Dubai launches service to detect 'pork fat'

Dubai launches service to detect 'pork fat'
Halal testing at the Dubai Central Laboratory
Published: 23 February 2017 - 1:43 a.m.
By: Nikhil Pereira

The Dubai Central Laboratory (DCL) at Dubai Municipality has launched a new service to detect the Halal products in cosmetics and personal care.

The Halal testing is being conducted with the help of the best technologies and international practices by the DCL’s experts and a working team.

The products include lipsticks, creams and soaps and the service is being provided to protect the Muslim and non-Muslim community from the undesirable ingredients and methods used for the manufacture of these products.

DCL director Eng. Amin Ahmed said: “As the concept of Halal is most often centered around food products, the DCL undertook the important role of developing this initiative using the FTIR technology (Fourier Transform-Infrared Spectroscopy) to detect the presence of pork fat and to confirm it by using Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS).

“The new service is useful to the customers of these products, traders, statutory and regulatory bodies. It is one of the regulatory requirements of the Gulf Standard Specifications, which states that these products are free of pork fat and its derivatives,” he said.


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