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11 Nov

Should Jakim go global? That is the question we have been asking on various forums.  Jakim is increasingly becoming a household name for most of the halal accreditation bodies around the world.  Following is an analysis of Jakim`s foothold in the global halal industry.  The halal certification body may need to be more aggressive and strengthen its presence in the global halal stage.

THE GLOBAL halal market is set to grow exponentially due to increasing demand from Muslim as well as non-Muslim countries.

Reportedly, figures show that it is expected to reach US$9.71…

Should Jakim go global? That is the question we have been asking on various forums.  Jakim is increasingly becoming a household name for most of the halal accreditation bodies around the world.  Following is an analysis of Jakim`s foothold in the global halal industry.  The halal certification body may need to be more aggressive and strengthen its presence in the global halal stage.

THE GLOBAL halal market is set to grow exponentially due to increasing demand from Muslim as well as non-Muslim countries.

Reportedly, figures show that it is expected to reach US$9.71…

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11 Nov

DUBAI, 10th November 2019 (WAM) — 6 new countries become IHAF members. IHAF, the International Halal Accreditation Forum, is the world`s pioneering halal accreditation platform. It accepted new partners from six countries, including Japan, Costa Rica, Bulgaria, Belarus, Sudan and the Republic of Korea, raising its membership to include 37 countries so far.

At the sixth Board of Directors and fourth General Assembly meeting of the IHAF, held recently in Frankfurt, Germany, the IHAF approved the membership of the Public Interest Incorporated Foundation Japan…

DUBAI, 10th November 2019 (WAM) — 6 new countries become IHAF members. IHAF, the International Halal Accreditation Forum, is the world`s pioneering halal accreditation platform. It accepted new partners from six countries, including Japan, Costa Rica, Bulgaria, Belarus, Sudan and the Republic of Korea, raising its membership to include 37 countries so far.

At the sixth Board of Directors and fourth General Assembly meeting of the IHAF, held recently in Frankfurt, Germany, the IHAF approved the membership of the Public Interest Incorporated Foundation Japan…

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11 Nov

Top officials of Malaysia’s halal certification department have been accused in legal complaints of compromising the country’s Islamic documentation procedures, according to documents obtained by Asia Sentinel. The irregularities call into question whether many of Malaysia’s millions of Muslim consumers are actually buying truly halal meat and generating concern that individuals have put profit before integrity, destroying the reputation of Malaysia’s halal certification system.

Those involved allegedly include Dr. Sirajuddin Suhaimee, a top official who is short…

Top officials of Malaysia’s halal certification department have been accused in legal complaints of compromising the country’s Islamic documentation procedures, according to documents obtained by Asia Sentinel. The irregularities call into question whether many of Malaysia’s millions of Muslim consumers are actually buying truly halal meat and generating concern that individuals have put profit before integrity, destroying the reputation of Malaysia’s halal certification system.

Those involved allegedly include Dr. Sirajuddin Suhaimee, a top official who is short…

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11 Nov

PUTRAJAYA: The Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) has never appointed a consultant to handle applications for halal certificates on its behalf, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa (pix) said.

As such, he did not rule out the possibility of the alleged corruption in the application and approval for Jakim’s halal certificates was committed by the so-called ‘consultant’.

“There are many cases where people came to me and said that they have applied and waited (for halal certificate) for about a year. When I…

PUTRAJAYA: The Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) has never appointed a consultant to handle applications for halal certificates on its behalf, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa (pix) said.

As such, he did not rule out the possibility of the alleged corruption in the application and approval for Jakim’s halal certificates was committed by the so-called ‘consultant’.

“There are many cases where people came to me and said that they have applied and waited (for halal certificate) for about a year. When I…

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10 Oct

UAE to help Bangladesh set up Global Halal Certification Center. This move is in the backdrop of a global surge in the halal food industry. Recently, both UAE and Bangladeshi officials met to discuss the details on how the UAE, a leader in the global certification will help Bangladesh set up a global Halal Certification Center.

Dhaka, Oct 26 (UNB) – The Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) on Saturday sought support from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to set up a Global Halal Certification Centre here.

