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Horsemeat scandal companies can learn from Halal
by Shelina Janmohamed
The horsemeat scandal has raised significant consumer questions: what is in the food we eat, how can we be sure it's properly labelled, and most importantly, who can we trust?
For Muslim consumers who wish to observe halal in their food and beverage consumption – an industry worth an estimated $661bn a year – these are questions they ask daily. For them, halal certification from a trusted authority is vital, otherwise they simply won't buy. No trusted halal logo, no sale.
This means that getting your products halal certified is crucial. A sampling of news stories demonstrates that halal certified food is on the upswing in Austria, Germany and Switzerland. Kenyan businesses are remaking products with halal certificates. Brazil exports over 85,000 metric tonnes of halal certified meat products each month.
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