries to Japan since the year 2010. Such heavy Muslim populated nations are Malaysia and Indonesia among others. This trend indicates that more halal-friendly services in Japan could promote tourism industry to a great extent.

Akmal Abu Hassan has taken a great step towards this worthy course. He is Muslim and the head of Malaysia Halal Corporation Co. with its offices in Tokyo. He issued eight restaurants and six hotels in Japan with the important halal certificates.

Attaining these documents means a lot to several businesses. This being the case, like-minded non-profit organizations are helping companies that are trying to attain halal certification. They are doing so by inspecting the ingredients, methods of cooking and assessing whether they have the right information about the Mecca’s direction of prayers, what is known as “qibla.”

Obtaining the halal certification does not allow the establishments to tamper with quality. Regular inspections of businesses that have already received the documents are done in order to uphold quality. The inspections in Japan are usually carried out by Malaysia Halal Corporation which is an internal halal auditor recognized by both Indonesian and Malaysian governments’ associated bodies.

Japan has unique tourists’ attractions that charm even the Muslim travelers. In a bid to accommodate these special visitors, some tourist agencies have strategized on introducing tour packages that attract and cater specifically for Muslim travelers. One such agency is Miyako International Tourist Co. based in Osaka. It provides travel packages which are Muslim-friendly. The package evades tourists’ destinations that may offend Muslim travelers. It is no doubt that halal certification would determine the growth of tourism in Japan.

MORE THAN 1,000 VISITORS VISITED THE EXHIBITION OF MOSCOW HALAL EXPO 2013

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More than 1,000 visitors visited the exhibition of Moscow Halal Expo 2013

Source : islam.ru / 15 June 2013

Moscow Halal Expo 2013 opened its doors to all visitors and exhibitors. It takes place in the Exhibition Hall Centre 75, from 13 to 16 June.

According to preliminary data, the exhibition was visited by more than thousands of people during the first day. Tens of leading experts in the field of Islamic finance and halal industry, the delegations from 20 countries attended the opening ceremony and business programs of Moscow Halal Expo.

The Chairman of the Council of Russian Muftis , Mufti Sheikh Ravil Gainutdin called muslim-businessmen follow the norms of Islam and maintain fair competition. Representatives of the Moscow government, traditional religions, as well as foreign delegates and platinum partner of the exhibition "Risalat Holding" also made a welcome speech at the opening ceremony.

During the first day of Moscow Halal Expo were held "Forum of Islamic finance and investment" and "Moscow International Halal Congress."

The organizers scheduled to hold Muslim Youth Forum, the festival "Islamic style" and the Festival of the national cuisine of Muslim nations, the press service of Russian muslims.  

Scientist Working On Halal Issues Featured In New Scientist

 
Scientist working on halal issues featured in New Scientist May 7, 2013 . Dr. Hamzah Mohd Salleh. an associate professor at the International Institute for Halal Research and Training at the International Islamic University in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, was interviewed by the New Scientist Magazine on his research and future endeavours. Here are some excerpts: What type of research do you do? My colleagues and I aim to find ways to detect non-halal materials in products that are to be certified halal. Our chemists check for porcine DNA or an unacceptable level of alcohol, for example. We also try to find alternatives to forbidden ingredients, such as gelatin made from fish skin instead of from pigs. Our research assists the halal industry – estimated to be worth trillions of US dollars per year globally – and the religious organisations that certify products as halal. Halal slaughter involves cutting the animal's throat with a sharp knife, before draining the blood. Does your work inform this area? The Malaysian halal regulatory body doesn't encourage stunning before slaughter, but since the country imports meat from countries such as Australia and New Zealand, where stunning is required, guidelines have been drawn up. These detail the current to be used and how long it should be applied, based on an animal's weight. We want to detect if guidelines are violated. So we are trying to find biomarkers – increased levels of hormones or enzymes – that are produced if an animal is overstunned, to make sure that the electricity is only used to stun rather than kill. Do you think the growth of halal science is because halal certification is big business? That's one reason. There are great opportunities for companies to address the needs of Muslims around the world. If you fulfil the requirements and accommodate those needs, that is OK, even if the driving force behind this is profit. http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21829150.300-going-hightech-to-keep-the-worlds-muslims-halal.html 

Korea: Food Makers Rush to Secure ‘Halal’ Certification

BPark Si-soo – The Korea Times - 03/05/2013

05-03-05-01There are many marketing and sales tools that work universally. Yet they are toothless tigers in Muslim counties without halal certification.

Halal is an Arabic word meaning “lawful” and “permissible.” The certification is conferred on meat, vegetable and other food products that have been slaughtered, harvested or processed in a way recognized by Islamic Law.

