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Halal Certification Services USA is an experienced and world-wide recognized and respected certification company providing assessment, auditing and training services.

Halal Certification Services USA based in NJ/NY area is assisting ingredients, food products, pharmaceutical and cosmetic manufacturers to cater the halal market needs.

Halal Certification Services USA was initiated of consumer's and client's demand for a more reliable and transparent partner in North American market. Halal Certification Services USA wants to convert the experience of over 3 decades of certifications and translate this expertise in to the ever demanding market of North American Region.



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Halal Certification Services USA caters to it's American Clients and enables a presence in the American market. Halal certification Services USA can serve the industry professionally through it's own experienced auditors.

Meanwhile Halal Certification Services USA is a renowned and respected body all over the World. Halal Certification Services USA is continuously working towards awareness of Halal and is striving to increase the diversity of Halal Certified products.

Halal Explained


Starting off with a detailed explanation of Halal and Haram, the following chapters will allow you to understand the concept of Halal dietary laws. Furthermore it will elaborate on the restrictions which are in place.

Apart from that you will also find the respective references from Qur'an and Hadith, which should help you to understand the concept of Halal and Haram. An explanation of the most important terms shall make your dealing with Halal certifying body an easier task.

We have also included a list of commonly named Haram (forbidden) things.

When we go through what is lawful and permitted to humans, we evidently come across the words “Halal” and “Good”. Halal (حَلاَلً , ḥalāl , Halaal) is an Arabic term designating any object or an action which is permissible to use or engage in, according to Islamic law. The term is widely used to designate food seen as permissible according to Islamic law (Sharia).

Interestingly nowhere in quran does it state that it is permissible only for muslims, rather all human-beings are invited to eat food which is halal (permissible, lawful), pure and good for health. That means it is hygienically and toxicologically free from all sorts of hazardous agents, and hence is good and safe for consumption.

Haram (Arabic: حرام‎) (often Haraam) is an Arabic term meaning "forbidden". Haram is anything that is prohibited by the faith. Its antonym is halal.

The religious term haram can be applied to:

  1. Certain foodstuffs or food ingredients, such as alcohol or pork and also to foods, objects and people that would normally be halaal but which were tarnished in some or other way, for example meat slaughtered in a non-permitted way Certain behaviours, such as adultery or abuse, abstention in the general elections Certain objects
  2. Haram also applies to ill-gotten wealth obtained through sin. Examples include money earned through cheating, stealing, corruption, murder or any means that involves harm to another human being. It is prohibited in Islam for a true Muslim to profit from such Haram actions. Any believer who benefits from or lives off wealth obtained through Haram is not a Muslim.

“Haram” means ‘unlawful’ or ‘prohibited’ according to Islamic Law.

“Najs” regards foods that are themselves ‘impure’ and that cannot be cleaned.

“Mashbooh” means ‘suspected’. If Halal food consists of that which is deemed a suspected or unlawful (Haram) ingredient, the item becomes wholly unlawful.

“Tayyeb” is synonymous with ‘purity’ and ‘quality’, that which is safe and wholesome. Muslims are religiously mandated to consume only Halal and Tayyeb.

Thus most foods are considered to be Halal unless found to be or containing doubtful or Non-Halal ingredient(s)

Ahlul Kitab (People of the Book)

A term from the Quran. It refers to the People who received Divine Scriptures and is a reference to the Christians and the Jews.

ALLAH

The proper name of GOD, The Creator. ALLAH is a single being with no partners.

Antioxidant

Compounds that delay or prevent oxidation of foods. Examples are BHA, BHT and citric acid.

BHA

Butylated Hydroxy Anisole. It is an antioxidant. BHA is Halal.

BHT

Butylated Hydroxy Toluene. It is an antioxidant. BHT is Halal.

Carrageenan

An extract from Irish Moss, which forms a gel in food systems. It is used as a food ingredient. Carrageenan is Halal.

Casein

The major protein in milk. It is used in the manufacture of most cheeses. It may be Halal or haram, depending upon the enzyme used to produce it.

Chocolate Liquor

A semi-viscous sweet syrup containing chocolate, sugar and other ingredients. It is used in making candy, drinks and other chocolate flavored foods. Chocolate liquor is non-alcoholic and is Halal, unless there is contamination with haram ingredients.

Clarifying Agents

A group of chemical compounds used in liquid foods to remove cloudiness due to suspended matter.

Cream of Tartar

A white crystalline chemical called potassium bitartarate.

Cultures

Several bacteria and other microbes used singly or in combination to bring about fermentation in several foods. They are used in the manufacture of fermented milks, cheeses and fermented meat products.

