I was looking at a sweet packet for my children but I never knew what was haram and what was halal. How can i tell?
Assalamu alaikum There are quite a few different additives placed in products which can be seen in the ingredients. Any ingredient derived from animal such as gelatine, some emulsifiers, and even some flavour enhancers should be researched to see where they are derived from.
For example, not all gelatine is from pork. If it says beef gelatine, you still need to call up the company to see where they get their beef from, and then call up that beef company to see if they are certified halal. Keep in mind that alot of 'halal' food products and companies aren't actually halal according to shariah, they just have the certificate which could be fake. I know alot of people wouldn't care about this and probably wouldn't go into as much detail as they should, but if you do it for the sake of Allah SWT, InShaAllah you will get rewarded for it.
Keep in mind the number codes that come with an ingredient though and do your research, InShaAllah Allah will make it easy for you to come across what is halal amen
Also bear in mind that alcohol is used in some products as preservatives, though im not sure what the code is for it
The ingredients are almost always on the back of the package,
Everything that contains alcohol (not medicine) or animal parts that has not been slaughtered in a Islamic way is Haram to eat.
If you cannot see it is Haram and are doubting if you should get it but can live without it then don't get it.
It's better to avoid something doubtful.
Allah knows best,