It’s not mandatory for Muslim people to consume only halal-certified products, but it’s obvious certified products have a massive marketing advantage in these countries, according to experts.

Despite its proven advantages, such certification has long been ignored by domestic food makers because of low demand for Korean food in Islamic countries. Now, this is no longer the case. Many food giants such as CJ, Nongshim and Pulmuone are rushing to get their export products packaged with what they now call a “must-have” mark.

The change was driven by an explosive growth of demand for Korean food in populous Muslim countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia and Pakistan. The increase has largely been attributed to the international boom of Korean pop culture, a socio-cultural phenomenon called “hallyu.”

Nearly 1.6 billion Muslim people in 140 countries, including some 135,000 in Korea, consume halal-certified food products and the global market size was estimated to be worth $661.6 billion as of 2010, according to the World Halal Forum. That swells to $2 trillion when halal-certified beauty and other non-food products are added, the forum said.

Many Muslim countries have their own independent guidelines for certification, which are not compatible with each other.

The Muslim population has increased 12 percent on average a year and is expected to make up 30 percent of the world population by 2025, according to a report from the United Nations.

Rushing for Halal

Domestic food giant CJ Cheil Jedang recently earned halal certification or 30 food products, including steamed rice, dried seaweed and kimchi, from the Malaysian government. The company said the certification will ensure brisk sales of its products in the Southeast Asian country.

CJ aims for 10 billion won ($9.1 million) in sales this year and plans to increase its annual sales to 100 billion won by 2018. The firm is developing new products suitable for Muslim customers in Europe and the United States.

In 2010, another processed food giant Daesang earned halal certification for its dried seaweed and mayonnaise, from Indonesian authorities. The certification led to a seven-fold sales increase of mayonnaise and four-fold of dried seaweed in the past two years, Daesang officials said.

Indonesia is the world’s biggest halal food market worth $78.5 billion, according to the Korea Agro-Fisheries and Food Trade Corporation. Nearly 88 percent of its 240 million people are Muslim and they consume some 13,000 halal-certified products imported from around the world.

Korea’s largest bakery chain Paris Baguette earned halal certification from the Korea Muslim Federation (KMF) in December. The KMF’s certificate is acceptable only in Korea, but the firm believes that recognition will make it easier for the company to win halal status in major Muslim countries.

SPC, which owns Paris Baguette, is making headway to its ambitious goal of becoming the world’s largest bakery company by 2020. Its globalization strategy includes some Muslim countries in the Middle East.

Other food makers that earned halal certification from more than one Muslim state are Namyang Dairy Products, Nongshim, Pulmuone, Orion and Lotte Confectionary.

The government has rolled up its sleeves to help companies win the certification.

In March, the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) under the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy signed a memorandum of understanding with Majelis Ulama Indonesia, Indonesia’s top Muslim clerical body and halal certification issuer, to make it easier for domestic food makers to enter the Indonesian market.

“The MOU will help expand Korean products’ presence in the world’s largest halal food market,” said Oh Young-ho, president of KOTRA.

Growing demand in Korea

The demand for halal food is also on the rise in the domestic market on the back of the increasing number of students and travelers from Muslim countries.

In March, Hanyang University in Seoul opened the country’s first halal food cafeteria on campus. “We have 80 Muslim students and the number increases every year. The cafeteria will help their settlement in Korea,” a spokesman for the university said.

Sunmoon University in Asan, South Chungcheong Province, followed suit early last month by opening a halal food cafeteria for its Muslim students.

The influx of travelers from Muslim countries is also on the rise as a result of hallyu.

Nearly 300,000 Muslim people visited the country last year with nearly half coming from Indonesia, according to the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO).

“The number of Muslim travelers to Korea continues to rise thanks to hallyu,” said Kim Hyo-jong, secretary general of the Korea Halal Import Export Trade Association. “We should try harder to provide them with better services.”

Kim noted that having more restaurants offering halal food is crucial for that end.

“There are less 20 halal food restaurants in Seoul. It’s extremely difficult to find halal food restaurants outside the capital,” he said. “Many travelers had to eat uncertified food because there was no alternative. I saw some tourists skipping meals for religious reasons.”

EU: First Pecorino Toscano to be certified Halal

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halalThe first pecorino cheese made in Tuscany to be certified Halal, made in accordance with Islamic food standards, is produced by the Caseificio Sociale Manciano.

The Halal certification was issued by the Zayd Ibn Thabit Islamic Association and is supported by TUeV Italia Srl.

The new guarantee ‘is the result of a multidisciplinary task and an organic approach that included religious and legal competencies in addition to industrial and marketing skills,’ said a press release.

