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Norwich-based halal butcher victim of hate crime

Witnesses have been called to come forward following criminal damage to a halal butcher’s in Norwich. 

New appointment at Tariq Halal Meats

Tariq Halal Meats has appointed Mansur Ahmed as halal assurance and development director. 

Halal baby food firm revamps image

Halal baby food company For Aisha has launched its rebranded image, alongside introducing an alternative flavour to the range. 

Halal quality assurance scheme consultation launched

AHDB Beef & Lamb has launched an eight-week consultation on a quality assurance scheme for halal meat. 

Halal industry condemns ‘barbaric’ slaughterhouse CCTV footage

The halal industry has spoken out against footage showing the mistreatment of animals in an abattoir. 

Business ‘booming’ for new Tariq Halal Tooting store

Award-winning Tariq Halal butchers has opened its eighth store, in Tooting.

Halal sector manager appointed by agriculture levy board

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) Beef & Lamb has appointed its first halal sector manager. 

Proposed halal assurance standards would raise certification standards

The potential introduction of assurance standards for stunned and traditional halal sheepmeat has been welcomed by the industry.

Halal meat suppliers gain export boost

Halal meat firms can now access groundbreaking newly-endorsed UK-based certification enabling them to supply the United Arab Emirates (UAE) once the country closes its borders to non-certified halal products later this year.

Halal sector divided over industry support

Calls have been made for the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) to focus more on the halal sector. 

Consumer demands in the halal sector to enter the spotlight

With the halal market increasing, customers’ needs will be the main topic discussed at an upcoming halal industry event next month. 

Up to five Haloodies lines will be available in more than 110 Sainsbury's stores
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Halal food brand hits more than 110 Sainsbury’s stores

Halal food brand Haloodies has launched its ready-to-eat cooked chicken range into more than 110 Sainsbury’s stores and has extended its presence with Tesco and AmazonFresh.

Opportunities for local sheepmeat in the halal sector

The relationship between home-grown lamb and the halal market has been highlighted at the Muslim Lifestyle Expo. 

Stun-free halal certification scheme launched

Traditional Halal Limited has launched its stun-free certification scheme. 

Haloodies launches packaging for new cooked-foods range

Halal food brand Haloodies has partnered with packaging manufacturer Coveris, design agency theSpiritof, and supplier CP Foods for the retail launch of its new range in Tesco. 

Haloodies halal chicken range hits Tesco

Halal food brand Haloodies has won listings in Tesco for the first time. 

High Wycombe Asda welcomes halal butcher counter

A halal butcher’s is to be installed into an Asda branch in High Wycombe as part of a £1.7 million investment. 

Film highlights religious sheep slaughtering practices

The industry levy board has produced a film to address the lack of understanding around religious sheep slaughter. 

TV programme showcases halal sector

A new TV programme showing how to cook with halal beef and lamb has hit the airwaves as part of Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) Beef & Lamb’s commitment to the sector. 

Halal butchers warned to be vigilant after Walsall attack

Halal butchers have been urged to be vigilant after an attack on a shop in Walsall. 

Halal range launches on AmazonFresh

Haloodies (Halal Foodies) is now available through the newly-launched AmazonFresh service, offering produce aimed at millennial Muslims. 

Halal beef demand rising as number of younger Muslims grows

The rising demand for halal beef and a younger Muslim population is creating huge opportunity, according to industry experts. 

Halal Food Authority to certify non-stun slaughter

The Halal Food Authority (HFA) is to launch a certification scheme for non-stun slaughter in the meat and poultry processing sector. 

AHDB highlights opportunities in halal sector

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board’s (AHDB) Beef & Lamb sector has recognised the growing domestic market for halal sheep as presenting a significant opportunity for the industry. 

Halal Food Authority condemns Britain First following slaughterhouse visit

The Halal Food Authority (HFA) is considering action against political party Britain First following a visit to a halal meat business. 

Importance of halal sector highlighted on British Muslim TV

Industry levy board AHDB Beef & Lamb has announced plans to launch a programme of activity emphasising the importance of the halal sector to the meat industry. 

Debate between certification boards over halal machine slaughter tribunal

An upcoming tribunal to determine the validity of machine slaughter in halal has received mixed support from certification boards. 

Halal tribunal to be launched

The Muslim Arbitration Tribunal is to preside over a trial on machine slaughter and its place in halal. 

Glasgow food businesses to be inspected

Full traceability inspections are to be carried out at all halal butchers in Glasgow during 2016, following concerns over meat transparency. 

Interest shown over the acquisition of abattoir B Riley & Sons after it fell into administration
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‘Interest’ shown in northern abattoir

KPMG has received “expressions of interest” over the acquisition of Burnley-based abattoir, B Riley & Sons, which ceased trading in December 2015, resulting in 131 job losses. 

