What is HALAL?
In Arabic, the word Halal means “permitted or lawful.” Concerning food, Halal is a dietary standard following Islamic guidelines that certify and permit a foods’ consumption. Food and ingredients that are prohibited under Halal are called haram, meaning “forbidden” in Arabic.
According to these guidelines gathered from the Qu’ran, Muslim followers cannot consume the following haram:
- pork or pork by products
- animals that were dead prior to slaughtering
- animals not slaughtered properly or not slaughtered in the name of Allah
- carnivorous animals
- birds of prey
- land animals without external ears
Until recently, most Halal-certified products were internationally exported to countries like Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar and other predominantly Muslim countries. But as the Muslim population rises domestically in the United States, Halal-certified restaurants and products have significantly increased. There is a growing shift in consumer perceptions of Halal certification and its benefits, resulting in opportunities for substantially rapid growth of Halal-certified food both domestically and internationally. The Global Islamic Economy reports, “Muslim consumer spending on food and lifestyle has reached $1.8 trillion in 2014 and is projected to reach $2.6 trillion in 2020.”
Halal Certification and Compressed Air Testing
When compressed air comes into direct or indirect contact with a food product or packaging, it is considered a potential source of contamination. These contaminants include excessive water, harmful particles and oil, and potentially dangerous microbes. Because of these risks, compressed air testing is a significant component for accomplishing food safety and cleanliness. As the leading expert in compressed air testing, we assist manufacturers pursuing Halal certification determine the quality and cleanliness of their compressed air and ensure that their product is not being contaminated. We provide guidance, through educational resources and personalized solutions, to assist manufacturers safeguard their Halal-certified products.
Get Certified with Our Partner:
The USA Halal Chamber of Commerce, Inc is an internationally and domestically recognized full service commerce and professional certification body that is dedicated to promoting Halal business and understanding of Islamic dietary compliance. The chamber facilitates dialogue between industry and consumers by promoting unified standards of acceptance and certification. A unified standard bridges the gap between Muslim consumers and the industry by establishing credibility and assuring the Muslim consumer of strict compliance to the Halal process.
The USA Halal Chamber of Commerce is as valuable resource for organizations seeking Halal certification: