The Halal Goat Industry – New Opportunities, Expanding Markets
Over the past few years, the ethnic and religious foods market has been one of the brightest areas of growth within the food industry. Sales of ethnic food products, for example, have increased significantly during this period. While ethnic food fads may shift as new tastes catch on and older ones go out of fashion; religious food markets will not fade away. The halal market is gaining momentum and attention rapidly. Food producers have realized that it is a highly lucrative enterprise. A prime example of this is the demand for goat meat and the accompanying rise in prices, in North America.
A University of Illinois Extension survey shows that the Muslim communities of North America are the largest proportion of faith groups that consume goat meat. Average consumption varies from 10- 20 pounds every couple of weeks. Although preferred goat meat cuts include leg, chops, shoulder and breast, and other parts such as liver, heart, kidneys, brain and feet are also consumed. Fresh meat tends to be preferred over frozen by these consumers.
Halal goat meat consumption rises substantially during Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting, which can be attributed to the spike in community gatherings to break the fast. The month of Ramadan starts on July 20th this year. Secondly, every person who is able financially sacrifices an animal on the occasion of Eid-Ul-Adha, which falls towards the end of October this year.
Perhaps it’s just a matter of time that goat meat, in the US, matches the popularity of beef and chicken. Besides meat, goat by-products include dairy products like goat cheese, yogurt etc. Personal care products including goat milk soaps could also be produced for halal markets. Companies producing halal certified goat cheeses and other goat milk products include IFNCFA halal Certified Mariposa Dairy and Celebrity. For complete list of halal certified products, please visit www.ifanca.org
June 25-28,Las Vegas – IFANCA was well represented at the annual IFT meeting, when an entire session on halal and kosher was conducted by three speakers representing IFANCA. Dr. Muhammad Munir Chaudry, President and Executive Director, Dr. Mian Nadeem Riaz IFANCA Board Member and Director Food Protein R&D Centre, Texas A&M University, U.S.A and Dr. Joe Regenstein, Technical Advisor and Professor of Food Science at Cornell University. Attendees to these session were from as far as Malaysia and Indonesia.
Dr. Chaudry described the guidelines for animal care and mercy to animals, by giving examples from the 1400 history of Islam and the 5000 year old history of Judaism. He also mentioned the work of World Organisation for Animal Health, OIE. Dr. Chaudry discussed challenges and opportunities in halal; challenges such as the lack of a global standard; lack of mutual recognition by certifying bodies; lack of transparency by certifiers as well as reluctance among the industry to place halal logos on their certified product labels. “The opportunities abound”, he said, “as halal consumers are demanding authenticity, halal products and a better back-to-nature approach.”
Dr. Riaz presented a detailed discussion of neutraceuticals and how the industry is not warming up to halal consumers. He graphically showed many examples of products where gelatin and other questionable ingredients were present.
Professor Regenstein discussed the basic rules of Kosher and halal, as well as animal welfare issues brewing the world over. He suggested that Kosher and halal slaughter methods are more humane than the ones currently used throughout the industrialized world. He hoped that some day science would prove this to be the best methods in animal care and welfare.
IFANCA Co-Sponsored Workshop on Halal Food Management in Lahore, Pakistan Draws International Delegations
June 4-5, 2012, Lahore, Pakistan – A two day long International Training Workshop on Halal Food Management, Lahore was organized jointly by the Punjab Agriculture and Meat Company, Govt. of the Punjab, the Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA), the Pakistan Society of Food Scientists and Technologists, The National Institute of Food Science and Technology, University of Agriculture and Halal Research Council. Speakers included Dr. Mian Nadeem Riaz IFANCA Board Member and Director Food Protein R&D Centre, Texas A&M University, U.S.A; Muhammad Zubair Mughal, Chief Executive Officer, Halal Research Council; Dr. Faqir Muhammad Anjum, Director General, National Institute of Food Science and Technology, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad; Justice Khalil-ur-Rehman, Shari’ah Advisor, AlBaraka Islamic Bank and many others.
Speaking at the inaugural session of the workshop, Mr. Justice Khalil-ur-Rehman said that the research on halal food is much needed globally so that Muslims can have food which is free from impermissible ingredients as mandated by religious laws. He reiterated the need for awareness of opportunities associated with halal. Also addressing the audience at the inaugural session, Mr. Nasib Ahmed Saifi, Chairman, Standing Committee on Halal Meat Export, Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry, said that Pakistan has many opportunities to export halal meat. However, since livestock rather than meat is exported, currently halal meat exports fare poorly in comparison. He said that due to the export of livestock, 12 industries including the meat, leather and gelatin are badly affected.
