Simple DIY halal kit to be developed

By FoodProcessing Staff
Monday, 14 July, 2014

Malaysian researchers are developing a testing kit that identifies non-halal ingredients within one minute. The kit, developed by the University of Selangor (Unisel), can be used to test food, cosmetics and medicines.

The kit will use nanosensor technology that can detect non-halal substances at levels as low as 0.001% of the total product. To use, consumers would simply need to place a sample of the food into the kit and shake until it dissolves. An electronic sensor is then used to test the sample, with a fluorescent light showing if non-halal ingredients are detected.

While this is not the first halal kit to be released on the market, Dr Anuar Ahmad, Unisel Vice-Chancellor, claims that this will be the most advanced ever released.

The kits are not expected to be ready for market until December 2015. The Selangor Government has granted Unisel RM1.3 million to develop the kit.

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