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2011 Press Releases 
-IFANCA to Speak at Kuwait's 1st Gulf Conference          View     Download Pdf 
-IFANCA Talks about Halal Ingredients at CCN                View     Download Pdf 
-IFANCA Organizes 13th Int. Halal Food Conf. 2011         View     Download Pdf 
-IFANCA Presents World's First Halal Foodservice Kit      View     Download Pdf
-IFANCA Speaks at MIST 2011                                       View    Download Pdf 
-IFANCA® Offers Recipe Development for Ramadan          View    Download Pdf 
-IFANCA Educates about Halal Accreditation Benefits      View    Download Pdf
-IFANCA Halal Formulation At Prepared Foods Seminar    View   Download Pdf 
-IFANCA To Be In Peru At FIAGRO 2011                         View    Download Pdf 
-IFANCA Halal Consulting & Ed Services (AMCC) 2011     View  
-IFANCA Speaks on Halal Goat Demand at 
     International Goat Symposium 2011                           View     

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IFANCA Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America

Company Profile

 

About IFANCA

The Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA), is one of the world’s leading halal- certification organizations. Established in 1982, this not-for-profit organization has been dedicated to the promotion of halal, and to providing information and education to halal consumers, and other seekers of halal information. IFANCA has evolved into one the most respected, technical and professional halal-certification organization recognized worldwide.


What does IFANCA do?

IFANCA’s team of scientists and Islamic Scholars constitute the IFANCA Board of Directors. IFANCA’s certification program is respected by food and pharmaceutical industry professionals worldwide. As a testament of this confidence, majority of all pharmaceutical halal certification in the United States is conducted by IFANCA.

Today, IFANCA certifies over 2200 companies across the globe, with over 23,000 products and ingredients. Ranging from food products to non-food products, IFANCA-certified products cover categories such as meat and poultry, processed foods, prepared meals, frozen food, food ingredients, pharmaceuticals, vaccines, cosmetics, skin care products, and even packaging materials.

IFANCA is known for its halal consultation and educational materials to government agencies; for developing halal MRE’s for military and displaced populations; for creating halal kitchen guidelines for hospital food service, school cafeterias and correctional institutions. IFANCA also publishes and distributes information, both in print and on the internet. Publications include “Islamic Dietary Laws and Concepts”, Elementary Book on Halal and Haraam, and Industrial Halal Food Publication Manual. IFANCA also publishes a bi-annual Halal Consumer Magazine, and a monthly electronic newsletter called the Halal Digest. Both of these resources are digitally uploaded and maintained on IFANCA’s informative website, www.ifanca.org.

IFANCA organizes halal information workshops, education seminars, and discussions with Islamic Community Centers to inform Muslims about halal food and personal care products. They also conduct similar halal information workshops for industry client’s employees at their production sites, to further disseminate knowledge on halal production requirements.


IFANCA’s ‘Crescent-M’ Certification Symbol

IFANCA’s Crescent-M symbol is an internationally recognized symbol for halal certification. Muslims around the world accept IFANCA’s Crescent-M symbol on products, knowing that IFANCA-certified products are truly halal, and their halal certification standards are the best in their class. At the same time, food companies, food marketers, and exporters get the satisfaction that their products will not be rejected in the target countries.

IFANCA is recognized by the governmental halal-regulating bodies in Malaysia, Indonesia, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Singapore. These religious bodies monitor halal regulations in their nations, and they all endorse IFANCA’s halal-certification program.


IFANCA’s Role in the Global Halal Certification Industry

In order to promote halal, IFANCA performs a leading role as a bridge between the food industry and halal consumers. To achieve this, IFANCA has since its inception successfully sponsored 12 international halal food conferences, both in the US and in other countries. The most recent international halal food conference was held in Brussels in March 2010, and focused on the theme of establishing halal quality assurance standards. These conferences provide education and information for industry participants interested in halal certification, as well as to members of academia and representatives of the major government regulating bodies.

IFANCA has consistently promoted halal for nearly 3 decades, and is often reached out by members of the press to provide insight into national and global halal certification issues. Featured in various media such as The Wall Street Journal, Prepared Foods, Poultry Magazine, and CNN; IFANCA was also presented “Best Halal Related Service Provider” Award by Halal Journal at the World Halal Forum in 2007.


IFANCA’s Corporate Social Responsibility

IFANCA gives back to the community by supporting Sabeel Food Pantry, an organization it helped to found. Some programs include an Annual Turkey Drive to deliver turkeys to deserving students and families in Chicago.

IFANCA, in collaboration with Management and Science University (MSU), Malaysia, offers educational scholarships to deserving students for research work. Projects include research and surveys on halal meals for schools and institutional catering, specifically for the Malaysian food industry.


IFANCA Key Facts

  • IFANCA is headquartered in Chicago, IL and maintains offices in California and Toronto, Canada.
  • IFANCA certifies halal food production in over 55 countries around the globe.
  • IFANCA-certified halal products are sold in nearly every country of the world.
  • IFANCA certifies halal products in all food industries.
  • IFANCA provides halal certification and supervision services for meat and poultry slaughter.
  • IFANCA certifies halal cosmetics, packaging materials, and chemicals.
  • IFANCA Halal Certification is accepted by all Muslim countries and halal importing regions.

Biography Profiles

 

Dr. Muhammad Munir Chaudry

Dr. Muhammad Munir Chaudry is a Founding Board Member and President of the Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA®), an internationally respected not-for-profit halal- certification organization. Featured in various media such as The Wall Street Journal, Prepared Foods, and CNN, Dr. Chaudry is a pioneer in the field. Under his guidance, IFANCA has become a world leader in halal certification, with more than 22,000 certified products for 2,200 companies. Clients include industry leaders such as Nestle, PepsiCo, Abbott Nutrition, Mead Johnson, Firmenich and Hershey International, in industries as diverse as flavors and pharmaceuticals. IFANCA halal certified products are sold in every nation. Besides IFANCA, Dr. Chaudry is a food industry veteran with expertise in various technical and management positions. Here he has been responsible for quality assurance, human resources and employee training. He is the author of several papers and co-author of Halal Food Production, the single most widely used text on halal certification. He is a member of the Institute of Food Technologists and an expert consultant to the World Organization for Animal Health. A delegate for the UN International Trade Center and the American Spice Trade Association, he has conducted food safety workshops internationally. He has his PhD from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in Food Science.


Dr. Muhamed Sadek
Dr. Mohamed Sadek is an accomplished professional with a background in Food Science, Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry. In 1966, he served in Malaysia’s Veterinary Services Department as a Veterinary Officer/Doctor. In 1970, he proceeded to U.K. for postgraduate studies and graduated with Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Food Science. Upon returning to Malaysia, he joined the Mara Institute of Technology at Shah Alam as Head of Food Technology Department in 1974. From 1982 to 1998, he served as Technical member of Malaysia’s Halal/Haram Committee. He assisted Malaysia’s Religious Affairs Department (JAKIM) from 1992 until 1998; a position which led him to conduct halal audits in Europe, South America and the U.S.A. During this time, he was actively assisting the Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA®) with his expertise in halal certification, audits, and conferences. Dr. Sadek was appointed as IFANCA’s Director of International Affairs in 1996. In 1999, he was appointed as Vice President of the World Halal Food Council; while later serving in the Secretary General position of the organization from 2004 to 2006. Dr. Sadek is also visiting professor of Food and Nutrition at the Management and Science University (MSU) in Malaysia. From 2002 onwards he is Chairman of Islamic Food Council of Europe (IFCE), as well as Vice President at IFANCA since 2004.


