Pork gelatin in apple juices

  • Pork gelatin is widely used in Germany to clarify apple juice and Muslims are left in the dark in the absence of proper labeling. The activism of another minority group of consumers is helping the halal-conscious.
  • The clear golden color of packaged apple juice is not what nature gave us. Raw apple juice comes out brown or green from a blender at home or the huge pressers in a factory. It is cloudy with coarse particles of pulp or sediment that settle at the bottom of containers. The cloudiness is also found in juices of citruses, pears, berries, and cherries.
  • “[The solid particles] coagulate with the gelatin or with plant protein and then become bigger and is then easier for filtration,” Klaus Heitlinger, managing director for the Association for German Fruit Juice Industry (VdF) told Salaam Gateway.
  • One of those gelatins used by manufacturers is pork gelatin. In late 2016, Foodwatch, an independent consumer protection organization based in Berlin, contacted 17 apple juice manufacturers and 14 apple spritzer producers based in Germany, whose products make up the entire apple drinks portfolios of three giant German supermarkets: Lidl, Edeka, and Rewe.
  • A third of the 17 apple juice producers wrote back saying they use pork gelatin for clarification, and five of the 14 apple spritzer producers confirmed the same.
  • Foodwatch isn’t the only organization to bring to light that many small juice producers use pork gelatin as a clarifying agent. The Federal Nutrition Center and halal certifiers also confirm the fact.

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