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Brazil is Latin America's largest economy. It is categorized an upper-middle income country. Brazil's economic and social progress between 2003 and 2014 lifted 29 million people out of poverty and inequality dropped significantly (the Gini coefficient fell by 11% in the same period, down to 0.515), according to the World Bank.

In 2015, Brazil's GDP growth was -3.8 percent, the steepest decline since 1990, hit primarily by plunges in commodity and oil prices. 

Islamic Economy: Brazil is the top exporter of live animals and meat (including beef and poultry) to Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) countries. In 2014, the country exported an estimated $4.1 billion in live animals and meat to the 57-member grouping. Australia was second with $2.3 billion worth of live animals and meat exported to OIC. 

In the country, demand from the Muslim community is driving an increase in the number of outlets serving and selling halal foodstuffs. The Islamic Center in Brazil issues halal certifies and reported in September 2015 that there are around 20 restaurants and butcher shops accredited to offer halal food and meats to consumers in Brazil. They are primarily located in São Paulo and Foz do Iguaçu, a city in the state of Paraná where many Muslims live.


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1. The Federal Inspection Services of the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply monitors the production of halal products in Brazil. Brazilian companies that export products to Muslim countries must present a certificate to prove that they are halal at the time of shipment.

2. Federation of Muslims Associations in Brazil (FAMBRAS)

The Federation of Muslims Associations in Brazil (FAMBRAS) was founded on December 19th, 1979. FAMBRAS has the Brazilian Islamic Center for Halal Foodstuff (CIBAL HALAL) as its operational arm. The main functions of the company are the provision of services of labor specialized in slaughter, inspection and supervision of halal products, audits and implementation of the halal system , working with the industries. CIBAL HALAL has been operating in Brazil since 1979.

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