Diglycerides

Fatty substances containing glycerol and two fatty acids. Diglycerides can be made from animal or vegetable fats and they are used as an emulsifier in food products. If made from Halal animals slaughtered in the Islamic way or from plant sources, they are Halal. Otherwise they are haram. Currently, it is best to look for products using only 100% vegetable diglycerides.

Emulsifiers

A chemical substance that keeps fats (or oils) dispersed in water or water droplets dispersed in fats (or oils). Emulsifiers are used in foods containing both fats (or oils) and water. Examples of emulsifiers are lecithin and mono and diglycerides. Emulsifiers can be made from animal or vegetable sources. If made from Halal animals slaughtered in the Islamic way or from plant sources, they are Halal. Otherwise they are haram.

Enzymes

Protein substances found and formed in all living cells. They bring about chemical reactions inside and outside the body, without being consumed themselves. They are extracted from animals or microorganisms and are utilized in the food industry to manufacture cheese and other products. If made from Halal animals slaughtered in the Islamic way, from plant sources or from microorganisms, they are Halal. Otherwise they are haram. Currently, it is best to look for microbial enzymes.

Fatwa

Religious edicts

Gelatin

A derived protein of animal origin. It is made from the skins, bones and connective tissues and used in desserts and as an additive in a variety of food products. If made from Halal animals slaughtered in the Islamic way, it is Halal. Otherwise it is haram. Unless a product containing gelatin is certified Halal or says Halal gelatin, it is most likely haram and should be avoided.

GHP

Good Hygiene Practice

GMF

Genetically modified foods (GMF) are foods derived from genetically modified organisms. Genetically modified organisms have had specific changes introduced into their DNA by genetic engineering, using a process of either Cisgenesis or Transgenesis. These techniques are much more precise than mutagenesis (mutation breeding) where an organism is exposed to radiation or chemicals to create a non-specific but stable change. Other techniques by which humans modify food organisms include selective breeding (plant breeding and animal breeding), and somaclonal variation.

GMO

A genetically modified organism (GMO) or genetically engineered organism (GEO) is an organism whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques.

GMP

Good Manufacturing Practices are guidelines that outline the aspects of production and testing that can impact the quality of a product.

Hadith

Hadith are narrations originating from the words and deeds of the Islamic prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him). Hadith are regarded by traditional schools of jurisprudence as important tools for understanding the Qur'an and in matters of jurisprudence.

Halal

The Arabic word “Halal” implies that which is “lawful” for consumption by Mankind.

Hanafi

One of the Islamic school of thought founded by Imam Abu Hanifah. Among the four established Sunni schools of legal thought in Islam, the Hanafi school is the oldest. It has a reputation for putting greater emphasis on the role of reason and being slightly more liberal than the other three schools.

The Hanafi school also has the most followers among the four major Sunni schools. (Both the Ottoman Empire and the Mughal Empire were Hanafi so the Hanafi school is still widespread in their former lands).

Today, the Hanafi school is predominant among the Sunnis of Central Asia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, China as well as in Iraq, Mauritius, Syria, Turkey, Albania, Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia in the Balkans and the Caucasus. It is also followed in large numbers in other parts of Muslim world.

Hanbali

Hanbali is one of the four schools Madh'habs (rites) of Fiqh or religious law within Sunni Islam. The jurisprudence school was started by the students of Imam Ahmad bin Hanbal.

Hanbali jurisprudence is popular in the Arabian Peninsula.

Haram

“Haram” means “unlawful” or “prohibited” according to Islamic Law.

Ijma’

Ijma' is an Arabic term referring ideally to the consensus of the ummah (the community of Muslims, or followers of Islam).

Lard

A saturated fat derived from pork. It is used in frying oils and bakery products. Lard is haram and any products containing lard are haram.

Lecithin

An emulsifier comprised of glycerol, two fatty acids, phosphoric acid and choline. It is extracted from egg yolks, soybeans or animal fats. If made from Halal animals slaughtered in the Islamic way, from plant sources or egg yolks, it is Halal.

Otherwise it is haram. It is best to stick to products that are Halal certified or contain vegetable lecithin or soya lecithin.

Makruh

something which is makruh is a disliked or offensive act (literally "hated"). Though it is not haram (forbidden) and therefore not a sin, a person who abstains from this action will be rewarded. Muslims are encouraged to avoid such actions when possible. This is one of the degrees of approval (ahkam) in Islamic law.

Maliki

The Maliki madhhab is one of the four schools of Fiqh or religious law within Sunni Islam.

