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E codes are codes sometimes found on food labels in the European Union (GB, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Portugal, etc.) The code indicates an ingredient which is some type of food additive. The E indicates that it is a "European Union approved" food additive.


According to a report published on 16th November 2007, sited at, an independent researcher Ian Crane claimed that  "Food Codes are a hidden agenda of taking over the world by surprise by Committee on Nutrition and Food for Special Dietary and Pharmaceutical companies along with their stakeholder to hide the truth from public". In this regard a law was later passed on December 31, 2009., the law meant to take away the consumer’s right to know the provenance and content of food.

It is important for a Muslim to browse through the code before purchasing any food item(s) off the grocery shelf while travelling or living in European countries or even in his/her homeland. So, here I gathered a list most common E-codes in accordance with the Muslims' law for consumption of item(s). The following keyword(s) suggests their status.


Key word: Halal is lawful; Haram is Prohibited and Mushbooh is dubious(In accordance with Quran)


E100 Curcumin, turmeric [Colouring] Halal

E122 Carmoisine, Azorubine [Colouring] Halal

E155 Brown HT, Chocolate brown HT [Colouring] Halal

E200 Sorbic acid [Preservative] Halal

E260 Acetic acid [Preservative] [Acidity regulator] Halal


E322  Lecithin [Emulsifier] Mushbooh;  halal if it is from soy fat or egg yolk; haram if it is from animal fat

E422  Glycerol [Emulsifier] [Sweetener] [possibly of animal origin] Mushbooh

E436  Polyoxyethylene (20) sorbitan tristearate (polysorbate 65)[Emulsifier] [possibly of       animal origin] Mushbooh

E631  Disodium inosinate [Flavour enhancer] [possibly of animal origin]  Mushbooh

E640  Glycine and its sodium salt [Flavour enhancer] [possibly of animal origin] Mushbooh

E1518 Glyceryl triacetate (triacetin) [Humectant] Mushbooh

E120  Cochineal, Carminic acid, Carmines [Colouring] [animal origin] Haram

E161b Lutein [Colouring] Haram

E161g Canthaxanthin [Colouring] Haram

E252  Potassium nitrate (Saltpetre) [Preservative] Haram

E430  Polyoxyethylene ( 8 stearate [Emulsifier] [Stabiliser] [possible allergic reaction]       Haram

E431  Polyoxyethylene (40) stearate [Emulsifier] Haram

E441  Gelatine [Emulsifier] [Gelling agent] [animal origin] Haram

E634  Calcium 5'-ribonucleotides [Flavour enhancer] Haram

E635  Disodium 5'-ribonucleotides [Flavour enhancer] [possibly of animal origin] Haram

E920  L-cysteine hydrochloride [Improving agent] [animal origin] Haram

E921  L-cysteine hydrochloride monohydrate [Improving agent] [animal origin]  Haram

January 18, 2011 at 6:59 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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If this is the case then we are going to live in world full of mistrust and dishonesty!


April 22, 2011 at 12:57 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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