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Product Documentation > Halal Certification

Halal certification is now necessary for many markets, and required by all Muslim countries. Muslim communities around the world now require certification to ensure the food they eat does not conflict with their beliefs.

Hawkins Watts New Zealand runs a Halal program within our Quality and Technical Service department to ensure documentation requests are met. In addition, we are currently in the process of obtaining Halal certification for our repack and blending facility.

Halal Certification

In the absence of a more thorough definition Halal is an Arabic word meaning “lawful” or “permitted”. The opposite of Halal is Haram, which means unlawful or prohibited.

The following products are considered Halal:

Milk (from cows, sheep, camels, and goats)
Plants which are not intoxicant
Fresh or naturally frozen vegetables
Fresh or dried fruits
Legumes & nuts like peanuts, cashew nuts, hazel nuts, walnuts, etc
Grains such as wheat, rice, rye, barley, oat, etc.

The following products are not considered Halal:

Meat from swine including ham, bacon and other smallgoods.
Animals improperly slaughtered, or already dead before slaughtering.
Animals killed in the name of anyone other than Allah.
By-products (such as Gelatine and enzymes ) from improperly slaughtered animals or of porcine origin.
Intoxicants including ethanol or ethyl alcohol.
Blood and blood by-products.
Foods contaminated with any of the above products .
By deduction this also excludes the following ingredients;

Animal fat or shortening from non Halal slaughtered animals.
L-cysteine from hair.
Animal derived enzymes from non-Halal sources.
Cheese products or by-products from non-Halal certified rennet or other enzyme.

For a product to be Halal it must be:

Free of, and not containing any substance or ingredient taken or extracted from a Haram animal or ingredient.
All the raw material and ingredients used must be Halal.
From naturally Halal animals, such as cattle, goat, sheep, etc. and slaughtered according to Islamic rites.
Made, processed, produced, manufactured and/or stored by using utensils, equipment and/or machinery that
has been cleansed according to Islamic law.
Free of contamination and must not come into contact with Haram substances during preparation, production,
manufacture processing and/or storage. Halal ingredients must not be mixed with objectionable ingredients.

Hawkins Watts New Zealand works with Asia Pacific Halal Services Pty Ltd (“APHSPL”), based in Wellington, to provide certification for blends and repacks. APHSPL are a MUI certified certifying authority.

For more information on Majelis Ulama Indonesia (MUI): www.halalmui.org

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