Questionable and non-Halal Ingredients.


All foods are considered Halal except:  Swine / pork and all its by-products or derivatives, Carnivorous animals and birds of prey, Animals not slaughtered according to the Islamic requirements, Blood and blood by-products, Alcohol and other intoxicants, Foods that are contaminated with haram products, Food products and ingredients such as gelatin, enzymes, emulsifiers, etc. are considered Mash-booh and must be evaluated before they can be accepted.

non halal ingredients in whey and diary products
Whey and Diary products

Depends on the enzyme used to curdle the milk. Normally the label does not make any distinction, so the products are suspected.

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non halal emulsifiers

Commercially available mono and diglycerides may be manufactured from vegetable oil, beef fat or lard.  If not labeled as vegetable, then product is considered suspected.

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critical enzymes for Halal production

The source can be animal, plant or microbial. Normally the label does not make any distinction.

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flavouring are comples ingredients for halal certification

Complex ingredient (source of all ingredients ?)

glycerine could be from non halal source

No distinction on the label for source of glycerin (animal or vegetable) so any product containing glycerin is also suspected.

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culture media could be critical for halal certification
Microbes and Microbial Products

Halal as long as not harmful and not contaminated by najis. If the najis is not pork or pork derivatives that can be separated, the microbes or microbial products become halal after being purified by water. • The use of embryonic chicken eggs as a growth medium is allowed.

halal slaughtering a challenge in Europe

Authorized animal ?  Halal Slaughtered ?

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antioxidants could be from non halal source

Animal or plant source?

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Gelatin must be from halal source

No distinction on the label for the source of animal, so any product containing gelatin is Haram or suspected.

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animal raw materials must be Halal certifiied
Animal Fat or Protein

Authorized animal ?  Halal Slaughtered ?

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alcohol drinks are Haram according to the islamic law
Alcohol drinks 

Alcohol (intoxicants : ethanol) is prohibited in Islam.  There is no allowance for added alcoholic drinks in food, cooking or formulations.

ethanol from non alcoholic beverrage industry could be used as carrier in a flavour

From alcoholic drinks industry :


From non- alcoholic drinks industry

Allowed , as long as not harmful. 

Ethanol residue :

- maximum 0.1 % in direct consumption product (to maximum 0.5 % depending on the nature of the product)

- max 1% in intermediate product (to be Halal certified)

By Products of Alcoholic Drinks Industry

1. Physically separated from alcoholic drinks and its dérivatives

     Haram – cannot be used at any level

2. Chemically reacted to be a new product :


3. Brewer yeast:

    Halal if it’s already washed to remove the beer odor, taste and color  

4. Vinegar:


amino acids are considered as critical materials for halal certification
L-Cysteine and other amino acids

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Other ingredients ?

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non halal ingredients