Taking vitamins and supplements for enhanced health is a
very common practice for people concerned about their wellbeing.
Making sure you get the daily requirement of essential
nutrients is not always easy to manage with your regular diet alone. That is why
many people turn to supplements for additional vitamins and minerals.
But, what about for Muslims living in North America?
It can be difficult to find vitamins and supplements that
adhere to the dietary rules and restrictions of the Islamic code.
Many people may not be aware of this, but all kinds of the
vitamins that are produced in sold in Canada and the U.S. contain traces of
pork or alcohol.
Vitamin Pill Capsules
The capsules used to contain and deliver vitamin supplements
are generally made with a form of gelatin to hold them together.
Gelatin Made from Pork
This gelatin is made using a protein called collagen, which is
needed to hold bones and muscles in place and gives the skins its elastic
Collagen is found throughout the body in our bones and
connective tissues, which is the same in animals.
The collagen used to make gelatin is often produced by
boiling the bones and tissues of various animals, such as the pig.
Gelatin manufactured from animals is such an effective tool
for encapsulation because it has no taste or smell, and it is easy to digest.
This is not ideal, however, for Muslims that have a strict
rule against consuming pork products.
Alcohol in Supplements
Not only do many vitamin supplements contain traces of pork,
there are plenty that have alcohol in them as well.
Alcohol is frequently used as a solvent in herbal
supplements. Alcohol allows manufacturers to isolate and extract the beneficial
compounds in plants to be used as supplements.
Alcohol is not only used to extract important nutrients; it
is also used as a preservative. Alcohol or ethanol is used to increase the
shelf life of many supplements and medicines.
Growing Demand for Halal Products
While the global demand for vitamins and supplements are
rising at a rapid pace, so too are the demands for halal certified food
products and supplements.
A growing Muslim population in North America, as well as a
strong desire for people to eat a healthier and more nutritious diet, are
contributing to this growing demand.
Manufacturers are expanding their facilities worldwide to
accommodate for the expanded interest in the Global Halal Food and Beverage
If you are currently in the field of offering vitamins and
supplements to your customers, then expanding into halal products could be very
advantageous for your business.
If you are just starting out, and are looking to break into
the halal supplement market, now would be an ideal time to do it.
The first step is acquiring a halal certification.
How to Become Halal Certified
To become halal certified in Canada, you will need to submit
an application to a recognized certification organization, like the Halal
Halal Advisory Group
The Halal Advisory Group offers a streamlined and efficient
process for halal certification.
This process involves 3 basic steps:
The first step is fill out an application form to provide
information about your business and what you will be using your halal
The application will cover your needs and objectives for
delivering halal certified products.
Once the application has been processed, you will then be
contacted to arrange an on site inspection of your facilities.
A member (or members) of the Halal Advisory Group will
perform an assessment to determine if halal certification would be applicable
and warranted for your business.
At this time, any questions or concerns may also be addressed.
If the application is approved and the on site inspection is
passed, then your company is on the way to becoming halal certified.
Once the certification fee has been paid, a Halal
Certification Package will be shipped to you.
A follow up will be made on behalf of the Halal Advisory
Group to make sure you have no problems, and that you have everything you need
to get started.
Benefits of Halal Certification
Being halal certified offers a variety of benefits for your
Some advantages to halal certification, may include:
- Increased reach for potential customers
- Affirmation for Muslim customers that halal food
and supplements are 100% in accordance with Islamic law
- Manufacturing processes offer ultimate
sanitation and hygiene
- Increased revenue