Dr. Ahmed Sakr
Dr. Ahmad Sakr’s career consists of being an educator, field worker, scout leader, public speaker and an Islamic Scholar. Dr. Sakr has been affiliated with Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA®) since its inception and he is a member of IFANCA’s Board of Directors. He spent a large part of his life teaching Food and Nutrition in American Universities and was selected as an Outstanding Educator of America in 1973. Dr. Sakr was educated at the American University of Beirut and the University of Illinois where he received his doctorate in Food Science and Nutrition. He also received his theological training from the late Grand Mufti of Lebanon and from several other notable Muslim Scholars. He served as Director of the Islamic Center of Beirut. During his student years in the US, he co- founded the Muslim Students’ Association in North America in which he led for some time. This organization later formed the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA); one of today’s most prominent Muslim organizations in North America. Dr. Sakr is a founding member of the World Council of Mosques headquartered in Mecca, as well as the first director and representative of the Muslim World League to the U.N. Featured in ABC’s “Nightline”, as well as the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), Dr. Sakr is known for discussing global Islamic issues on Islam, food, health, behavior, terrorism, and fundamentalism. Currently, he is the President of the Foundation for Islamic Knowledge; Director of the Islamic Education Center in Walnut, California; Member of Operation Safe Community; and member of the Walnut Interfaith Council in California. At last count, he has written over 65 books (in English and Arabic) and booklets, not counting the innumerable articles he has authored. Dr. Sakr's approach is to build a bridge of understanding thru commonalities with Muslims and non-Muslims alike. He recently visited the Vatican in Rome, Italy, where he participated in interfaith dialogue with Bishops, Cardinals and the Pope.


Dr. Syed Jaafar Al-Quaderi
Dr. Syed Jaafar Al-Quaderi has been Religious Advisor to Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA®) since 1982. Dr. Quaderi is a graduate of Nizamia University, Hyderabad, India, and a recipient of Doctoral degree from Al-Azhar University, Egypt in 1970. His PhD researched the Resolutions and Permissions in Islam at the Faculty of Shariah and Law, in USUL al-Fiqh. His command of Arabic language is outstanding, evidenced by his 11 years as a Radio Cairo Announcer. Concurrently, he taught Arabic at the American University, Cairo, and also conducted classes at the Indian Embassy in Cairo. Dr. Quaderi also worked at the Osmania University in India as an editor of Arabic manuscripts of historic significance. After moving to the USA in 1980, Dr. Quaderi taught Arabic at Chicago’s North-Eastern University, and American Islamic College for 6 years. Since 1986, he has been teaching Arabic, Islamic Studies, as well as leading congregations in two of Chicago area’s Islamic Centers. Dr. Quaderi is well-versed in comparative knowledge of Islamic schools of thought. His command of languages is excellent; especially in Arabic, Urdu and English.


Dr. Javed Rashid
Dr. Javed has 26 years of experience in Quality Control, Quality Assurance, and Product Development in South Asia, Middle East, Far East, United Kingdom and the United States. He has 20 years of experience in auditing of food processing and packaging operations in various countries. He has affiliated with IFANCA® for the past 15 years, and provides guidance in plant inspection related matters as a Director of Halal Audit for food, cosmetic, pharmaceutical and non-food manufacturing industries. Presently, Dr. Javed is Vice President of Technical Services in a liquid condiments, sauces and salad dressings manufacturing company in North Carolina, USA. He serves as a Resident Practitioner of SQF 2000 Global Food Safety Initiative. During his career, Dr. Rashid also received food production and quality assurance related training from Brabender Food Testing Training Center, Germany and American Institute of Baking, USA. Dr. Javed Rashid obtained his Master’s degree in Nutrition from the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan; as well as a Master’s degree in Food Science from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, United Kingdom. He received his Ph.D. in Cereal Science from Kansas State University, Manhattan, USA. He holds Certified HACCP audit certification from American Society for Quality, as well as GMA-SAFE auditor status to assess food ingredients and finished product suppliers for food excellence. He is a Professional Member of the Institute of Food Technologists and Senior Member of American Society for Quality/Food Drug and Cosmetics Division.


Dr. Sabir Ali
Dr. Sabir Ali is a Food Scientist with over 25 years of Food Industry experience in Quality Assurance, Product Development and Manufacturing. He is senior food inspector, and member of Technical Committee, at Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA®) since 1999. Previously, he was Director of Technical Services at Canadian Wise Foods Inc., and North American Tea & Coffee Inc., Canada. Dr. Ali has also spent several years at Cargill Foods, Canada; Mitchells Fruit Farms, Pakistan; and CPC International, Pakistan, managing Production and Quality Assurance. Author of several Microbiology related publications and Food Technology Workshops, Dr. Ali is also a member of Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), Institute of Packaging Professionals, and Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology.


Dr. Mujahid Masood
Dr. Mujahid Masood has over 25 years of research and specialized professional experience in Poultry Processing. As senior auditor at Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA®) for the past 10 years, Dr. Masood oversees halal audits at production sites throughout North America. Using his specialization in poultry product flavor chemistry, poultry food safety, processing, distribution and utilization of poultry and egg, Dr. Masood supervises entire procedure and process of food production. The scope of this review includes monitoring equipment, cleanliness, sanitation, contamination, packaging, labeling, storage and even transportation. Dr. Masood also identifies and solves specific communication problems using halal technical presentations to educate the food industry. Dr. Masood’s illustrious career includes overseas teaching positions at the National Institute of Food Science and Technology, University of Agriculture; and Assistant Research Officer and Food Scientist at Ayub Agricultural Research Institute in Pakistan. He has authored and collaborated in several articles and papers in published in Poultry Science, Pakistan Journal of Medical Research, Journal of Food Processing and Preservation, as well as IFANCA’s own globally distributed Halal Digest. Dr. Masood holds special training in HACCP, and holds Food Science BSc. (Hons.) and MSc. (Hons.) from Pakistan’s University of Agriculture; and his Ph.D. in Food Science and Technology from Mississippi State University.


Dr. Farhat Quadri
Dr. Farhat Quadri is the Director of Community Services to Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA®) since 2009. Besides serving as a liaison to all Civic Organizations, as well as Islamic Community Centers, Dr. Quadri conducts educational seminars and workshops on halal. He also responds to various queries from Muslim inmates and correctional institute authorities about halal food and the establishment of halal kitchens in prisons. Dr. Quadri’s career has dealt with laboratory sciences for over 30 years. Dr. Quadri holds a B.Sc. from India’s Marathwada University in Agricultural Sciences, as well as M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Food Sciences and Nutrition from Kansas State University. From 1975 to 2008, Dr. Quadri served as director/manager of Radiochemistry and Endocrinology Laboratories in three major hospitals in the Chicago area: Lutheran General, Michael Reese, and Cook County Hospital. Dr. Quadri has collaborated and contributed research to numerous publications, including: The Journal of Nuclear Medicine; Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention; American Journal of Clinical Oncology; Clinical Chemistry; Journal of the International Medical Association; International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology and Physics; and Nuclear Medicine: Principles and Practice.


