Are Maltesers Halal? A seemingly innocent question, but with far-reaching implications. For the millions of Muslims around the world who adhere to halal dietary laws, this is a critical issue that affects their daily lives.
Maltesers, the popular chocolate-covered malt balls, are a favorite snack for many, but for those who are conscious about their religious obligations, the answer to this question can make or break their decision to indulge in this delicious treat.
In this blog post, we will delve into the complex world of halal status and examine whether Maltesers meet the stringent requirements for halal compliance. Join us on this journey to uncover the truth about Maltesers and their halal status.
Are Maltesers Halal?
Yes, Maltesers are considered halal by nature, meaning they do not contain any haram ingredients. Maltesers are made from a variety of different ingredients, all of which are halal. These include sugar, cocoa butter, malt extract, and wheat flour.
This means that they are free from any animal products, making them an ideal treat for halal eaters.
According to Mars, the company that produces Maltesers, the product is not certified as halal. However, this does not mean that it contains any haram (forbidden) ingredients.
The main concern with Maltesers is the use of vanilla extract, which may contain alcohol. Alcohol is considered haram, and it is not permissible to consume it in any form.
However, according to thehalallife.co.uk, Mars confirm the Vanilla does not contain any alcohol.
It’s also important to note that halal certification is not a universal requirement for all Muslims.
Muslims consume food that is not halal-certified as long as it meets the criteria for halal, such as not containing any haram ingredients and being prepared in a permissible manner.
Ingredients of Maltesers
The ingredients of Maltesers, as listed on the packaging, are:
Sugar, skimmed milk powder, cocoa butter, glucose syrup, barley malt extract, cocoa mass, palm fat, lactose and protein from whey (from milk), whey powder (from milk), milk fat, wheat flour, emulsifiers (soya lecithin, E492), palm oil, raising agents (sodium hydrogen carbonate, ammonium hydrogen carbonate), salt, natural vanilla flavouring.
Based on the information provided, it appears that the all the ingredients in Maltesers are to halal.
In some countries like Australia, Maltesers are halal certified as confirmed by halalgroceryau.com.
Shaykh Muhammad al-‘Uthaymeen said: the basic principle concerning all foods and drinks is that they are permissible unless there is evidence to show that they are forbidden, because Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“He it is Who created for you all that is on earth. Then He rose over (Istawa) towards the heaven and made them seven heavens and He is the All-Knower of everything”Surah al-Baqarah 29
And because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “What I keep quiet about is permissible”.
If we do not know that this thing is haraam, either from a clear statement [in the Qur’aan or Sunnah] to that effect or because it comes under a general shar’i prohibition, or by proper analogy that dictates that it is haraam, then it is halaal.
This is the basic principle concerning food, drink, clothing and customs.
What Is Consider Halal In Islam?
According to the Muslims in Dietetics and Nutrition, a member group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Halal food can never contain pork or pork products (including gelatin and shortenings) or alcohol.
Halal animals must be slaughtered by hand, not by machine, by a Muslim who says Bismillah. The animal’s blood must drain completely after it is killed because Muslims who eat Halal do not consume fresh blood of animals.
If those slaughtering the meat are from the People of the Book, namely Jews and Christians, it is permissible to eat it, and it is not appropriate to ask as to how it was slaughtered or whether they mentioned Allah’s name over it or not.
Based on the information available about Maltesers around the world, it is safe to say that they are Halal and that you can use them without concern.
In some Muslim-majority countries, such as Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, the company explicitly declares that these treats are Halal because they have been Halal-certified by local Halal certification authorities.
And Allaah knows best.