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Halal Digest Header December 2006
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
Moroccan Delegation Visits USA...
IFANCA Meets Malaysian Trade Delegation Oven Fresh, New York Style® Chips
A Drink For All Seasons
New IFANCA Halal Certified Companies Beauty – At What Price?
Some Food For Thought

Moroccan Delegation Visits USA For Food Hygiene Training At The University Of Nebraska, Lincoln

Lincoln, Nebraska, Nov. 9, 2006 - A delegation of five scientists from the Moroccan Department of Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries visited the University of Nebraska in Lincoln for a two week training course in food safety and hygiene. While the group received class room type training in various aspects of meat processing, it also get broader exposure to the meat industry in the USA. Dr. Muhammad Chaudry, president of the Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America, was invited to present a lecture about Monitoring and Enforcement of Halal Meat and Food Products in the USA. During the three hour presentation, Dr. Chaudry covered all aspects of Halal processing and certification. The delegates were enthusiastically involved in the subject matter and asked very pertinent questions. "American meat industry is a service oriented business and is willing to meet the needs and requirements of the importing countries", said Dr. Chaudry. The delegation along with Professors Dennis Burson and H. Thippareddi of the University of Nebraska, Dr. Muhammad Chaudry, and Professor Regenstein visited two beef slaughtering and processing plants, O'Neill packing and Greater Omaha Packing. IFANCA has certified some of the beef at O'Neill Packing that is produced without resorting to stunning the animals. "Information obtained during this trip will be used in comparing and revising the food safety procedures in our country", said Dr. Soumia El Hajji, Veterinary Medicine Inspector and leader of the delegation. Lincoln, Nebraska, Nov. 9, 2006 - A delegation of five scientists from the Moroccan Department of Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries visited the University of Nebraska in Lincoln for a two week training course in food safety and hygiene. While the group received class room type training in various aspects of meat processing, it also get broader exposure to the meat industry in the USA. Dr. Muhammad Chaudry, president of the Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America, was invited to present a lecture about Monitoring and Enforcement of Halal Meat and Food Products in the USA.

During the three hour presentation, Dr. Chaudry covered all aspects of Halal processing and certification. The delegates were enthusiastically involved in the subject matter and asked very pertinent questions. "American meat industry is a service oriented business and is willing to meet the needs and requirements of the importing countries", said Dr. Chaudry.

The delegation along with Professors Dennis Burson and H. Thippareddi of the University of Nebraska, Dr. Muhammad Chaudry, and Professor Regenstein visited two beef slaughtering and processing plants, O'Neill packing and Greater Omaha Packing. IFANCA has certified some of the beef at O'Neill Packing that is produced without resorting to stunning the animals.

"Information obtained during this trip will be used in comparing and revising the food safety procedures in our country", said Dr. Soumia El Hajji, Veterinary Medicine Inspector and leader of the delegation. end of article


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IFANCA Meets Malaysian Trade Delegation in Chicago, IL

Chicago, Illinois, Nov 30th, 2006 - A delegation of more than 50 Malaysian companies and senior government officials, led by Malaysia’s Minister of International Trade & Industry, Rafidah Aziz met in Chicago to seek business alliances with Illinois companies. In conjunction with this, a Malaysian Business Conference was held on Thursday, November 30, 2006 at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare. Zeshan Sadek was amongst those attending the conference. Malaysia's attempts to consolidate its position as a hub for distribution of halal products has, this month, also received support from Rotterdam Port, the only port in Europe with halal certification. The Dutch Port will be working with Port Klang to further distribution of Halal goods to European Muslim markets. Chicago, Illinois, Nov 30th, 2006 - A delegation of more than 50 Malaysian companies and senior government officials, led by Malaysia's Minister of International Trade & Industry, Rafidah Aziz met in Chicago to seek business alliances with Illinois companies. In conjunction with this, a Malaysian Business Conference was held on Thursday, November 30, 2006 at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare. Zeshan Sadek was amongst those attending the conference.