Mr. Roger Othman
Roger M. Othman is an Executive Director of the Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA®). Mr. Othman holds Bachelors of Science Degrees in Aerospace and Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan. He has spent much of his career in the oil industry in domestic and foreign assignments in process operations; technical services; total quality management; and economic and strategic planning. Mr. Othman has served on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the Mosque Foundation and the Board of Directors of IFANCA®. He also served as the first Managing Director of IFANCA, and helped establish the procedures and systems that helped evolve IFANCA into the organization it is today. In the area of publications, he served as the editor of the Islamic Perspectives newsletter; creator and editor of the Halal Consumer© magazine and the Halal Digest© e-newsletter, and has contributed numerous articles to each publication. In the area of halal certification, he has conducted halal inspections of client facilities and supervised the production of halal certified products. Mr. Othman has also been a presenter at several halal food conferences, including IFANCA Halal Food Conferences and the 2001 Halal Food Conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

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IFANCA Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America


IFANCA® to Speak at First Gulf Conference on Halal Industry and its Services in Kuwait

Contact: Maria Omar 
            +1-773-283-3708       
m.omar@ifanca.org


( January 24, 2011 – Al-Salmiyah, Kuwait... )The Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA®) is participating at the First Gulf Conference on Halal Industry and its Services in Kuwait. The conference will take place from January 24, to January 26, 2011, and is dubbed as the first event for halal industry discussions on the Arabian Gulf.

The conference is organized by the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs of Kuwait (MAIASK), the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR), and GCC Standardization Organization. This conference enjoys the cooperation with international specialized organizations in the halal standards industry, such as the Kuwait Awqaf Public Foundation, the Public Authority for Industry in Kuwait, Halal Industry Development Foundation for the Awqaf Ministry of Malaysia, International Halal Integrity Alliance of Malaysia (IHIA), the Association of Awareness and Information to the Defense of Muslim Consumers in France (ASIDCOM), and the Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA®).

The conference has also lined up a diverse group of speakers from all over the world, including Malaysia, South Africa, USA and UK. The conference is designed to cover a wide array of topics ranging such as global halal standards, status of ingredients, and animal welfare standards.

Dr. Muhammad Munir Chaudry, President of IFANCA®, is also a featured speaker in the program. He will be speaking on the second day of the conference, January 25, 2011, under the segment of Chemical Status of Ingredients and Halal Production Requirements. Dr. Muhammad Munir Chaudry will share his thirty years of experience in ingredient technology in his presentation entitled Chemical Feed: Food and Feed Ingredients. His talk will also cover biotechnology and genetically modified (GM) food issues and the halal status of these processes.

Dr. Chaudry said that IFANCA® was proud to be part of the historic conference, and wishes the conference goals' to receive an astounding success. "The First Gulf Conference on Halal Industry and its Services will raise the global food and beverage industry's awareness of halal to a higher level," says Dr. Chaudry. He added that such conferences would enable Middle Eastern countries to join the same level of success that is currently enjoyed by Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia in the realm of food, beverage and pharmaceutical trade.

Today, these nations enjoy a high standard of halal certification for meat, packaged foods, cosmetics, medical, and lifestyle products. By investing in developing high quality halal standards, these countries have enabled global companies to streamline business practices and enjoy fruitful, long-term relationships with their economies.


IFANCA®:

Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA ®) is one of the world's leading and well-respected not-for-profit halal certification organizations. Featured in various media such as The Wall Street Journal, Prepared Foods, CNBC and CNN, IFANCA® has been promoting halal since 1982. IFANCA® was recognized in the “Best Halal Related Service Provider Award” by the Halal Journal at World Halal Forum 2007. IFANCA® certified halal products are recognized by Indonesia (MUI), Malaysia (JAKIM), Singapore (MUIS), United Arab Emirates (GSM), and are sold in nearly every country of the world. IFANCA's halal certification expertise covers all food industry categories.

For more information about IFANCA®, visit www.ifanca.org





IFANCA Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America


IFANCA® Talks about Halal Ingredients at Compassionate Care Network (CCN) Quaterly Provider Meeting



Contact: Maria Omar 
            +1-773-283-3708       
m.omar@ifanca.org


(January 28, 2011 – Skokie, IL...)The Chicago-based Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA®) will be talking about the halal status of ingredients on January 28, 2011, during the Compassionate Care Network (CCN) Quarterly Provider Meeting. The talk is entitled Recommendations to Muslim Community about Halalness of Ingredients, and will take place at Skokie’s Holiday Inn Northshore.

Compassionate Care Network (CCN) was started in January 2004 to promote health awareness and to provide access to affordable healthcare for the uninsured. CCN is founded by local Chicago doctors, and has provided free monthly health screenings since its inception. CCN member are guided by the belief that access to affordable health care is a basic human right. Information of CCN’s free monthly screenings can be found at www.ccnchicago.com.

Dr. Farhat Quadri, Director of Community Relations at IFANCA, looks forward to this educational session. “As a medical practitioner, it is important to know the dietary concerns of your patients,” says Dr. Quadri. Dr. Quadri hopes this discussion can help CCN doctors understand the concern from pro bono patients with halal dietary values; as well as educate CCN’s volunteer doctors on available options are present when prescribing halal medicines and vaccines.

The educational session will take place on January 28, 2011, from 7PM to 9PM at the Holiday Inn Northshore. The program also includes a presentation entitled Observations of Cooking and Eating Habits in the Muslim Community by Yvonne Maffei, editor of My Halal Kitchen; as well as some words from Syed Hyder, Owner and Director of Home Healthcare Renewal Services (HHRS).

If you are an organization, school or association that would like to have a similar halal education presentation, please email your request at halal@ifanca.org. If you would like to ask a question from an IFANCA representative but cannot attend, email your queries at the same address. IFANCA.org is also a frequently sought resource, and IFANCA’s Halal Consumer Magazine, Newsletter, and Educational Videos are free for the public’s education.


IFANCA®:

Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA ®) is one of the world's leading and well-respected not-for-profit halal certification organizations. Featured in various media such as The Wall Street Journal, Prepared Foods, CNBC and CNN, IFANCA® has been promoting halal since 1982. IFANCA® was recognized in the “Best Halal Related Service Provider Award” by the Halal Journal at World Halal Forum 2007. IFANCA® certified halal products are recognized by Indonesia (MUI), Malaysia (JAKIM), Singapore (MUIS), United Arab Emirates (GSM), and are sold in nearly every country of the world. IFANCA's halal certification expertise covers all food industry categories.

For more information about IFANCA, visit www.ifanca.org.




IFANCA Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America


IFANCA® Organizes 13th International Halal Food Conference to Update Companies on Latest Technical Developments in Halal


Contact: Maria Omar 
            +1-773-283-3708       
m.omar@ifanca.org


(April 10, 2011 – Schaumburg, IL...)The Chicago-based Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA ®) is all set to host the 13th Annual International Halal Food Conference in Schaumburg, Illinois, on April 10 and 11, 2011. This year’s conference theme is Halal: New Frontiers, and will take place at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel in Schaumburg – a suburb of Chicago, USA.