The certification is based on the teachings of the Koran and Sharia as well as the ISO guidelines and international standards. Although the phases of production of the pecorino did not change, the process was modified to adhere to food standards according to the Islamic religion, which require such things as the use of non-alcoholic products for cleaning equipment, different labelling and more.

The Pecorino Toscano Consortium hopes that other dairies in the region will seek Halal certification and increase the multidisciplinary and holistic approach to production of dairy-based goods.

UK: Muslims Raise Halal Concerns at House of Lords Meeting - 23rd April 2013

By Nicholas Robinson – meatinfo.co.uk 

big_ben_from_riverBurning issues from the halal meat industry, as well as Islam-a-phobia, were discussed earlier this week by clerics, Imams and industry leaders at the House of Lords.

On Tuesday (23 April) leading members of the Muslim community, halal meat industries and the Jewish community, met to talk about the recent contamination of halal meat products. House of Lords member Lord Ahmed Nazir, one of only four Muslim peers in the UK, was also present at the meeting and told MeatInfo.co.uk that it was very well-attended.

He said the issue of more halal meat being consumed than was being produced had led Muslims to take risks. He also said that the current economic climate was leading Muslims to take other risks and added: “Consumption of halal meat is higher than production and consumers have been getting cost-effective ‘halal’ meat rather than quality.”

Food Standards Agency guidance

Meanwhile Mohammed Saleem, who is a spokesperson for the Association of Non-Stun Abattoirs (ANSA) and was present at the meeting, explained that everyone at the meeting agreed Food Standards Agency (FSA) guidelines on slaughter should always be used. He said: “Concern was shown by everyone that the industry was to be looked into and for the government to ensure no food is adulterated.”

Saleem also highlighted that attendees discussed how some businesses were not meeting standards when producing halal products. “The outcome was that community leaders should be given the task of asking local council members about why the [FSA] guidelines [for halal preparation] were not being used. Advice given by the FSA is not being used by the local authorities and Islam-a-phobia has been brought up as a result.”

A “wider group” has now been tasked to hold local governments to account for not ensuring FSA guidelines were being adhered to. Saleem also explained that general consensus at the meeting was that if the FSA guidelines were made mandatory, then businesses would be more likely to comply as “the FSA can take those people to task, instead of just taking away a certificate like halal certifiers do”.

“Mentally damaging”

More positively, attendees praised the FSA’s handling of the horsemeat scandal and Saleem said: “The horsemeat scandal was important and it was said that the government acted fantastically, but there was no testing of what is halal or non-halal and it has a major impact on people of faith. Although it doesn’t have any health risks, it’s mentally damaging for people of faith and that was really touched on, simply because it’s actually had impact on the Muslim and Jewish communities.”

Lord Nazir, meanwhile, furthered that the government should take more control of the issue and said: “We are putting most of our responsibility in the hands of the FSA. We have no issue with people who have a wish to eat pork – it’s a personal choice – but people cannot say that it’s halal if there’s pork in it.

“People were concerned that this was going on and we are tax-payers and the government is responsible for making sure the FSA and trading standards ensure the meat being sold is correctly labelled and not being mis-sold.” Defra was asked for a comment before publication


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Muslim holidaying in Hong Kong can now erase any worries they have about getting halal food.

It is now easier to locate restaurants with halal certificates issued by the special administrative region’s Incorporated Trustees of the Islamic Community Fund. The island’s chief imam Mufti Muhammad Arshad said these restaurants are available throughout the city. He added that Muslims will also find it easy to perform prayers as there are many mosques such as Masjid Jamia, Masjid Kowloon, Masjid Ammar and Osman Ramju Sadick Islamic Centre.

Hong Kong has been home to the Muslim community for more than a century, with an estimated population of 220,000. “There is no reason for Muslim visitors to worry about performing their obligations as Hong Kong has all the amenities and attractions catered for them,” he said during the Hong Kong Muslim Workshop hosted by Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) and Uni Asia Tours recently.

The workshop was held to update local trade members on the latest tourism developments in Hong Kong and showcase its Muslim-friendly facilities and services. The ongoing effort was aimed at sharing insights to assist trade members to cater for their Muslim clients’ needs in Hong Kong. Among those present were Hong Kong trade partners such as Big Bus Tours, Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, Ocean Park Hong Kong, Cosmo Mongkok Hotel, Cosmopolitan Hotel and Regal Airport Hotel.

HKTB has also launched a revamped Muslim Guide, which features places to visit, halal restaurants and information on mosques around Hong Kong. 

For details, visit DiscoverHongKong.com.