Halal

Halal & Foodsafety > Halal

 

Halal and food safety are now hot items. The consumer is becoming more critical and wants to be informed of the origin of products and the ingredients they contain. Food safety is a very important part of Halal and, as a result, these two concepts cannot be seen separately. Both are aimed at protecting health, controlling hygiene of provisions and the health and welfare of animals. For food safety, the farm to fork approach applies. For Halal we use the ground to mouth approach.


In our contemporary multicultural society, Muslims form an interesting target group for producers. Food laws are an important aspect of the Islamic beliefs. We see that more and more companies take into account the rituals and dietary laws of the Qur’an. The basis of these dietary laws is located in the book of Allah.


According to the Islamic law, foods can be divided in 'Halal' and 'Haram'. Halal, in Islam, means ‘permitted’, ‘legal’ or ‘clean’. The opposite of Halal is Haram, which means ‘not allowed’, ‘illegal’ or ‘unclean’. Basically, all food products are permitted, except those that are explicitly prohibited.
Below is a rundown of which products and ingredients are Halal or Haram.

 

Halal

  • milk and milk products derived from healthy animals. In the production of cheese for example, it must be considered whether or not the enzymes in the cheese coagulant come from an animal slaughtered according to Halal rules
  • all loaves and cereal products, if they are not harmful for consumption
  • all fruit and vegetables, if they are not harmful for consumption 
  • minerals or chemical substances, if they are not toxic
  • All Halal ingredients may also be combined with each other. During the preparation of food only clean materials should be used.


Haram

  • products on the basis of blood
  • pork and derived products, as well as all products which have come into contact with pork 
  • the meat from animals which have died a natural death (not slaughtered) or which were not slaughtered in the name of Allah
  • the meat from animals that eat other animals, wild animals with tusks, poison fangs or claws, including birds with claws
  • the meat of animals without ears or from animals that produce poison 
  • alcohol and all other substances, which are addictive or toxic
  • the waste of food because all food is a gift from Allah. Leftovers must be kept to eat at a later stage.