The announcement comes following an audit of DSM’s production sites in Voury and Aesch, where an array of products were approved by the Halal Food Council of Europe (HFCE), Brussels.
The HFCE certification is recognized by the Indonesian Council of Ulama (Majelis Ulama Indonesia (MUI)), the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jabatan Kemajuan Islam Malaysia (JAKIM)), the Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA) and the Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA).
Over half certified
DSM’s portfolio of halal ingredients now includes skin actives, vitamins and UV-filters for a variety of
personal care application, with over half of the company’s portfolio now qualifying for halal certification.
“At DSM we are committed to responding to the needs of Muslim populations with products certified pure in accordance with Islamic Law,” comments Stephan Heck, Senior Director Customer Quality Management at DSM.
“To meet the needs of customers seeking to highlight halal claims on their packaging, DSM plans to continue to expand its portfolio of halal-certified ingredients.”
The DSM representative indicates that the eventual plan is to reach halal certification for all relevant products that it offers.
“Our aim is to obtain halal certification for all products in our portfolio that are compliant with halal requirements,” Heck confirms.
An in-depth look at the wider trend is available here.
DSM notes that according to DinarStandard, a growth strategy research and advisory firm focusing on the Organization of Islamic Cooperation countries, the demand for halal-certified products is huge and growing rapidly, with around 1.8 billion Muslims worldwide and many millions of health-conscious non-Muslims taking an interest in halal products.
This interest goes beyond the food sector and is impacting the beauty industry, with global halal product launches accounting for 2.5% of all launches in the global beauty & personal care category in the period between January 2013 and Oct 2016.
Because of its large Muslim population, the Asian Pacific region still dominates the halal product landscape, accounting for 72% of new halal beauty products launched between January 2014 and October 2016.
However, globally, consumers appear to be taking an increasing interest in the health and wellness ideas associated with the certification.