Pakistan - Islamic Law About Food Additives And E-Numbering
Jan 11, 2023
Food additives are substances added intentionally to foodstuffs to perform certain technological functions, for example to colour, sweeten or preserve. In European countries, food additives are often referred to by E numbers because in Europe additives are numbered with the prefix E. However, Halal food processing ingredients must come from a halal source and the processing must be carried out in accordance with Islamic Regulations. It is important to ensure that food additives are from acceptable sources and processed according to halal requirements without the use haram sources. The legal Islamic maxims (Qawaid Fiqhiyyahالقواعد الفقھیۃ-) give to Muslim society some basic teachings in light of Quran and Sunnah to understand and refrain from the following conditions. As It helps the competent jurists to come out with ijtihad (when no basic principles are found in primary Islamic sources) and achieve the objectives of Sharia’s aims and goals (Maqasid of Sharia-مقاصد الشریعۃ). So here we mention some basic legal Islamic maxims which explain the above mentioned topic “The sharia’s ruling about food additives and E-Numbering”. This helps people to decide which types of food should be eatable and which ones are to be avoided. This type of awareness about food is so important because people are not avoiding the harmful and spicy food which harms their health indirectly.