Fatwa ID: 03165
Answered by: Maulana Muqtaur Rahman
Is E442 and E476 halal
In The Name Of Allah, The Most-Merciful, The Most Kind
E-Numbers represent specific food extracts, used by the food industry in the manufacturing of many food products. These E-Numbers are universally adopted by the food industry worldwide.
E442 is Ammonium phosphatides which are used as an Emulsifier. Usually obtained from ammonia and phosphorylated fatty acids. Rapeseed oil is the traditional fatty source although Muslims should take note as it can sometimes be made using glycerol which can be derived from animal or vegetable fats.
E476 is also used as an Emulsifier. This is made from synthetic vegetable fat.
Therefore, E442 is doubtful so nevertheless best to avoid and E476 is halal to consume.
Only Allah knows best
Written by Maulana Muqtaur Rahman
Checked and approved by Mufti MohammedTosir Miah
Darul Ifta Birmingham