A product which is 'suitable for
vegetarians' does not necessarily make it suitable for a Muslim diet,
though it is quite likely that it is.
There are two issues which need to
The use of
Preservatives like E471, E472, E476 and other such constituents can be
from a vegetarian, synthetic or animal source. So a 'suitable for
vegetarians' emblem would ensure that these ingredients are suitable
for Muslims since they can not be from any animal source. So, in most
cases there is usually not anything to worry about.
( We are of the opinion that
E471, E472, E476 goes through a chemical metamorphosis hence
permissible in any case so they would be permissible regardless)
The use of
Alcohol as an ingredient?
A 'suitable for vegetarians' product could have alcohol added to it but
I have yet to find a bread product which contains added alcohol.
Nevertheless, be careful with confectionary especially cakes, puddings
etc. If alcohol is added then these would be declared in the
ingredients panel in most cases.
Use of Shellac
Shellac is Halaal - http://www.foodguide.org.uk/index.php?page=viewquestion&id=243
So, to conclude a product which is
'suitable for vegetarians' should be free of animal sources as a rule,
so only the alcohol content need be checked.
On the other hand if a product
does not have the 'Suitable for Vegetarians' emblem, this does not
automatically disqualify it for Muslim consumption. Ingredients like
fish, and even battery eggs (according the Vegetarian Society, battery
eggs are unsuitable) may make the product unsuitable for a vegetarian
diet but of course we know that these are suitable for Muslims. We can
not ascertain whether a product is Haraam or Halaal until these issues
have been clarified.
Please can you clarify what
particular information you require about emulsifiers so that I may
direct you correctly?
If you need further clarification,
please do not hesitate to contact us again.