The annual International Halal Food Conference series provides technical sessions on the latest development in global halal certification guidelines for food, beverages, pharmaceuticals, and non-food products. From governmental guidelines, to the latest case studies, the International Halal Food Conference series specifically seeks to accommodate the needs of Quality Assurance Managers, Compliance Professionals, and Food R&D Technicians that already supervise halal programs. IFANCA® has been alternatively hosting this technical conference series with its European counterpart, the Islamic Food Council of Europe (IFCE); as well as others; every other year since 1999.

Dr. Muhammad Munir Chaudry, President of IFANCA®, looks forward to this year’s selection of panels and speakers. “As a food science practitioner and quality assurance professional, it is necessary to be up to date with the latest technical advancements and compliance issues that concern halal certified manufacturing.” says Dr. Chaudry. He says, “To keep in mind the growing needs of halal certified companies, we have added emerging halal lifestyle products and the opportunities they present to this year’s program.”

This year’s new categories consist of personal care products, specialty, and food service market segments. The addition of these new categories reflects the evolving nature of the global halal industry - a commendable journey from the age when topics remained limited to only halal compliance of meat and gelatin. Other popular topics at the conference cover food processing aids, packaging materials and chemicals that are used for halal certified manufacturing.


Global and Governmental Guidelines 
What is the next level for global halal product standards? As the halal food industry matures, and halal ingredient availability increases, what direction will Muslim-majority governments develop their halal certification standards? In order to frame halal certification standards’ historical context, Mr. Munir Hussain, a Halal Strategic Unit Executive at Majlis Ugama Islam Singapore (MUIS), will present his organization’s role in Pioneering the Way in Halal Certification. To provide the academic perspective on halal industrial standards, Texas A&M University’s Director of Food and Protein R&D Center, Dr. Mian Nadeem Riaz will be presenting his thoughts in an Overview of Halal Development. As a senior auditor for IFANCA®, Dr. Riaz will also introduce this year’s conference theme.

In an increasing globalized world, exporting food companies regularly juggle multiple national food laws. For this reason, the Special Assistant to Chicago District Office for the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), William Weissinger has been invited to give a talk on the FDA’s Enforcement Trends. Similarly, to explain the recent developments in halal inspection procedures, the director of Indonesian Assessment Institute for Food, Drugs and Cosmetics (LPPOM-MUI), Ir. Lukmanul Hakim will be speaking onImplementing Halal Assurance Systems. As an exemplary instance of global halal products that manage multiple food regulatory systems, Abbott Nutrition’s Halal/Kosher Program Manager, Donald L. Sgontz will describe how his company is Leading the Way in Halal Nutritional Markets.

To keep on top of global halal trading patterns, it is important to be abreast of the latest governmental incentives and climate for halal market trade and production. In order to shed light on the topic, Deputy Director General of Jabatan Kemajuan Islam Malaysia (JAKIM), Hj. Othman Mustapha will explain how his organization is Positioning Malaysia as a Global Halal Hub. Malaysia has been a leader in halal certification for the past two decades. Likewise, Director General of National Institute of Food Science and Technology (NIFSAT); from Pakistan’s University of Agriculture; Dr. Muhammad Faqir Anjum will be presenting a session on the Emerging Halal Market in Pakistan. Pakistan is another region that is quickly changing its industrial policies to service the international halal manufacturing industry. Finally, Halal Development Corporation Malaysia’s Chairman, Tan Sri Syed Jalaluddin, will present his views on the future in his conference key note address, Halal: New Frontiers.


Halal Food Science and Technology 
How do food companies maintain their current halal product programs? What have been their recent challenges? From better understanding their Muslim consumer, to pioneering new halal product categories – such as cheese, salad dressings, condiments and accompaniments – how are companies developing these halal programs? To lend some insight, Kraft Foods’ Senior Director for Retail Culinary Experience, Janet Myers, will discuss some of the recent studies Kraft has done in her talk on Developing Relationships with the Muslim Consumer. Volys Star’s General Manager, Koen De Praetere, presents a case-study of Halal Certification at Volys Star.

Halal food ingredients and their development have come a long way from the 1980s and 1990s. Today, halal versions of virtually every ingredient exist in the marketplace. Yet, food scientists still need to stay abreast of the latest halal ingredient trends and markets. For this reason, Dr. Javed Rashid, Vice President of Technical Services at Golding Farms Foods, will present a special session called Demystifying Ingredient Complexity. Dr. Rashid also serves in the role of IFANCA’s Director of Audits and Inspections. To shed light on the supply and demand side of the industry, DSM Nutritional Products’ Quality Director, Dr. Stephan Heck will be delivering a talk on Servicing the Industry with Halal Ingredients; while Dr. Ravindra Kumar, Technical Director of Danisco India, will speak on the Emerging Halal Market for Food Ingredients in India. Finally, to give an in-depth understanding of one of the most complex halal ingredients – gelatin – Dr. Mujahid Masood, Senior Halal Auditor at IFANCA®, will head a special session called Conforming Gelatin Products to IFANCA® Guidelines.

Nutritional products constantly seek to expand their health and wellness standards to the highest levels. Like food, nutritional products, supplements and drugs must meet halal certification standards to enter global halal markets. To describe today’s international halal nutritional standards, Liliana Totoiu, a Technical and Regulatory Affairs Analyst from Access Business Group’s Nutrilite Division, will present a session exclusively on Halal Certification of Nutritional Products and Supplements. Herbalife International’s Global Product Compliance Specialist, Dr. Afshin Doustkam, will speak on Growth of Nutritional Products in Halal Markets – an emergent global wellness trend that is rapidly gaining attention. Lastly, Andrew Fong, Director of Quality Systems at Pfizer/Wyeth Biotech, will speak on the Development of Halal Vaccines. Halal vaccines development is one of the world’s most recent halal certification breakthroughs, and Pfizer will provide some insight into the development process.

The subject of international halal compliance and competing certification standards can often seem a complex spectrum of issues. Cargill Inc.’s Global Certifications Manager, Mark Overland, will give some solutions to these issues in this session titled Mutual Recognition amongst Halal Certifiers. As a case-study to international halal compliance of flavors, Dr. Anne Giraud - Firmenich’s Regulatory Affairs Manager, and Global Dietary Compliance and Product Safety - will give a presentation on Halal Compliance at Firmenich.


New and Emerging Halal Market Opportunities 
The global halal industry is estimated at around US $1.2 trillion to US $2 trillion dollars. Mintel reports a 150 percent growth in the last 5 years in global and US halal product launches. IFANCA® itself is one of the world’s leading halal certification not-for-profits that services more than 2,500 food, beverage and pharmaceutical companies worldwide. This is why it was necessary to expand topics to keep up with emergent halal market trends such as halal foodservice and hospitality; personal care products; and the American-Muslim specialty food market.

