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    Question Types of Alcohol used in everyday products

    Asslamo Allaikum Br Rasheed,

    Can you please give us a Summary of types of Alcohols used in products (both edible and non-edible) which a Muslim can encounter in his/her Super-Market?

    Jazakullah Khairun


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    Assalam O Alaikum Br. Khan,

    Thanks for asking question. The only type of alcohol used in foods is ethyl alcohol but in personal care products ethyl alcohol and also denatured alcohol is used. In very few cases Isopropyle (Halal) is used on food manufacturing equipments or some time used in very rare ingredients as a processing aid or hidden ingredient. Sugar alcohols which are not ethyl alcohol used as humectants or as replacing the sugar such as sorbitol or mannitol. Sugar alcohols are used extensively in foods. Acetyl alcohol, stearyl alcohol, Lanolin alcohol etc are again not ethyl alcohol but they are fatty waxes made from either animal or vegetable fat, they are only used in personal care products because they are not allowed in foods.

    Here is the use of alcohol in foods and personal care products:

    Foods:

    1. Alcohol as an ingredient is used in few products but not in all or alcohol is used in processing of some ingredients:

    a. In all McDonald's buns in Canada.

    b. Vanilla Extract minumum 35% alcohol in USA and Canada

    c. Beverage Four contains 4% alcohol

    d. Naturally Brewed Soy Sauce up to 3% alcohol

    e. Kafir up to 2% alcohol

    f. Vanilla flavors contain alcohol

    g. Confectionary Glaze or Resinous's glaze is a coating on candy or sprinkle. Confectioner's glazes are alcohol solutions of various type of food grade Shellac. The alcohol is evaporated during application.

    h. Shellac is the secretion of Coccus lacca insects deposited on tree in India. Some Shellac are made by alcohol.

    i. Nucleotide in baby infant formula is obtained from cells of brewer yeast which is grown on alcohol.

    j. Autolyzed Yeast Extract or Yeast Extract is either made from baker yeast which is Halal but used in few food products because it will not provide meaty flavor. But Autolyzed Yeast Extract or Yeast Extract is also obtained from brewer yeast which is used to make bear, alcohol pentrate into yeast cells, after drying they use in food products which provide meaty flavor.

    k. Conagra' s Healthy Choice Ice Cream is made with alcohol.

    l. Many Cheesecakes are made with real liquor.

    m. Tuna casserol made with wine and supplied in different London's hotel restaurants.

    n. Dijan Mustard is made with wine.

    o. Alcohol present in non stick cooking oil sparay as an ingredient such as Pam's
    nonstick cooking spray.

    p. FREAKY ICE'S DESERT & ICE CREAM PRODUCTS IN UK, CONTAINING ALCOHOLIC LOLLIES ARE HARAM, SUCH AS:, WHISKY & COLA, RUM & COLA, RUM & COLA .

    q. Carr's New Roasty Vegetable Crackers UD a kosher certified cracker is made with pure ALCOHOL/ETHONAL and listed as an ingredient.

    r. Left over wine or beer or alcohol in Alcohol Free Beverages.

    s. Left over wine, wine flavor, wine color in red or white wine vinegar.

    t. Torula yeast is grown either on alcohol or on sugar cane, the one which grown on sugar cane is Halal.

    u. Cooking wine is used in many dishes at the restuarants. Grilled fish may use some time cooking wine.

    v. Beer Batters fish contains actual beer in its batter.

    w. Halal fish is also fried in same oil and same freyer where beer battered fish fried. Becarefull about Fish N Chips in UK.

    2. Alcohol is used as a hidden or processing aid ingredient in:

    a. Natural or artificial flavor may or may not contain alcohol as a solvent, Krispy Kreme Donuts, Dunkun Donuts, Red Bull, Ritz Crackers in USA/Canada, Butterfinger, 7up, Cream of Wheat, Dr. Pepper, Stoneyfield fruit yogurts, Lucozade and Ribena soft drink, Rubicon Fruit Drink, Ice Cream products contain alcohol.

    b. Any Extract may use alcohol as a extracting solvent such as spice extract.


    Personal Care Products:

    A. Ethyl alcohol is used as hidden or processing aid ingredient in:

    1. Flavor: Alcohol may be use as a solvent or carrier in the flavor of toothpastes and other products. Halls Lozenges contain alcohol in flavors, Children Claritin, Chlor Trimeton and Children NY Quil, cough syrups, fluid fever relieving,
    Vicks, Product: NY Quil Cough are contain alcohol.


    2. Perfumes: Alcohol may be used a solvent or carrier in perfumes in personal care products such as bar soap, shampoo, conditioners, Deodorants. Head On and Active contains alcohol.

    2. Specially Denatured Alcohol is used as an ingredient only in personal care products. A specific property of ethanol, its usefulness as a beverage, is removed". The ethanol molecule is not denatured in the sense that its chemical structure is altered. SD alcohol is made from real ethyl alcohol from any source by adding poison chemicals such as acetone, methonal to destroy the intoxication quality of ethyl alcohol. It is consider as Halal because it does not have intoxication quality. This is used only in personal care products.

