Tuesday, June 14, 2011

SIX. Halal Ben&Jerry's!


I am as happy as you are! (Maybe. Hehe!)

Apparently, I was reading an article from a friend's blog and I saw a link which sent me directly to heaven! Not literally, of course!

Upon reading the article, I was ecstatic to know that B&J have finally produced Halal products! As you can see in the picture, the Halal logo is from IFANCA. I bet some of us do not know who IFANCA is ...

IFANCA the leading Halal-food certification organization in North America. Halal certification gives companies access to Muslim consumers. IFANCA's Halal Symbol (the Crescent 'M') helps Muslims in choosing their goods, assured that what they are buying is Halal without doubt.

IFANCA has been recognized and endorsed by the following religious and governmental organizations:
  • Malaysian Department of Islamic Development (JAKIM)
  • Central Islamic Committee office of Thailand
  • Majelis Ulama Indonesia (M.U.I.)
  • Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura (M.U.I.S.)
  • Muslim World League, Saudi Arabia
  • USDA/FSIS International Programs
  • United Aram Emirates (GSM)
  • IFANCA is a founding and sustaining member of the World Halal Council
Want to find out more? http://www.ifanca.org/about/

As stated in the blog, this person did her research and received an email...

Yes, there are some Ben & Jerry's Halal products out there currently. The packages you saw recently are some of the 10 Halal certified flavors (please see attached list for the full flavors). We have been working towards a Halal certificate for our factory in Vermont, USA and we received it some time ago.

Not all of our packages have the stamp on them for the following reasons:
Our flavor gurus will be changing the formulas for some of our moovelicious flavors so that it can be fully Halal and hence this will take a while for these flavors to be perfected.

Our packaging is pre manufactured and hence it takes a while for the new packaging with the Halal stamp to take effect for consumers.

Consumers can expect about 4 to 5 new Halal flavors in the market a year. We can't wait for all the flavors to be fully certified Halal either! If you have any more questions, please feel free to send them my way. ..."

Ok so the 10 HALAL flavours are:
1)A Cookie Affair
2)Chocolate Fudge Brownie
3)Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
4)Chunky Monkey
5)Half - Baked
6)New York Super Fudge Chunk
7)Phish Food
8)Strawberry Cheesecake
9)Triple Caramel Chunk
10)Vanilla
Important note: These HALAL flavours can be bought at Ben and Jerry's ice-cream scoop shops but do buy them in PINTS (already packed by the Vermont Factory with HALAL logo) or u can buy them in the supermarkets.And do note that these ICE-CREAM scoops shops are NOT-HALAL certified so the cones, and all the wafery additions are not advisable to be consumed cos there is no Halal-certification for that.And some flavours in the branches are not yet HALAL-certified (read the above email properly),so the scoops and others are kinda questionable.If confused,just purchase them from the supermarkets (ensure HALAL logo is present).

If you are on quest to find Halal food all around the world, do read the blog! http://www.worldhalalquest.com/

My mission for the day is, find B&J Chocolate Fudge Brownie! :)

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    1. im sooooooooooooooooooooooo happyyyyyyy

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  2. IFANCA considers Alcoholic Flavourings as Halal, and certifies productsvas Halal even if they use alcohol as a solvent for the falvourings!!!

    Thats why Ben & Jerrys can now have their products certified halal!!!

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  3. IFANCA considers Alcoholic Flavourings as Halal, and certifies products as Halal even if they use alcohol as a solvent for the falvourings!!!

    Thats why Ben & Jerrys can now have their products certified halal!!!

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    1. But thats not halal either. Should we not follow IFANCA then!? Which symbol should we follow then ? I have seen so many of these ice creams in Pakistan without even the IFANCA symbol

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