The Islamic Development Bank and the Organization of the Islamic Conference have asked Turkey to take a lead role in expanding the estimated $1 trillion halal food industry. OIC Secretary-General Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu told Turkish officials who recently visited Saudi Arabia to invest more in producing halal-certified food products and raising awareness about consuming halal food. The secretary-general also asked Turkish food producers to comply with halal standards in their exports to Muslim states, Today’s Zaman reports.

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    As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.