Is e621 Halal or Haram? Is MSG halal?

Muslims keep wondering if they can consume products that contain E621, also called MSG, since it is commonly used as a flavors enhancer in many foods.

I was also concerned if the foods we eat are permissible or forbidden according to Islamic dietary laws. That’s why I decide to write this blog post.

So, Let’s Dive into this flavor enhancer to see how it is extracted & made.

About E621 and Its Source

Monosodium Glutamate (E621) is a white crystalline powder added to foods to enhance their savory taste and is a natural amino acid found in many foods, including:

  • Tomatoes
  • Yeast
  • Walnuts
  • Soy sauce
  • Seaweed
  • Mushrooms
  • Broth vegetables

This general rule that you should apply to all food you consume to determine if some food ingredients are halal or haram is “The most important is the source and the method of production.”

E621 Halal or Haram?

The answer is YES. E621 is Halal & suitable for Muslims. It doesn’t have any meat or its derivatives, and it also doesn’t have any haram ingredients.

Therefore is plant-based because it is made via bacterial fermentation in plants to produce bioactive components that help to enhance the flavor.

So, e621 or MSG is safe for Muslims to consume & is far from being haram. 🙂

Final Thought

Indeed, the E621 flavor enhancer is naturally halal and derived from plants (Vegan). But some facilities may use pork fat to grow yeast that is used to make this MSG.


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