The issue came up for discussion…

UAE to help Bangladesh set up Global Halal Certification Center. This move is in the backdrop of a global surge in the halal food industry. Recently, both UAE and Bangladeshi officials met to discuss the details on how the UAE, a leader in the global certification will help Bangladesh set up a global Halal Certification Center.

Dhaka, Oct 26 (UNB) – The Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) on Saturday sought support from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to set up a Global Halal Certification Centre here.

The issue came up for discussion…

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10 Oct

Dubai launches `world`s First` AI-based fatwa service. Currently, the `Virtual Ifta` can answer 205 questions related to prayer. However, the organizers plan to expand this service to other areas of the Muslim faith as well in the near future.

Dubai: Dubai on Tuesday launched ‘Virtual Ifta’, said to be the world’s first service using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to issue fatwas or Islamic rulings on religious matters.

Instead of an Islamic scholar answering questions over the phone, the AI-powered Virtual Ifta takes live questions on internet chat and replies back…

Dubai launches `world`s First` AI-based fatwa service. Currently, the `Virtual Ifta` can answer 205 questions related to prayer. However, the organizers plan to expand this service to other areas of the Muslim faith as well in the near future.

Dubai: Dubai on Tuesday launched ‘Virtual Ifta’, said to be the world’s first service using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to issue fatwas or Islamic rulings on religious matters.

Instead of an Islamic scholar answering questions over the phone, the AI-powered Virtual Ifta takes live questions on internet chat and replies back…

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10 Oct

Islamabad: The cabinet has been divided over placing the Pakistan Halal Authority (PHA) under the administrative control of the Ministry of Commerce as the country seeks to boost export of halal food products to the growing international market.

Comprehensive discussions were held on the proposal of placing PHA under control of the commerce ministry in a cabinet meeting held in the first week of October.

During deliberations, some cabinet members pointed out that PHA was essentially a certification authority more aligned with the activities of the Ministry of Science and…

Islamabad: The cabinet has been divided over placing the Pakistan Halal Authority (PHA) under the administrative control of the Ministry of Commerce as the country seeks to boost export of halal food products to the growing international market.

Comprehensive discussions were held on the proposal of placing PHA under control of the commerce ministry in a cabinet meeting held in the first week of October.

During deliberations, some cabinet members pointed out that PHA was essentially a certification authority more aligned with the activities of the Ministry of Science and…

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10 Oct

IN Malaysia today, halal is an important part of life for the majority-Muslim population. Internationally, at a time when conventional markets are reaching a saturation point, Muslim consumers are becoming much more concerned about Islamic issues in the way they conduct their daily lives.

Halal-related markets are some of the fastest-growing consumer segments today. These include food and beverages, medicines, pharmaceuticals, health foods, cosmetics, fashion, tourism, recreation, finance, and even hardware. There are numerous estimates of the size of the global halal market,…

IN Malaysia today, halal is an important part of life for the majority-Muslim population. Internationally, at a time when conventional markets are reaching a saturation point, Muslim consumers are becoming much more concerned about Islamic issues in the way they conduct their daily lives.

Halal-related markets are some of the fastest-growing consumer segments today. These include food and beverages, medicines, pharmaceuticals, health foods, cosmetics, fashion, tourism, recreation, finance, and even hardware. There are numerous estimates of the size of the global halal market,…

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10 Oct

Is The Halal Times actually halal?  To many of you, it might be an absurd question. However, if you have been watching the news on the halal certification industry in Indonesia lately, you may rightly think that even our newspaper may have to get halal certification to be accepted in the country. 

Our opinion. The concept of Halal seems have lost its meaning in this context. It has gone a bridge too far.

We saw a similar news story on The Economist, a famous magazine, about the halal certification industry in Indonesia.  Please enjoy the read.

IVON…

Is The Halal Times actually halal?  To many of you, it might be an absurd question. However, if you have been watching the news on the halal certification industry in Indonesia lately, you may rightly think that even our newspaper may have to get halal certification to be accepted in the country. 

Our opinion. The concept of Halal seems have lost its meaning in this context. It has gone a bridge too far.

We saw a similar news story on The Economist, a famous magazine, about the halal certification industry in Indonesia.  Please enjoy the read.

