Over the past few weeks we’ve posted several blogs related to features of new and improved Neocate Infant DHA/ARA, such as the addition of nucleotides and an increase in the amount of DHA. Some of you may have noticed a tiny symbol on the front of the new can label (see the picture to the right). This symbol indicates that this product is certified halal. So what is halal anyway?
Halal is an Arabic word meaning “lawful” or “permitted.” The basic explanation is that halal is a food which is considered “clean” by people who follow Islamic dietary laws. Halal foods are essentially any food that is not haram, which means “unlawful” or “prohibited” in Arabic. For Muslims, haram foods include:
-swine/pork or pork byproducts
-animals improperly slaughtered or dead before slaughtering
-animals killed in the name of anyone other than Allah
-alcoholic drinks and intoxicants
-carnivorous animals, birds of prey and certain other animals
-blood and blood byproducts
-foods contaminated with any of the above
You can read more about halal and haram foods where we found the above information, here or here. After receiving many inquiries from customers around the world over the years about whether or not Neocate Infant is halal, Nutricia decided to have the new version certified halal by the Halal Food Council of Europe. While halal is similar to kosher, in that both are religious dietary laws, the two are not the same: halal certification does not equal kosher certification. You can read more about kosher and Jewish dietary laws here.
Hopefully this helps to clarify what halal means. What other questions do you have?
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