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Can Muslims safely consider all vegetarian products as Halal?

If not then what are the things that are required to be looked at carefully before purchasing such products?

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Watch out for vegetarian food which has been offered to a false god. I'm aware of at least one religion which mandates that all food must be offered to their deity, before it is eaten or served to others. Doing so makes it haram for us. –  David Wallace Jun 28 at 13:02
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No, all vegetarian products need not be halal.

For example, Vanilla in liquid form may contain alcohol. It is vegetarian but not halal.

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I have +1 for the answer. also updated the question. looking for something which gives a clear view of what things to consider carefully (eg codes) –  sttaq Sep 11 '12 at 23:19
    
Alcohol itself is mostly vegetarian in nature. Wine is made of grapes ... etc. –  System Down Sep 11 '12 at 23:20
    
for codes you should check your countries local listings. If you live in a country where companies are less honest then you should be careful. –  islam101 Sep 11 '12 at 23:25
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I agree; this answer needs to be more exhaustive. It's a good start, though. –  ashes999 Sep 12 '12 at 1:29
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No, not all vegetarian products are Halal. Some vegetarian products have alcohol, and alcohol itself is mostly vegetarian in nature. It can be made out of grapes, apples etc etc. In Islam it is Haram to consume alcohol:

يَـٰٓأَيُّہَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوٓاْ إِنَّمَا ٱلۡخَمۡرُ وَٱلۡمَيۡسِرُ وَٱلۡأَنصَابُ وَٱلۡأَزۡلَـٰمُ رِجۡسٌ۬ مِّنۡ عَمَلِ ٱلشَّيۡطَـٰنِ فَٱجۡتَنِبُوهُ لَعَلَّكُمۡ تُفۡلِحُونَ (٩٠)

O ye who believe! Intoxicants and gambling, (dedication of) stones, and (divination by) arrows, are an abomination― of Satan's handiwork: eschew such (abomination), that ye may prosper. (90)

Surah Al Ma'idah Ayah 90

You must try to avoid all Haram things in vegetarian products, the only thing I can think of that would be in the products is Alcohol. There might be other things, but I do not have the knowledge of it. Examples of products that sometimes have alcohol is vanilla extract and soy sauce.

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The verse you quote states that Intoxicants are an abomination. Soy sauce is not an intoxicant, and nor is Vanilla Extract. –  Mozibur Ullah Dec 7 '12 at 8:44
    
@MoziburUllah No, but alcohol is in soy sauce sometimes and in vanilla extract sometimes. –  Mujahid مجاهد Dec 7 '12 at 13:35
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Ok, so although the verse admonishes intoxicants; and doesn't mention alcohol by name ( after all in the world there is more than just alcohol that is an intoxicant: for example Paan in Bangladesh & Khat in Yemen); a product that has a minute fraction of alcohol in it (presumably for soy sauce, its a by-product of the fermentation process) and its inconceivable that it can cause intoxication no matter how much you consume, its haram? –  Mozibur Ullah Dec 7 '12 at 14:33
    
@MoziburUllah No, they do not necessarily intoxicate, I merely mentioned the products that have alcohol on it. In vanilla extract, when they have alcohol, you can see they have great amounts in it, 35% sometimes and sometimes more. –  Mujahid مجاهد Dec 7 '12 at 15:10
    
:Fair enough. Still I'd like to see someone try & get drunk on Vanilla Extract :). I don't think that one actually uses a great deal of the extract, say in baking a cake; and 35% of very little in a large cake doesn't amount to very much as a proportion of the cake. –  Mozibur Ullah Dec 7 '12 at 15:21
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I believe the question is about vegetarian food which is halal or not.

Currently halal diet has been removed from the menu of most institutions who offer vegetarian diet as a substitute/alternative. But the fact stands, that not all vegetarian diet is halal.

Even most sweets contain alcohol. Chewy sweets contain gelatine and are not all halal based as the source is suspect as gelatine is animal based. One big sweet company answered my query as ff; "I can confirm that most of our products contain pig gelatine and are therefore unsuitable for a halal diet. We use ethanol and ethyl alcohol in our production process as carrier for the flavouring, but this constitutes less than 0.05% of the recipe and is flashed off during the process and not present in the final product.

I believe that even the "flashing" of the alcohol does not make this sweet halal. Any amount of alcohol is haram. But I would give exceptions on natural occurring molasses in food like corn dough which is actually not alcohol? Please correct me if I am wrong.

Examples Examples of products that sometimes have alcohol is vanilla extract and soy sauce.

Chips is "vegetarian" food but not halal if fried with lard. Lard is made from animal fat.

Surprisingly Muslims are unduly asked to sacrifice from eating any meat and are not offered other proper alternatives such as fish (which are all halal as they are not required to be slaughtered).

I was shocked to know that even some cheese are also not halal as in some of them animal fat is added.

Can someone give me some more from the list of "vegetarian" food that is not halal, please.

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