IVON…

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10 Oct

With less than a month before halal certification will become mandatory, an assessment by the Indonesian Ombudsman has found the Halal Certification Agency (BPJPH) unprepared for the task of issuing halal certification.

The 2014 Halal Products Guarantee Law, which requires products distributed in Indonesia to be halal certified, is meant to take effect five years after the law was passed, or by Oct. 17. Observers, however, have said that certain problems surrounding the implementation remain unsolved.

According to Ombudsman member Ahmad Suaedy, halal product guarantor…

With less than a month before halal certification will become mandatory, an assessment by the Indonesian Ombudsman has found the Halal Certification Agency (BPJPH) unprepared for the task of issuing halal certification.

The 2014 Halal Products Guarantee Law, which requires products distributed in Indonesia to be halal certified, is meant to take effect five years after the law was passed, or by Oct. 17. Observers, however, have said that certain problems surrounding the implementation remain unsolved.

According to Ombudsman member Ahmad Suaedy, halal product guarantor…

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08 Aug

The Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) has gone to court to challenge the government’s authority to certify halal products, a move is seen as an attempt by the organization to regain its decades-old control over the certification.

Directors of MUI’s food and drug analysis agencies (LPPOM) from 31 provinces across the country have lodged a petition for a judicial review with the Constitutional Court, challenging three articles in the 2014 Halal Product Assurance Law.

The petition was filed roughly two months before the law, which obliges all products sold in the Indonesian…

The Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) has gone to court to challenge the government’s authority to certify halal products, a move is seen as an attempt by the organization to regain its decades-old control over the certification.

Directors of MUI’s food and drug analysis agencies (LPPOM) from 31 provinces across the country have lodged a petition for a judicial review with the Constitutional Court, challenging three articles in the 2014 Halal Product Assurance Law.

The petition was filed roughly two months before the law, which obliges all products sold in the Indonesian…

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08 Aug

The enactment of a new Islamic banking law will help the Philippines bring about financial inclusion by making banking services more accessible to sectors not served by larger players, the central bank said on Friday (Aug. 30).

In a statement, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor Benjamin Diokno said Republic Act No. 11439 — officially named “An Act Providing for the Regulation and Organization of Islamic Banks” — “will unlock the full potential of Islamic financing in fostering inclusive economic growth.”

 

The law, which was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte…

The enactment of a new Islamic banking law will help the Philippines bring about financial inclusion by making banking services more accessible to sectors not served by larger players, the central bank said on Friday (Aug. 30).

In a statement, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor Benjamin Diokno said Republic Act No. 11439 — officially named “An Act Providing for the Regulation and Organization of Islamic Banks” — “will unlock the full potential of Islamic financing in fostering inclusive economic growth.”

 

The law, which was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte…

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08 Aug

 Trade is important. Just look at the attention paid to the depreciation of global currencies. The falling Ringgit, the depreciating Chinese renminbi, and the newly free-floating Kazakh Tenge. The fight for competitive advantage in trade is impacted significantly by the value of the currency in countries where goods are produced and where they are consumed. For trade-in halal products, there is another unit of currency—the halal certification—which also affects the value of a halal product differently in the country where it was produced (and certified) and where it will ultimately be…

 Trade is important. Just look at the attention paid to the depreciation of global currencies. The falling Ringgit, the depreciating Chinese renminbi, and the newly free-floating Kazakh Tenge. The fight for competitive advantage in trade is impacted significantly by the value of the currency in countries where goods are produced and where they are consumed. For trade-in halal products, there is another unit of currency—the halal certification—which also affects the value of a halal product differently in the country where it was produced (and certified) and where it will ultimately be…

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07 Jul

DAVAO CITY -- The National Commission on Muslim Filipinos is pushing for the approval of Enrolled Bill 8281 by President Mr. Rodrigo R. Duterte, for regulating and organizing the Islamic banking system in the country.

Dimapuno Datu Ramos Jr., director of the NCMF's Bureau of External Relations, said NCMF Secretary Saidamen Pangarungan had recently met with officials of the Bangko Sentral and the Asian Development Bank to push for the bill's approval. Last month, the Senate passed the bill, which originated from the House of Representatives, with 20 affirmative…

DAVAO CITY -- The National Commission on Muslim Filipinos is pushing for the approval of Enrolled Bill 8281 by President Mr. Rodrigo R. Duterte, for regulating and organizing the Islamic banking system in the country.

