Is E101 Halal or Haram? Riboflavin Food Color & Its Source

E101 or Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) deficiency leads to common symptoms: Fatigue and Thyroid Disorders. That means getting it from your food is necessary to avoid health issues. 

Still, some brands use some E101 sourced from forbidden sources, which leads those concerned with the dietary requirement to wonder if the products containing this Ecode suitable or unsuitable for them.

In this blog post, I will provide you with the exact source and whether suitable for Muslims and Vegans.

About E101 and Its Source

E101 code or Riboflavin is one of the chains of B-vitamin, also known as Vitamin B2. which helps to provide the body with energy metabolism and supervise the health of the skin, eyes, and most importantly, the stabilization of the nervous system. 

Regarding the sources, it is derived from animal sources such as Pigs, dairy, and eggs or Plant-based, including green vegetables and mushrooms

Is E101 (Riboflavin) Halal?

The answer may vary. As previously explained, it depends on the source of E101. The two answer options are


  • If E100 is derived from a plant-based source or beef.


  • If E100 is derived from Pork, Pigs, or other haram sources

Most brands use the one derived from meat, whether halal or haram because it is cheaper than the one derived from a plant-based source, which is expensive.

Final Thought

E101 can be sourced from haram source and halal sources. It depends on how it is made. Following a table for Recap

Source of E101Is It Halal
Plant-based (Vegetable)YES
Beef MeatYES
Pigs & PorkNO

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