Halal is Becoming A Huge Industry

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Show Summary: The global market for halal is 1.1 Trillion and is expected to rise. Though it's not just volumes of people that's growing the industry.

Executive Producer: Abdul Malik Mujahid

Host(s): Olivia Richardson

Producer: Wahaj Khan


Susan Labadi American Halal Association

Susan Labadi develops teachers and administrators, counsels boards for private parochial schools, and designs curriculum content and does digital promotion for the Halal industries through her company Genius School, Inc. She earned her M.A.T. in Secondary Social Studies from National-Louis University and a B.A. degree in Psychology and Sociology from Northern Illinois University. Recognized as a notable instructor, administrator, public speaker, and coach, she is a leader with the ISNA Education Forums in Chicago and LA. Susan previously served 9 years as instructor and assistant principal at Islamic Foundation School in Villa Park. She is an advisor for DEFINE/LeaderLaunch, an after-school values based program, and is a consultant with MERIT. Susan’s other company, in which she collaborates with her husband, is Actionnet Trade, Inc., that specializes in reverse logistics and exports. She is project coordinator of the American Halal Association, managing their website, social media, editing and writing for HalalConnect magazine. Susan also occasionally edits for Thomson Reuters, handles press releases and articles for the American Muslim Consumer Consortium, and writes for ISNA’s Islamic Horizons and her blog at It’s A Halal Life.

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Syed Rasheeduddin Ahmed Food Ingredients and Their Halal Status

Syed Rasheeduddin Ahmed has been providing list of Halal/Haram food products to Muslims since 1985. The first Halal food list of Chicago area supermarkets was published in IFANCA's newsletter. The first edition of Halal food book "A Comprehensive List of Halal Food Products in US Supermarkets" was published in 1991. Syed Rasheeduddin Ahmed is a former senior food scientist at Kraft Foods USA and he is the founder and president of Muslim Consumer Group For Food Products.

Mr. Ahmed earned a B.Sc (Agriculture), M.Sc (Agriculture) in Horticulture from A.P Agricultural University Hyderabad, India and a MS degree in Cereal Technology from North Dakota State University Fargo, North Dakota. He gave a presentation about the role of US food industry experience in Halal food education and Halal food certification at a Halal Foods conference conducted by KUIM at Futrajaya, Malaysia . The International Association for Food Protection Organization Des Moines, Iowa has invited him to give a presentation on food protection of Halal Foods in USA for a Food Protection seminar at Orlando, Florida in July 2006. He established the non- profit MCG organization while working for US food industry. He developed 18 new retail food products for supermarkets for various food companies including 10 new Bagel products for Kraft Foods USA under Lender's Bagel bakery brand. He developed number one selling frozen Big N Crusty bagels which brought 50 million dollars per year in sale to Kraft Foods USA. He also developed two Biscottis and one cookie product for Nabisco under Stella Doro Biscuit brand. Four new nutritional bars were developed by him in 2003 for MLO Products. Besides retail supermarket food products, he also developed 22 stuffing crumbs products for food service markets for the Newly Wed Food company in Chicago. Recently he developed a healthy Halal Orchard Fruits Nuts bars for Starbucks coffee company in 2007 while working as a senior food scientist consultant for Eli's Cheesecake company in Chicago. He started working for US food industry since 1973 and his food industry experience includes product development, quality assurance, nutritional analysis and gained hands on experience in food processing by working in food plants. In 2011 Br. Ahmed saved about 6 million dollars in ingredients cost for Kraft' BBQ Sauces working at Kraft Foods R & D Center in Glenview, IL by intoducing new ingredients which Kraft never used in BBQ Sauces before and reformulating the Kraft all BBQ Sauces. Brother Syed Rasheeduddin Ahmed feels that Allah Subhanahu Wa Taala has given him knowledge of Halal foods for the purpose to spread to all Muslims so that they can eat only Halal foods. He is doing this work without any monetary gain to please Allah Subhanahu Wa Taala and our beloved Prophet Sayyidina Mohammed Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallum.


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