What is Halal?
Halal is an Arabic word meaning lawful or permitted. The opposite of Halal is Haram, which means unlawful or prohibited. Halal and Haram are universal terms that apply to all facets of life. However, we will use these terms only in relation to food products, meat products, cosmetics, personal care products, food ingredients, and food contact materials.
While many things are clearly Halal or clearly Haram, there are some things which are not clear. These items are considered questionable or suspect and more information is needed to categorize them as Halal or Haram. Such items are often referred to as Mashbooh, which means doubtful or questionable.
The following products are definitely Halal:
Basically, all food is Halal except for the following:
About other animals such as cows, goats, deer, chickens, ducks, game birds, etc., are only Halal if they are slaughtered according to Islamic Law, called Zabihah in Arabic.
The following ingredients should be avoided by all Muslims:
2) Animal Shortening*
3) Animal Fat*
5) Broth* (from animal)
6) Enzymes*: Microbial Enzymes are okay
8) Ethyl alcohol
12) L-cysteine (if from human hair)
14) Lipase*: Only animal lipase should be avoided
16) Rennet*: All forms should avoided except for plant/microbial/synthetic
18) Stock* (from animals)
21) Vanilla Extract/Flavour
22) Whey : should be avoided unless the rennet used in its production is plant/microbial/synthetic
Key points in Halal Production
For a product to be Halal it must be:
Any group of foods cheese, meat etc., may be combined with others and consumed, as long as no prohibited foods are included