There are many different people, cultures, ideas, and religions across the globe. Viewed through a cultural lens, not every supplement or supplement manufacturing company is created equal.
Roughly 85% of the world population identifies with a religion. And religion often influences consumer choices. People around the world are interested in dietary supplements, but they insist on following their religious dietary restrictions.
Many religions dictate what people should eat. For example, followers of Islam and Judaism do not consume pork since they are considered unclean.
Quality certifications can ease the minds of those desiring to follow strict dietary restrictions for religious observance. There are many varieties of supplement certifications (ex: organic, kosher, etc.). Certifications prove that the supplement facility follows good manufacturing practices (GMPs) and that the product contains what it lists on its label.
Certifications also exist to show that a supplement meets the needs and wants of specific religious groups. Halal certification falls under this category.
What Are Halal Supplements?
The word Halal is Arabic.
It means 'permissible' or 'acceptable'. Thus, Halal supplements are in line with Islamic law. They do not contain pork, alcohol, or products from animals not slaughtered under Muslim consumption practices.
Halal-certified manufacturing companies uphold a higher standard than other supplement manufacturers. Halal-certified manufacturers must guarantee all ingredients are pure and come from appropriate sources. If they produce non-Halal supplements, the equipment is vigorously cleaned before switching to Halal supplement production to prevent contamination.
Halal-Certified supplement manufacturers must ensure the consumption method aligns with Islamic law. For example, many supplements are encased in a gelatin capsule made from pork or non-Halal beef. Halal supplement manufacturers must either use a different supplement form, a vegetarian or vegan capsule, or ensure the gelatin capsule is made of Halal-certified beef.
Halal-certified products must meet rigorous standards. The Islamic Services of America (ISA) and Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA) are a few of several different Halal certification bodies.
Halal certification bodies inspect all the raw materials and the facilitates/procedures used. Most provide on-site training for employees to handle halal supplements properly.
Halal supplements are examined annually to keep their certification current. If a Halal-certified company switches its raw material suppliers, it must notify its certification body to ensure the product still meets Halal standards.
Halal certification is not enough for a company to claim its products are Halal-certified. Their Halal certification agency must first check and approve every product.
How to Know if a Vitamin is Halal
The labels and packaging of a supplement will tell you if they are Halal. A Halal supplement has a Halal-certification logo on the packaging. If a supplement does not have a Halal-certification label, you can assume it is not Halal.
How Many Different Supplements Are Halal?
You can find a Halal-certified version of almost any vitamin, mineral, or other supplements. Well-known supplements such as Vitamin B12, Vitamin D, and fish oil, and lesser-known supplements like Vitamin E and Choline have Halal versions.
Is There a Market for Halal Supplements?
There are around 1.8 billion Muslims globally. Furthermore, the Islamic religion is the fastest growing in the world. The American Halal Foundation predicts that Islam will make up 30% of the global population by 2030 and overtake Christianity by 2050.
So, there is definitely a market for Halal-certified supplements and products.
But it is not just Muslims that are interested in buying Halal supplements. Many people, especially millennials, are becoming more aware of the higher quality of Halal ingredients and manufacturing practices.
Although the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) regulates dietary supplements in the United States, many manufacturing companies still produce impure or otherwise adulterated products. Buying products from Halal-certified companies are safer for consumers because of the high-quality manufacturing and ingredients standards required to be Halal certified.
Due to the prevalence of diabetes, other chronic health conditions, and the COVID-19 pandemic, the populace, in general, is turning its focus towards health care and healthier lifestyles. The demand for health supplements is out of the roof, which will continue to expand Halal supplement sales.
In 2021, the sales from Halal supplements topped $58 billion. Dubai-based Future Market Insights projects that those sales will nearly triple in the next ten years.
The supplement industry is rapidly expanding. Halal supplements are a massive contributor to this expansion. Due to the rigorous certification process, people know that Halal-certified supplements are aligned with Islamic law and safe to consume. Designing a Halal Supplement is a great way to start your supplement manufacturing business!
Design your Halal Supplement with Origin Nutraceutical
Origin Nutraceutical’s facilities and procedures are the best the industry offers.
Origin maintains numerous third-party certifications, but we are particularly proud of our Halal certification from the Islamic Services of America. It is truly a pleasure to produce quality supplements that allow faithful Muslims to stay true to their faith and health.
We have the experience and vision to help you design and produce your own Halal supplement brand. Our team knows what to do to ensure your supplement is safe and successful.
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