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Frankfurt / Main (dpa) - In the competitive air freight market, the expert Yvonne Ziegler sees business opportunities for supply chains in which Muslim food rules are strictly observed.

According to a survey, 59 percent of Muslims living in Germany are willing to pay higher prices for religiously impeccable (Arabic: halal) food, according to the study published on Friday by the professor at the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences (formerly the University of Applied Sciences).

An international halal logistics standard has existed since 2010, but it has only been implemented sporadically in Malaysia, reports Ziegler. Individual sea ports in Europe are also certified accordingly, but a closed halal supply chain has not yet been secured in air freight. However, Germany is one of the five largest meat exporters in the world and in 2015 delivered almost 40,000 tons of meat and offal to the ten largest Muslim countries via air freight.

According to Muslim ideas, food must not come into contact with pork and alcohol because these are considered unclean (haram).

In order to comply with a Halal standard on the transport route, all equipment and devices must be used exclusively for Halal products, suggests Ziegler.

The study was funded by the State of Hesse and implemented with the cooperation partners Lufthansa Cargo and Halal Control.

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