Haram shortbreads??? - SHORTBREADS contain the Additive 481

From: Majid Katme [mailto:akatme@hotmail.com]
Sent: 02 September 2011 09:51
To: Hizb Ulama
Subject: RE: Haram shortbreads???

SHORTBREADS contain the Additive 481:

 Additive:E 481: Sodium stearoyl lactate

Combination of stearic acid and lactic acid, resulting in a mixture of several components. The origin of stearic acid can be or plant or animal fat, although in practice nearly always vegetable oil will be used.

Function & characteristics:
Emulsifier and stabiliser

Bakery products

Acceptable Daily Intake:
Up to 20 mg/kg bodyweight

Side effects:
None, both lactic acid and stearic acid are normal products in human metabolism.

Dietary restrictions:
Although mainly vegetable oils are used, the use of animal fat (incl. pork) can not be excluded. Several groups, such as vegans, Muslims and Jews thus avoid these products. Only the producer can give detailed information on the origin of the fatty acids. Chemically the fatty acids from vegetable or animal origin are identical

NB: Thanks to Dr Yunes  Teinazfor the informations


Date: Fri, 2 Sep 2011 10:55:27 +0500
Subject: Hal or Haram shortbreads
From: shaziasardarku@gmail.com
To: dr_teinaz@tiscali.co.uk
Dear Dr. Teinaz

I am font of shortbread from walkers, Deans etc. After realizing about haram Emulsifiers, I started to check the ingredients. I have a concern about Scottish shortbread. I purchased a highland specialty shortbread peticoat trails. This pack shows E481 without mentioning animal or plant source. I would be grateful if you kindly inform me about these Scottish biscuits,  if they are halal or haram.
Shazia Sardar