It is the third-largest of the four schools, followed by approximately 15% of Muslims, mostly in North Africa, West Africa, United Arab Emirates, and some parts of Saudi Arabia.

Mashbooh

An Arabic word meaning suspect or questionable. Mashbooh items can be produced from Halal or Haram sources. When the specific source is not known, the items are suspect or questionable.

Monoglycerides

Fatty substances containing glycerol and one fatty acid. Monoglycerides can be made from animal or vegetable fats and are used as emulsifiers in food products. If made from Halal animals slaughtered in the Islamic way or from plant sources, they are Halal. Otherwise they are haram. Currently, it is best to look for products using only 100% vegetable diglycerides.

Najs

“Najs” regards foods that are themselves “impure” and that cannot be cleaned. There are 3 differenciations:

Najs Mughallazah = Severe filth
Najs Mukhaffafah = Light filth
Najs Mutawassitah = Medium filth

Pepsin

An enzyme extracted from animal stomachs, especially pig stomachs, and used in the production of cheese. Pepsin is haram.

Quran

The Divine revelation to the Prophet Muhammad, may the peace and blessings of ALLAH be upon him. The Quran is the source of wisdom and law for Muslims.

Rennet

An enzyme extracted from the 4th stomach of calves and used in the production of cheese. If the calves are slaughtered in the Islamic way, it is Halal. Otherwise it should be avoided. Microbial rennet is Halal.

Shafi'i

The Shafi‘i school of fiqh is named after Imam ash-Shafi‘i. The Shafi‘i school is followed throughout the Ummah and is the official madhab of most traditional scholars and leading Sunni authorities. It is also recognized as the official madhab by the governments of Brunei Darussalam and Malaysia. In addition, the government of Indonesia uses this madhab for the Indonesian compilation of sharia law.

It is the dominant madhab of Syria, Palestinian Territories, Lebanon, United Arab Emirates, Chechnya, Kurdistan, Egypt, Djibouti, Eritrea, Somalia, Yemen, Sudan, Maldives, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei Darussalam and Indonesia.

It is also practised by large communities in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia (in the Hejaz and Asir), Israel, the Swahili Coast, Mauritius, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Ethiopia, Kazakhstan (by Chechens), and in the Indian States of Kerala, Karnataka (Bhatkal,Mangalore and Coorg districts) , Maharashtra (by Konkani Muslims) and Tamil Nadu.

The second largest school of the Sunni branch of Islam in terms of followers, the Shafi`i madhhab is followed by approximately 29% of Muslims worldwide.

Sharia

Sharia refers to the "way" Muslims should live or the "path" they must follow. Sharia is derived from the sacred text of Islam (the Qur'an), and Traditions (Hadith) gathered from the life of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad.

There are different interpretations in some areas of Sharia, depending on the school of thought (Madh'hab), and the particular scholars (Ulema) involved. Traditionally, Islamic jurisprudence (Fiqh) interprets and refines Sharia by extending its principles to address new questions. Islamic judges (Qadi) apply the law, however modern application varies from country to country. Sharia deals with many aspects of life.

Shortening

A blend of fats and/or oils used in baked products. If made from Halal animals slaughtered in the Islamic way or from plant sources, it is Halal. Otherwise it is haram. Currently, it is best to look for products using only vegetable shortening.

Stearic Acid

A long chain fatty acid found abundantly in most saturated fats. It can also be synthesized. It is used to make functional chemicals and metallic stearates (sodium stearate, potassium stearate, etc.) for a variety of food applications. If made from Halal animals slaughtered in the Islamic way or from plant sources, it is Halal. Otherwise it is haram. Currently, it is best to look for products using only vegetable stearates.

Tallow

A white solid fat obtained from cattle, sheep or goats and used in making shortenings and frying oils. If made from animals slaughtered in the Islamic way, it is Halal. Otherwise it is haram. Currently, it is best to avoid edible products containing tallow unless they are Halal certified.

Tayyib:

“Tayyib” is synonymous with ‘purity’ and ‘quality’, that which is safe and wholesome. Muslims are religiously mandated to consume only Halal and Tayyib.

Whey

The watery part of milk that separates from the curd during cheese making. It is used as an ingredient in many products.If the enzyme used to produce the whey and cheese is Halal, the whey is Halal. Otherwise it is not. It is best to avoid products containing whey unless they are Halal certified.

Thus most foods are considered to be Halal unless found to be or containing doubtful or Non-Halal ingredient(s)

In Islam every action of a person, as an individual, as well as a member of the community depends on the purity of his noble intention, which must be clearly expressed before starting any action. It is utmost important to pronounce the Name of Allah (s.w.t.) before any action and His guidance is sought and expressed accordingly. The performance and completion of this duty towards Allah (s.w.t.) has the highest priority for a Muslim. That is why all actions are carried out in such a way that any possible and/or anticipated mistake must/can be avoided altogether.

