The term ‘Halal’ refers to permitted under Muslim law. Many of us assume that the term ‘Halal’ refers to food only; however, Halal certification can apply to a number of categories, including food, beverages, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, cosmetic products, and also packaging. Increasing population of the Muslim community across the world, coupled with increasing awareness about Halal certification, is anticipated to drive demand for Halal products and services across the world in the coming years.
Major growth drivers for the Halal packaging market include: growing Muslim population across the world, increased marketability of products due to Halal certification, and improved awareness about Halal certified products and services. However, the increased cost of products in case of carrying out customized Halal packaging can pose a threat to the market growth.
The Halal packaging market can be segmented on the basis of end use industry, which typically includes food and beverages, cosmetics, and others. It can also be classified on the basis of various materials such as plastic and paper.
As the name suggests, Halal packaging involves using Halal certified raw materials for packaging materials and Halal certified lubricants for packaging machinery. The lubricants used in packaging machinery should strictly avoid the use of porcine stearates.
Cardia Bio-plastics, a supplier of sustainable resins to the global plastic and packaging industries, has received Halal certification for its range of bio-hybrid resins.
Generally, polymers are produced from petroleum based raw materials. However, additives are added to the polymers to improve their properties. For Halal consumers, the primary concern is the usage of additives derived from indefinite sources for the manufacture of polymer resins. The usage of additives which are derived from non-halal animals (animals which are not permitted for slaughtering according to Islamic law, such as swine) or from permitted animals which were not slaughtered in accordance with Islamic slaughtering / Halal rules, is prohibited for Muslim consumers.
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With regards to Halal packaging, the polymer resins utilized to produce the packaging material contain additives derived from Halal sources and a certificate for guaranteeing that the Halal reliability of the polymer resins is maintained throughout the entire supply chain.
As per the Halal packaging practices, during the manufacturing process, a qualitative investigation for screening and identifying any trace of animal-based element used in additives is conducted, and if any such element is found, it is subsequently substituted with equivalent additives from Halal sources. The method for ensuring if the polymer resins used for packaging are Halal certified involves:
- Use of obstructions in the manufacturing facility to enclose the processing or manufacturing units for avoiding external contamination
- Choosing ingredients, which are Halal, in particular those which are expected to be used as additives
- Analysing the polymer resins by detecting the presence of animal-based elements, such as animal fats and pig derivatives, to ensure that the polymer resins are completely free from animal based ingredients