To speak on Halal Opportunities in Personal Care, Ellen Saksen, Brand Manager at Tom’s of Maine, will discuss how her company has succeeded with halal-certification since 2006. One of the pioneers in bringing halal frozen meals to a nationwide American grocery chain, Adnan Durrani, CEO of American Halal Company, will be talking of the potentially lucrative halal food market in USA. His talk, Taking Halal to the Next Level, will include the story of his successful halal product launch (Saffron Road) in 2010.

Likewise, Don Tymchuck, President of Med-Diet and Foodservice Express, will be giving a special talk on how are American Muslims Searching for Halal Meals. Tymchuck has a track record of working with specialty food markets in the US; his rich experience with gluten-free foodservice has led him to believe that it is only a matter of time that the US food industry will jump on the potential US $170 billion American Muslim consumer bandwagon. By some estimates, American Muslim consumers have as much as US $20 billion to spend on food per annum. Tymchuck was a panelist on last year’s National Restaurant Show’s education panel called 9 Million American Muslims searching for Halal Meals, and has seen tremendous interest growing around providing halal meal options to American Muslims in universities, hospitals, and restaurants.

The technical sessions are divided between April 10, Sunday, and April 11, Monday. The conference will also feature a celebratory banquet on Sunday evening that will feature PepsiCo’s Chief Scientific Officer, and CEO of PepsiCo’s Global Nutrition Group, Dr. Mehmood Khan as the banquet’s keynote speaker.

Registration for this conference is available at conference.


IFANCA®

Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA ®) is one of the world's leading and well-respected not-for-profit halal certification organizations. Featured in various media such as The Wall Street Journal, Prepared Foods, CNBC and CNN, IFANCA® has been promoting halal since 1982. IFANCA® was recognized in the “Best Halal Related Service Provider Award” by the Halal Journal at World Halal Forum 2007. IFANCA® certified halal products are recognized by Indonesia (MUI), Malaysia (JAKIM), Singapore (MUIS), United Arab Emirates (GSM), and are sold in nearly every country of the world. IFANCA's halal certification expertise covers all food industry categories.   For more information about IFANCA, visit www.ifanca.org.





IFANCA Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America

IFANCA® Presents World's First Halal Foodservice Kit at National Restaurant Association Show 2011


Contact: Maria Omar 
            +1-773-283-3708       
m.omar@ifanca.org


(May 18, 2011 – Chicago, IL...)The Chicago-based Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA®) will introduce the world’s first Halal Foodservice Kit at the National Restaurant Association (NRA) Show, from May 21st to 24th in Chicago, Illinois.

The Halal Foodservice Kit is designed to assist foodservice professionals better serve consumers following halal dietary guidelines - whether hospital patients or college students. American-Muslims, 8 to 9 million, make up the majority of American halal consumers. With an estimated consumer spending power of US $170 billion, they spend approximately US $20 billion on food alone. Increasingly, many hospitals and colleges are recognizing the need to diversify their menus.

“Hospitals, college campus dining services, and restaurants are actively seeking to meet the halal dietary needs for American Muslims,” says Dr. Muhammad Munir Chaudry, President of IFANCA®. “IFANCA recognizes that a free Halal Foodservice Kit is an absolute essential for foodservice professionals looking to tap into this rapidly food market.”

The Kit is a collaboration between IFANCA®, Med-Diet, and other food and nutrition professional groups. “Halal has grown into an essential part of the foodservice industry – you need it everywhere,” says Don Tymchuck, President of Med-Diet/Foodservice Express. Recognizing this need earlier, Med-Diet launched a new division called Halal Healthy, to help American-Muslim college students receive halal care packages from home.

The Kit is targeted to the needs of food directors of hospitals and college cafeterias, chefs, dietitians, food buyers, and restaurant and hotel foodservice professionals. It contains five documents:


Halal Nutrition Guide 
What kinds of foods can you include in halal meal plans? What types of foods should you avoid? The Halal Nutrition Guide will inform you of correct food types and preparation information. It also provides substitution ideas if those foods are not in easy reach.

Halal Kitchen In-Service Guide 
Do you want to create halal meals in your mainstream kitchens but are afraid of making mistakes? The Halal Kitchen In-Service Guide is the answer to your dilemma. The guide comes in the form of an in-depth presentation that can be used to learn, as well as teach others working in kitchen foodservice. Kitchen guidelines include easy changes which are both practical and cost-effective.


Halal Ready-To-Eat (RTEs) Foodservice Distributor Guide 
Today, nearly all major foodservice distribution systems have halal ready-to-eat meals present in their supply chain. Targeted for the busy hospital foodservice director searching for meals for the overnight halal patient, the Halal Ready-To-Eat Foodservice Distributor Guide provides instant contact information on these foodservice distribution systems carrying halal RTEs. Website links to web pages listing the distributors’ wide ranging variety of halal meals is also included.


Halal Food Buyer Guide 
IFANCA® currently certifies more than 2,500 companies that make halal products. Due to the large demand of global halal products, there is halal-certified version of every ingredient, flavor, and food product in the food industry. To help food buyers looking for these halal products, IFANCA® has listed companies that actively sell halal food products useful to the restaurant and hospitality industry. Food categories range from cheeses to beverage syrups.


Halal Food Options in US Higher Education Campus Cafeterias – An IFANCA® White Paper 
Don’t have an immediate halal customer to serve but looking to serve new profit avenues? IFANCA® conducted a nation-wide study over 135 major US colleges and universities to evaluate campus halal food options. Nearly 77% of campus cafeterias still do not provide halal meal options for students, even though 85% of all educational institutes surveyed had at least 50 students with halal dietary needs. More than 56% survey takers estimated having more than 100 students on campus.

IFANCA® designed the Kit's content based on the foodservice industry’s feedback from the 2010 NRA Show at IFANCA’s booth. Valuable insight was also gained during the NRA Show’s first halal education sessionReach Over 9 Million Muslim-Americans Searching for Halal Meals. The session was designed to raise awareness in the American hospitality industry as to how it can better serve halal consumers.

The National Restaurant Association is the leading business association for the restaurant industry. Every year the association organizes a tradeshow for 960,000 restaurant and foodservice outlets and a workforce of nearly 13 million employees.

IFANCA® is exhibiting the Halal Foodservice Kit, along with its other halal educational services, during the NRA Show. Its Food Technology team, at Booth #1077, will be present to give free consultations on halal certification, halal ingredients, and how-to-manuals for creating halal foodservice in mainstream kitchens. The Kit is free of charge; and can also be downloaded from IFANCA® and Med-Diet websites.


IFANCA®:

Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA®) is one of the world's leading and well-respected not-for-profit halal certification organizations. Featured in various media such as The Wall Street Journal, Prepared Foods, CNBC and CNN, IFANCA® has been promoting halal since 1982. IFANCA® was recognized in the “Best Halal Related Service Provider Award” by the Halal Journal at World Halal Forum 2007. IFANCA® certified halal products are recognized by Indonesia (MUI), Malaysia (JAKIM), Singapore (MUIS), United Arab Emirates (GSM), and are sold in nearly every country of the world. IFANCA's halal certification expertise covers all food industry categories.For more information about IFANCA, visit www.ifanca.org.



