7 Things You Didnt Know About Halal Food
They aren't just for Muslims! Chef See Cheong Yan enlightens us on the benefits of Halal food.
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The common misconception on halal food is that it is only exclusively available to people of the Muslim faith. It is actually widely sold in commercial quantities for all consumers at large. They are a healthy food source for all to eat.
Most Halal food producers are regulated by a Halal Standard Industry Committee which comprises Islamic scholars, producers, users, consumers and other stakeholders before they can obtain their Halal certification. Therefore, Halal food is healthier because of the thorough and constant inspection it undergoes. Here are guidelines that guarantee the quality of Halal food:
1. Food or ingredients do not contain any component or animal products that are non-halal ("haram" is anything illegal to the Muslim faith) or products of animals that have not been slaughtered, according to Syahriah law.
Pigs and animals with canine teeth that hunt other animals (e.g., dogs, wolves, etc.) are considered non-halal, hence should not be used in the production of halal food at all times. A halal animal must be slaughtered the Islamic way where all blood is drained from the animal minimizing the chance of microbial infection. Any food made from blood are also forbidden.
2. Food or ingredients do not contain anything filthy or impure, according to Syahriah law, An example are food ingredients that are plant or plant-based that causes intoxication are forbidden (i.e., alcohol, illegal drugs, poison etc.).
3. Food or ingredients are hygienic, clean, and safe for consumption.
4. Food or ingredients do not contain any human parts or derivatives (placenta, blood, etc.)
5. Food are not prepared, processed, and manufactured with equipment or facilities that have been contaminated with filth and impurities (haram).
6. The raw materials or finished products must be protected and transported separately from non-halal or impure goods.
7. The Halal concept is further reinforced by the concept of toyyiban, which means wholesome as in safe, nutritious, and hygienic making it impossible for producers from adding food additives that are harmful or hazardous to health.
HALAL products are available at Robinsons Supermarket Cybergate, Robinsons Supermarket Abreeza, Robinsons Supermarket Gensan, Robinsons Supermarket Cagayan de Oro, and Robinsons Supermarket Pagadian.