It is therefore of utmost importance that everyone involved in the process of production and/or handling with Halal products, must meet and fulfil these stringent demands and undertake all the necessary precautions.



Halal Production

Halal Compliance requires that the whole value chain, e.g. from procurement of the raw material, their delivery, their storage, their preparation, the production, their packaging and labelling and final dispatch every single step should guarantee the halal conformity of the product.

Halal Production could face a tough challenge if Halal and Haram production is to be realized in the same premises. Such production must be controlled and supervised permanently by a authorized islamic certifying body based in the country.

Apart from the technical and economical aspects, the producer shall also respect the cultural and religious sentiments of the targeted consumer group.

Requirement for Food Production

A recognised Islamic institutional authority should take all responsibilities for halal certification services.

The institution itself nominates competent persons, who supervise and conduct audit of the factory, the production sites, and production lines as well as monitoring all incoming raw materials periodically, as required.

The product, the production line and/or factory must be supervised, audited and a rapport is furnished by the competent auditors of the institutional authority certifying (i.e. the Islamic Centre, a mosque). The certifying authority issues the requested “halal certificate,” after studying and discussing the rapport of Auditor, when all necessary halal requirements are fulfilled. Halal Certificate is a religious verdict (Fatwa).

A Halal certificate must always accompany all animal raw materials. This halal certificate should be issued to slaughterhouse, at the spot, on the request of a responsible for such a product by a local Islamic institutional authority (an Islamic Centre or a mosque), which is authorized and legalized accordingly.

For the production of pure and halal food products (for new production factory) a Halal conforming production line should be installed accordingly. A complete separation of the Halal line or a separation of some parts of the factory is necessary to cope with the requirements depending on the situation. The line should be audited and certified periodically through a competent person from an authorized Islamic institutional office.

The safety and quality conditions of production processes should be kept strictly controlled. Any cross-contamination should be strictly avoided.

The safety and quality conditions of production processes should be kept strictly controlled. Any cross-contamination should be strictly avoided.

Halal production possibilities:

The summary of the above, allows the following conclusion:

  1. The whole factory can be changed to halal production;
  2. A part of the factory can be changed for halal production (the inspection and control in both situations should be executed by a qualified and authorised person);
  3. Halal production is abandoned totally.
  1. Animal raw materials are only halal, as long as it is derived from permitted animals and those have been slaughtered according to Islamic jurisdiction. Sea animals are an exception.
  2. The following animal raw materials are Haram (unpermitted, and prohibited): Meat from dead animals, blood, meat from pig, the meat from permitted animals, which have not been slaughtered in the prescribed manner and the name of Allah (s.t.) is not provoked before or during the process of slaughtering. The meat of wild and carnivorous animals as well as wild birds with claws is also prohibited.
  3. Vegetable raw materials are considered halal as long as no fermentation has takes place and no suspicious additives are used before and/or during the production process. The requirements should to be observed strictly.
  4. Alcohol, in any form or concentration, is haram and absolutely forbidden.
  5. All animal raw materials used in the production of food should have been derived from halal animals and those must have also been slaughtered according to Islamic law and are accompanied by a halal certificate.

Slaughtering process according to Islamic law:


  1. The aim of the Islamic rules for slaughtering is to end the life of an animal in a sympathetic, quick and possibly in a painless manner.
  2. The slaughter must take place in the name of Allah (s.w.t.).
  3. During the slaughtering process, the neck arteries, veins and the trachea of the animal must be cut through. Whole Blood must flow out. The neck (spinal cord) should not be cut through before removing the skin and opening the bally.
  4. Every sane practising Muslim whoever understands Islamic law and follows it, can perform the slaughtering; is trained for the process, and is able to execute it in the proper manner, is free to do so.
  5. The Islamic slaughtering is a purification process, by which only animals permitted by the Islamic law can be purified in the name of Allah (s.w.t.). Sea animals are pure and Halal, from Islamic point of view. A slaughtering of these animals is not necessary.

