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Eid Mubarak Once again Muslims around the globe will celebrate Eid-ul-Adha

Halal Digest Header December 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. end of article
IN THIS ISSUE
Eid Mubarak
IFANCA Halal Certified Company News
IFANCA Halal-Certified Organic Foods
Halal Happenings
Upcoming Events
New IFANCA Halal Certified Companies

Eid Mubarak

Eid Mubarak, Akbar, ALLAHu Akbar, ALLAHu Akbar, La Ilaha Illal-lah, WALLAHu Akbar, ALLAHu Akbra Wa Lillahil-hamd...

Akbar, ALLAHu Akbar, ALLAHu Akbar, La Ilaha Illal-lah, WALLAHu Akbar, ALLAHu Akbra Wa Lillahil-hamd.

Once again Muslims around the globe will celebrate Eid-ul-Adha. IFANCA wishes everyone Eid Mubarak. May ALLAH, Subhanahu wa ta'ala, shower HIS Mercy and Blessings upon us all.

Eid Mubarak, Akbar, ALLAHu Akbar, ALLAHu Akbar, La Ilaha Illal-lah, WALLAHu Akbar, ALLAHu Akbra Wa Lillahil-hamd...

Eid-ul-Adha is a four-day holiday and celebration. It commences on the 10th day of Thul Hijjah, the 12th month in the Hijra calendar and is celebrated with a special holiday prayer, performed in congregation in the Masjid (Mosque) or other suitable place. It is a time of celebration, of visiting family and friends and of thanking ALLAH, Subhanahu wa ta'ala, for all the blessings bestowed upon us. For those blessed with performing Hajj this year, may your efforts be accepted and may ALLAH, Subhanahu wa ta'ala, grant you an abode in Paradise. We wish you a safe journey back home.

And as the new Hijra year (1430) approaches, we wish you all a Happy New Year.

We also wish everyone a peaceful and blessed holiday season and peace and prosperity in the year to come. For more information on Eid-ul-Adha and Islam, click on these links: Eid-ul-Adha / Islam end of article


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IFANCA Halal Certified Company News

Abbott, whose products meet the nutritional needs of infants, young children, active adults, the elderly and those with special nutritional needs will have almost all its products worldwide certified as halal by IFANCA, by 2009. It all began with the South East Asian market requesting halal certification. That was followed, six years ago, with Saudi Arabia making halal certification compulsory for all its edible imports. In response, "we researched a whole bunch of companies to get halal-certified," says... Abbott, The Global Leader In Nutritionals, Receives Halal Certification Of Its Products World-Wide

Abbott, whose products meet the nutritional needs of infants, young children, active adults, the elderly and those with special nutritional needs will have almost all its products worldwide certified as halal by IFANCA, by 2009. It all began with the South East Asian market requesting halal certification. That was followed, six years ago, with Saudi Arabia making halal certification compulsory for all its edible imports. In response, "we researched a whole bunch of companies to get halal-certified," says Donald Sgontz, Manager of Halal and Kosher programs. "IFANCA is well-respected worldwide and is more knowledgeable than other halal certification companies. We felt they were best suited to the task. Overall, I've been very satisfied and the process of making sure our formulas are halal has been very smooth." All Abbott overseas plants that cater to countries with large Muslim populations are certified as halal by IFANCA. Further, Abbott's products sold in Muslim nations do carry the halal certification logo on their packaging.

The wakeup call to have plants in the USA halal-certified as well, came after news on a American blog, stating that Abbott's Similac® wasn't halal-certified, was picked up in Malaysia and spread there like wild fire. This was true of Similac made in plants in the USA, for USA distribution, but was not the case with Similac made overseas for distribution in Malaysia. Similac, a leading baby formula in the Malaysian market, is halal-certified and even carries the halal certification logo.

Abbott learned quickly from the experience. To stave off similar scenarios and losses in the future, the company decided to have all its plants, and as many products as possible, certified as halal for markets worldwide. "Not only did it make good business sense, it was also the right thing to do," says Sgontz. "There are 8 million Muslims in the USA and we want to provide nutritional products to as many people as possible. It's the socially responsible thing to do because now our products are not off-limits to Muslims in the USA who need them." Abbott, however, will have a few products that can't be certified as halal since their formulas cannot be changed. Besides, in the USA, halal-certified products will not carry a halal logo right away. For now, consumers in the USA will have to turn to the IFANCA website, www.ifanca.org, in order to determine which ones are halal-certified.

