August HD 2013


 


 

The blessed month of Ramadan is drawing to a close and we anticipate the arrival of Eid-ul-Fitr, the holiday at the end of this month. As we welcome Eid-ul-Fitr and give thanks for the blessings we have, the great month we will complete, let us carry the lessons we gained from Ramadan throughout the year so we maintain our focus on Taqwa and pleasing ALLAH, Subhanahu wa ta'ala.

We ask ALLAH, Subhanahu wa ta'ala, to accept the efforts of all who fasted and enlivened their nights with salat (prayer) and dhikr (remembrance of ALLAH), to grant us forgiveness and to blanket us with HIS Mercy and to guide us throughout the coming year.

IFANCA wishes everyone Eid Mubarak, and may we all be granted the privilege of witnessing Ramadan next year. Kullu A’am wa antum bekhair.  

This is a time of sadness and a time of joy. Sadness that the blessed month has to end and joy that we hope to have offered our best during the month and hope that it will be accepted by ALLAH, Subhanahu wa ta'ala, and that we will be rewarded.

It is also a time of sadness as the world’s crises continue to increase. While we have fasted to gain Taqwa (GOD-Consciousness, self-restraint, piety), we have also felt short-term hunger and thirst, many of our fellow human beings, Muslims and non-Muslims, around the world feel hunger and thirst every day. As Americans, we are blessed with ample supplies of food and clean drinking water. Yet we know millions of people around the globe live in refugee camps or worse, hoping for a crumb of bread and a drink of water.

As humans and especially as Muslims, we must reach out to change the fortunes of those unfortunate masses that are struggling to stay alive. If we can offer donations, we must do so.   If we can offer technology or expertise to find and supply water, we must do so. And if we cannot do any of this, we must offer dua (supplication or prayers) for our fellow humans around the globe and perhaps even in our neighborhoods. ALLAH, Subhanahu wa ta'ala, says in the Noble Quran: "And your LORD says: "Call on ME; I will answer your call (Prayer)” (Chapter 40: 60)

For those who must pay zakat (alms), Ramadan is a good time to do so. ALLAH, Subhanahu wa ta'ala, tells us who is eligible to receive alms in the Noble Quran: "Alms are for the poor and the needy, and those employed to administer the (funds); for those whose hearts have been (recently) reconciled (to the truth); for those in bondage and in debt; in the cause of ALLAH; and for the wayfarer: (thus is it) ordained by ALLAH, and ALLAH is full of knowledge and wisdom." (Chapter 9: 60)

During this season of generosity and sharing, let’s do our part to make sure next year Ramadan finds humanity in a better position than this year.



IFANCA® Provides Halal Guidance at the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Food Expo 2013 in Chicago



 

The IFT held its Annual Meeting and Food Expo at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois on July 14-16 and IFANCA was there again at booth #765, providing 

information and guidance on halal certification. IFANCA has been supporting halal-certified companies and answering questions from companies interested in producing and marketing halal-certified products. The IFT event is the largest gathering for food companies in the USA and IFANCA’s impact in administering halal certification was very evident by the number of IFANCA halal-certified companies exhibiting at the Expo. IFANCA’s Crescent M symbol was prominent at many exhibitors’ booths.

The strong interest in providing authentic halal products to the global marketplace is evidence of the rapid growth of the halal market. This growth continues to attract new companies seeking halal certification. As the leading provider of halal services in the USA and with global recognition of the Crescent M halal certification symbol, the IFANCA booth was a popular stop for these companies. In addition to current clients stopping by to say hello and thanking IFANCA for the support provided, IFANCA’s booth was also a popular stop for companies in the process of attaining halal certification, companies seeking information on halal certification programs and local and international faculty and students.

The IFANCA delegation to the Expo was led by IFANCA President, Dr. Muhammad M. Chaudry, and Vice-President, Dr. Mohammed Sadek. Dr. Mujahid Masood, Dr. Farhat Quadri and Zeshan Sadek manned the IFANCA booth to greet attendees and answer questions while Roger Othman and Asma Ahad worked the floor.

