Fatwa: # 41175
Category: Food & Drink
Country: Australia
Date: 14th October 2018


What is the ruling of a small amount of alcohol in food products?


Assalamualaykum Mufti Sahab, 

Can you please tell me if ingrediants like 'Natural colouring', 'Natural Flavouring' and 'Flavouring' which has very minimal amount of alcohol in it is halal? Shafi'i scholars say that it is Halal because many food products in the West include these ingredients to it it tough to avoid and the amount of alcohol in these ingredients is so little that it has no effect and intoxication on the body. Can you please give the viewpoint from the Hanafi madhaab?



In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

Minimal amounts of alcohol used in food products will be permissible to consume on condition that the alcohol is not sourced from grapes or dates.

You may refer to Fatwa #31176 for a detailed answer.

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Checked and Approved by,

Mufti Ebrahim Desai.

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