IN SHORT: Graphics and messages on social media claim that the Oreo biscuit is made with milk from pigs, adding that they are “forbidden for Muslims”. But these claims are completely unfounded.
“Warning, the company that manufactured this biscuit called Oreo proved that these biscuits are forbidden for Muslims because they are made from pork milk,” the graphic reads.
By saying that Oreo cookies are made from pig’s milk and are not suitable for Muslims, the graphic and Facebook posts suggest that they are not halal.
Halal, also spelled halaal and meaning “lawful or permitted” in Arabic, refers to any object or act that is sanctioned by Islamic law. Although the word can be applied to any act or object, it is most commonly used to refer to food.
For example, the meat and all by-products of pigs are restricted under Islamic law and are not considered halal.
So if Oreos contain pig milk, they would be haram, the opposite of halal. But is the claim true? We checked.
Ingredients depend on Oreo type, but no pig’s milk
On its frequently asked questions page, under the question "are they halal?", Oreo’s UK website says the biscuits are not halal-certified in Europe, but that their “composition or production process does not make them unsuitable for Muslim diet”.
“The exceptions to this are Oreo Strawberry Cheesecake, Oreo Choc’o Brownie, Oreo Enrobed Milk & White, Oreo Cadbury Coated and Oreo Crunchy Bites Dipped,” the website adds.
In a response to a question on X (formerly Twitter) whether Oreos are halal-certified in the US, Oreo said that halal certification depended on the country, but that Oreos were not halal-certified in the US and Canada.
Halal Certification will depend on the country you live in. OREO cookies in the US and Canada are not Halal Certified. We always recommend checking the ingredients and the label to guarantee the suitability for your diet.— OREO Cookie (@Oreo) January 15, 2023
In another post, Oreo recommended checking the label on the product for updated information.
The most up-to-date information is always the label on the product itself. We recommend always checking it first to guarantee the suitability for your diet.— OREO Cookie (@Oreo) September 23, 2023
Some of the reasons include that “it is harder to get milk from [pigs]” and that “they also produce less milk than a cow”, as news agency the Guardian explains.
If you're still unsure about a product's ingredients or halal certification, always check the packaging.
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