Marmite is made from leftover brewers yeast, it is popular in South Africa, Australia, etc.

Marmite is made from yeast extract, a by-product of beer brewing. (Wikipedia)

So would it be considered halal, or is it haram?

Marmite; Image source Wikimedia Commons: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Marmite.jpg

  • The answer is more or less simple if it contains alcohol or any thing which could be considered as intoxication it is clearly haram!
    – Medi1Saif
    Commented Mar 11, 2016 at 8:12

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Marmite is haram. Eat vegemite instead!

Kiwi-bashing aside, from their FAQ:

Is Marmite certified Halal?
Yes – The Halal Certification Authority of Australia has certified Marmite as a Halal product.

Is Marmite kosher certified?
Yes – Marmite is Kosher certified.

Is Marmite suitable for vegans and vegetarians?
Yes – Marmite is vegan and vegetarian friendly.


This same problem arose in Haraam or Halal? - Coke and Pepsi contain 0.001% Alcohol, where it was noted that e.g. Coke contains minute amounts of alcohol. So I reiterate the main ideas of my answer in this context:

  • If a substance is incapable of intoxicating even in large quantities, then it is not haram (insofar as to being an intoxicant; it could still be haram for other reasons).

    Some people think that the words of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), “Whatever intoxicates in large quantities, a little of it is haraam”, mean that if a small percentage of an intoxicant is mixed with a large amount of a substance that is not intoxicating, then it is haraam. This is a misunderstanding of the hadeeth. ... if something is mixed with alcohol but the alcohol is a small amount and does not have any effect, then it is halaal and does not come under the ruling of this hadeeth. -- Islam Q&A, in the context of non-alcoholic beers

  • The prohibition applies to the substance as a whole, not to it's individualized parts:

    Sheikh Salman al-Oadah astutely observed: "The percentage of alcohol mentioned has no effect on the ruling. The ruling applies to the drink itself taken as a whole and not to its composition." -- IslamToday.net, also in the context of non-alcoholic beers

It's reasonable to believe that even a large amount of Marmite is incapable of intoxicating, and thus prohibition due to being an intoxicant does not apply.

  • Are you implicitly implying that drinking non-alcoholic beer is ok?
    – Ahmed
    Commented Apr 16, 2018 at 7:31
  • I'm not implying anything; I'm just relaying what the scholars have said. The linked answer gives examples of fatawa which consider non-alcoholic beer as okay. E.g. Islam Q&A write: The second type is beer that is not intoxicating, either because it is completely free of alcohol, or because it contains a minuscule amount of alcohol that does not reach the level of causing intoxication no matter how much a person drinks of it. The scholars have ruled that this is permissible. Commented Apr 16, 2018 at 7:41

Anything that can make you intoxicated is not good. The key point is effect of the substance not what it is made from.

  • A lot of additive that can causes cancers are considered halal. So, there are contradictions here in what you say.
    – Quidam
    Commented May 13, 2017 at 16:17

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