The food flavor of a food substance is the combined sensation of the taste and odor as perceived by the eater or drinker of that substance. The food flavorings are available to the food industry producer as solids, liquids, and paste. The food flavoring is man made and they are compounded from natural and/or synthetic aromatic substances which may or not be found in nature. Flavors may be a mixture of any flavors or flavoring ingredients such as

  • Process Flavors,
  • Hydrolysates,
  • Fat Flavors,
  • Autolysates,
  • Enzyme Modified Flavor with addition of carriers,
  • antioxidants,
  • solvents and
  • flavor enhancers.

The impact of natural flavors on Halal food products can be best described in McDonald’s French Fries and Hash Browns. The raw French fries and hash brown are made with Natural flavor as indicated on their ingredients list. But no body know except the suppliers and McDonald that the natural flavor is made of Non-Zabiha beef extract.

Muslims should be very care full of following flavors in meat cheese related products such as meat Loaf seasoning, gravies and process cheese products

  1. Meat, Savory Flavors and Extracts:
    The McDonald raw French fries and Hash Brown are made with a food flavor containing Non-Zabiha beef extract.
  2. Dairy Flavors containing animal enzymes.
  3. Alcohol as an ingredient and Carrier in flavors

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