Halal food products are:

  1. Which are produced using clearly verified Halal raw materials and equipment.
  2. Which are derived from permitted animals and those which have been slaughtered in accordance with the Islamic codes and are declared “pure.”
  3. Which are produced from and with sea animals (sea animals, most of them are considered principally Halal in Islam and they do not need to be slaughtered.
  4. Which are neither products of alcohol, nor contain any alcoholic component.
  5. Vegetable foods are basically halal, as long as the production strictly follows the Halal rules and no fermentation has started yet.
  6. In order that the products remain halal, only halal products should be produced on these particular halal production lines (this requires separate production lines).
  7. The production lines can be brought to halal conformity only once, or they should be constructed as such. A regular changing from ‘Haram (filthy and not permitted) to Halal’ and the reverse does not fulfil the requirements and is not allowed. (exception is only permitted by unintentional leakage). The same applies to the cooking utensils.
  8. The intention to produce halal must be clearly visible and should be followed as long as a change in the production policy is decided. The certifying body must be informed, in case of any change in production policy or discontinuance of Halal production, whatsoever the reason may be.



Services

For the continuous excellence in Halal certification, apart from improving and enhancing our own certification procedures and processes, we have developed Halal trainings, which are conducted frequently to enhance the awareness and understanding of Halal concept and islamic dietary laws and their requirements.

Halal Certification is becoming more and more a marketing tool enabling the producers to give the consumers the assurance that their specific needs are met and respected.

Food technicians and other food industry related professionals but also professionals from various segments of industrial production need to be trained as a precautionary mesaure to avoid mistake to happen, which could jeopardize the Halal status of a certified product.

The core of Halal certification lies in avoiding the occurence of cross-contamination and ensuring traceability through the whole supply chain.

Halal certification is a "religious" emphasized quality certification of any product, stating that, it:

Complies to a set of standard given by Qur'an and Sunnah; Is fit for consumption;

Let me clarify why we don't speak of human consumption only?

Halal is a whole concept. If we want to understand its implementation in the different aspects of life, we would realize that it often goes beyond our common understanding of Halal.

For example if we look into Meat. Everybody knows that only Meat of an animal, which is slaughtered according to the Shariah rulings is considered Halal. Besides that he should also belong to the category of permitted animals.

But going deeper, we realize that only an animal, which is feed properly, meaning with permissible and non-hazardous components, shall be considered for Halal slaughtering.

Halal certification is a voluntary certification attesting any product to be compliant with the Islamic shariah laws.

Some Muslim countries make it obligatory for the incoming goods to be halal certified.

Where not required, it could be a useful and appreciated marketing instrument and an ultimate guarantee to thousands of Muslim consumers with increasing concerns towards food quality and safety.

A halal certified product which bears a third party halal logo gives the consumer the assurance that an independent body has made a thorough analysis of all the used ingredients and has decreed the product to be complaint to the stringent Halal standards.Benefits for the producers:

  1. The independent third party Halal quality certification is a valued step by conscientious consumers.
  2. With the review of the products, the ingredients, the preparation, the storage and the processing, the hygiene and sanitation procedures by our experts, the whole manufacturing undergoes a thorough process of inspection and verification. The confidentiality is naturally maintained.

Once a product meet our standards a halal certificate is issued. Once the product is certified, permission is granted to display the HALALCS (Ca) certification logo, on the product packaging and label. This is a valuable assurance that the product is an authentic HCS halal-certified product meeting the highest quality of halal certification available anywhere in the world.

Summarizing, one can say, the benefits are:

  1. Tapping into a quarter of world’s population provides a lucrative export opportunity for any producer to the global Halal market. With a total global Muslim population of nearly 1.8 billion, the Halal market is currently estimated to be worth approximately US$300 billion.
  2. Since Halal certification is not mandatory, a competitive advantage is gained over companies with no Halal compliance.
  3. Halal certification imposes strict personal sanitation requirements in addition to manufacturing premise hygiene practices, complimentary to the HACCP program.

Since 2012, HCS(Ca) is educating on-going food technologists on the basics of halal Certification procedure.

Several technical schools and universities all around Germany have included our halal Certification lectures in the syllabus. We have developed a specific lecture for the students which gives them an overview on the critical points, which should be adressed to ensure the food production meets the islamic dietary laws.

The overwhelming response by the responsible teaching staff and the students, has encouraged us to continously enhance and upgrade our educational training programme.

Our training module offers the students an overview on the basic requirements of the halal food production and enables them to understand the implementation of the standard in the food industry.

Starting off with a basic definition of halal and haram and the relevant references in Qur'an and Sunnah, we elaborate which preconditions a raw material should fulfill. Apart from that we discuss the requirments for the procurement and storage of the raw materials, their production, labelling and transport of the finished product.

These students are valuable assets for the future halal industry, as enabling them to understand the key elements of halal production will help the industry to learn from their knowledge and work effectively towards implementation of the halal standards.

Our training programme has become a strong pillar of our halal services



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