Food For Thought

Halal Digest Header April 2008
ISSN 1533-3361
Alhamdulillah was-salatu was-salaamu 'ala rasoolillah. All thanks and praise is to ALLAH, Subhanahu wa ta'ala, and we ask that HIS blessings and peace be upon HIS Messenger, Muhammad, salla ALLAHu alaihi wa sallam. end of article
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Food For Thought

Black Tea Better Than Green In Fighting Parkinsons, Says Study... Black Tea Better Than Green In Fighting Parkinsons, Says Study

Controversy brews between black tea and green tea over their health promoting benefits for individuals at risk for Parkinson's disease and other conditions. Parkinson's disease is a degenerative condition affecting movement and balance in more than one million Americans annually. According to the American Journal of Epidemiology, which published the results, drinking at least 23 cups of black tea a month, or about three-quarters of a cup a day, may whittle down the risk of developing Parkinson's disease by a significant 71 per cent. The study comprised in-person interviews using structured questionnaires with 63,257 Chinese men and women. Black Tea is green tea that has been oxidized by fermentation. Oolong tea is semi-fermented tea and is somewhere between green and black tea. Despite results from previous studies reporting that green tea may reduce the risk of Parkinson's, the new study, reported no benefits among participants of the Singapore Chinese Health Study.

Source: American Journal of Epidemiology
"Differential Effects of Black versus Green Tea on Risk of Parkinson's Disease in the Singapore Chinese Health Study"

IFANCA Certified Tea Companies Include:

  • China Mist Tea Company
  • International Coffeebean and Tea Leaf
  • North American Tea & Coffee end of article

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Halal Happenings

Ignore the Halal Market at Your Own Risk... Ignore the Halal Market at Your Own Risk

"At a time when may other large consumer segments are reaching a saturation point, Muslims are a new outlet from which to build a box for future growth," reads management consultancy firm A T Kearney’s report entitled Addressing the Muslim Market: Can You Afford Not To? According to an article published about it by, "since Muslims are the fastest growing consumer segment in the world, any company that is not considering how to serve them is missing a significant opportunity to affect both its top- and bottom-line growth." The report indicates that with Muslims making up 20% of the global population, the cosmetics and personal-care industry would profit greatly by tapping into marketing halal alternatives since such few companies are doing so at this time.

IFANCA certifies Aloecorp, Sunrider, Tom's of Maine and Usana personal care products as halal. They are available through various outlets. Visit for a complete listing of IFANCA halal-certified cosmetics and personal care products.


When Brown & Haley created Almond Roca® in 1923, they knew it would be a success. A crunchy, log-shaped candy piece suffused inside with butter and coated with chocolate and diced almonds, this delicious butter crunch confection was dubbed 'Almond Roca' by a local librarian. In 1927, the company decided to seal it in the now-famous pink tin, extending the product's shelf life threefold. This ability to travel, and the candy's exquisite taste, spurred worldwide sales of Almond Roca Buttercrunch® Toffee... Halal Baby Food Companies Prosper

Two British companies seem to be divvying up the halal baby food market between themselves. Both businesses were started in 2007 by Muslim parents who wanted halal for their babies. Mumtaz Foods Industries offers ten varieties of baby food suitable for infants from 4 to 7+ months old, including Potato, Lamb & Spinach, and Spring Vegetables and Chicken. GEM Food's Petit Gems comes in culture-spanning flavors, from Vegetable & Roast Beef to Middle-Eastern Lamb Tagine.

Aimed at Muslim parents who want the convenience of prepared baby food without compromising their religious beliefs, halal baby foods should do well both in Muslim and non-Muslim countries. While neither are IFANCA halal-certified, both are prospects for US businesses to partner with or distribute! end of article

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From The IFANCA Mail Bag

Inquiry regarding cloning... Letter: To IFANCA: The Dallas Morning News had a column on Sunday, February 10th saying that cloned food was halal. I was surprised to read that. Given that (IFANCA is) the largest halal authority, I am inquiring whether your organization or any other organization has certified products from clones as halal. Our organization has been arguing that the FDA did an inadequate review of the food safety aspects of animal cloning. We would be happy to discuss this further with your staff. In the meantime, we want to be sure about the position of halal certifying groups. Thank you,
Jaydee Hanson
Center for Food Safety
Washington, DC

IFANCA Response: Dear Jaydee. Thank you for contacting us. We share your concern but find no basis for declaring cloning as haram. However, we do recommend and promote "back to basics" approach in farming. The Muslim consumers are more concerned about pigs and pig genes than cloned animals or GMOs. IFANCA hasn not certified any meat from cloned animals. If food safety of products from cloned animals does become a serious issue, we would take a second look, although food safety is the responsibility of FDA and USDA. In case we do receive a request for halal certification of cloned products, we will consult with the halal consumers in the target market areas to get their input. Best regards,
Dr. Muhammad Munir Chaudry
President, IFANCA end of article

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IFANCA Halal Certified Company News

Oleoforfait S.A, And Its Rafael Salgado Brand Of Oils, Now Halal Certified By IFANCA... Oleoforfait S.A, And Its Rafael Salgado Brand Of Oils, Now Halal Certified By IFANCA

Olive oil seems to be up there with foods that are literally considered as manna from heaven. Spreading this goodness around the world is Oleoforfait which has had IFANCA certify its Salgado brand of Sunflower Oil, Grape Seed Oil, 100% Pure Olive Oil, Pomace Olive Oil and Extra Virgin Olive Oil as halal.

Olive oil contains monounsaturated fat, which can lower the risk of heart disease by reducing the total and low-density lipoprotein (LDL, or &quotbad") cholesterol levels in the blood. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), consuming about 2 tablespoons (23 grams) of olive oil a day may reduce the risk of heart disease. The most benefits come when we substitute olive oil for saturated fats rather than just adding olive oil to ones diet. All types of olive oil provide monounsaturated fat, but "extra-virgin" or "virgin" olive oils are the least processed forms. As a result, they contain the highest levels of polyphenols, a powerful antioxidant.

Among the polyunsaturated vegetable oils, sunflower oil and the related safflower oil are better for human consumption than either corn or soybean oil because there are more double bonds present in each triglyceride molecule. end of article

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Upcoming Events

Malaysia International Halal Showcase & World Halal Forum... Malaysia International Halal Showcase (MIHAS 2008), Kuala Lumpur, May 7 – 11, 2008.

"Sustained Development Through Investment and Integration" at the World Halal Forum (WHF), Kuala Lumpur, May 11 – 14, 2008 end of article

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Companies and LocationDescription of Halal Certified ProductsMarket SegmentMarket Region
He Xiang Food Company, CHINA Garlic, Onion, and Chilli Powder Industry Worldwide
Hulunbei'er Sanyuan Dairy Company, CHINA Milk Based Products Industry Worldwide
Silver Pail Dairy, IRELAND Ice Cream Cakes Retail Middle East
Twin Rivers Technology Natural Ingredients, USA Cottonseed and Soybean Oil Industry Russia, Saudia Arabia and USA
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