Early Beginnings & Growth

Abbott Nutrition's history dates back to 1903 with the founding of the Moores and Ross Milk Company in Columbus, Ohio, which was later acquired by Abbott. By 1924, the company undertook development of a then unknown and unheard of commodity – a product prepared from milk for use specifically as an infant formula. Initially it was a powder to be reconstituted at home with boiled water. By 1951, the company introduced Similac Concentrated Liquid, ready-to-mix product with water in a one-to-one ratio, which became very popular. In 1959, Similac With Iron was introduced, and it was the first iron-fortified infant formula in the United States. The company continues to develop other specialty baby formulas and new products as further scientific facts come to light. Today, it's not just babies that Abbott caters to but young children as well, with products such as Pedialyte, PediaSure and PediaSure with Fiber, the latter two being marketed as a "source of complete, balanced nutrition" for children 1 to 13 years of age.

A Commitment To Ethics

"Abbott is committed to the nutritional health and well-being of babies and advocates breastfeeding as the first choice for infants," says Sgontz. A guide titled, "Starting to Breastfeed: Tips for New Moms" offers advice and resources to an increasing number of new moms who opt for breastfeeding their babies. Besides the bonding breastfeeding creates between mother and baby, breast milk is the best food for babies. Breastfeeding increases immunity and protects babies from acute illness and infection. It stimulates weight loss for moms and lowers the breastfeeding mother's risk of breast cancer. In general, the longer the breastfeeding, the greater the benefit to both the mother and the baby.

Adult Nutritional Needs

Besides its trusted pediatric products that offer balanced nutrition for infants and children, Abbott contributed to the idea of healthy living and performance nutritionals for active adults. It created the market more than three decades ago with Ensure® which helps people meet their nutritional needs. Ensure products are developed for people with specific nutritional requirements, such as those needing to gain or maintain a healthy weight or those who cannot eat enough food to meet their nutritional needs. Today, the healthy living family of nutrition brands also includes Glucerna®, ZonePerfect®, EAS®/Myoplex® and AdvantEDGE®.

Abbott also meets the need for medical nutritionals for patients with special dietary needs. Its researchers were the first to develop a diabetes-specific nutrition formula with the launch of Glucerna shakes and snack bars in 1998. Glucerna products have unique blends of slowly digestible carbohydrates that have been clinically shown to help people manage diabetes. We have developed a growing choice of important, differentiated products, each designed to help people with diabetes better manage abnormal glucose metabolism. Glucerna products are for use under medical supervision as part of a diabetes meal plan. On the other end of the spectrum, Abbott also meets the nutritional needs of the elderly. Malnutrition is a growing, global health problem. In Europe and the Middle East, 10 to 78 percent of hospital patients, particularly the elderly, suffer from the condition. The effects of malnutrition include disease complications, weakened immune function, increased morbidity and mortality, decreased quality of life and increased cost of health care. Science today backs the wisdom of the Quran when it comes to acknowledging the unique value of breast milk and breastfeeding. While there is no disputing that mother's milk is best, Abbott's infant formulas are an excellent option when breast milk is not available, not chosen, is discontinued, or is supplemented. For Abbott, complying with all applicable laws and regulations in the countries where they do business includes following the World Health Organization’s International Code of Marketing of breast milk substitutes. Halal consumers in the USA and worldwide can rest assured that their nutritional choices are IFANCA halal-certified as well.

 


Mead Johnson Nutritionals Halal-Certified Too

IFANCA certifies several Mead Johnson Nutritionals products including some of its Enfamil and Enfalac brand items. For a list of its halal-certified products visit... IFANCA certifies several Mead Johnson Nutritionals products including some of its Enfamil and Enfalac brand items. For a list of its halal-certified products visit www.ifanca.org. Mead Johnson Nutritionals supports the aim of the World Health Organization (WHO) International Code of Marketing of Breast Milk Substitutes (WHO Code), which ensures safe and adequate nutrition for infants, whether they are breast-fed or formula-fed, by providing adequate information and appropriate marketing and distribution. In 1983, Mead Johnson became the first U.S. infant formula manufacturer to implement specific policies and directives in support of the WHO Code. Mead Johnson Nutritionals and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have joined in a three-year initiative designed to facilitate the transformation of basic research into innovative pediatric nutritional products. The cooperative effort was needed because of the increasing complexity of nutrition research and its relationship to other scientific areas of study including how the brain works, according to Francisco Rosales, M.D., Sc.D., principal scientist, Mead Johnson Discovery, Global Research and Development.

