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SECTORS FOR HALAL CERTIFICATION

  • Meat & Poultry
  • Animal Welfare
  • Beverages
  • Food Services Establishments
  • Logistics
  • Bakery and Food Processing
  • Animal Feed
  • Dairy, Cheese, Ice Cream
  • Hotel and hospitality
  • Modest Fashion
  • Trade and service
  • Packaging Material
  • Vegetables and Fruits
  • Flavors and Ingredients
  • Health and Beauty
  • Oils and Cooking Agents
  • Pharmaceuticals, Vitamins, and Food Supplements

HCB’s qualified team members will walk you through the process, and educate you about the basics of Halal.

MEAT & POULTRY 

HCB ensures that Halal slaughtering methods, according to Shariah Law, are employed during beef and poultry slaughters while under International Halal Standard.

At Halal Certification Body we take pride in being the oldest and most well-known Halal Certifier in the world. For over 14 years, we have employed the most stringent standards to ensure that food, pharmaceutical, health and beauty, ingredients and other products are without doubt Shariah compliant. This has earned us the trust of Muslims in the Middle East, SE Asia, North America and beyond.

Muslim Slaughtered – the slaughtering process must be conducted by a practicing Muslim who is of sound mind and who has the explicit intention of performing a slaughter. The person doing the slaughter is clearly instructed in Islam to “Slaughter with mercy and slaughter swiftly.”

At HCB, we only accept capable Muslim slaughter men to further our Halal certification process. We take a committed hard line approach and do not compromise. In the end, we understand our accountability to Allah SWT, our creator.

The person who is slaughtering must make the intention of performing the slaughter and then must recite “Tasmia” which is typically “Bismillah and Allahu Akbar” or “In the name of Allah and Allah is Greatest”.  This must be done out loud during the slaughter.

HCB only accepts Halal methods that follow Shariah in its purest form. It is important for Muslims to know the difference.  When we say it is halal, it is halal based on the Islamic understanding of what is behind the meat. That means no tolerance for deviance in the form of “Tasmia” by tape recorder, phone, or by driving around the processing facility.

With regards to the Halal Process, let’s take for example the most well-known and sought-after halal product – Meat. Any meat that bears Halal designation must be qualified by a few basic principles,

 ANIMAL WELFARE

This has been a part of Islam long before animal rights activists began lobbying for humane slaughtering methods. In Islam, farmers are instructed to feed animals proper diets and to treat them humanely. We do not slaughter ‘pen raised’ cattle. The cattle must be able to graze in a pasture occasionally.

HEALTH AND BEAUTY

Hair coloring, lipsticks, eye shadows, lotions, shampoo, gels, deodorants and baby products can contain ingredients derived from animals.  These include different fats, collagen, blood, and blood by-products. Halal Certification Body obtains the list of ingredients from the producer and investigates the source and methods of production.  More and more Muslim consumers are seeking information about ingredients in various products.  Health and beauty product manufacturers can benefit from Halal certification, as it assures their customers that prohibited ingredients are not used in their products.  This greatly expands the market both domestically and internationally.  Therefore, experienced Halal certifiers like HCB can be an asset for both Halal beauty consumers and producers / manufacturers.

HOW CAN I TELL IF MY MAKEUP IS HALAL?

Looking for a Halal logo on product packaging is the first step to know the Halal status of cosmetics and any health and beauty goods.  Halal Certification Body (HCB) can help consumers distinguish permissible products businesses get Halal certified in this regard.  However, if you want to get into the nitty gritty of the ingredients, here are the ones to avoid:

  • Carmine
    A red pigment derived from Cochineal (crushed beetles)
  • Keratin
    A popular ingredient in hair care, but it’s a natural protein often derived from animals
  • Oleic Acid, Lanolin alcohol and gelatin
    All three ingredients are derived from animal matter
  • Animal fat
    Glycerin is often obtained from pork fat (which is haram), as is stearic acid

Halal health and beauty products refer to products manufactured, produced, and comprised of ingredients that are “permissible” under Islamic law.  As the Muslim population grows, more and more people are searching for Halal alternatives to common cosmetics and personal-hygiene products.  With the Halal cosmetics market gaining traction globally, many long-ignored beauty consumers may finally be able to easily follow their lifestyle choices.

