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Europe Offers Great Opportunities For Halal Trade Despite Turbulent Economy

News From : DagangHalal.com (30 Sep 2010)

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 30 — Mainstream major corporations and small entrepreneurs should seize the opportunity to develop new halal markets in Europe despite its turbulent economic climate, said Managing Director of Kaseh Dia Sdn Bhd, Jumaatun Azmi.

Realising the potential, the company would organise the World Halal Forum (WHF) in London next month, which was expected to attract the interest of the manufacturing, retail, restaurant and food service sectors.

The forum, themed “Halal Products and Services – Going Mainstream”, will be the second WHF to be held in Europe after its successful debut in The Hague, Netherlands, last year.

Jumaatun said the forum would respond to a flurry of activities in the halal sectors of the United Kingdom and Europe in general as well as tackle many of its head-on issues.

“In the past year, several significant halal industry issues have emerged in Europe and there is a pressing need for the market to be more structured and more effectively monitored,” she added.

Among them were the controversial labelling laws which was being proposed in the European Parliament requiring non-stunned meat to be specially labelled with the implicit message that this form of slaughter is less ethical from an animal welfare perspective.

With the halal certification process remaining an unmonitored and unregulated activity, she said there was an urgent call for further regulation and standardisation to build more confidence in halal certified products.

Meanwhile, the two-day WHF 2010, to be held at the Earls Court Conference, London between Nov 10 and Nov 11, will be hosted by International Halal Integrity Alliance (IHI Alliance), an international non-profit organisation which upholds the halal market concept via certification, collaboration and membership.

— BERNAMA

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