Тhe 7th World Halal Summi


On November 25-27, 2021, the 7th World Halal Summit (WHS) will be held at the Istanbul Congress Centre (ICC) (Turkey, Istanbul) under the theme of «New Era & New Normals: Necessity of Halal Production and Consumption». During three days, the Summit offers a rich program of interactive panel sessions with the participation of professionals in the Halal sector and other stakeholders, to discuss the challenges and opportunities in the Halal industry, also as scientific presentations and seminars.


To participate at the World Halal Summit 2021, follow the link: http://worldhalalsummit.com.tr/en/contact-us/, for more detailed information about the upcoming event.



IV INTERNATIONAL TRADE FAIR UKRAINIAN FOOD EXPO 2021 will be held on 3 and 4 of June. Ukrainian Food Expo is an effective international b2b platform that helps to declare itself to the market and expand sales markets. The exhibition will be held offline at the Vystavkovyi tsentr “Kyiv Expo Plaza”, st. Amsterdamska, 1, Berezivka, Kyiv region. This event will be of interest to producers of Ukrainian food products, business representatives in Ukraine (wholesale and retail trade, distribution companies) and representatives of foreign business (buyers, importers, traders).


During 2 days at the exhibition it will be possible to:


  • Hear about the experience and specifics of exporting products in different regions of the world.
  • Take part in discussions of the main issues of the industry together with the largest food manufacturers in your category.
  • Meet foreign buyers from over 50 countries in the negotiation area.

To register for the event, follow the link: https://regtoevent.com/registration/rabbit-full-form?ticket_id=XxQ15R.


For more information, contact the Ukrainian Food Expo – https://ufexpo.org/uk.

To Stun Or No Not To Stun


There has been a lot of controversy regarding stunning animals before slaughter. Disputes about this have been going on in Europe and North America for quite some time. Even among Muslims, there are different views on this issue. Islam is a religion that shows compassion for animals, as mentioned in the holy book of the Koran and the sayings of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him). Islam sets strict rules for humane slaughter. In many Muslim and non-Muslim countries, Muslims slaughter animals without first stunning them. “Animal welfare has been the focus of Islamic jurists since the beginning of Islamic history,” said Bogak A. Ergene, professor of history at the University of Vermont and co-author of Halal Food: A History, with Phoebe Armanios. Some Halal certification bodies around the world state that no form of pre-slaughter stunning is acceptable, but others do allow pre-slaughter stunning and do not consider it a “problem.” “Everyone agrees that the suffering of the animal must be minimized,” he added. There is now debate among Halal meat producers, certifying authorities and consumers as to whether stunning achieves this goal.


Some argue that stunning itself can be very painful, especially if not done properly. In countries such as the USA, Europe and Asia, it is prohibited to slaughter animals without stunning. But Muslim and Jewish religious leaders see this ban as a threat to their religious freedom. Both Islam and Judaism require that an animal be well treated in life and that it be healthy and unharmed prior to slaughter.


According to Muslim and Jewish religious organizations, the recent ban on non-stunning slaughter of animals is a direct result of hatred of Muslims and Jews in Europe and some other countries. Europe, Belgium, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Denmark, and Slovenia do not allow such religious exceptions. In other European countries, the slaughter requirements are different.


A recent article by Helena Horton, published in The Telegraph, highlights the ongoing debate about whether there should be clear markings to show whether a given animal was stunned before slaughter or not. Labeling will give the consumer a choice when purchasing meat products.


What do you think about stunning an animal before slaughter?


Ukrainian cheese makers are rescued by the countries of the Middle East


In 2020, Ukrainian cheese makers reduced the production of rennet cheese and cheese product by 5% – to 125 thousand tons. Taking into account the growth of imports, the reduction in production by only 5% can be considered a success. The decrease in production by only 5% can be attributed to the fact that sales of rennet cheeses, together with semi-hard cheese products, increased by 10% over the year. It is noted that the phenomenon of such an increase in demand is difficult to explain. According to experts, this growth has limits and this year it is unlikely to continue. Imports will continue to grow, and production will have to be reduced. In addition, despite the tough competition with imported cheeses, domestic cheese makers were able to maintain relatively high prices for their products.


The dynamics of the production of processed cheeses, despite the growth of their imports, is positive. The output of this product c and cheese products, increased in 2020 by 6%, to almost 43 thousand tons. This result was achieved due to increased consumption, as well as due to a noticeable increase in exports to the Middle East. As a reminder, the export of food products to the countries of the Middle East is possible only with the Halal certificate. That is, the export of food products to these countries would not have been possible if the products did not meet Halal standards.


“It seems that this year, these markets will help out a number of Ukrainian producers of cheese products” – summed up in “Infagro”.