Dimapuno Datu Ramos Jr., director of the NCMF's Bureau of External Relations, said NCMF Secretary Saidamen Pangarungan had recently met with officials of the Bangko Sentral and the Asian Development Bank to push for the bill's approval. Last month, the Senate passed the bill, which originated from the House of Representatives, with 20 affirmative…

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07 Jul

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) of the Philippines recently launched the official Philippine Halal logo, which will be used to identify all Halal products made in the country. The new national halal logo aims to boost the country`s halal exports to majority Muslim countries and around the world.

“We would like to see a significant increase in the  export of Halal products in the future. With this logo, our products can be identified easily by consumers as Halal-certified products,” Trade Secretary Ramon M. Lopez was quoted as saying in a statement Thursday at the…

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) of the Philippines recently launched the official Philippine Halal logo, which will be used to identify all Halal products made in the country. The new national halal logo aims to boost the country`s halal exports to majority Muslim countries and around the world.

“We would like to see a significant increase in the  export of Halal products in the future. With this logo, our products can be identified easily by consumers as Halal-certified products,” Trade Secretary Ramon M. Lopez was quoted as saying in a statement Thursday at the…

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05 May

KUALA LUMPUR, May 2 — Entrepreneur Development Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Md Yusof said Malaysia will soon spearhead a move to unify halal certification worldwide.

Mohd Redzuan said the halal industry has always been one of the main agendas that his ministry has focused on and the aim to achieve a single halal certification was made after several countries agreed with Malaysia that the unification was needed.

“We obtained feedback from several countries.. and they agreed with Malaysia for the unification of the halal certification for the world.

KUALA LUMPUR, May 2 — Entrepreneur Development Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Md Yusof said Malaysia will soon spearhead a move to unify halal certification worldwide.

Mohd Redzuan said the halal industry has always been one of the main agendas that his ministry has focused on and the aim to achieve a single halal certification was made after several countries agreed with Malaysia that the unification was needed.

“We obtained feedback from several countries.. and they agreed with Malaysia for the unification of the halal certification for the world.

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05 May

SINGAPORE – Bernama (April 30): Singapore will have a dedicated halal hub in two years’ time, which is promoted as the most advanced of its kind in Southeast Asia.

To be located in the western region of the republic, the hub will house halal food processing units, central kitchens, cold-rooms, a Halal Excellence Centre and logistics operations in a multi-storey state-of-the-art complex.

Singapore’s Elite Partners Capital said this in a statement today in conjunction with the signing of a strategic partnership with the Singapore Malay Chamber of Commerce and…

SINGAPORE – Bernama (April 30): Singapore will have a dedicated halal hub in two years’ time, which is promoted as the most advanced of its kind in Southeast Asia.

To be located in the western region of the republic, the hub will house halal food processing units, central kitchens, cold-rooms, a Halal Excellence Centre and logistics operations in a multi-storey state-of-the-art complex.

Singapore’s Elite Partners Capital said this in a statement today in conjunction with the signing of a strategic partnership with the Singapore Malay Chamber of Commerce and…

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04 Apr

We all know that we, the Muslims are net importers of halal food from non-Muslim countries. On the other hand, there are millions of food companies in the Muslim world which are not yet working with potential to supplying halal food to the Muslim world.  However, they can export their products unless they get a verifiable halal certification by a reputable halal certification body.  To solve that problem,  recently a start-up in Indonesia has started using blockchain to simplify the halal certification process where more than 1.5 million businesses are trying to get halal certification…

We all know that we, the Muslims are net importers of halal food from non-Muslim countries. On the other hand, there are millions of food companies in the Muslim world which are not yet working with potential to supplying halal food to the Muslim world.  However, they can export their products unless they get a verifiable halal certification by a reputable halal certification body.  To solve that problem,  recently a start-up in Indonesia has started using blockchain to simplify the halal certification process where more than 1.5 million businesses are trying to get halal certification…

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04 Apr

Halal certification bodies around the world have accused Indonesia`s MUI official of extorting money to renew their licenses.  According to these bodies, Mr. Lukmanul Hakim, the head of Majelis Ulema Indonesia (MUI) Assessment Institute for Foods, Drugs And Cosmetics (LPPOM) misused his powers to compel certification bodies to give him bribery so so to keep their names in the list of the approved certifiers.

