Halal and Kosher Gelatin and Collagen

Custom Collagen is very conscious of the fact that some of our clients need to uphold the strictest dietary and religious standards. It’s that attention to detail that sets us apart from other gelatin and collagen suppliers. We know this is especially important for those who specialize in halal and kosher products. 

Gelatin is used to create a number of non-food items, like adhesives, photography film, cosmetics and ballistic gelatin, as well as a large number of medical products. The same goes for collagen. Along with health and wellness purposes, both are used to make plastic surgery fillers, glue, strings for musical instruments, wound dressings and much more. 

Not all communities are able to use what you produce, especially if it’s made with gelatin or collagen that is not kosher or halal. If you want to be more inclusive with your offerings to address the needs of those who need halal or kosher foods and daily living items, we can help. Keep reading to find out how.

Can Collagen and Gelatin Be Halal?

“Halal” means lawful in Arabic, and it is primarily considered the dietary guidelines outlined by the Quran. However, for the Muslim community, this term relates to everything in their life, including any other products they may utilize. That means in addition to food, makeup, health and wellness products, all medicines, food ingredients and food contact materials need to be halal. 

If something isn’t halal, it’s “haram,” or unlawful. And if the status of a food item or consumer product is questionable, it’s classified as “mashbooh.”  Gelatin is often considered haram, especially if its source is pork or an animal that was not processed according to Islamic law. However, if the gelatin’s source is certified halal, then the gelatin is halal. The same guidelines apply to collagen as well. 

Is Gelatin Kosher? 

“Kosher” refers to types of foods that Jewish people can eat according to the Torah, or the Hebrew Bible. Kosher foods fall under three categories. 

Dairy or Milchig

This group covers products made with milk — butter, yogurt, cheese and dairy products in general. These products must come from kosher sources and can’t be made with meat derivatives. This means most gelatins cannot be used in kosher dairy products. 

Meat or Fleischig 

This category includes mammals or fowl and the products made from them like bones and broth. For meat to be considered kosher, it has to come from a cud-chewing animal with split hooves. Cows, goats and sheep are all kosher. Domesticated poultry like chicken, turkey, geese and Cornish hens are acceptable, however predatory or scavenger birds are forbidden. 

Pareve

Foods that aren’t meat or dairy are considered pareve — fruits and vegetables, grains, fish, eggs, beverages, candy, snacks and more. These products cannot be prepared with meat or dairy.

As for the permissibility of gelatin and collagen, in order for either to be consumed, they must be made from kosher animals. Unfortunately, the details can get a little murky in regards to how both products’ source animals were processed. Custom Collagen can take the guesswork out of the equation altogether. We offer halal and kosher gelatin, as well as halal and kosher collagen, that you can feel good about using in your products. These products are made from kosher fish and certified as well. 

Find the Halal or Kosher Gelatin and Collagen You Need

Since 2011, Custom Collagen has carried Ko Kosher certification that classifies our fish, bovine and pork gelatin/collagen products as such. With this certification, we can satisfy the needs of customers who are looking for affordable kosher gelatin or collagen to ensure their products meet strict dietary requirements. 

If you have questions about our halal or kosher product offerings, contact us today.

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