IFANCA Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America

IFANCA® to Speak on Loyalty, Citizenship and Halal Food at the Muslim Interscholastic Tournament (MIST)


Contact: Maria Omar 
            +1-773-283-3708       
m.omar@ifanca.org


(May 19, 2011 – Chicago, IL...)The Chicago-based Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA®) will be speaking at the Chicago Muslim Interscholastic Tournament (MIST ) on May 22nd, 2011. This year's tournament theme is Loyalty: The Key to Faith and Citizenship and will take place at the Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, Illinois.


MIST is a unique program designed for today’s American youth. It is famous for being a fun, educational, interactive program of competitions and workshops geared towards bringing high school students together from around the nation. The goals are to develop leadership, communication, and other creative skills, all while gaining a deeper understanding of Islam and Muslims. The MIST-Chicago chapter will be holding its tournament from May 21st and May 22nd, 2011.

IFANCA® will relate its own story to illustrate the tournament’s theme of loyalty and citizenship during the awards ceremony on May 22nd, 2011. “IFANCA® was essentially formed when concerned American-Muslim food technologists recognized the lack of halal food options for American-Muslims,” says Dr. Farhat Quadri, Director of Community Relations of IFANCA®. He says “Today, after 29 years of helping the food industry with technical solutions, there is a halal-certified version of every ingredient, flavor, and food product in the global food industry.”

IFANCA® is also leading an educational workshop called Eating Halal like an American-Muslim. The workshop is an overview of available tools and The resources that students can use to ask for halal food options at their school or college cafeterias. The workshop will take place on May 21st, 2011, from 5:15PM to 5:45PM. The workshop will also teach students and parents how processed foods are made, how the food industry works, as well as tips on how to eat more nutritiously.


IFANCA®

Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA®) is one of the world's leading and well-respected not-for-profit halal certification organizations. Featured in various media such as The Wall Street Journal, Prepared Foods, CNBC and CNN, IFANCA® has been promoting halal since 1982. IFANCA® was recognized in the “Best Halal Related Service Provider Award” by the Halal Journal at World Halal Forum 2007. IFANCA® certified halal products are recognized by Indonesia (MUI), Malaysia (JAKIM), Singapore (MUIS), United Arab Emirates (GSM), and are sold in nearly every country of the world. IFANCA's halal certification expertise covers all food industry categories.

For more information about IFANCA, visit www.ifanca.org.



IFANCA Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America

IFANCA® to Speak on Loyalty, Citizenship and Halal Food at the Muslim Interscholastic Tournament (MIST)


Contact: Maria Omar 
            +1-773-283-3708       
m.omar@ifanca.org


(June 10, 2011 - New Orleans, LA…)The Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA®) is exhibiting its halal certification and technical services from June 12 - 14, 2011, at the Institute of Food Technologists Annual Meeting and Food Expo 2011. IFANCA’s display booth, #7516, will offer free consultations about all halal matters including new recipe development, to IFT Expo attendees for its entire duration.

This year the IFT Expo takes place on the heels of one of the world’s longest and largest religious celebrations – Ramadan. Ramadan is known as the month of fasting in the Islamic calendar, when Muslims all over the world, are obligated to fast from dawn to sun down. Ramadan is a festive occasion, when volume and variety of food consumed by the observant halal consumers actually may increase, contrary to the common belief and perception attached to the word fasting.

The meal at the start of the fast is called Sahoor, while the meal ending the fast is called Iftaar. Both of these are significant meal occasions. In Ramadan,Sahoor and Iftaar will be observed at least 29 consecutive festive meal occasions each, in which food plays a significant role. This year, Ramadan will take place around the month of August. Already, June’s global food market is seeing intense demand for sugar, palm oil and cardamoms.

When it comes to halal food certification, Ramadan has proven to be a strategic time for new food innovations, product launches and culinary trends. From 2009 to 2010, IFANCA has seen a growth of 20 percent in global halal product certification. Dr. Muhammad Munir Chaudry, President of IFANCA, says "In major halal target markets, food is center-stage during Ramadan. This is the time when halal consumers experiment and seek out new food products and brands."

The trend seems to hold true for both key halal consumer regions such as Asia and Middle-East, as well as upcoming niche market areas like North America and Europe. Last year, Nestle expanded its halal product offerings during Ramadan in both Asia and Europe. This move was undertaken in view of the growing global halal food market. Halal food is currently assessed at US$ 634 billion per annum, and forming 16 percent of the entire global food industry. Similarly, Saffron Road Foods launched its first American halal food line in USA last Ramadan in Whole Foods. Saffron Road Foods went on to be named one of the top 10 specialty food products in 2011.

To address this growing interest in halal product innovations, IFANCA will be exhibiting its halal certification services, and giving out halal informational materials during the IFT Expo 2011. Its Food Technology team, at booth #7516, will share specific, halal technical information, and free halal consumer information for both food technology, as well as marketing professionals.


IFANCA®

Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA®) is one of the world's leading and well-respected not-for-profit halal certification organizations. Featured in various media such as The Wall Street Journal, Prepared Foods, CNBC and CNN, IFANCA® has been promoting halal since 1982. IFANCA® was recognized in the “Best Halal Related Service Provider Award” by the Halal Journal at World Halal Forum 2007. IFANCA® certified halal products are recognized by Indonesia (MUI), Malaysia (JAKIM), Singapore (MUIS), United Arab Emirates (GSM), and are sold in nearly every country of the world. IFANCA's halal certification expertise covers all food industry categories.For more information about IFANCA, visit www.ifanca.org.



IFANCA Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America

IFANCA® Educates Halal Consumers on U.S. Halal Accreditation Benefits at Islamic Society of North American (ISNA) Convention 2011


Contact: Maria Omar 
            +1-773-283-3708       
m.omar@ifanca.org


(June 30, 2011 - Rosemont, IL…) The Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA®) will be part of a historic American Halal panel discussion at the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) Annual Convention 2011. The convention, from July 1 to July 4, 2011, draws an annual attendance of over 10,000 American Muslims from all over North America, and will be held in Rosemont, Illinois. The presentation will take place on Saturday, July 2, 2011, from 5:30PM to 7:30PM.

The education panel is entitled Why the American Food Industry and Consumers Need ISNA's Halal Accreditation Board, and aims to explore the U.S. halal food industry, and the steps needed to modulate its growth. The discussion will range from religious guidelines, economics, commerce, and halal food science and technology.

As one of the leading halal education and certification not-for-profits in the world, IFANCA has been invited to share its thoughts on the current issues of halal food science and technology. "With the growth and demand for halal products, the need for third-party certification and an accreditation system is now necessary," says Dr. Muhammad Munir Chaudry, President of IFANCA, and panel speaker at the session. He added, "For the sake of consumer protection, we need an independent accreditation system that checks halal food certification activity in the United States."

The significance of halal certification today is clearly reflected in the approximate 80 percent growth in halal certified ingredients and food products in US and global halal markets, since 2005. American Muslims alone spend upward of US$ 20 billion on food every year. Dr. Chaudry spoke on similar themes earlier last year, as a panelist at the National Restaurant Association Show 2010, and at the American Muslim Consumer Conference 2010. IFANCA also participated at the Institute of Food Technology Expo in 2010, and in 2011, to address the growing interest around halal-certified products in the United States. As a result of the American food industry's growing interest on serving halal consumers, IFANCA recently launched the world's first Halal Foodservice Kit at the National Restaurant Association Show 2011.

