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Is it Easy to Find Halal Food in Australia and New Zealand?

Is it Easy to Find Halal Food in Australia and New Zealand?

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Is it Easy to Find Halal Food in Australia and New Zealand?

Is it Easy to Find Halal Food in Australia and New Zealand? That might be the first thing that comes into your mind when you plan to study in Australia or in New Zealand.

Being a citizen of a country with 88.2% of total population is Muslim; Indonesian has no problem at all in finding halal products or ingredients. Our government has placed a strict regulation on the halal certification standard for livestock producers and chain stores as well as for restaurants. However, when stepping out to non-Muslim countries, Indonesian will need to find out the halal certification applied.

In countries such as in Australia and New Zealand where Muslims represent less than two percent of the total population, the halal certification while still applies, it appears rather visually insignificant. For example, not all the meats sold in the Australia and New Zealand supermarket were prepared according to the religious ritual of Sharia law and certain products may contain local usual ingredients such as alcohol or product from a forbidden animal. In other words, you need to know what to look for and what to avoid when getting the products and ingredients.

You may want to find out the halal certification schemes in Australia and New Zealand.

Halal Groceries

But don’t worry. Other than the country’s Halal Certification Authority who releases certificates and halal on products and restaurants, and websites such as Zabihah.com that provide product database of known Halal certified products that are available in supermarkets and restaurants around Australia, there is the widely set Halal Status E-Codes or E-Numbers that mark products on the supermarket shelves.  According to Wikipedia, some countries use this code of numbers on the products. They are:

  • European Union countries – including Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom
  • Arab States of the Gulf – including Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • Israel

The E-Codes categorizes food and ingredient to 4: Halal, Depends, Musbooh, and Haram which mean:

  • Halal. It is no doubt of their halal status.
  • Depends – or conditional. If it is made from plant or mineral, it is halal. If it is from animal, it’s likely not halal as it is most likely was not prepared according to the Sharia law.
  • Musbooh – it is in doubt of their halal status. Avoid products containing these numbers.
  • Haram – Obviously means haram.

Guidedways.com created a website listing e-code and halal ingredients including the mobile phone version. However having a printed copy of e-code that fits in your wallet will make it easier when you stroll down the supermarket aisle. Adlan Khalidi has designed a very useful table here.

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