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EU: “The Islamization of Food” : A Demonstration of Fractures in French Society ? Category: Halal ConcernHomeIndustry News UK & World

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8/7/14  www.asidcom.org

ASIDCOM has learned about the contents of the first CEN (Committee of European Normalization) meeting in Istanbul in September 2013 as part of the work on a future European halal standard. ASIDCOM has asked to be a member of the AFNOR (Association Française de Normalisation, the French national organization for standardization) “Halal Foods” Committee.

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Losing Weight During Ramadan Category: HealthHomeRamadan

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8/7/14

By Karima Burns

“Fast [the month of Ramadan] so that to heal your bodies from diseases,” says a Hadith, or saying of the Prophet Mohammad (SAAW).
Weight gain could be seen as one of these diseases. However, to lose weight during Ramadan fasting must be done in a very careful manner. There are many ahadith that give us advice on how to eat healthy while fasting during Ramadan.

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UK: IBB accredits The Islamic Pension Trust: a new Sharia compliant Automatic Enrolment Pension Scheme Category: HomeIndustry News UK & World

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7/7/14  Press release IBB

1 July 2014 – Islamic Bank of Britain plc (IBB, www.islamic-bank.com) today announced that it has accredited a new fully Sharia compliant auto-enrolment Pension Scheme: the Islamic Pension Trust. The Islamic Pension Trust was developed by Carey Pensions UK, with guidance from IBB’s specialist Sharia compliance department on how it should be structured. It has been launched to address the need for a Sharia compliant pension scheme to meet the criteria for automatic enrolment, as defined by the Government. This means that employers in the UK can meet their legal obligation to automatically enrol eligible Muslim employees into a qualifying workplace pension scheme, without compromising their religious beliefs.

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UK: Late Defra Change divides opinion on EU Stun Regulation Category: Behalal.org workHalal ConcernHomeIndustry News UK & World

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7/7/14

Veterinary Times, June 30 2014 Volume 44 No 26
The BVA has claimed failure to introduce EU poultry regulations could compromise animal welfare.

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UK: Ramadan fast can put Muslims with diabetes at risk Category: DiabetesHome

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30/6/14 www.theguardian.com

Health professionals worried about lack of guidance from religious and health leaders.

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Ramadan – Ready, Set, Go! Category: HomeIslam and HealthRamadan

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23/6/14

By Karimah Bint Dawoud, Muslim Chaplain & Clinical Nutritionist

Welcome Ramaḍān

Alḥamdulillāh, all praise is due to Allāh the Creator of the heaven and earth and everything in between. As the month of Ramadan is moving backwards through the solar calendar once again, Ramaḍān begins in the heat of summer with long days and short nights in some places of the world. And next year, inshā’Allāh, God willing, the days are going to be even longer. It’s the perfect time to take our deen, our Islamic lifestyle, to another level that includes nutrition.

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Opinion: There are more important questions about meat we eat than whether it’s halal Category: HomeIndustry News UK & World

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5/5/14 www.westbriton.co.uk

By West Briton

OVER the past few weeks, ‘halal’ meat has been the new hot topic in the media, which successfully caused irrational commotion. This kind of journalism I feel is ill-intended and simply aimed at inducing fear of the other based on mere ignorance.

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Opinion: Halal Hysteria: It’s About Muslims, NOT Animal Welfare Category: Halal ConcernHomeIndustry News UK & World

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12/5/14  www.huffingtonpost.co.uk

By Dr Chris Allen, Lecturer in Social Policy & independent adviser to the Government on Anti-Muslim Hate

Here’s a controversial statement: the recent anti-halal hysteria has nothing to do with the welfare of animals. It’s just good old-fashioned Islamophobia.

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UK: The British Veterinary Association’s desperate and incompetent attempts to undermine religious slaughter Category: Behalal.org workHalal ConcernHomeIndustry News UK & World

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8/4/14  www.behalal.org

By Behalal.org Staff Reporter

British Veterinary Association

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) have recently appeared in the media claiming that religious slaughter is inhumane. Muslim and Jewish faith leaders and lobbyists responded to state that mis-stuns occur during pre-stunning methods used to slaughter animals that are inhumane and impact on animal welfare. Animal welfare being stated as the main concern of the BVA who are opposing religious slaughter. The BVA advocate pre-stunning methods claiming that pre-stunning methods are more humane. Last week they reacted by claiming that the percentage of mis-stunning is insignificant.

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Study: Vegetarians have ‘poorer quality of life’ study claims Category: HealthHomeIndustry News UK & World

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7/4/14  ww.nhs.uk

The study did find that vegetarians tended to be of a healthy weightAround 1 in 50 people in the UK are vegetarian

“Vegetarians are ‘less healthy and have a lower quality of life than meat-eaters’,” The Independent reports. A study from Austria suggests there is an association between a vegetarian diet and an increased risk of certain chronic diseases.

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Malaysia: World Halal Conference in Malaysia to address global food security concerns Category: Halal ConcernHomeIndustry News UK & World

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7/4/14  www.themalaymailonline.com

File picture of halal cosmetics. Organised by the Halal Industry Development Corporation (HDC), the World Halal Conference also aims to create a sustainable halal industry for future generations. — file picture File picture of halal cosmetics. Organised by the Halal Industry Development Corporation (HDC), the World Halal Conference also aims to create a sustainable halal industry for future generations. — file picture

KUALA LUMPUR, April 7 — The Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) will host the World Halal Conference this week to address the escalating food security concerns worldwide.

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The Hunt For Halal Category: HomeIndustry News UK & World

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5/4/14  gulfbusiness.com

As nations aspire to become global hubs for the Islamic economy, the Halal industry is not to be ignored

Halal consumption is a cornerstone of Islam, covering sectors as varying as food, pharmaceuticals, clothing and cosmetics.

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France’s far-right to ban faith-based school lunch options Category: HomeIndustry News UK & World

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5/4/14  uk.reuters.com

(Reuters) – Far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen said on Friday it would prevent schools from offering special lunches to Muslim pupils in the 11 towns it won in local elections, saying such arrangements were contrary to France‘s secular values.

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UK: London-based Umex eyes trade finance for halal sector Category: HomeIndustry News UK & World

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4/4/14  uk.reuters.com

(Reuters) – London-based Umex Securities has launched an Islamic trade finance service targeting firms in the halal sector, addressing their limited access to sharia-compliant working capital and financing.

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UK: Muslim groups are putting their faith in food banks to help tackle poverty Category: HomeIndustry News UK & World

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3/4/14  www.theguardian.com

Once a preserve of Christian charities, Muslim-run food banks are now catering for diverse communities in need

Sufra food bank Kilburn

A Sufra food bank volunteer in Kilburn, north London, hands over a bag of food to a woman and child. Photograph: Martin Godwin for the Guardian

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