Besides educating ISNA attendees on current halal food science and technology issues, IFANCA will also share its halal education materials throughout the convention. At booth #1602, IFANCA will distribute copies of Halal Shoppers' GuideHalal Consumer - magazines; and information about the online Halal Healthy Division of Med-Diet, Inc., Don Tymchuck, during his July 2nd presentation: Increasing the Availability of Halal on Campuses; at the Muslim Student Association National Continental Conference during the convention. IFANCA will also be connecting halal consumers with halal-certified U.S. companies, through free giveaways, coupons and raffle prizes.

IFANCA: Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA®) is one of the world's leading and well-respected not-for-profit halal certification organizations. Featured in various media such as The Wall Street Journal, Prepared Foods, CNBC and CNN, IFANCA has been promoting halal since 1982. IFANCA was recognized in the "Best Halal Related Service Provider Award" by the Halal Journal at World Halal Forum 2007. IFANCA certified halal products are recognized by Indonesia (MUI), Malaysia (JAKIM), Singapore (MUIS), United Arab Emirates (GSM), and are sold in nearly every country of the world. IFANCA's halal certification expertise covers all food industry categories. For more information about IFANCA, visit www.ifanca.org.


IFANCA®

Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA®) is one of the world's leading and well-respected not-for-profit halal certification organizations. Featured in various media such as The Wall Street Journal, Prepared Foods, CNBC and CNN, IFANCA® has been promoting halal since 1982. IFANCA® was recognized in the “Best Halal Related Service Provider Award” by the Halal Journal at World Halal Forum 2007. IFANCA® certified halal products are recognized by Indonesia (MUI), Malaysia (JAKIM), Singapore (MUIS), United Arab Emirates (GSM), and are sold in nearly every country of the world. IFANCA's halal certification expertise covers all food industry categories. For more information about IFANCA, visit www.ifanca.org.



IFANCA Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America

IFANCA® Presents Halal Formulation at Prepared Foods R&D Applications Seminar 2011


Contact: Maria Omar 

            +1-773-283-3708       
m.omar@ifanca.org


(August 1, 2011 - Rosemont, IL…) The Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA®) is presenting a halal education session at the Prepared Foods’ Research and Development (R&D) Applications Seminar in Rosemont, Illinois. This 7th annual applications-oriented event for food and beverage R&D professionals will take place from August 2 and 3, 2011. The Prepared Foods' +annual R&D Applications Seminar series is a two-day, classroom style, "how to" solutions series, and it aims to provide food and beverage formulators with practical solutions to specific formulations challenges. The event’s extensive educational program features over 50 technical sessions, and discusses how to better understand the functionality of a wide range of ingredients. IFANCA's technical halal session will be held on August 3, 2011, from 9:15 to 9:55 AM.

IFANCA's education session is entitled Halal Ingredients and Formulations: Your Global Competitive Advantage. It aims to explore the global and local opportunities for halal ingredients and products, which are currently estimated at US$ 2.1 trillion, and continue to grow. Emerging ingredients, flavors, meats, marinades, confectionaries, texturizing agents, beverage and prepared foods – all require halal ingredients to meet consumer acceptability. IFANCA will not only explain the basic concepts of halal food science, it will also educate how ingredients and formulation can meet halal compliance.

As one of the leading halal education and certification not-for-profits in the world, IFANCA has been invited to share its thoughts on the current issues of halal food science and technology. "With the growth and demand for halal products, the need for innovative formulation and product development is inevitable," says Dr. Muhammad Munir Chaudry, President of IFANCA. For similar educational purposes, IFANCA hosted the 13th International Halal Food Conference in Chicago earlier this year in April.

The significance of halal certification today is clearly reflected in the approximate 80 percent growth in halal certified ingredients and food products in US and global halal markets, since 2005. American Muslims alone spend upward of US$ 20 billion on food every year. IFANCA also participated at the Institute of Food Technology Expo in 2010, and in 2011, to address the growing interest around halal-certified products in the United States.


IFANCA®: Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA®) is one of the world's leading and well-respected not-for-profit halal certification organizations. Featured in various media such as The Wall Street Journal, Prepared Foods, CNBC and CNN, IFANCA has been promoting halal since 1982. IFANCA was recognized in the "Best Halal Related Service Provider Award" by the Halal Journal at World Halal Forum 2007. IFANCA certified halal products are recognized by Indonesia (MUI), Malaysia (JAKIM), Singapore (MUIS), United Arab Emirates (GSM), and are sold in nearly every country of the world. IFANCA's halal certification expertise covers all food industry categories.


For more information about IFANCA, visit www.ifanca.org.



IFANCA Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America

IFANCA® to participate at FIAGRO 2011: Peru’s International Food Technology Fair


Contact: Maria Omar 
            +1-773-283-3708       
m.omar@ifanca.org


(August 12, 2011 - Lima, Peru…) The Chicago-based Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA®) will be exhibiting its halal certification services at FIAGRO, Peru’s international trade fair for food and beverage technology. This biennial event will take place in Lima, Peru, from August 18 to 20, 2011.

FIAGRO exhibits food manufacturing supplies, equipment, and services, while most of its attendees are specialized and technical personnel of food and beverage manufacturing plants. The event includes a Technical Congress that will announce the latest trends, themes and equipment for this year. The event is sponsored by the National Society Industry (SNI) and supported by the Peruvian Trade Fair Association (AFEP).

IFANCA, alongside its South American representative, Halal Peru, will be exhibiting its halal food regulatory and certification services in South America for the first time. More and more, South American companies are finding halal an important factor in making a product truly international. “Today, halal food is estimated at US$ 634 billion dollars,” says Dr. Muhammad Munir Chaudry, President of IFANCA, “and it makes up 16 percent of the entire global food market. To access global markets, halal compliance is now a necessity.”

Since 2005, IFANCA has witnessed an approximate 80 percent growth in halal certified ingredients and food products for the global food market. Interest around halal is rapidly growing, which is why IFANCA also participated at the Institute of Food Technology Expo in 2010, and in 2011.


IFANCA:

Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA®) is one of the world's leading and well-respected not-for-profit halal certification organizations. Featured in various media such as The Wall Street Journal, Prepared Foods, CNBC and CNN, IFANCA has been promoting halal since 1982. IFANCA was recognized in the "Best Halal Related Service Provider Award" by the Halal Journal at World Halal Forum 2007. IFANCA certified halal products are recognized by Indonesia (MUI), Malaysia (JAKIM), Singapore (MUIS), United Arab Emirates (GSM), and are sold in nearly every country of the world. IFANCA's halal certification expertise covers all food industry categories.

For more information about IFANCA, visit www.ifanca.org.