Halal certification bodies around the world have accused Indonesia`s MUI official of extorting money to renew their licenses.  According to these bodies, Mr. Lukmanul Hakim, the head of Majelis Ulema Indonesia (MUI) Assessment Institute for Foods, Drugs And Cosmetics (LPPOM) misused his powers to compel certification bodies to give him bribery so so to keep their names in the list of the approved certifiers.

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04 Apr

According to the Indonesian Law no. 33/2014, Cosmetics or Food Supplement manufacturers in Indonesia are required to obtain a halal certificate before their distribution in the country. The halal product regulations were supposed to come into effect from October 2019.  But in recent turn out of events, according to the new plan of Halal Product Assurance Agency (BPJPH), manufacturers will be given a deadline up to 2024 to obtain the halal certification. The reason behind this is that there are fears surrounding a decrease in the supply of lifesaving vaccines and other necessary products.…

According to the Indonesian Law no. 33/2014, Cosmetics or Food Supplement manufacturers in Indonesia are required to obtain a halal certificate before their distribution in the country. The halal product regulations were supposed to come into effect from October 2019.  But in recent turn out of events, according to the new plan of Halal Product Assurance Agency (BPJPH), manufacturers will be given a deadline up to 2024 to obtain the halal certification. The reason behind this is that there are fears surrounding a decrease in the supply of lifesaving vaccines and other necessary products.…

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04 Apr

 There has been a lot of talk about corrupt practices in the Halal industry. Some halal certification bodies try to manipulate the halal certifications. Even some manufacturers in various countries try to cheat their consumers to make money by actually providing non-halal food items.

We have written extensively on the topic and we advocate for the transparency of the halal certification system so that malpractices in the halal certification can be significantly reduced if not eliminated entirely.

WMCO World Muslim…

 There has been a lot of talk about corrupt practices in the Halal industry. Some halal certification bodies try to manipulate the halal certifications. Even some manufacturers in various countries try to cheat their consumers to make money by actually providing non-halal food items.

We have written extensively on the topic and we advocate for the transparency of the halal certification system so that malpractices in the halal certification can be significantly reduced if not eliminated entirely.

WMCO World Muslim…

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04 Apr

The Board of Trustees of the Accounting and Auditing Organization for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI) appointed Mr. Omar Mustafa Ansari as its new Secretary General in its meeting held on 7 April 2019 (the first day of AAOIFI 17th Annual Shari'ah Boards Conference in the Kingdom of Bahrain).

The Chairman of the Board, His Excellency Sheikh Ebrahim bin Khalifa Al Khalifa stated, “On behalf of AAOIFI and its Board of Trustees, we are very glad to announce that Mr. Omar Ansari has been selected and appointed as the new Secretary General of AAOIFI. During his last 4 years with…

The Board of Trustees of the Accounting and Auditing Organization for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI) appointed Mr. Omar Mustafa Ansari as its new Secretary General in its meeting held on 7 April 2019 (the first day of AAOIFI 17th Annual Shari'ah Boards Conference in the Kingdom of Bahrain).

The Chairman of the Board, His Excellency Sheikh Ebrahim bin Khalifa Al Khalifa stated, “On behalf of AAOIFI and its Board of Trustees, we are very glad to announce that Mr. Omar Ansari has been selected and appointed as the new Secretary General of AAOIFI. During his last 4 years with…

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04 Apr

Let us face it. The Muslim world does not have a unified Halal standard which the world must follow no matter which country they are from.  The global Halal industry leaders have been talking about this all-important issue for quite some time now. However, there does not seem to be any solution to the ever-growing problem affecting most of the Muslims in the world and Islam as well.

The biggest problem we the Muslims are facing is that most of us seem to have our own version of the word Halal and we rarely agree on what should be a global Halal standard. This is creating confusion…

Let us face it. The Muslim world does not have a unified Halal standard which the world must follow no matter which country they are from.  The global Halal industry leaders have been talking about this all-important issue for quite some time now. However, there does not seem to be any solution to the ever-growing problem affecting most of the Muslims in the world and Islam as well.

