Letter From IFANCA President, Dr. M. Munir Chaudry
January 2008 ISSN 1533-3361
ASSALAAMU ALAIKUM WA RAHMATULLAH Alhamdulillah was-salatu was-salaamu 'ala rasoolillah. All thanks and praise is to ALLAH, Subhanahu wa ta'ala, and we ask that HIS blessings and peace be upon HIS Messenger, Muhammad, salla ALLAHu alaihi wa sallam.
Letter From IFANCA President, Dr. M. Munir Chaudry
The year 2007 has seen a lot of activity worldwide as conferences and trade shows were held all around the globe from Brunei to Dubai to America and as far as South Africa. Malaysia, the pulse of halal, continues to make strides towards becoming the halal hub of the world. Now the Malaysian government is putting financial muscle behind those "halal hub" slogans by creating "business parks" for producers interested in starting halal manufacturing facilities. Halal is certainly becoming a buzzword not just in the food and nutritional supplement business but chants can be heard in the hospitality industry too. Excitement in the Middle East is evident when ideas of 'halal tourism', 'halal airline' and even 'women-only hotels' are being tossed around. Some of the ideas may seem and sound a bit too stretched, but one thing is certain, "halal is a Muslim's identity" and we must preserve it proudly in every walk of life. Halal is wholesome, halal is pure, halal is quality and halal is healthy. Tens of media reports and news stories appearing in the USA during 2007 offer testimonials to these facts, highlighting the growth of halal food trade.
Just ten years ago we were so excited to certify bagels produced for the American market that we wanted to buy them and give them away just to show our logo. Ten years later we have hundreds if not thousands of products displaying the Crescent-M halal logo in North America, ranging from frozen meat entrees to flat breads, gyros, desserts, pizzas, condiments, cheese cakes, snacks, juice drinks, bottled water, canned vegetables, fruit bars, cheese, personal care products, nutritional supplements and cosmetics. The next ten years will, God willing, see the exponential growth in products with halal markings. IFANCA's trade marked logo, the Crescent-M, will, God willing, become as common a sight in the USA as it is in countries like Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia.
There are many small to mid-sized North American companies who are realizing the purchasing power of 10 million Muslims who call North America 'home'. Our Crescent-M logo appears on products manufactured by AlSafa Halal, Carole's Cheese Cake, Cabot Cheese, Super-Pufft snacks, Kontos bread and many others, and will expand to national brands. We will see those numbers swell in the next few years. As the number of certified products increases and more products appear with halal logos, general awareness about halal, too, will increase. Indeed, the Crescent-M logo is a stamp of authenticity when it comes to claims of being halal. It is our design to "Take the Doubt out".
Wishing you a very successful, blessed and happy new year!
Halal Consumer Magazine reaches 40,000 Muslim families and organizations in the US and abroad, and we invite you to advertise with us. According to Business Week, Jan. 2007, "59% of Muslim adults in the U.S. have a college degree, compared with only 28% of all American adults. Surveys show that median family income among America's Muslims exceeds the national figure of $55,800."
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IFANCA Certifies Various Salerno Diary Products As Halal
From Low Fat Mozzarella Cheese to Goat's Milk Crotonese and Sette Fett, IFANCA halal-certified Salerno products are available as retail, as foodservice, and sold to the industry. Founded in 1962 in Hamilton, Ontario by master cheese maker Carmine Marzaro, Salerno Dairy Products has become synonymous with fine traditional Italian cheeses and many other international cheeses and fine foods imported and developed over the years by the Salerno family. Priding itself on product and technological innovation Salerno Dairy Products manufactures high quality products to satisfy the palate of diverse consumers. Salerno Dairy Products also caters to further processors and manufacturers, by providing them with custom manufactured products according to their specifications and passing along savings with its Special Milk Class Permit Program (SMCPP) to eligible companies. A complete list of halal certified products is available at www.ifanca.org.
IFANCA Certified Tom's of Maine Interviewed on Maine Public Broadcasting Network
The concept of natural personal care—products made without artificial ingredients, animal ingredients or chemicals is one whose time has come. Tom's of Maine, halal-certified by IFANCA, has been at the forefront of this innovative idea and are the number one Natural Care brand. Their 90 oral and body care products are found at more than 40,000 retail outlets across the country and the world. The IFANCA Crescent-M logo appears on all their product packaging. You can listen to Tom's of Maine Founder, Tom Chappell and IFANCA President, Dr. Chaudry, in an interview with the Maine Public Broadcasting Network.
IFANCA Certifies Select Products for Sigma Aldrich as Halal
SAFC Supply Solutions worked closely with The Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America to ensure that the specified products were in complete compliance with Halal standards. In addition, SAFC plans to continue to add a large number of Halal certified products to its F&F offering.
Judy Pruss, Marketing Manager, SAFC Supply Solutions, said, "After extending our Flavors & Fragrances offer to include food-grade certified products .., we are now extremely pleased to receive Halal certification from the Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America. This certification is very important to key Middle East and Asian markets, where we anticipate our Halal certified F&F products will be well received."
A customized, total supply chain partner for raw material procurement, SAFC Supply Solutions offers over 100,000 products, including 46,000 manufactured in-house. With over 20 years of F&F experience, SAFC has extensive quality assurance and regulatory compliance knowledge, a broad range of specialized capabilities and a dependable global supply chain network. The business is supported by SAFC manufacturing facilities in the U.S., Germany, Switzerland, the U.K. and Ireland.