What is Halal & is Neocate Certified Halal?

Some of you may have noticed a tiny symbol on the front of the can label of Neocate Infant DHA/ARA (see the picture to the right). This symbol indicates that Neocate Infant is certified halal.  If you are not familiar with this term, below is some very top level information:

What is Halal?

Halal is an Arabic word meaning “lawful” or “permitted.”  Halal is a dietary food standard for people who follow Islamic dietary laws. Food certified Halal are permitted foods. The opposite of halal is haram, which means “unlawful” or “prohibited” in Arabic.

Some examples of 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 on The Halal Food Council of Europe (HFCE).

Is Neocate Infant DHA/ARA Halal?

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. 

Let us know in the comments below if you have any other questions on this subject.

Rob McCandlish, RDN

Published: 10/15/2013
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