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Black soldier fly larvae as animal feed: implications on the halal status of meat products

Wan Khairuzzaman, Maryam and Jamaludin, Mohammad Aizat and Abdullah Sani, Muhamad Shirwan (2021) Black soldier fly larvae as animal feed: implications on the halal status of meat products. Halalsphere, 1 (1). pp. 32-42. E-ISSN 2773-6040

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In the mid-twentieth century, research conducted found that black soldier fly (BSF) larvae caused the reduction of housefly breeding and manure accumulation in a chicken barn. As a result, the commercialisation of BSF larvae for agricultural use and biowaste treatment ensues. Facilities were built to produce BSF larvae on a large scale where rearing, processing, and harvesting occur. The larvae are fed with municipal and agro-industrial wastes and faeces. Feeding animals with BSF larvae became widely practised for the benefit of serving as a vital source of protein for animals. BSF larvae prove to be a precious commodity to the agricultural industry for its utility in waste treatment and animal feed. However, it presents a problem to halalfood production due to the nature of the feed formulation that contains faeces; this raises concern over the halal(lawful) status of the animals fed with BSF larvae. Will the lawful status be compromised? Should the animals fed with this type of feed formulation be categorised as al-jallalah animal? In Southeast Asia, no Islamic institutions are issuing a fatwa (legally binding authoritative religious ruling) concerning this, except for the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI), even so, it is severely insufficient as it was only mentioned briefly, the focal issue was human consumption of BSF larvae not its use in feed formulation. The lack of discussion and research on this issue in Islamic and academic scholarship despite its ubiquity in food production and consumption demonstrates the necessity to invest more in research and enhance coordination between the jurisprudence and technical fields.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 7344/89337
Uncontrolled Keywords: Animal feed; Black soldier fly; Halal ruling; al-Jallalah; Food Production
Subjects: K Law > KBP Islamic Law > KBP1 Islamic law.Shariah.Fiqh
Q Science > Q Science (General) > Q128 Islam and Science
T Technology > TP Chemical technology > TP368 Food processing and manufacture
T Technology > TX Home economics > TX341 Nutrition. Foods and food supply
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): International Institute for Halal Research and Training (INHART)
Depositing User: Dr. Mohammad Aizat Jamaludin
Date Deposited: 15 Apr 2021 08:17
Last Modified: 15 Apr 2021 08:17
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/89337

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