The world was dissolving in distress a few months ago when it was revealed that M&M’s aren’t constantly halal friendly. However, Oreos have now become the point of discussion.
The news clearly seems difficult for foodies to swallow as Oreo lovers are in complete confusion now. They have started inquiring whether Oreo has not been certified halal or the item incorporates ingredients which are taboo for Muslims to consume?
Oreo cookies are made and distributed by Continental Biscuits. The company is engaged with the manufacturing and distribution of a wide variety of food products which are pre-famous in the branded biscuit business worldwide.
Interestingly, Oreos aren’t only a snack, they have turned into a long-living trend and due to its versatility have a massive following. Children and adults alike love Oreos and here are some reasons why everybody adores it this much!
- The ‘Dunk-ability’ of the cookie
- The versatility with which we can use the cookie
- They’re locally produced
- They’re fun to eat
Ingredients of Oreo:
On the Oreos packaging the listed ingredients are:
- unbleached enriched flour
- palm and/or canola oil
- high fructose corn syrup
- corn starch
- soy lecithin
- unsweetened chocolate.
Oreo is Suitable for Vegetarians or Not?
There is no notice of dairy or eggs, yet the Oreo company itself says they don’t consider the cookie “suitable for vegetarians” on the FAQ page: “Oreos have milk as cross-contact and in this way are not appropriate for vegetarians.”
This sparked panic and confusion among Muslim consumers who have since retweeted it over 6,800 times as of Tuesday afternoon.
“Do you mean that you have not been certified halal? Or do you mean your products include ingredients that are forbidden for Muslims to consume?” asked @joebradford in the thread below the tweet.
Do you mean that
1) you have not been certified halal?
2) or do you mean your products include ingredients which are forbidden for Muslims to consume?
If 1), I can help.
If 2), what are they?
— Joe (@joebradford) May 14, 2019
Heart Breaking News about Oreo:
A handler of Oreo’s official Twitter referenced this in a reply to every now and again posed the inquiry (FAQ) category and wrote that “Thanks for reaching out! OREO cookies are not halal.”
This tweet resulted in confusion and panic among Muslim consumers who have since retweeted it about 6,800 times as of Tuesday afternoon. “Do you mean that you have not been certified halal? Or on the other hand, do you mean your products include ingredients that are prohibited for Muslims to consume?” asked @joebradford in the string beneath the tweet.
Meanwhile, @MuslimMatters wrote:
“Dear Oreo, please advise what about cookies isn’t halal? Is it a certification or an ingredients issue? If you are vegans friendly, then you are also halal friendly automatically. Please leave the fatwas (proclamations) for Islamic scholars.”
The Tweet is Incorrect and Misleading for the Consumers:
A representative of Mondelez International, which makes and distributes Oreo cookies over the region disclosed to Gulf News:
“Our social media is outsourced and the message came in two parts. Just a single part was circulated, yet the other part elucidated in ‘the US and Canada’. The tweet is incorrect and has deceived purchasers in our part of the world. Oreo products sold in this area are halal and complaint with local laws and regulations.”
Moreover, Mondelez stated in another statement: “We can assure you that all our Oreo items sold in the GCC are halal and fully compliant with local laws and regulations.”
“Mondelez is glad that Oreo biscuits are made in the GCC and as a responsible company we always look to offer our consumers the best quality item, with labeling designed to give individuals clear information about our ingredients and the suitability for their diets.”
Fortunately, Oreo Pakistan is HALAL! It’s hard to believe, but it’s true! Oreo in Pakistan is made by Continental Biscuits and are 100% Halal.
— Izma. (@IzmaSiddiqi) May 14, 2019
The #OreoPakistanIsHalal trend took over social media to commend the way that Pakistanis can enjoy the most of their favorite treats without stressing over anything at all.
Mondelez International, the organization that distributes Oreo cookies and biscuits in the Gulf region, mollified Muslim customers’ feelings of dread by expressing that the biscuits sold in the Gulf region are halal.
Moreover, Gulf News additionally moved toward Dubai Municipality’s Food Safety Department, who stated: “Documents of all Oreo consignments imported to Dubai are appropriately checked by port inspectors. Moreover, samples are also occasionally tested at Dubai Central Laboratory for its wellness and affirm any adulteration with any animal derivatives.”