Brioche Burger adds halal Aberdeen Angus to menu

London’s Brioche Burger has expanded its menu by adding 100% halal certified Aberdeen Angus beef to its offerings. 

Halal operators plan conference boycott

Halal operators in the UK are planning to boycott the upcoming AHDB Beef & Lamb annual conference over concerns on how the levy is being spent. 

Lancashire halal firm forges partnership with Spar

Halal firm KQF has struck a partnership with convenience store symbol group Spar. 

HAIP revises halal policy

HalalAssure-IP (HAIP) has reissued its Halal Certification policy to ensure a trained slaughter-man is present during the time of slaughter. 

Iceland welcomes Café Asia

Supermarket chain Iceland is set to launch Asian snack food range Café Asia in its stores.

Sacrifice guidelines set out for UK’s Muslim community

Demand for sheep meat in the UK is set to see a significant increase in sales during the end of September when the Islamic festival of Eid-al-Adha falls.

Halal sector hits TV screens

A new 15-minute film about sheep meat production for the halal market is hoping to educate viewers on the often misunderstood practice. 

Halal slaughterhouse reportedly goes into administration

A halal slaughterhouse in Yorkshire, specialising in lamb, has reportedly gone into administration. The news comes six months after footage was released showing animals being abused by staff at the abattoir. 

Wilf Lewis, of Lewis Pies, is excited about new opportunities the halal brand will bring
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New opportunities for pie manufacturer

One of the country’s largest manufacturers of pies and pasties has secured a distribution agreement with the largest ethnic superstore chain in the north of England – Manchester Superstores.

How the halal sector presents major opportunities

Dr Phil Hadley's blog articlesThe halal sector adds value to the sheep market in particular and, increasingly, for the cattle market. Halal presents a significant market opportunity, which processors can capitalise on, particularly when it comes to sheep meat.  

Meat firm misled Asda in food fraud case

Freeza Meats Ltd has been fined £42,500 after pleading guilty to 12 offences, including claiming products containing non-halal components were halal. 

Importance of halal recognised by AHDB

Red meat levy body AHDB Beef & Lamb has produced a new facts booklet, highlighting the importance of halal and the value it adds to the UK sheep market. 

Suffolk chicken plant acquired by 1Stop Halal

A chicken processing plant in Eye, Suffolk, owned by 2 Sisters Food Group is to be taken over by Angus-based 1Stop Halal in July. 

Halal bodies urge further action by Food Standards Agency and Defra on wrongly labelled products

Two organisations representing Muslims have called on the government to ban food manufacturers from self-certifying foods as halal, following uproar over a ‘halal’ Aldi product which actually contained pork. 

Supply chain issues prompt abattoir closure

A Scottish halal abattoir is set to close with the loss of more than 100 jobs, after its owners said its location caused the business “significant supply chain complexities”. 

Black pudding pakora mislabelled as halal in Aldi stores

Black puddings in Aldi stores across Scotland have been recalled, because a printing error meant they were labelled halal. 

Halal firm extends product line in Tesco

Halal meat brand Ghanim International UK has extended its range of frozen, microwavable products in Tesco.

UKIP changes tack on non-stun slaughter

After backing down from plans to ban non-stun slaughter, UKIP’s new election manifesto supports continuation of the slaughter method, and insists on “formal non-stun training and certification for all religious slaughtermen”.

Blog discusses halal slaughter

Rizvan Khalid, halal expert and senior director of Shropshire abattoir Euro Quality Lambs, has posted a new blog for meatinfo.co.uk entitled “Halal – know your market!”.

Halal franchise butcher’s opens new store

London-based Tariq Halal has opened its fifth butcher’s shop in Fulham, with plans to open more this year.

UK ‘corners’ the EU lamb market, claims Eblex

The UK has cornered the lamb and mutton export market, and is the only EU member making money out of it, according to Jean-Pierre Garnier, Eblex export manager.

Law creates more stress at slaughter for sheep, finds study

Legislation requiring the individual handling of sheep in non-stun slaughterhouses increases stress levels in animals, according to research presented at Tuesday’s Eblex Halal Seminar.

Campaign launched for stun/non-stun labelling

A campaign has been launched for “clear and honest labelling” on halal meat to show whether the animal was stunned before slaughter or not.

Halal seminar to debate issues

Eblex will focus on the current opportunities and challenges in the halal sector in a seminar later this month.

Pro-religious slaughter e-petition smashes signature target

An e-petition calling for non-stun slaughter to be supported in the UK and the EU has smashed through its 100,000 signature target, only days after it was launched.

Rival e-petition launched in support of non-stun slaughter

A e-petition in support of religious slaughter in the UK and the EU is gaining momentum, amassing more than 60,000 signatures in one week.