Malaysia's attempts to consolidate its position as a hub for distribution of halal products has, this month, also received support from Rotterdam Port, the only port in Europe with halal certification. The Dutch Port will be working with Port Klang to further distribution of Halal goods to European Muslim markets. end of article


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FRESH FROM THE OVEN, NEW YORK STYLE® CHIPS
By Suzann Audi

Spicy Mediterranean Pita Chips, Mini Plain Bagel Chips, and the Baked Original Bagel Chip Mix are IFANCA certified, premium deli snack products.  In 1978, Jim Burns and Gary Ricker, who ran a gourmet cheese shop in New Jersey, served cheese samples on crackers. One day, they realized they could toast leftover bagels and use them to sample their cheeses. Soon after, customers began asking if they could buy the toasted leftover bagels instead of the cheese. Bagel Chips were born! Bagel Chips became very popular in the area, and in 1985, New York Style® brand bagel chips were introduced. Consumers quickly began to associate the New York Style brand with the warmth associated with New York City's traditional neighborhood bakeries. That authenticity and quality has made New York Style bagel chips to be America's favorite! Today, New York Style is part of the Nonni's Food Company, and products are available at local grocery retailers, mass merchandisers, membership club outlets, through vending, and in many of your favorite restaurants. Spicy Mediterranean Pita Chips, Mini Plain Bagel Chips, and the Baked Original Bagel Chip Mix are IFANCA certified, premium deli snack products. In 1978, Jim Burns and Gary Ricker, who ran a gourmet cheese shop in New Jersey, served cheese samples on crackers. One day, they realized they could toast leftover bagels and use them to sample their cheeses. Soon after, customers began asking if they could buy the toasted leftover bagels instead of the cheese. Bagel Chips were born!

Bagel Chips became very popular in the area, and in 1985, New York Style® brand bagel chips were introduced. Consumers quickly began to associate the New York Style brand with the warmth associated with New York City's traditional neighborhood bakeries. That authenticity and quality has made New York Style bagel chips to be America's favorite!

Today, New York Style is part of the Nonni's Food Company, and products are available at local grocery retailers, mass merchandisers, membership club outlets, through vending, and in many of your favorite restaurants. For more information visit www.newyorkstyle.com or www.nonnisfoods.com.

New York Style Pita and Bagel Chips are perfect with dips and spreads like "Easy Guacamole" below or straight out of the bag. They can also be used in other recipes like "Citrus Shrimp Canapes".

Here are a couple of recipes you might try:

Easy Guacamole Dip

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 16

2 large ripe avocados, pitted, peeled, chopped
1 Tbsp. lime juice
1/3 c. plum tomato, chopped (1 tomato)
1 Tbsp. cilantro, chopped
¼ tsp. salt
Dash of cayenne pepper

  1. In medium bowl, mix all ingredients except chips.

     

  2. Serve with IFANCA certified New York Style Spicy Mediterranean Pita Chips and Mini Plain Bagel Chips.

Citrus Shrimp Canapes

Preparation Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 24

1/3 c. olive or vegetable oil
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1 tbsp. honey
2 tsp. lime peel, grated
¼ tsp. salt
24 uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
3 tbsp. butter or margarine, softened
1 tbsp. orange marmalade
IFANCA certified New York Style Spicy Mediterranean Pita Chips and Mini Plain Bagel Chips

  1. In medium bowl, mix oil, lemon juice, honey, lime peel and salt. Add shrimp; toss and coat. Cover and refrigerate at least 30 minutes but no longer than 2 hours, stirring once after half the time.

     

  2. Meanwhile, set oven control to broil. In small bowl, stir butter and marmalade until well mixed. Spread butter over IFANCA certified New York Style Spicy Mediterranean Pita Chip and Mini Plain Bagel Chip.

     

  3. Remove shrimp from marinade; discard marinade. On rack in broiler pan, place shrimp in single layer. Broil with tops 4 to 6 inches from heat for 4 to 6 minutes or until shrimp are lightly browned.

