Learn about Halal products and the opportunities on the market for international producers
The word Halal has an Arabic origin. The closest translation for the term would be something like “allowed” or “appropriate”. For issues related to food, it represents certain features that Muslims must take into account. Also, the opposite of halal is “Haram”, which means “sinful”. Halal and Haram are universal terms that can be applied in different scenarios of life. Likewise, these words are used to label food products, meats, cosmetics, personal care products, medicines, and cosmetics.
What foods are labeled as “Halal” and “Haram”?
In general, all food is considered halal in Islam, unless it is specially prohibited by the Koran or Hadith. By official definition, halal foods are those that are free from any component that Muslims are prohibited from consuming under Islamic law (Shariah). Also, any meal that has been processed, manufactured, or stored using equipment and or machines that have been sanitized in disagreement with the Islamic law are considered Haram.
Foods that contain ingredients such as gelatin, enzymes, emulsifiers, and flavors are questionable, as the origin of these ingredients is not known. In the meat and poultry food industry, animals such as cows, lambs, sheep, goats, turkeys, chickens, ducks, bison, deer, etc. are considered halal.
Why is this important to international producers?
According to data from the Africa Economic Foundation, the halal product market can generate revenues of up to U $ 3.2 trillion in 2024. This could create good prospects for international companies that want to export products to countries that follow Islamic law.
Also, according to a report by the Pew Research Center, in 2050, the Muslim population worldwide is expected to reach 2.76 billion, that is, 29.7% of the world population. Those interested may have a demand that represents a significant portion of the world population. Currently, the Muslim community is 1.8 billion.
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What is halal meat?
Halal means “permissible” in Arabic. Halal food is that which follows Islamic law, as defined in the Koran.
The Islamic way of killing animals or birds is known as “dhabiha”, and involves killing through a cut in the jugular vein, carotid artery and trachea.
Animals must be alive and healthy at the time of slaughter so that all blood is drained from the carcass. During the process, a Muslim servant will recite a dedicatory prayer, known as “tasmiya” or “shahada”.
According to the Halal Food Authority (HFA), stunning cannot be used to kill an animal.
Why should retailers and restaurants care about this?
To ensure that food meets halal criteria, retailers and restaurants are making their products suitable for the Muslim population in different countries around the world.
Currently, many slaughterhouses are choosing to adopt halal processes in order not to lose customers.
What changes are suggested?
Activists and politicians are calling for more detailed labeling of halal products to give consumers more information about how their food is prepared.
The Muslim community calls for “comprehensive labeling” of meat.
According to the faithful, they should be informed if an the animal was stunned before being slaughtered, along with the method of slaughter.
I’m a meat producer. How can Guide in Turkey help me with importing and exporting halal products?
We can offer help to entrepreneurs who need help with issues related to Turkey, such as interpreter service and product presentation. If you are interested in expanding your company’s services to the Turkish market, please contact us.
Contact: +90 536 273 59 61