Certified by the Islamic Food Council of Europe the cultures offer meat producers better taste, appearance and food safety.
“After many customer requests Chr. Hansen has partnered with the Islamic Food Council of Europe to offer Halal certified meat cultures to the meat producers who wish to manufacture products according to the Halal rules,” says John Jensen, Marketing Director, Meat Cultures, Chr. Hansen.
The Islamic Food Council of Europe is one of the few Halal organizations that are recognized by the powerful Indonesian MUI Council stipulating a set of global rules in terms of Halal certification.
“The six cultures in question meet all the requirements as outlined in Muslim dietary rules while providing optimum flavor development, appealing color and natural protection against food bugs in the final meat product,” Jensen explains.
With the global Halal food market currently valued at almost US$760 billion (source: HalalFocus.com), the demand for raw materials and ingredients that can be fully certified as Halal is higher than ever before and rapidly growing.
Muslim consumers increasingly expect assurance that food and beverages fully comply with Islamic preparation requirements from the very start of the manufacturing process, creating increased pressure to source ingredients from suppliers that are certified by recognized Halal organizations.
“In Chr. Hansen we are constantly working on providing the market with new cultures that meet the requirements for high quality, uniformity, safety and flexibility in modern meat production. Listening to market needs is a key value driver for us, and with the new Halal cultures 30 million Muslims in Europe will get the opportunity to choose a product to their liking,” concludes John Jensen.
Three product lines
The six Halal certified meat cultures available in Turkey, France, Germany, Italy and soon Spain fall within three categories:
BactoFlavor®: For optimum flavor development in fermented sausages and a fast and reliable fermentation
(BactoFlavor® BFL-F02, BactoFlavor® BFL-F06, BactoFlavor® BFL-T03)
BactoFerm®: For mild, round taste and the typical color of cooked cured meat products
(BactoFerm® C-P-77, BactoFerm® F-RM-52)
SafePro®: The range of bio-protective cultures for meat countering the threat of listeria in foods
The general requirements for Halal, or 'permitted', food are that it does not contain ingredients or derivatives from non-Halal sources; it is made with equipment that is free from non-Halal contamination; it is fully segregated from non-Halal items; and that there is full compliance with hygiene and sanitation requirements.
Chr. Hansen is a global bioscience company that develops natural ingredient solutions for the food, nutritional, pharmaceutical and agricultural industries. The products include cultures, enzymes, probiotics and natural colors, and all solutions are based on strong research and development competencies coupled with significant technology investments. Revenue in the 2013/14 financial year was EUR 756 million. The company holds a leading market position in all its divisions: Cultures & Enzymes, Health & Nutrition and Natural Colors. It has more than 2,500 dedicated employees in over 30 countries and main production facilities in Denmark, France, USA and Germany. Chr. Hansen was founded in 1874 and is listed on NASDAQ OMX Copenhagen.