Our company ŞFQS-Şimşek Food Quality Systems is the West European Coordinator of the World Halal Association, mainly operating in Germany.
What Does Halal Mean?
Halal is a word in Arabic. It means “Legal, legitimate, valid”. It’s antonym is haram meaning “illegal, illegitimate, invalid”.
Pork and all food and additives containing substances of porcine origin, alcohol and blood in beverages are “haram” according to Islamic rules. Bovine and ovine animals such as cattle, sheep, chickens, turkeys are halal provided they have been slaughtered by a Muslim according to Islamic procedure in the accompaniment of the recital of allahuekber and basmala. If animals that are halal are not slaughtered according to Islamic procedure, neither their meat nor their other parts are halal.
The important impact of religion and beliefs on human nutrition have also been manifested in the food industry. Food producers have reflected the religious sensitivities of people on their production and launched food on the market that can be consumed by members of different religions.
Due to the growing market and to keep the market under control, standards based on religious criteria have emerged.
Halal Food and products with halal certificates are becoming increasing important and introduced on the market in countries with a Muslim majority as well as non non-Muslim countries with Muslim minorities.