Ever wondered whether kosher gelatin is halal or not? It depends on various factors. Some of the kosher gelatin is halal the other is not. It all depends on the source. Let us all discover together what is considered halal gelatin and what is not, when it comes to kosher gelatin.
Opinion is divided on the issue of kosher gelatin being halal or not. In this section we will list the opinions of people who think kosher gelatin is halal in certain conditions.
According to Hatem ALHaj;
Yes, since their meat is halal for us to eat, and kosher foods are slaughtered by Jews and they don’t compromise in that regard. It is important to note that Jews may have foods labelled kosher that contain wine. Therefore, kosher is not synonymous with halal. In the case of gelatin, it is halal.
There are some other people who agree with him. According to halal yummies, there are different kosher certifying organisations and they all consider different things to be kosher. Foods that are labelled OU, V, CRC and KUF K can be regarded as halal meat. As these organisations are the one that don’t consider pork gelatin to be kosher product.
There’s one kind of kosher gelatin that is considered to be halal by almost everyone is gelatin made up of fish.
According to seekershub, a hanafi school of thought based website;
It depends on the source of the gelatin. If it is from slaughtered kosher meat, it would be halal since the meat is halal. If it is from fish or vegetarian sources, it is of course halal.
Mostly vegan products whether gelatin or any other food is both kosher and halal. This goes for vegetarian products too.
According to Ahle tasheeh fiqh on Sistani.org;
It is permissible to eat gelatin if
one thinks that it has been extracted from an animal or vegetable. But, if it
is known that it was derived from an animal, then it is not permissible to eat
without ascertaining that the animal was slaughtered according to sharia. This
prohibition applies, as a matter of obligatory precaution, even if it was
extracted from animal bones.
Of course, if a chemical change occurs in the original ingredients during the process of manufacturing the gelatin, there is no problem at all in eating it. Similarly, even if one has doubt whether the animal was slaughtered islamically or not, still there is no problem in adding the gelatin [made from that animal] to the food in such a minute amount that it is completely absorbed in it.
It would be easier to know in detail whether kosher gelatin is halal or not if we go in the similarities and differences of kosher and halal foods.
Following are the similarities between Islamic and Judaism dietary laws.
Now let us see what are the differences in the laws of halal and kosher?
It can be safely said that not all kosher gelatin is halal. You have to check the source on the label to be sure that what you are consuming is allowed in your sect or not. So in conclusion, fish sourced kosher gelatin, bovine kosher gelatin and vegan gelatin can be consumed and are considered halal.
Happy eating everyone!