An overwhelming majority of the companies on the floor that were halal-certified or who had displayed their halal certification symbols were IFANCA clients. The display of halal-certification symbols (at the booths) signifies that the food industry understands the importance consumers give to credible third-party halal certification. It’s a development in the right direction for the halal industry overall.

The halal market for food is a $20 billion market in the USA and over $630 billion market globally. Halal is the dietary standard for Muslims. It requires the consumption of products free of pork and alcoholic beverages, implementation of proper sanitation procedures and the humane treatment of animals. The wholesomeness of halal products attracts many non-Muslims to consume halal-certified products. Halal certification gives consumers the assurance that the halal-certified products meet the required halal standard as attested to by an independent third party.


 

IFANCA® Auditors Inspect clients in Hong Kong, India, South Korea And Taiwan


Last month, IFANCA auditors visited halal-certified company facilities in East Asia for new or renewed certification. Dr. Farhat Quadri spent 10 days in India visiting 8 production plants for 6 companies. Inspections took him to Bangalore, Kerala, Mumbai, Raichur and Hyderabad. It was an interesting experience for Dr. Quadri, who was born in India. As he puts it, “Though I was born, raised and completed my undergraduate studies in India, I never worked there, and am impressed with India’s establishments and found all the plants I audited to be very well organized, professionally managed by highly qualified individuals and boasting state of the art facilities similar to any western counterpart.” All these companies export their IFANCA halal-certified ingredients and products globally to various companies also certified by IFANCA for their final products.

   


Dr. Sabir Ali spent 3 weeks in Hong Kong, South Korea and Taiwan visiting 9 manufacturing sites. At the lone Hong Kong site, he was accompanied by most of the plant management staff for the entire audit and responded to all questions promptly. In South Korea, 6 sites were audited. Logistics were a bit more challenging as the sites were located at a distance from each other. Department heads accompanied Dr. Ali during the audit and answered all questions in an impressive manner.  The sites also boasted state of the art equipment and monitoring systems.                                                                               

In Taiwan Dr. Ali audited 2 sites, and observed the plants to be well organized, and similar hospitality by the management. All in all, the audited facilities in South Asia are modern, state of the art facilities, managed by well-trained professionals implementing modern monitoring systems to produce quality products.


 

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

Director - Muslim Library and Resource Center, Chicago, IL

A premier not-for-profit organization establishing an Islamic Library and Resource Center in the heart of downtown Chicago seeks a Director for this new project. The Director should be a creative and energetic individual with a strong public service orientation. Enthusiasm, flexibility and self-motivation are essential for this job. The candidate should be a dynamic leader who is passionate about serving the cause of Islam and the Muslim Community in the United States. The library and resource center is intended to be the center of Islamic learning, outreach and civic and interfaith engagement. The Director will need to work closely with neighboring schools, colleges, religious institutions and civic groups to develop the project.

The ideal candidate should have:

  • a Bachelor’s degree (master’s degree preferred) in a relevant field such as library science, journalism, media, culture, political science, religion, law, etc.

  • a minimum of 3 years of experience in progressively responsible positions

  • familiarity with the latest technologies

  • excellent computer skills

  • a working knowledge of Islam and the U.S. Muslim community

  • excellent communication and interpersonal skills

The successful candidate will be broad-minded and adventurous enough to expand the range of the center’s operation to meet the evolving needs.

A generous compensation package will be offered including a competitive salary, health benefits and a retirement plan.

For consideration, email your cover letter and resume to: zkazmi@zhkcpa.com or mail to: PO Box 597722, Chicago, IL.

 

THE AGELESS OLIVE TREE


Olives are among the oldest fruit trees in existence. They also live for a long time. There are believed to be olives in Palestine that are over 2,000 years old. The olive tree has been mentioned in the Quran. ALLAH, Subhanahu wa ta'ala, starts Surat At-Teen, with swearing by the fig, and continues to describe the creation of man.

By the Fig and the Olive,

And the Mount of Sinai, And this City of security,

We have indeed created man in the best of molds,

Then do We abase him (to be) the lowest of the low,

Except such as believe and do righteous deeds: for they shall have a reward unfailing.

