Halal Consumer - Issue 31 - page 4

IFANCA BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President
| M. Munir Chaudry
Vice President
| Mahmood A. Baig
Vice President
| Mohamed Sadek
Director
| Rashid A. Chaudary
Director
| Allen A. Hamood
Director
| Ahmad H. Sakr
Director
| Mian N. Riaz
Director
| Sofia Shakir
IFANCA RELIGIOUS ADVISORY COUNCIL
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| Dr. Ahmad H. Sakr
Resident Scholar
|Sheikh Rachid Belbachir
Imam Muhammad Mardini
Mufti Ebrahim Desai
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ISSN: 1532–351X
ABOUT HALAL CONSUMER
Halal Consumer is a publication of the Islamic Food and
Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA). IFANCA is a non-
profit Islamic organization with the mission to promote
halal food and the institution of halal. IFANCA objectives
include making halal foods conveniently available, intro-
ducing halal to food companies and institutions, creating
awareness of halal among consumers and providing halal
solutions to consumer needs.
Editor’s Note
Assalamu Alaikum
As the year comes to a close, we bring you a variety of topics from
new uses for tea to printed food and many things in between.
Would you pay $100 for an ounce of tea? Do you cook with tea? In “A Secret
Ingredient” you will learn that tea is making its way into interesting food items.
Perhaps you are a Trekkie longing for a replicator to create your food fantasies or
a Jetsons fan preferring a filling pill? We aren’t there yet, but check out “Futuristic
Food Trends” for information on 3D food printing and other futuristic efforts.
If you are pregnant you will want to read “Folic Acid, the Unborn Child’s Lifeline” to
learn about the benefits and need for folic acid.
Concerns about animal welfare in the meat industry have turned some Muslims to
a vegan diet. Others have different reasons for shunning meat. Check them out in
“Vegan Muslims” but understand that eating meat is not against Islamic guidance.
In this election year, how would you vote on GMOs? Examine the pros and cons in
“Folly or Fodder: Clearing the Air on GMOs”.
It makes sense that skin care products contain fatty substances, so they may not
be halal. But would you have guessed they may also contain human stem cells?
Learn more about it in “Caring for the Skin God Gave Us.” We haven’t found the
fountain of youth yet, but is there a jar of youth out there?
If life is weighing you down, check out “Stress and Your Health” for ideas on how
to relax. And I thought a chocolate indulgence was the best way to relieve stress!
Finally, using honey as a sweetener is an age old application, but did you know
honey can be used to prevent wounds from getting infected? Learn more in “The
Sweetness of Honey.”
Quite a variety in this issue. Enjoy!
Sincerely,
Roger M. Othman
managing editor
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