A small number of Nestlé products sold in Australia are halal certified. To view our list, click here.
What is halal?
Halal means ‘permitted’ or ‘lawful’. For food, this means that based on the ingredients, preparation methods, storage, processing and transportation, a halal product may be eaten by people following a halal diet.
Why do you need to certify products?
Consumers and customers rightly require high standards in areas such as food safety, nutrition, and responsible sourcing.
Certification is a commonly used business tool, involving auditing by an independent third party organisation, which we use to give consumers and customers the confidence of third party confirmation of our claims that a product meets a certain standard.
Why do you certify some of your products halal?
There are two main reasons a Nestlé product sold in Australia may have halal certification:
- Most of our products are made in Australia. Certification on these products is generally because some of our business customers, such as airlines, hospitals, clubs and other organisations providing professional food service, require halal food for their customers. For this reason, they require suppliers such as Nestlé to have halal certification as independent confirmation that the food meets this standard. Without halal certification, we are not able to supply to these customers.
- In a small number of instances, the product is one made outside Australia in a factory which supplies to other countries where halal certification is required. Because certification covers an entire factory, the certification at that factory will apply to all products made there, regardless of what country they go to.
Have you changed your products or processes to make them halal?
No. There have been no changes to these products; they were always inherently halal. As well, there is no religious ritual involved in making these products. Certification simply gives customers the confidence of third party review to ensure that the product meets the standard they require.
Why does certification on products you sell to businesses mean that the ones you sell through supermarkets are halal certified?
As certification is conducted at a product line or factory level, once a factory is certified, all products made there are also considered certified, regardless of what customer they go to. This means that in meeting the requirements of some of our business customers - such as hotels, clubs, restaurants, catering services and others - for halal certified products, certification is also extended to the same product sold through supermarkets.
Why don’t you label your products when they are halal certified?
Halal certification is an administrative requirement of our business customers.
We don't use halal certification to promote our products to consumers in Australia, and for this reason we don't include the halal certification logo on our retail packs.
We provide a list of our halal certified products on our website. For the list please click here.
Why aren’t all your products certified?
To date we have only sought halal certification for those factories which make products which are sold to business customers requiring certification.
Why does a product need to be certified when it doesn't contain meat or alcohol?
Many foods and drinks, particularly those that do not contain meat or alcohol, are by nature compliant with halal criteria. A food is halal not just because of its ingredients, but because of the processes involved in making it.
Some processes which are common in commercial food preparation would mean that a food could not be halal. These include:
- Using alcohol to clean knives, blades and other equipment
- Using flavourings and other ingredients based on alcohol derivatives
Does halal certification add to the cost of the product I buy? Is it charged like a tax?
The fees we pay are negligible, and we don't add this cost on to the recommended retail price. The fee we pay is a flat fee that covers review and certification of the factory, and is not related to the volume of product sold.
Who do you pay the fee to for certification and where does this money go? Some people claim that this money supports terrorism.
Certification is always done at the factory.
Most of our products are made in Australia and are certified by an Australian certification company, and the fee we pay in Australia, stays in Australia. The certifier is owned by a group of community organisations who invest in programs to support their local communities.
Our Supplier Code. requires that our suppliers – including certifiers – meet all applicable laws and regulations. Any claims that an Australian organisation is supporting terrorism or involved in criminal activity should be referred to the police.
Do you do other forms of certification? What about other religious groups?
We make information available for people with a wide range of dietary needs, including those of halal, kosher, allergies, coeliac and other special requirements. In some instances, certification is a tool we use to give independent confirmation of our claims. We do not favour one group of dietary needs over another.
I’ve heard your NESPRESSO capsules are halal certified. Is this true?
Nespresso capsules are halal certified. This is because NESPRESSO capsules are manufactured for global distribution, and halal certification is a requirement of export to some of the countries where NESPRESSO is sold.
I’ve heard that certain PURINA pet food products are halal certified. Is this true?
PURINA pet foods are not halal certified, and PURINA does not require that its suppliers provide halal meat. You can read more here.
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