Then what can, after this, contradict thee, as to the Judgment (to come)?

Is not Allah the wisest of Judges? (Qur’an: Chapter 95 )

The olive tree originated in the countries along the Mediterranean Sea. The tree prefers a climate with a wet and cool winter and a dry and warm summer. Winter temperatures below freezing can damage the trees. Olive trees are mainly grown for oil, but olives are also eaten.

The Spanish are said to have transplanted the olive tree in South America and today, we can find olive trees in most parts of the world.

Olives go through a number of growth stages. They start out as a green fruit, which turns yellowish, then reddish and finally black as they ripen. An olive contains 10-40% oil by weight. They also contain oleo-rubin, a very bitter substance, which is removed during processing so that olives are tasty, not bitter. Olive tree leaves are dark green to burgundy in color.

As the olive tree ages, it produces more fruit. Generally, olives produce a good harvest every other year, with a smaller harvest in between. Most olive production comes from the Mediterranean countries of Spain, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Tunisia, Morocco, Libya and Algeria. Of course, olive trees have been grown in Palestine for many centuries.

Olive trees need lots of water to grow, but the fruit is best when the climate is dry, so they need to be irrigated. Better harvests are achieved if the trees are well pruned and the fruit is thinned out. Temperatures below freezing are damaging to the tree.

When olives are produced for oil, they can be harvested mechanically. However, for olive production, the olives must be harvested by hand and handled very gently. There are three common ways to process olives, the Spanish way, the American way and the Greek way. For Spanish olives, the fruit is harvested in the green to yellow stage, the oleo-rubin is removed by immersion in caustic solution, and then the olives are cleaned and placed in brine, carefully avoiding exposure to air. After a while they are removed and can be stuffed before final packing in brine.

For American style olives, the fruit is harvested in the yellowish stage, soaked in caustic solution, and then exposed to air. This removes the oleo-rubin. The olives turn brownish-black. They are then cleaned and pickled and stored above 240F.

The Greek method of processing olives harvests the olive in the black stage and soaks it in brine to remove the oleo-rubin. No caustic is used in the Greek method.

Over 50% of the world production of olives comes from Spain and Italy, with Greece and Tunisia accounting for another 30% of world production. Worldwide olive oil consumption has been rising at about 1.5% per year.

In general it takes over 5 years for a new tree to bear fruit. Olive trees are planted from branches of existing trees.

Olive oil is among the best vegetable oils available and many societies use olive oil as a staple of their diets.


IFANCA New Halal Certified Companies


 


Company Name

Country

Product Type

Marketing Segment

Marketing   Region

Beijing Lurou Berry Juice Co., Ltd.


CHINA

Beverages / Beverage Concentrates

Industry

Worldwide

Beverage Technology International, Inc.

USA

Flavors

Industry

Worldwide

Charkit Chemical Corporation

USA

Food Chemicals

Industry

Canada, USA

Fujian Putian Tianyuan Food Co., Ltd.

CHINA

Gums & Agar

Industry

Worldwide

Geumsan Dukwon Co., LTD

KOREA

Botanical Extracts

Retail

Worldwide

Hillsboro Riverview Dairy

USA

Dairy Products

Retail

Worldwide

Hulunbeier Northeast Fufeng Biotechnologies Co., Ltd

CHINA

Food Chemicals

Industry

Worldwide

Kailu Ever Brilliance Biotechnology Co., Ltd.

CHINA

Botanical Extracts

Industry

Worldwide

Liberty Gold Fruit Co., Inc.

USA

Vegetables - Processed

Retail

Worldwide

New Earth


USA

Nutritional Supplements

Direct Marketing

Worldwide

Pentaor Ltd.

ISRAEL

Bakery Item

Industry

Worldwide

Qianjiang Green Sea Treasure Biological Technology Co., Ltd (8252)

CHINA

Botanical Extracts

Industry

Worldwide

Shandong Hongrui Petrochemical Co., Ltd.

CHINA

Food Chemicals

Industry

Worldwide

Terry Laboratories, LLC


USA

Personal Care Products

Industry

Worldwide


 



  
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