The discussions occurred after my sister-in-law bought in sweets for my son, namely a pack of Smarties and Skittles. Unfortunately she is clueless about what defines something to be halal or not, and thought it was sufficient that gelatin was not in the ingredient mix!
If your wondering What is Gelatin, here’s the definition from Peta.org
“Gelatin is a protein obtained by boiling skin, tendons, ligaments, and/or bones with water. It is usually obtained from cows or pigs. Gelatin is used in shampoos, face masks, and other cosmetics; as a thickener for fruit gelatins and puddings (such as Jell-O); in candies, marshmallows…”
Now as far as my knowledge goes in these matters I must be frank and honest, I usually tend to go with the suitable for vegetarian’ sign and at time get confused in the vast amount of information and resources that are available pertaining to food. Even a close friend is a microbiologist and very clued up on these matters, but regardless it is easy to slip and get confused on the matters.
Beware of Labeling!
I guess a general rule of thumb would be to look out for the “suitable for vegetarian” signs but this little tool maybe able to assist whilst on the move.
The cool things about the app is that in essence it is very simple, you get a list of ingredients from A-Z that can be searchable; Halal is highlighted in Green, Haram in Red and dependable ingredients in a lighter color.
Secondly a list of ‘e’ numbers a given with search function and again with their highlighted colors, that it! Hopefully a simple and effective app.
Scan Halal Android App | Overview
So a new android app has surfaced for our phones called “Scan Halal”. It can be found here on the Google Play Store.
This app is great for checking products on-the-fly while shopping if you’re able to access the internet on your phone. It’s free to install and contains some ads that show up at the bottom of the screen.
Please do let me know in the comments of your experience with these types of apps and how accurate they are.