The biggest problem we the Muslims are facing is that most of us seem to have our own version of the word Halal and we rarely agree on what should be a global Halal standard. This is creating confusion…

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03 Mar

Increasingly, young Muslim consumers are imposing exacting, socially and environmentally responsible standards on what they choose to buy

Let’s face it, social media has the power to ruin most things, and this week it brought bad news to Muslim chocolate lovers. In one short tweet, M&M’s UK replied to a query about its products with the doleful words: “Not suitable for a halal diet.”

The Muslim internet fell into shock. Even…

Increasingly, young Muslim consumers are imposing exacting, socially and environmentally responsible standards on what they choose to buy

Let’s face it, social media has the power to ruin most things, and this week it brought bad news to Muslim chocolate lovers. In one short tweet, M&M’s UK replied to a query about its products with the doleful words: “Not suitable for a halal diet.”

The Muslim internet fell into shock. Even…

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03 Mar

PARIS: The management of the Grand Mosque of Paris here has expressed its interest to obtain the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) halal certificate as recognition for its slaughtering centre.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said the interest was raised by the mosque’s rector, Dr Dalil Boubakeur when she visited the mosque on Tuesday.

“In the meeting with Dr Dalil Boubakeur which was also attended by Mufti Dr Khaled Abou Taleb and Mufti Cheikh Bozidi today, the subject of seeking Jakim’s halal recognition and certificate for the…

PARIS: The management of the Grand Mosque of Paris here has expressed its interest to obtain the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) halal certificate as recognition for its slaughtering centre.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said the interest was raised by the mosque’s rector, Dr Dalil Boubakeur when she visited the mosque on Tuesday.

“In the meeting with Dr Dalil Boubakeur which was also attended by Mufti Dr Khaled Abou Taleb and Mufti Cheikh Bozidi today, the subject of seeking Jakim’s halal recognition and certificate for the…

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03 Mar

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 6 March) – At least 13 small, micro, and medium enterprises in Mindanao will join the three-day 16th Malaysia International Halal Showcase (MIHAS) from April 3 to 6 in Kuala Lumpur, an official from the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) said.

Amhed Jeoffrey J. Datukan, development manager officer III at MinDA, said in an interview on Wednesday that they want to promote the growing halal industry players who are also beneficiaries of the Department of Agriculture and Department of Trade and Industry in Mindanao through the annual MIHAS.

There are…

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 6 March) – At least 13 small, micro, and medium enterprises in Mindanao will join the three-day 16th Malaysia International Halal Showcase (MIHAS) from April 3 to 6 in Kuala Lumpur, an official from the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) said.

Amhed Jeoffrey J. Datukan, development manager officer III at MinDA, said in an interview on Wednesday that they want to promote the growing halal industry players who are also beneficiaries of the Department of Agriculture and Department of Trade and Industry in Mindanao through the annual MIHAS.

There are…

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03 Mar

CEBU, Philippines - The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) opened the first Halal Laboratory in the Philippines to serve the local and international clients.

This development will place the Philippines in a better position to take advantage of the US$3 trillion dollars global Halal market.

The facility, which is established in Region 12 at the DOST Compound in Cotabato City provides advanced technology, and state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, said DOST-12 regional director Haja Sittie Shayma (Zenaida) P. HR Laidan in a statement.

“This is the only…

CEBU, Philippines - The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) opened the first Halal Laboratory in the Philippines to serve the local and international clients.

This development will place the Philippines in a better position to take advantage of the US$3 trillion dollars global Halal market.

The facility, which is established in Region 12 at the DOST Compound in Cotabato City provides advanced technology, and state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, said DOST-12 regional director Haja Sittie Shayma (Zenaida) P. HR Laidan in a statement.

“This is the only…

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03 Mar

Institutions from a number of countries from Spain to Kosovo and from Russia to Croatia have applied to Turkey's Halal Accreditation Agency (HAK) for accreditation, promotion and training, HAK General Secretary Hasan Sağkol said.

