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Question

 

please can u advise me as i am VERY CONFUSED about this matter: in muslim food guides i have read that beta carotene(and other e numbers and additives) is haraam. many "orange flavoured" food and drinks contain beta carotene AND these are also suitable for vegetarians. are muslims allowed to consume these products, as they are suitable for vegetarians, BUT they contain beta carotene ?????


Answer

 
Last Updated: 09/04/2009

Assalamooalaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh
Respected SisterBrother
 
We would like to thank you for the great confidence you place in us, and we implore Allah Almighty to help us all to serve His cause and render our work for His Sake. Hereunder is the response to your query subject to disclaimer: 

Beta carotene can be from animal or vegetarian sources. If packaging is labelled 'suitable for vegetarians' then the beta carotene is from vegetable sources. If the product is not suitable for vegetarians, it does not necessarily mean that if that the beta carotene is not suitable for MUSLIMS as many companies use a fish-based beta carotene. They also use bovine-based beta carotene which is not suitable. The only safe way is to look for a suitable for vegetarians label andor to ask the company the source of the beta carotene.

I hope this answers your question.

Interesting read: http://albalagh.net/halal/col1.shtml

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