FLAVORS AND INGREDIENTS

Halal Certification Body (HCB) always analyzes additives to consumer products during the Halal certification process.  These additives may not be seen or tasted or noticed in any particular way.  Often in the process of manufacturing consumable goods there are many ingredients and many different types of ingredients made up of multiple other ingredients.  These ingredients and sub-ingredients are easily hidden, overlooked or simply unknown until one studies the ingredient list.  Even then, each of them is comprised of other sub-ingredients and referenced in very generic or vague terms and descriptions.

For example what do “natural” or “artificial” colors and flavors mean?  What are their sources of origin?  Are they plant based, synthetic, microbial, animal or mineral based?  Does “beef flavor” mean beef is used?  Not necessarily.  This is where the deep dives occur in the Halal product review process.

Processing aids may be used throughout the creation, development and compilation of finished products.  Ethyl alcohol can be used as a solvent or a carrier for flavorings like vanilla and other extracts.   Some companies also use animal by products.  Halal Certification Body qualifies the source of origin for each ingredient, color or flavor and investigates them for Halal compliance.  For example, cheese and whey powder could contain pork enzymes or other animal enzymes that may or may not be Halal.  Not all bovine sources are Halal.  Halal flavors, colors and sub-ingredients are supported by Halal certificates from respected, recognized and known global Halal certifiers.  This is all part of the initial Halal compliance and integrity steps followed at the start of a Halal product review and approval.

Then come the production flow charts which are studied to understand how the ingredients are blended, heated, evaporated and completed for the packaging stages.  Halal facility audits witness the entire documentation and process handling to ensure the Halal integrity of production from the raw material stage to final storage.

Do you know what you are consuming and how it was made?  We do.

BAKERY AND FOOD PROCESSING  

Halal Bakery and Food Processing certification involves careful analysis to ensure Halal compliance.  There are many products used that must be investigated for Halal compliance.  For example, L- Cysteine is an amino acid used as a dough conditioner and is often sourced from duck feathers or human hair.  There are synthetic versions as an alternative source for L-Cysteine.  Other examples are various shortenings from animal sources like lard.  Colors like E120 are food colorings that come from insects.

Prior to any Halal product and/or facility approvals, HCB’s Halal QA Team considers all aspects of products in their raw and finished states and regularly performs onsite Halal inspection audits at manufacturer production and storage facilities to confirm their production process flow charts match the actual practices including sanitation, HACCP records, pest control and Halal and other standard facility safety related records.

HCB reviews ingredients and sub ingredients for all consumable and non-consumable products to determine their source of origin (animal, plant, mineral, microbial or synthetic) as well the processes and processing aids used in their production.  In food processing, there are emulsifiers and enzymes like rennet and various cultures.

NUTRACEUTICALS 

This is a growing market that includes vitamins, whole food supplements, proteins and minerals. HCB will investigate the ingredients and the sources for Halal compliance. Once compliance is established, the product will be certified and can carry the HCB Halal logo.

SUPPLEMENTS

There are many other products that HCB investigates for ingredients, sources and production methods to ensure Halal compliance. There are supplements like vitamins, minerals, protein powder- which may require additional care to meet Halal compliance.

Therefore, Halal Certification Body is determined to meet the international Halal standards to make the Halal market uniformed and flourishing. From protein bars to healthy shakes, breakfast to dining outside- artificial flavors and ingredients are present. Hence the emerging market demands tremendous care when it comes to Halal certification. If your products are not Halal certified, they are not reaching millions of consumers. Additionally, there are over a billion consumers of Halal products in emerging markets worldwide. Successful Halal certification will help you enter growing global markets and access consumers who are anxious to purchase your Halal compliant products. At HCB we are “Your Visa to Halal Markets Worldwide”.

OTHER CONSUMABLES AND NON CONSUMABLES

There is a general misconception that only food can be Halal certified. But the reality is, there are many sectors where Halal certification applies and it can be any industry. For example we have a major client named Diversey, Inc. All their products are environment friendly hygiene products and they are Halal certified by Halal Certification Body.

There are many other products that HCB investigates for ingredients, sources and production methods to ensure Halal compliance:

  • Cleaning products
  • Biomedical products
  • Agricultural products