The Halal Research Council is considering the launch of an online Post Graduate Diploma on Halal Industry, a unique program in the region, in order to overcome the knowledge gap.
A Farm to Fridge Journey into the World of Halal: A MIDAN Webinar
May 31, 2012 - “A Farm to Fridge Journey into the World of Halal: Expanding Opportunities for the Food and Nutrition Professional” was a webinar hosted by Muslims in Dietetics and Nutrition (MIDAN), a Member Interest Group (MIG) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. MIDAN aims to reduce disparities in healthcare services received by Muslim patients by providing a forum in which food and nutrition professionals can network and develop professionally. MIDAN also strives to increase diversity within the dietetics profession by promoting the field as a career choice within the Muslim community and by providing mentorship for students and new dieticians. The Webinar was sponsored by IFANCA.
Speakers included Roberta Duyff, MS, RD, FADA, CFCS who spoke on the needs of the American Muslim consumer; Hisham Moharram, PhD, a Pioneer in Eco-Halal Agriculture & Founder/CEO of Good Tree Farm of New Egypt, a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Project who discussed perspectives as a Muslim Agripreneur and Nour Zibdeh, MS, RD shared expertise on minorities, health and cultural awareness for working with Muslim patients and clients. Asma Ahad, Director of Halal Market Development and a chemical engineer by training represented IFANCA and provided insights on the halal food industry & the halal certification process.
An enthusiastic audience of participants had questions that covered a gamut of topics from how to increase awareness about the Muslim diet amongst dietitians and foodservice directors, to concerns about ingredients such as polysorbates, to queries about the difference between kosher and halal.
“Muslim-Americans are an emerging, untapped marketplace opportunity,” said Ms. Duyff. Ms. Zibdeh pointed out that “minority populations receive lower quality care” when it came to many healthcare services. “It is important to establish trust with your Muslim patients or clients. Tell them that you respect their religion,” she advised. Ms. Ahad discussed approaches employed by IFANCA to overcome the fact that “much of the modern food industry has been developed without the Muslim consumer in mind”.
Al Safa Halal No Longer IFANCA Certified
July 2012 – As of July 2012, Al Safa Halal is no longer certified by IFANCA. The product produced up to June 30th 2012 and bearing the IFANCA Crescent M logo is still valid as IFANCA certified.
HCFE Certifies Port of Zeebrugge In Belgium
July, 2012 - The port of Zeebrugge in Belgium is where trucks, trains, barges and ships meet. The port serves as a crossroad where cargo is transshipped from one mode of transport to another. The port is also a logistics platform where goods are stored and processed after which they are distributed in Central Europe. Zeebrugge is also a prominent fishing port and a growing passenger port. As many as 90 cruise ships are scheduled to dock here in 2012. Because of its central geographical location; the various maritime services to UK and Ireland; the array of intercontinental liner services and extensive road and rail networks, it is an ideal port for the distribution of cargo both within Europe and abroad. Stakeholders include governments, private companies and associations.
As of July 2012, Brussels based Halal Food Council of Europe (HFCE; www.hfce.eu), a major halal certification organization, has certified the entire port for halal trade. HFCE, an IFANCA sister organization, offers certification that is recognized by Malaysia, Singapore, Gulf GCC nations, Indonesia, Iran and many Muslim nations in the world.
IFANCA Halal Certified Aquathin Leads the Way in Water Purification
“Drugs have been reported in drinking water around the world over the past 10 years, including animal pharmaceuticals and cocaine metabolites. Most recently this phenomenon received the moniker ‘emerging contaminants.’ Think about this word ‘emerging.’ As a new baby emerges into the world, we see the top of the head with more to be exposed. As a new iceberg emerges, we see the tip with more to be exposed. Many of the drugs you read about have been around for a long time and only now are we seeing the first emerging concentrations. Experience says concentrations will increase further before decreasing. A most interesting point is the identification of animal drugs, pharmaceuticals not fit for human consumption in any concentrations. None of these emerging drug contaminants are regulated in ‘legally safe’ tap water,” writes IFANCA halal-certified Aquathin Corporation’s President, CEO and Co-Founder Alfred ‘Alfie’ Lipshultz.