    3. Fatty waxy alcohol are not actual ethyl alcohol and they are only used in personal care products. They are made from either animal or vegetable fat. They are Cetyl alcohol, stearyl alcohol, Lanolin alcohol from sheep wool fat without slaughtering the sheep(Halal), Butyl alcohol.


    Wassalam

    Syed Rasheeduddin Ahmed
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    Last edited by rasheedahmed; 02-03-2009 at 09:49 PM.


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    Question Re: Types of Alcohol used in everyday products

    Quote Originally Posted by rasheedahmed View Post
    Assalam O Alaikum Br. Khan,

    Thanks for asking question. The only type of alcohol used in foods is ethyl alcohol but in personal care products ethyl alcohol and also denatured alcohol is used. In very few cases Isopropyle (Halal) is used on food manufacturing equipments or some time used in very rare ingredients as a processing aid or hidden ingredient. Sugar alcohols which are not ethyl alcohol used as humectants or as replacing the sugar such as sorbitol or mannitol. Sugar alcohols are used extensively in foods. Acetyl alcohol, stearyl alcohol, Lanolin alcohol etc are again not ethyl alcohol but they are fatty waxes made from either animal or vegetable fat, they are only used in personal care products because they are not allowed in foods.


    Wassalam

    Syed Rasheeduddin Ahmed
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    W-Salam Brother,

    I will ask you a series of questions on the subject for my knowledge and understanding so I have purposely edited the bottom half as I will get to it later, Insha’Allah.

    Q1) Can you please describe the commercial manufacturing process for Ethyl Alcohol and its intoxication affects?

    Q2) To my knowledge DeNat Alcohol has poisons added to it to kill its intoxicative properties? Can you confirm and explain?

    Q3) Do Sugar Alcohols have any intoxicative properties? How else do they differ from Ethyl Alcohol or Alcohol derived from grapes/dates?

    Q4) Acetyl alcohol, stearyl alcohol, Lanolin alcohol are not alcohols, are any other types in this category which you can think of?

    Jazakullah Khairun


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    Default Re: Types of Alcohol used in everyday products

    Brother Rasheed,

    Is there any other I way I can get your hala booklet apart from the one you've mentioned in your site. I live in Boston MA.

    Jazakallah


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    Default Re: Types of Alcohol used in everyday products



    Is mitsukan rice vinegar (sushi vinegar) contain alcohol?


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    Assalam O Alaikum Br. SKHKmomin,

    The Halal food book at Muslim Consumer Group is sold out but you can get on line at www.islamicbookstore.com, www.halalco.com, www.iqra.com, www.dar-us-salam.com/houston.htm, www.albalagh.net/bookstore .


    Syed Rasheeduddin Ahmed
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    Default Re: Types of Alcohol used in everyday products

    Assalam O Alaikum Br. Alfatha,

    The Sushi rice vinegar is not Halal because of left over such rice wine, its flavor and its color.

    Syed Rasheeduddin Ahmed
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    Default Re: Types of Alcohol used in everyday products

    Assalam O Alaikum Br. Khan,

    The ethyl alcohol is made by fermenting grapes, corn and sources of sugar with yeast. Ethyl alcohol is also synthtically made from ethylene gas. Only ethyl alcohol has the intoxication quality.

    Denatured alcohol is denatured by adding methonal and acetone to react with ethyl alcohol to attach the some part of acetone and methane to molecule of ethyl alcohol, so nature of ethyl alcohol is changed.

    Sugar alcohol are polyhydrolic alcohol which has different formula than ethyl alcohol. They are not intoxicant. They made from carbohydrate with fermentation and they are Halal.

    Butyl alcohol is another non intoxicant fatty wax alcohol. They are not made from fermentation process, they are made from animal fat. Animal fat do not have ethyl alcohol and can not be use for making ethyl alcohol.


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    Question Re: Types of Alcohol used in everyday products

    Quote Originally Posted by rasheedahmed View Post
    Assalam O Alaikum Br. Khan,

    The ethyl alcohol is made by fermenting grapes, corn and sources of sugar with yeast. Ethyl alcohol is also synthtically made from ethylene gas. Only ethyl alcohol has the intoxication quality.

    Syed Rasheeduddin Ahmed
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    W-Salam Br Rashid,

    You have used the same word twice once in lower case and then in upper case... do you mean something different. From both sources it has intoxication quality?


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    Default Re: Types of Alcohol used in everyday products

    Assalam O Alaikum Br. Khan,

    The meaning of my sentnces is that the eythl alcohol with same chemical formula and same physical/chemical properties including intoxication quality is obtained through two methods. One is fermentation of sugar by yeast and other without fermentation of sugar by yeast i,e synthetic ethyl alcohol is produced from ethylene gas and from acetylene. Intoxication quality only belongs to ethyl alcohol but not with other alcohols such as isopropyle alcohol.


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