Sharjah conference to focus on halal food
Sharjah, July 15, 2013
The rising acceptance of halal meat due to its scientific and hygienic slaughtering and processing methods will be the focus of a conference to be held Sharjah, in December.
The Halal Congress Middle East will be held at Expo Centre Sharjah from December 16 to 18, alongside the 2nd OIC Halal Middle East Exhibition under the patronage of Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qassimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah.
Studies have shown that halal slaughter protects consumers from many diseases which are not possible in the conventional methods used in many countries.
"The way the slaughtering process is carried out is of significant importance for both human health and safety and quality of the meat. Halal slaughter involves cutting of jugular veins, throat and esophagus, which facilitates draining of blood from the animal and thus prevents growth and multiplication of harmful micro-organisms," said Dr Ibrahim Hussein Ahmed Abd El Rahim, professor of infectious diseases, Umm Al-Qura University, Makkah.
"Prevention of neck separation is very important to complete the bleeding process to remove all the blood from carcass. Blood is a typical media for proliferation of different kinds of microbes, therefore its complete removal from the slaughtered animal is vital to protect consumers from infectious diseases," he said.
Globally, the halal market that spans from food to finance and tourism is worth $3 trillion, said a statement.
According to latest estimates, halal products have two billion consumers worldwide that grows more than 20 per cent annually, it said.
Meat and Livestock Australia has signed up as platinum sponsor and will discuss the ‘Goodness of Australian Meat.’
Australia's red meat exports to the Middle East in May this year totaled 16,492 tonnes, a 46 per cent increase year-on-year and 7 per cent above the previous record set in April 2013, according to Meat and Livestock Australia figures.
A panel, comprising experts, will discuss the science behind halal during the three-day congress and will take up issues including stunning, mechanical slaughtering, tasmiah and animal feed, said the statement.
Other topics to be taken up for discussion at the congress include tapping the growing halal trade; halal cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and tourism; benefits of halal certification; Islamic banking & takaful; technology for halal food traceability and harmonisation of halal standards, it said. - TradeArabia news Service
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