HAK is the only competent authority for certifying and accrediting halal products and services in Turkey.

In a statement to Anadolu Agency (AA) Sağkol emphasized that the agency will hold a workshop with all parties in relevant industries participating to determine principles and procedures regarding supervision of halal products and services, one…

Institutions from a number of countries from Spain to Kosovo and from Russia to Croatia have applied to Turkey's Halal Accreditation Agency (HAK) for accreditation, promotion and training, HAK General Secretary Hasan Sağkol said.

HAK is the only competent authority for certifying and accrediting halal products and services in Turkey.

In a statement to Anadolu Agency (AA) Sağkol emphasized that the agency will hold a workshop with all parties in relevant industries participating to determine principles and procedures regarding supervision of halal products and services, one…

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12 Dec

Halal food products from Singapore are now recognized by international standards in a move to snag a slice of the growing Muslim travel market pie, said the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore on Friday (Dec 7).

It received the ISO 17065 certification for entities certifying products, processes, and services from the International Organisation for Standardisation.

D.r. Albakri Ahmad, Muis deputy chief executive, received the accreditation plaque from Singapore Accreditation Council chairman Renny Yeo last month.

Last year, Muis certified about 5,000 premises and…

Halal food products from Singapore are now recognized by international standards in a move to snag a slice of the growing Muslim travel market pie, said the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore on Friday (Dec 7).

It received the ISO 17065 certification for entities certifying products, processes, and services from the International Organisation for Standardisation.

D.r. Albakri Ahmad, Muis deputy chief executive, received the accreditation plaque from Singapore Accreditation Council chairman Renny Yeo last month.

Last year, Muis certified about 5,000 premises and…

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12 Dec

World Halal Summit 2018 and the 6th Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Halal Expo kicked off in Istanbul on Thursday.

The two major gatherings on the global market for products and services conforming to Islamic guidelines (known as halal) -- organized under the auspices of the Turkish Presidency -- gathered some 250 exhibitors during four days starting from Thursday.

This year the summit and the expo -- for which Anadolu Agency is the global communications partner -- are expected to attract scholars, company representatives, experts, business people and politicians…

World Halal Summit 2018 and the 6th Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Halal Expo kicked off in Istanbul on Thursday.

The two major gatherings on the global market for products and services conforming to Islamic guidelines (known as halal) -- organized under the auspices of the Turkish Presidency -- gathered some 250 exhibitors during four days starting from Thursday.

This year the summit and the expo -- for which Anadolu Agency is the global communications partner -- are expected to attract scholars, company representatives, experts, business people and politicians…

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05 May

Halal Certificates

 ''Accessible in terms of price and procedure'', halal certification are not obligatory in all Muslim-majority countries but having it ''opens up a huge market'' with clients in Europe as well, she said. Halal products have been prepared according to Islamic law and is free from pork products, alcohol and certain other prohibited ingredients. They include food as well as cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. ''Having halal certification,'' Tiozzo said, ''helps a great deal to widen one's market, but we should not forget that while it is true that Saudi consumers have…

Halal Certificates

 ''Accessible in terms of price and procedure'', halal certification are not obligatory in all Muslim-majority countries but having it ''opens up a huge market'' with clients in Europe as well, she said. Halal products have been prepared according to Islamic law and is free from pork products, alcohol and certain other prohibited ingredients. They include food as well as cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. ''Having halal certification,'' Tiozzo said, ''helps a great deal to widen one's market, but we should not forget that while it is true that Saudi consumers have…

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05 May

Content platform Have Halal, Will Travel (HHWT) and enterprise software solution company PleoData have launched a chatbot named “Sofia”, to help Muslim travellers find halal food overseas.

Sofia, which features Microsoft’s Azure cloud and its Language Understanding Intelligence Services, is online 24/7, assisting travellers with their queries worldwide, regardless of the time zone they are in. It utilises a decision tree that allows users to narrow down the answers they are searching. This process will eventually become simpler and more intuitive, with Sofia automatically answering…

Content platform Have Halal, Will Travel (HHWT) and enterprise software solution company PleoData have launched a chatbot named “Sofia”, to help Muslim travellers find halal food overseas.

