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Supplements are regulated worldwide but all the regulations in the world don’t mean anything if we do not address the spiritual requirements of supplement users. Halaal certification is the best way to ensure that supplements are safe for use for individuals who are spiritually conscious about what they take in.
Over and above the spiritual approval of supplements that Halaal certification brings, there is also the fact that, typically speaking, Halaal certified products are seen as having a higher degree of care and quality. In fact, Halaal certified food and dietary supplements have to follow a specific method of preparation in accordance with Islamic law, meaning that there is a third-party organisation overlooking the production process.
Halaal foods, as we said, have to be prepared according to the outlined preparation methods in Islamic law, which bans certain ingredients or products such as pork, alcohol, and various other ingredients. Furthermore, there are a number of Islamic groups that are involved with the Halaal certification process, and companies who wish to carry these logos on their products must pay for these groups to inspect and certify the production site.
The idea surrounding Halaal food items has been met with contention around the world, with many uneducated people claiming that it funds illicit activities. The word ‘Halaal’ means ‘permissible’ and can actually constitute anything in one’s life as being ‘Halaal’. The term originates from a set of deep-rooted Qur’an traditions that have been followed by generations of practitioners of Islam. It is important to understand that Halaal pertains to a set of religious and moral obligations but does not constitute any form of law. Followers of Islam prefer to consume Halaal products as they have met the requirements for ethical and morally sound behaviour, according to the Qur’an.
Picture this, you sit down at your favourite restaurant and order your usual dish. You then ask how this dish was prepared, and if it was prepared according to your particular requirements, for example: were hair nets, gloves, and sterilised tools used? You are then informed that they can’t really specify how it was prepared as the waiter/waitress was not present to witness the food being cooked. You feel uneasy because, while your standards may have been met, they might have also just said that they did. There is no way to tell.
This is why it necessary to certify Halaal approved foods and products. Followers of Islam have specific dietary requirements according to their faith, and they have the right to know how their food product and supplementation have been prepared, so as to not contravene their faith. Halaal certification makes it easier for Muslims to identify which supplements are safe to consume, and which are not.
There are also some economic implications behind Halaal certification. If a company wants to reach a particular demographic, or if they would like to be a part of the $1.5 trillion Halaal food trade, they will need to be certified. However, given that South Africa has a substantially large Muslim community, you would think there would be more pressure from local companies to ensure that their products are Halaal certified. Sometimes, it isn’t as easy as that, and there can be so many varying factors surrounding the issue.
However, BioTechUSA (international) has not only come out with Halaal approved products, but they have taken it upon themselves to certify their entire range! This means that no matter what BioTechUSA product you buy, you can rest assured that your product has been certified Halaal.
The biggest concern when it comes to supplements are gelatine-based capsules, and whether or not they have been made using bovine gelatine or plant gelatine. As we have said, the entire BioTechUSA range has been certified Halaal, which extends to their capsules as well, meaning that their capsules are not made from bovine gelatine and are safe to use.
Great quality, Halaal certified supplements are hard to come by. Well, they used to be, at least. What are you waiting for? Try them out!