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"Our producers should seize a chance offered by the demand in Europe," he said on the sidelines of the Sarajevo Halal Fair.

Abdel Halim Abdin of Jordan's Chamber of Industry said that Bosnia had "a big responsibility to spread halal to Europe" because it was at the centre of the continent.