Halal industry condemns slaughterhouse animal ‘cruelty’

The halal industry has disassociated itself from the alleged animal cruelty at the Bowood Lamb slaughterhouse, stating it is “disappointed with biased behaviour towards halal meat”.

Slaughterhouse ‘cruelty’ footage condemned by animal groups

An animal rights group has released footage of alleged cruelty at a non-stun slaughterhouse in Yorkshire.

Halal body criticises FSA on animal welfare report

The Halal Food Authority (HFA) has criticised the latest Animal Welfare Survey by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) as “wholly inaccurate and misleading”.

BVA non-stun petition reaches 100,000 signature goal

The British Veterinary Association’s (BVA) e-petition on calling for an end to non-stun slaughter has reached its target of 100,000 signatures, it was announced today (29 January).

HMC is a halal certifying body
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Halal Macon Rashers gain approval in UK first

Halal food manufacturer KFQ has launched the UK’s first ‘bacon-tasting’ product to be certified by the Halal Monitoring Committee (HMC).

Halal compliance courses offered

The Halal Food Association’s (HFA) charitable arm, the Halal Food Foundation (HFF) is launching courses in halal compliance training for workers in the meat industry.

Pak Mecca Meats own the abbatoir in Caernarfon
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Vets protest non-stun halal abattoir

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has called on the Welsh government to end talks with a halal meat provider over an approved non-stun slaughterhouse.

HFA points to misuse of halal logo

The Halal Food Authority (HFA) has accused kosher food supplier Hermolis of displaying its halal logo on products despite the company’s accreditation having expired.

Derby outlets in adulterated meat scandal

Adulterated meat has been uncovered in retailers and takeaways in Derby, which could be falsely selling halal meat.

Morrisons to trial first halal counter

Morrisons will pilot its first-ever stand-alone halal meat concession at its re-fitted Preston North End store.

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MPs debate slaughter and stunning issues

Neil Parish MP, chairman of the All-Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Beef & Lamb called for a reduction in the number of animals that are not stunned at the time of slaughter, during a debate on Meat Slaughtered in Accordance with Religious Rites yesterday (4 November).

APPG on religious meat slaughter deemed ‘anti-Muslim’

Muslim representatives from the halal meat industry have hit out at today’s All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) debate, calling it ‘anti-Muslim’.

Veterinary body pushes for consumers to be better informed on slaughter

Nine out of 10 British vets believe consumers need to be better informed about slaughter methods and welfare at slaughter, according to the British Veterinary Association (BVA).

Parliament to debate religious slaughter

A debate on religious slaughter is to be held in parliament next week, following an All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) report.

UK halal authority welcomes new test from France

French entrepreneurs have launched a halal test, which has been welcomed by the UK halal trade.

Study finds similar blood levels in halal, schechita and ordinary meats

New research, reported in The Times, shows similar blood levels in ordinary meat and meat from animals killed by shechita and halal methods.

UK missing out on Eid sacrifice income, says expert

Most UK Muslims are buying sheep for the annual Islamic Qurbani ritual sacrifice overseas, and the UK is missing out on a big opportunity, according to a halal meat expert.

Parliamentary group publishes report on stun/non-stun slaughter

An all party parliamentary group (APPG) for beef and lamb has published a report which calls for more research into the religious slaughter of animals

Assure-IP strengthens halal product testing

Assure-IP’s halal certification system has teamed up with Romer Labs for DNA testing of its products.

HFF puts the record straight on ‘misconceptions’

The Halal Food Foundation (HFF) has sought to clear up what it says are “misconceptions” about its commercial wing, the Halal Food Authority (HFA).

British Vets “appalled” by halal board letter

The non-stun slaughter debate between the British Veterinary Association (BVA) and the Halal Authority Board (HAB) has intensified, with the BVA saying it was appalled by suggestions made in an HAB open letter.

Halal body condemns BVA ‘attacks’ over non-stun slaughter

The Halal Authority Board (HAB) has written an open letter to the British Veterinary Association (BVA), accusing it of “continuous attacks against the Muslim and Jewish communities”.

BVA ramps up pressure on government on non-stun slaughter

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has written to party leaders in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland as part of its campaign to end non-stun slaughter.

Parliamentary group calls for more halal labelling research

An all party parliamentary group (APPG) for beef and lamb has published a report calling for more research into labelling of halal products.

Halal feature: Labelling under the spotlight

With the debate on stun or non-stun slaughter still raging, Oli Haenlein examines the different arguments on how meat should be labelled, given slaughter and other welfare factors.

Deadline extended for Butcher’s Shop of the Year Awards

Entrants to the prestigious Butcher’s Shop of the Year Awards are being given an extra bit of breathing room with the deadline for entry extended by a week to 8 August.

