Magazine article Islamic Horizons

Halal Food Science Recognized

Magazine article Islamic Horizons

Halal Food Science Recognized

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PROF. IRWANDI JASWIR, DIRECTOR OF the International Institute for Halal Research and Training (INHART; http://inhart.iium.edu.my) at the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), had done pioneering work in establishing halal science pertaining to food. His research and development of new methods for analyzing the substances used in manufacturing halal food alternatives was recognized with the 2018 King Faisal International Prize for Service to Islam.

Jaswir, 48, a native of Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, worked with others to develop new methods for quickly detecting haram substances in foods and beverages. A notable example is the "Portable Electronic Nose" which can detect within a few seconds the presence of alcohol or lard (pork/ porcine-derived fat) in foods, cosmetics and consumer goods. He adopted this from the pharmaceutical industry and medical diagnostics.

He holds a bachelor's in food technology and human nutrition (Bogor Agricultural University, Indonesia; 1993), a master's in food science and biotechnology (1996) and a doctorate in food chemistry and biochemistry (the Universiti Putra, Malaysia; 2000). At present, he is serving as the secretary of IIUM's Council of Professors.

Jaswir's contributions have strengthened the importance and relevance of the emerging halal industry with a uniquely strong scientific foundation in halal science. Along with the novel testing tools, he has helped develop alternatives to widely used haram substances, such as gelatine in numerous food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic products; practical methods for their large-scale production; developing manufacturing standards that can be employed in this rapidly growing industry; and training those who will have to enforce them. …

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