Halal and haram lists came into being because Muslims expressed a concern about the foods available in the marketplace. Concerned and educated Muslims decided to investigate various products and ingredients to provide guidance to other Muslims. The lists served the purpose of educating Muslim consumers about food ingredients and food products. Lists that discuss ingredients are useful in understanding product labels and making informed halal choices.
On the other hand, lists of specific products are not as useful because the status of the products can change at any time and this could lead to consuming haram products. Also, a product brand that is halal in one geographic region may contain haram ingredients in another geographic region or country. That is why the Islamic Food And Nutrition Council Of America offers halal certification services to food providers. IFANCA supervises the production facilities in different regions, provides Muslim slaughter personnel and examines and approves ingredients to ensure that a product is halal. When approved, IFANCA issues a halal certificate to the appropriate organization and allows the product to bear the Crescent M symbol on its packaging. This is the surest way to know the product in question is halal across regions as well as at varying times.
And ALLAH, Subhanahu wa ta’ala, knows best.