Sofia, which features Microsoft’s Azure cloud and its Language Understanding Intelligence Services, is online 24/7, assisting travellers with their queries worldwide, regardless of the time zone they are in. It utilises a decision tree that allows users to narrow down the answers they are searching. This process will eventually become simpler and more intuitive, with Sofia automatically answering…

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04 Apr

Technology will lead wider industries in Malaysia’s next halal industry master plan that will launch two years sooner than anticipated

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia must ramp up the pace of technological growth and march into new industry segments if it is to remain a leader in the halal industry at a time when a growing number of other nations have their eyes on sharing its might.

That is the rally call from ministers and officials as Malaysia gears up for the launch of its halal industry Master Plan 2.0 later this year, which it hopes will drive continued growth for…

Technology will lead wider industries in Malaysia’s next halal industry master plan that will launch two years sooner than anticipated

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia must ramp up the pace of technological growth and march into new industry segments if it is to remain a leader in the halal industry at a time when a growing number of other nations have their eyes on sharing its might.

That is the rally call from ministers and officials as Malaysia gears up for the launch of its halal industry Master Plan 2.0 later this year, which it hopes will drive continued growth for…

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02 Feb

The agreement follows a meeting between Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO of DP World and Chairman of Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation, and Mr. Miguel Braun, Argentine Secretary of Trade and a high-level delegation visiting the UAE.

The meeting was also attended by Mr. Juan Caceira, President of the Argentine Federal Investment Commission, Mr. Fernando Martini, Argentine Ambassador to the UAE, and Gabriel Osatensky, Managing Partner of the Emirates Argentina Business Platform, and senior Jafza officials.

The Business Platform promotes…

The agreement follows a meeting between Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO of DP World and Chairman of Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation, and Mr. Miguel Braun, Argentine Secretary of Trade and a high-level delegation visiting the UAE.

The meeting was also attended by Mr. Juan Caceira, President of the Argentine Federal Investment Commission, Mr. Fernando Martini, Argentine Ambassador to the UAE, and Gabriel Osatensky, Managing Partner of the Emirates Argentina Business Platform, and senior Jafza officials.

The Business Platform promotes…

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02 Feb

Lovely decor, quiet dining and an extensive menu make Barakat at the Al Meroz a sure winner

THE AL Meroz in Bangkok is Thailand’s first fully halal hotel, with every facility a practising Muslim could need, and of course non-Muslims are welcome too, the latter enjoying the terrific fine-dining restaurant Barakat as much as anyone.

The hotel has a prayer room and separate swimming pools for men and women. All the guestrooms are oriented towards Mecca, and women guests travelling alone can stay on one floor with female staff on duty.

Barakat has a wide range of…

Lovely decor, quiet dining and an extensive menu make Barakat at the Al Meroz a sure winner

THE AL Meroz in Bangkok is Thailand’s first fully halal hotel, with every facility a practising Muslim could need, and of course non-Muslims are welcome too, the latter enjoying the terrific fine-dining restaurant Barakat as much as anyone.

The hotel has a prayer room and separate swimming pools for men and women. All the guestrooms are oriented towards Mecca, and women guests travelling alone can stay on one floor with female staff on duty.

Barakat has a wide range of…

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01 Jan

AMSTERDAM — For 60 years, the Sal Meyer deli in Amsterdam has been serving kosher foods like its signature pekelvlees, a fatty corned beef steeped in meat juices and served with a bun.

The deli is one of the few kosher restaurants left in Amsterdam, a city that once had such a vibrant Jewish community that it still retains the nickname Mokum, the Yiddish word for “safe haven.” People travel from miles away to meet their friends there, and the deli holds a small community together in a country where 80 percent of the Jewish population was killed during World War II.

“This is…

AMSTERDAM — For 60 years, the Sal Meyer deli in Amsterdam has been serving kosher foods like its signature pekelvlees, a fatty corned beef steeped in meat juices and served with a bun.

The deli is one of the few kosher restaurants left in Amsterdam, a city that once had such a vibrant Jewish community that it still retains the nickname Mokum, the Yiddish word for “safe haven.” People travel from miles away to meet their friends there, and the deli holds a small community together in a country where 80 percent of the Jewish population was killed during World War II.

“This is…

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