 


Sunrider to Complete 15 years as an IFANCA Client in 2009

2009 marks the 15th anniversary of Sunrider Nutritionals foray into the world of halal. A direct marketing company, Sunrider Nutritionals offers halal products that range from cosmetics and supplements to nutritional foods. Whether a product can be deemed Halal depends primarily on two variables: the source of the ingredients and the status of the production equipment. IFANCA halal certification takes both criteria into consideration when determining whether a product meets halal requirements. Sunrider manufactures its products in state-of-the-art facilities, with stringent quality control and carefully designed formulations for all of its products. These factors contribute to achieving and maintaining halal certification and uncompromised quality of all its products. end of article


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IFANCA Halal-Certified Organic Foods

Scrupulous consumers concerned with the presence of chemicals in their food have been opting for organic foods lately. Organic foods are grown without the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. More and more companies are offering organic products to meet the growing demand for such products. Scrupulous consumers concerned with the presence of chemicals in their food have been opting for organic foods lately. Organic foods are grown without the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. More and more companies are offering organic products to meet the growing demand for such products.

Some of the organic products halal-certified by IFANCA include Organic spices by Kancor Ingredients Ltd; Organic Estate Black-Black Iced Tea by China Mist Tea Company; Organic Caramel Syrup by Monin; Organic White Cheese by Glanbia Foods; and Organic Brown Rice Baby Cereal by Nutracea. end of article


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Halal Happenings

IFANCA Co-Sponsors 10th International Halal Food Conference With IFCE... IFANCA Co-Sponsors 10th International Halal Food Conference With IFCE

IFANCA was a co-sponsor of the 10th International Halal Food Conference organized by the Islamic Food Council of Europe (IFCE), on November 21st, 2008 in Brussels, Belgium. The theme of the conference was, "Towards Promoting Halal as the Premium Quality Brand" and attendees included industry stake-holders from across the globe.

 


IFANCA At CIFST

Mr. Haider Khattak, IFANCA Food Scientist, represented the organization at a November CIFST (Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology) conference, educating attendees about the halal certification process and the advantages of certification in an increasingly global market.

Founded in 1951, CIFST is the national association for food industry professionals. Its membership of more than 1200 is comprised of scientists and technologists in industry, government and academia who are committed to advancing food science and technology. end of article


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Upcoming Events

The 11th International Halal Food Conference organized by the Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America will be held in Chicago on April 20-21, 2009. For further information...

Save The Date

The 11th International Halal Food Conference organized by the Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America will be held in Chicago on April 20-21, 2009. For further information contact halal@ifanca.org. end of article


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New IFANCA Halal Certified Companies
Companies and LocationDescription of Halal Certified ProductsMarket SegmentMarket Region
Alfa Vitamins Laboratories, USA Dietary Supplements (Tablet) Industry Worldwide
Aquathin Corp, USA Water Treatment Industry Worldwide
Efco Products, Inc., USA Pie Fillings Food Service Canada
Enjoy Life Natural Brand, USA Snack Foods Retail Canada & USA
Green Planet Farms, USA Soy Protein Concentrate Industry Canada, Japan, Korea & USA
Ningbo Green-Health Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd., China Botanical Extract Industry Worldwide
Shandong Boshan Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., China D-Glucuronolactone Industry Worldwide
Xi'an Ho Tian Bio Engineering, China White Crystal Powder Industry Worldwide
Xiwang Group Co., Ltd., China Food Ingredients Industry Worldwide
Zhejiang Recover Biotech, China Flax Seed Extract and Apple Extract Food Service Belgium, Japan & USA
Zrii, LLC, USA Zrii Botanical Beverage Industry Worldwide
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