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UAE: Authorities clarify viral post about Oreo cookies being non-halal – News

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Adafsa verifies that these products comply with the “limits, ratios and controls” set out in national standards



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published: Thursday, January 5, 2023 at 3:48 pm

Last updated: Thursday, January 5, 2023 at 5:01 pm

UAE authorities have issued a clarification after social media claimed Oreo cookies were non-halal.

“Recently there has been a rumor that Oreo cookies are not halal because they contain pork and alcohol. We inform you that… this is not true,” said the UAE’s Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MoCCAE).

The ministry said Oreo cookies do not contain any ingredients or derivatives of animal origin, such as oils and fats. Laboratory examination of the product confirms that it conforms to what is mentioned on the food label.

When it came to claims that the biscuits contained an alcoholic substance, the authority said “aside from the results of laboratory tests, this is not true due to the drying nature of the product’s ingredients”.

“The ministry affirms that all imported and traded food products are subject to a comprehensive system of procedures and programs to ensure the highest safety standards and comply with the country’s approved specifications,” the ministry said.

MoCCAE appeals to the public to refrain from spreading any information whose credibility has not been verified.

Meanwhile, the Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority (Adafsa) has noticed posts circulating on social media that biscuits contain alcohol and lard (lard) derivatives.

Adafsa said there was no evidence to substantiate the claim. Authorities confirmed that all shipments of Oreo cookies imported into the country were inspected and their documents checked.

“The first claim that Oreo cookie products contain a certain percentage of alcohol, many food products contain small amounts of ethanol, is produced by natural fermentation during processing. This is normal in food products…,” the agency said.

Adafsa verifies that these products comply with the ‘Limits, Ratio and Controls’ contained in the UAE Standards. This standard strictly prohibits “adding alcohol, alcohol and ethanol (ethanol)” in all links of food processing.

UAE standards, approved by Gulf Islamic authorities, set maximum limits for ethanol in food. Adafsa has ensured that Oreo cookies contain permitted limits.

lard claim

Authorities say viral claims that Oreo cookies contain lard are unfounded. Biscuits contain emulsifiers, such as lecithin, which can be derived from plant or animal sources.

Adafsa verifies the origin of halal food and does not allow any non-halal ingredients in it. “Authorities also sample these products and conduct tests in food laboratories to verify the origin of the animal ingredients…Food consignments must not be…allowed to be traded in the Abu Dhabi market unless it is ensured that they are Safe, comply with all necessary requirements, and do not contain unauthorized ingredients or come from unauthorized sources. They must also comply with relevant UAE standards and technical regulations,” said Adafsa.

Authorities monitor news about various products on the market. It takes precautionary measures and removes non-halal products if required.

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