Can Muslims consume "mock pork"?
Islam has a clear set of principles and laws on the
consumption of food and beverages for Muslims. Foods such as unslaughtered meat, pork and their derivatives, and drinks that contain alcohol are prohibited.
the rapid advancements in food science, newer and more complex forms of foods
have emerged. These include plant-based products that are intended to replicate
the texture, smell and taste of meat. An example is mock pork, designed as a
substitute for pork.
ascertain if such products can be consumed by Muslims, two things need to be
considered: first is whether all its ingredients are permitted under Muslim
law; and second whether there are undesirable social consequences arising from
the consumption of such foods. In this case, it may cause
confusion for the Muslim public from the use of the name of a clearly
prohibited food item under Muslim law.
As such, we advise the Muslim community to not consume such
food until the considerations stated above have been looked into in a thorough
and holistic manner. We encourage Muslims to consume other varieties of Halal protein sources that are in abundance in Singapore.