Consumers unfazed by halal meat, finds study

The majority of UK consumers are not concerned about the consumption of halal meat, according to a new survey from Canadean.

Halal organisation repairs relations with Malaysia

Halal Food Authority (HFA) certified products can now be exported to Malaysia again, after the Asian country stopped recognising the certifier due to the pork DNA scandal last year.

Halal producer clinches European supermarket deals

A leading halal food producer is celebrating after landing a series of deals to give it a strong foothold across a number of European markets.

BVA calls on Defra to explain poultry stunning delay

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has said that Defra “must explain” for the delay in implementation of EU poultry stunning laws.

Hunt on for best butcher’s shop

The search is under way for the UK’s best butchery business, with Meat Trades Journal urging butchers throughout the country to step up and be in with a chance of taking home the ultimate accolade.

Halal butcher chain expands with £1m Lloyds loan

Tariq Halal Meats, one of London’s largest halal butcher chains, has added a new warehouse and butcher’s shop to its operations, with the help of a £1m loan from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking.

MPs reject halal labelling plan

MPs have rejected a proposal to amend the Consumer Rights Bill to force all halal meat products to be clearly labelled.

Vets rubbish calls for halal labelling

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has said that compulsory labelling of meat products as halal will not improve animal welfare, but just fuel prejudice.

Halal furore said to be driving consumers back to butchers

In the wake of the media focus on supermarkets selling unlabelled halal meat, a Shropshire butcher says it has been inundated with enquiries about its meat, with people once again losing trust in the major retailers.

Prime Minister rejects compulsory halal labelling scheme

David Cameron does not support the compulsory labelling of halal meat products, according to a statement from Downing Street.

Industry experts dismiss ‘sensationalist’ supermarket halal media stories

Experts in the meat industry have criticised national media stories about unlabelled halal meat in supermarkets, saying they are sensationalist and contain incorrect information.

Leicester removes halal products from schools, following kebab discovery

Halal meat products have been taken off Leicester school menus, after one lamb product – a lamb sheek kebab – was found to contain more than 50% beef.

Subway denies 'switch' to halal meats

Subway has refuted claims that it has 'switched' to halal meat alternatives in a number of its stores, claiming these outlets were specifically opened as halal stores.

BVA takes proactive stance on non-stun slaughter

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has launched a government epetition to end the non-stun slaughter of animals, to support animal welfare.

Warning over misuse of ‘halal’ on labelling

The Halal Food Foundation (HFF) has expressed fears of misuse of the term halal and urged the industry to be more proactive in ensuring products are labelled correctly.

Halal food park opens in Birmingham

A halal food park has opened in Birmingham, with processing companies JKY Food Solutions and Asia Halal Meat buying up enough space for up to 10 halal businesses.

Retail giants increase halal offerings

Tesco and Sainsbury’s have increased their chilled halal offerings by introducing the Shazans brand into their stores, offering burgers and sausages to hundreds of shops around the country.

Halal safe with me, says PM

With the debate about halal slaughter intensifying in recent weeks, Prime Minister David Cameron has declared that as long as he is in power, halal will be safe.

Sharia Halal Board issues response to BVA

The Sharia Halal Board (SHB) has hit back at comments made by the president-elect of the British Veterinary Association (BVA) John Blackwell, regarding the morality of non-stun slaughter, calling them confusing to Muslims and Jews.

BVA reiterates position on non-stun slaughter

The British Veterinary Association’s (BVA’s), president-elect John Blackwell would like ministers to consider following Denmark’s example and ban non-stun slaughter, it has been reported.

ANSA calls Cargill Meats’ halal trial into question

The Association of Non-Stun Abattoirs (ANSA) has taken issue over Cargill Meats Europe paying for ‘covert’ trials into halal recovery.

Halal authority forbids machine-killed poultry

The Halal Authority Board (HAB) has signed a motion stating that machine-killed poultry is haram (forbidden) and unacceptable to UK Muslims.

Halal Authority Board plans conference

A conference is set to be held to establish a consensus within the halal community when it comes to the ritual slaughter of poultry.

RSPCA renews call for non-stun meat labels

The RSPCA renewed its call for clear labelling of non-stunned meat ahead of the House of Lords debate on religious slaughter on Thursday (16 January).

Video: Healthy Kitchen to educate Muslim consumers

BoomTV operations director Raja Khan told MeatInfo.co.uk about the dietry issues facing the UK's Muslim and Asian population, saying they are consuming too many fats and salts and need educating.

 

Halal’s hot potato

Following incidences of pork contamination, the UK halal sector has had a turbulent year and the issue of who should be responsible for monitoring the sector is not yet resolved, as Nicholas Robinson reports.

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