     

  4. Place 1 shrimp on each IFANCA certified New York Style Spicy Mediterranean Pita Chip and Mini Plain Bagel Chip.
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A DRINK FOR ALL SEASONS
By Suzann Audi

Delicious Big Train drink mixes are IFANCA certified! With a wide variety of Blended Ice Coffee mixes, as well as Hot Cocoa, and decadent low-carb favorites, there is a flavor for each season and every taste!  Big Train Hot Cocoa is a rich, decadent choice that is perfect for cold winter evenings.  Also, try adding less water and swirl into drinks or drizzle over ice cream.  For a cool buzz, Big Train's Blended Ice Coffees are a quick and trendy alternative to your morning brew.  Simply blend a few scoops with your choice of coffee, milk or water. Delicious Big Train drink mixes are IFANCA certified! With a wide variety of Blended Ice Coffee mixes, as well as Hot Cocoa, and decadent low-carb favorites, there is a flavor for each season and every taste! Big Train Hot Cocoa is a rich, decadent choice that is perfect for cold winter evenings. Also, try adding less water and swirl into drinks or drizzle over ice cream. For a cool buzz, Big Train's Blended Ice Coffees are a quick and trendy alternative to your morning brew. Simply blend a few scoops with your choice of coffee, milk or water.

Traditional Blended Ice Coffee, 16 oz.

  1. Pour 5 oz. of chilled coffee, milk* or water into blender.
  2. Add 2 scoops of IFANCA certified Big Train Blended Ice Coffee mix into blender.
  3. Add 12 oz. of ice into blender.
  4. Blend thoroughly until smooth.
*Big Train recommends nonfat milk.

For an Extra Kick:

  1. For a strong coffee flavor, use 1 oz. of espresso and 4 oz. of milk or water.
  2. Add 1 scoop of hard-packed ice cream/frozen yogurt (or 3 to 4 oz. of soft-serve frozen yogurt), 3 oz. of milk, 2 scoops of IFANCA certified Big Train Blended Ice Coffee mix, and 16 oz. of ice for a great shake drink.
Big Train drink mixes are available for sale over the internet! Visit www.bigtrain.com and click on Order for more information. Go to www.ifanca.org/products/search/ and search for Big Train for a complete list of IFANCA certified mixes. end of article

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NEW IFANCA HALAL CERTIFIED COMPANIES
Companies and LocationDescription of Halal Certified ProductsMarket
Lake County Foods, USA Agglomerated Whey Protein Industry
Xiamen Kingdomway Vitamin Inc., China Kingdomway Brand Vitamin A Powder Industry
Advanced Food Products LLC, USA Taco Bell Jalapeno Cheese Sauce Food Service
International Flavors and Fragrances Ltd., Great Britain Flavors Industry
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BEAUTY – AT WHAT PRICE?
Many beauty and personal care products may contain Haram or doubtful ingredients, such as collagen, and hydrolyzed animal protein made from pigskins and other parts. Several companies are now offering products made from all vegetable ingredients. Many of them are Halal certified by IFANCA and some by the Malaysian Authorities. Halal Certified Cosmetics and personal care products are available from Tom's of Maine, USANA, Sunrider and several other companies. Many beauty and personal care products may contain Haram or doubtful ingredients, such as collagen, and hydrolyzed animal protein made from pigskins and other parts. Several companies are now offering products made from all vegetable ingredients. Many of them are Halal certified by IFANCA and some by the Malaysian Authorities. Halal Certified Cosmetics and personal care products are available from Tom's of Maine, USANA, Sunrider and several other companies. For information visit www.ifanca.org.

Halal certified products ensure that the ingredients going into products as well as machinery, packaging, storing, and labeling are all checked to make them free from doubt about questionable materials.

What Can You Do?
Always ask the manufacturers about the composition of the products and whether or not they are vegetarian or Halal certified. end of article


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SOME FOOD FOR THOUGHT
What's one simple way to remember how to get a nutritious diet? Add some color to your diet. 5-9 servings of different colored fruits and veggies is your step to a healthier lifestyle. The diverse colors ensure that you get a range of vitamins, minerals, fiber and other vital elements, while shielding you from potential cancer and heart disease. Next time you're in the produce corner, pick up fruit and veggies, some of each color and you'll be on your way to making better health choices. What's one simple way to remember how to get a nutritious diet? Make "Add some color to your diet" your mantra to health. 5-9 servings of different colored fruits and veggies is your step to a healthier lifestyle. The diverse colors ensure that you get a range of vitamins, minerals, fiber and other vital elements, while shielding you from potential cancer and heart disease. Next time you're in the produce corner, pick up fruit and veggies, some of each color and you'll be on your way to making better health choices. (Photo Source: www.Smallsteps.gov) end of article

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