With Dubai set to become the hub of global Islamic economy, the International Food and Safety Conference Dubai that begins today will focus on 'halal food' at a full-day seminar bringing together several international experts.
Within a three-year time frame, Dubai aims to become the global authority for certification of halal products.
Apart from the introduction of a new set of rules and regulations to set an example on the international stage, Muslims within the UAE should be guaranteed that the products on the shelves are 100 per cent halal, ranging from food products to cosmetics to carpets.
A glimpse into a halal kitchen reveals that it is all but straightforward to certify a product 'halal'.
The list of avoidable ingredients does not stop with food. Depending on the manufacturer, pork by-products may exist in water filters, insulation, rubber, antifreeze, certain plastics, floor waxes, crayons, chalk, adhesives and fertiliser, in addition to more daily use products such as lipstick, shaving cream, toothpaste, had lotion, bath soap and shampoos, warns online source, named 'The Islamic Bulletin'.
And then there is the use of alcohol in some procedures. Vanilla extract is derived from the vanilla plant using alcohol, and often preserved in alcohol too, claims another online source.
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