Halal is an Arabic word referring to what is permissible under Islamic Sharia law. The word halal is mostly used to refer to food, drinks and medicine that is deemed acceptable for Muslim consumption. To be considered Halal, the ingredients and method of production have to be comprehensively checked to guarantee they adhere to the Islamic dietary laws. Products and ingredients that are forbidden to consume include pork and pork by-products, lard, blood and items containing alcoholic elements.
Here in the United Kingdom, many different organisations in several different industries are proudly certified as Halal, however, there are companies around the UK, which bypass the certification and claim to be Halal. Below are recognised and authorised Halal certification organisations here in the UK.