IFANCA Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America

IFANCA® Highlights its Halal Consulting and Educational Services at the American Muslim Consumer Conference (AMCC) 2011


Contact: Maria Omar 
            +1-773-283-3708       
m.omar@ifanca.org


(October 23, 2011 – New Brunswick, NJ…) On October 29, 2011, the Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA®) will be exhibiting its halal consulting services at the American Muslim Consumer Conference (AMCC), in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Attendees can stop by IFANCA's booth for free halal educational materials, such as IFANCA's Halal Consumer Magazine©, Halal Shopper's Guide©, and instructional guides.

The American Muslim Consumer Conference is the only platform for industry professionals to explore the rich potential of the American Muslim market. This year's conference is titled "Multiculturalism & the American Muslim Consumer Market" and will feature presentations targeting corporate leaders and entrepreneurs. American Muslims are an ethnically diverse group of 8 to 9 million consumers that are actively seeking halal-certified products. Major metropolitan areas, as well as university, college, and hospital cafeterias, are searching for halal-certified foods to serve their Muslim clientele. Every year, American halal food and beverage consumption generates an estimated US $20 billion. American Muslims' collective purchasing power exceeds US $170 billion. This yearly spending includes buying halal consumables, foodservice, pharmaceuticals and personal care products.

As one of the leading not-for-profit halal education and certification services in the world, IFANCA plans to highlight at this year’s conference its halal educational materials designed specifically for industry professionals. "Halal food technology and halal education have been our focus for years, and we are excited to be part of an event that is shining a light on American Muslim consumers' desire for mainstream brands," says Asma Ahad, Director of Market Development at IFANCA. She added, "AMCC is a great event for sharing ideas, learning how we can improve our educational services, and getting feedback on what the industry players need to know about halal food technology."

Additionally, IFANCA's halal food technologists will also provide free technical consultations throughout the day. Attendees will also receive samples of Mrs. Fields' halal-certified Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chip Cookies, a product that is enjoying the benefits of its halal certification in the US market. Besides the Halal Consumer Magazine and the Halal Shopper's Guide, IFANCA will also provide links to its online educational services, such as the Halal-Certified Product Directory and Halal Foodservice Kit.


IFANCA:

Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA®) is one of the world's leading and well-respected not-for-profit halal certification organizations. Featured in various media such as The Wall Street Journal, Prepared Foods, CNBC and CNN, IFANCA has been promoting halal since 1982. IFANCA was recognized in the "Best Halal Related Service Provider Award" by the Halal Journal at World Halal Forum 2007. IFANCA certified halal products are recognized by Indonesia (MUI), Malaysia (JAKIM), Singapore (MUIS), United Arab Emirates (GSM), and are sold in nearly every country of the world. IFANCA's halal certification expertise covers all food industry categories.

For more information about IFANCA, visit www.ifanca.org.



IFANCA Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America

IFANCA® Highlights its Halal Consulting and Educational Services at the American Muslim Consumer Conference (AMCC) 2011

Contact: Maria Omar 
            +1-773-283-3708       
m.omar@ifanca.org


(November 1, 2011 - Toronto, Canada…) The Chicago-based Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA®) will be speaking and sponsoring this year's International Goat Symposium (IGS), Canada's premier educational and networking event for Ontario's goat industry. This annual event will take place in Orangeville/Toronto, Canada, from November 2 to 6, 2011.

IGS is an annual conference to discuss new opportunities arising in the goat industry. Education sessions range from farm management information to the latest goat market trends. Featured along with Canada's Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, the IGS is an important international forum that aims to educate international visitors about Canada’s goat industry.

At the event, IFANCA's Canada Director, Haider Khattak, will speak on today's halal goat demand and how halal certification can help provide goat farmers preserve halal guidelines for this emerging market. "We are very pleased to help goat farmers reach out to this exciting and emergent market segment," says Khattak. He adds that the market for halal goat reaches far beyond Canada. In recent years, the US market for halal foods was estimated at US$20 billion. The global market for halal foods is even larger; analysts estimate it at US$634 billion, around 16 percent of the global food demand.

Goat has always been a popular demand for ethnic cuisine, traditional and comfort foods. Goat demand especially spikes around seasonal holidays like Easter, Christmas, Jamaica's Independence Day, and Cinco de Mayo. The halal goat meat demand around Eid-ul-Adha, the Muslim holiday for sharing and sacrifice, is proving to be no different. Khattak notes that this presentation comes at an opportune time given that Eid-ul-Adha, will fall within a few days of the symposium. "Halal consumers actively look for halal goat around religious holidays, as well as to prepare traditional ethnic dishes all year round," says Haider Khattak.


IFANCA:

Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA®) is one of the world's leading and well-respected not-for-profit halal certification organizations. Featured in various media such as The Wall Street Journal, Prepared Foods, CNBC and CNN, IFANCA has been promoting halal since 1982. IFANCA was recognized in the "Best Halal Related Service Provider Award" by the Halal Journal at World Halal Forum 2007. IFANCA certified halal products are recognized by Indonesia (MUI), Malaysia (JAKIM), Singapore (MUIS), United Arab Emirates (GSM), and are sold in nearly every country of the world. IFANCA's halal certification expertise covers all food industry categories.

For more information about IFANCA, visit www.ifanca.org.



IFANCA Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America

Transcript of Sky Radio Interview (March & April 2010)


Presenter (Dennis Michael): The nutritional needs of a growing demographic are creating new categories in the food industry as demands for food prepared to halal standards. Our next guest is Dr. Muhammad Chaudry, president of the Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America. He joins us to talk about that. Dr. Chaudry welcome to the show.


Dr. Chaudry: Thank you.


Presenter (Dennis Michael): Let’s clarify before we get too far along for those who are unfamiliar with what is halal, and what is the growing demand for those products that meet that standard mean for our economy?


Dr. Chaudry: Halal is very simple. Its food that is allowed for Muslims and there are two main elements to that; and that is no pork allowed, and no alcohol allowed. There are some other qualifiers also.


Presenter (Dennis Michael): So, I gather it’s not terribly difficult for existing products to be certified to be halal standards. What’s required in representative cases?


Dr. Chaudry: For majority of the products, it’s looking at formulations and replacing the ingredients which do not meet our standards. For meat, it’s a little bit difficult where the animals actually have to be slaughtered by Muslims. Obviously, avoiding alcohol during cooking; offering a drink, all that can be avoided.


Presenter (Dennis Michael): Now let’s talk about the business aspect of this. What does the halal market represent in the present and the future of the US food economy?


Dr. Chaudry: There are no strict numbers but different estimations put the halal food budget at around $20 billion for 8 million US Muslims. And the total budget for Muslim population in USA is $170 billion US Dollars.


Presenter (Dennis Michael): Now if I understand correctly, a large number of large brand-name manufacturers in the US and Canada is already aboard with the halal standards. Who’s with you on this already?


Dr. Chaudry: Pretty much everybody who is exporting the products to South East Asia and Middle East, starting with Nestle, Kraft, Abbot Nutrition, ConAgra, and all the mid to small size companies.


Presenter (Dennis Michael): Well, Dr. Chaudry, thank you very much for joining us here on Sky Radio, and opening our eyes to a growing category.


Dr. Chaudry: Thank you for having me.


Presenter (Dennis Michael): Dr. Muhammad Munir Chaudry, the president of Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America. We reached him by phone from his office in Chicago and they’re on the web: www.ifanca.org.