Established in 1980 his company, Aquathin (www.aquathin.com), is EPA registered and ISO 9001:2000 certified. It produces over 70 patented devices for water purification. Mr. Lipshultz holds seven industry patents in the field of water purification.
As he explains in his article in Water Conditioning & Purification Magazine, “You go to the grocery store and have a choice to buy a chicken loaded with antibiotics and steroids or a free range raised chicken. One is legally safe and the other is totally safe; which one do you cook for your family? Your car needs new tires and you have a choice of retreaded used tires or new steel-belted radials. One is legally safe and the other is totally safe; which ones do you ride your family on? The above comparisons are easily understood by you and your customers. A similar relationship can be made in comparison to tap water and untreated well water versus purified water.”
To learn more about Aquathin products and its approach to water purification, the entire article can be read here:
Reprinted with permission of Water Conditioning & Purification Magazine ©2012. Article originally appears in Water Conditioning & Purification Magazine. December 2008 ©
NEWLY IFANCA HALAL CERTIFIED COMPANIES
|Company name||Product Type||Marketing Method||Distribution|
|American Fruit Processors, USA||Flavors||Industry||WorldWide|
|Barry Callebaut Manufacturing Polska Sp. z o.o. Poland||Candy / Chocolate||Industry||WorldWide|
|Benxi Black Horse Chemical Industry & Commerce CO., Ltd China||Food Chemicals||Industry||WorldWide|
|Bioriginal Food & Science Corporation, Canada||Nutritional Supplements||Direct Marketing||WorldWide|
|Chongqing Xingfa Jinguan Chemical Co., Ltd, China||Food Chemicals||Industry||WorldWide|
|Efficas Medical Food & Nutrition LLC. USA||Nutritional Supplements||Direct Marketing||WorldWide|
|Shengyangshi Haizhongtian Fine Chemical Factory, China||Food Chemicals||Industry||WorldWide|
|Tianjin Kaiwei & Yongli United Chemical Co.,Ltd,China||Food Chemicals||Industry||WorldWide|
|Yantai Aofeng Foodstuff Co., Ltd, China||Processed Vegetables||Foodservice - Bulk||WorldWide|
|Zhejiang Sanhe Food Science & Technology Co., Ltd. China||Food Chemicals||Industry||WorldWide|
Stamford, CT – June 15, 2012 – In an effort to create awareness of their IFANCA halal certified products, while also encouraging consumers to go into their local stores to purchase the brand’s products,Saffron Road™, the packaged food brand of American Halal Co., is visiting multiple Muslim communities across the US West Coast with their Club Halal tour.
Saffron Road CEO, Adnan Durrani, says, “Hitting the road with a mobile tour is a first for our brand, and we’re excited to connect with Muslim communities so directly. I started this company out of the recognition that there are too few halal options in the American marketplace, and we are certainly doing our part to make it easier for Muslim shoppers to find food products that meet their needs.”
Each stop will include a brief informational session about Saffron Road’s Halal standards, commitment to ethical consumerism and focus on providing Muslim consumers with more quality Halal options in convenient grocery stores all across the country. Saffron Road markets a variety of Halal Certified products – from frozen gourmet ethnic meals and chicken nugget items, to broths, simmer sauces and appetizers. Saffron Road’s All Natural Certified Halal entree uses chicken that is Certified Humane by Humane Farm Animal Care. All of Saffron Road’s livestock are fed 100% vegetarian feed and are never given antibiotics or hormones.
Ideal Time for Sunblock Formulations to Go Halal
The FDA’s 2011 rulings on sunscreen have banned the use of the terms “sunblock”, “water resistant” and “sweat resistant” as those claims are false. To earn the designation “broad spectrum” protection, sunscreens must now protect equally against two kinds of the sun’s radiation, UVB and UVA. Further, labels that carry the term “water resistant” must indicate whether that is for 40 minutes or 80 minutes.
Large manufacturer’s have until December 2012 to change their formulations and labels, while small companies have one more year to comply.
“This is one of the best opportunities for manufacturers to be certified halal. They are already in the process of creating new labels and formula’s and for them to gain access a whole new market,” said Dr. Chaudry, President, IFANCA.
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