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Aug 27, 2009

Halal baby food


It wasn't until I came across baby food meat in the supermarket that I thought about it. Although, I purchased some jars of lamb, veal, turkey and chicken I couldn't bring myself to serve it to Nuriyah. I know she is at the age where she can begin eating meat, but for some reason the thought of jarred meat is disgusting. I have decided that if I cannot bring myself to taste it then I won't feed it to my babe. So I have given away several jars of meat. I've decided that if I really feel like she is in need of protein and iron I can feed her things like beans and iron fortified cereal.

So what do I feed my baby. I started out by making her cereal from
brown rice and moved on to pureeing things like yams and bananas. (Superbaby food is a must read if you want to make your own food) Like nursing for me it came easy,allhumdulliah, but unlike nursing I stopped. Now I buy Earths best (it's organic) if I can Gerber or Beach nut if I can’t. I also make sure my cereals are always whole grain. But back to meats, although I am fine with my baby being vegetarian for the first few years of her life, I know other mothers are not. But what options are out there for us Muslim mothers? Have a vegetarian baby, make your own baby food meat, use Gerber(I have not seen any other brand of meat in stores) or if you have a large Jewish community nearby you might have kosher babyfood available to you.

Well those are your options if you’re in the states. There was a company started in 2005 in Columbus Ohio named Nature’s Noor, but I believe they are no longer in existence. I wonder why the company failed. In Europe their seems to be more success in the baby food market.

Created in 2006 Malaika is produced in Switzerland and is available in Europe, France and onlin
e. The company guarantees that all of its meat is Halal and all of its fruits and vegetables are biological. From what I gathered from the website biological means organic and earth friendly (kinda cool). I appreciate that the website tells you exactly what you find in each jar of food. Their meat flavors include Potato corn and Halal Beef and Carrots, Fennel and Halal veal.

Mumtaz Khan, the multi- millionaire owner of the Mumtaz curry restaurant created Star Mumtaz in 2007. Mumtaz is available in stores in Europe, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. If you order online they ship to the US but the shipping at about 44 pounds cost more than the food. Their meat flavors include Spring Vegetables and Chicken, Potato Lamb and Spinach, Vegetables and Lamb, Wholemeal Rice and Chicken, Pasta and Lamb and Baby Sweetcorn and Chicken.

Created in France around the same time of Mumtaz, Petit Gems babyfood is also available throughout Britain and France and online. It is a family run company started by Ismail Pirbhai It is certified by the Halal Monitoring Committee. Their meat menu includes Garden Vegetables and lamb casserole, Chicken and Vegetable Bake, Vegetables and Roast Beef, Garden Vegetables and Beef Stew, Spring Vegetables and Lamb Tagine and Chicken and Vegetable Risotto. Both Mumtaz and Petit Gems are looking for US based distributors.

Although Mumtaz and Petit Gems may be the most well known Halal babyfood companies in Europe they were not the first. In 1998 Gazala Saleem launched Mother Nature Baby Foods. They offered flavors like chicken korma and lamb korma. Like Mu
mtaz and Petit Gems it was available in Asada stores. I am not sure if Ms. Saleems business is still up and running. But it is interesting to note that many articles claim that Mumtaz and Petit Gems are the first to create Halal babyfood, when both Sister Sakeena Abdur-Rashid of Nature's Noor and Sister Gazala Saleem of Mother Nature Baby Foods started their businesses years before. Bad journalism or a slight to woman operated businesses?


Vitameal
is manufactured in Morocco. They offer baby juice and a variety of vegetable, fruit and meat combinations. They are the only company that I have seen to offer fish, namely their Salmon carrots. Unlike the other Halal companies but similar to Gerber they have plain meat choices. These include chicken, beef and turkey. I wonder if they flavor the meat.

Next on my list is Yamee Organic Baby food. Yamee is an Australian family-owned company. They make baby and toddler food. Some of their meals are Pumpkin Risotto (with beef), Risotto Verde (with beef
& cheese) and Red
Veggie Medley (with Lamb). This company does home deliveries. I think this brand is particularly cool because they are organic and the offer a very different selection of food. It would be nice if they were available outside of Australia.

I also came across the up and coming company
Tiny Tots Baby Food.. Unfortunately, I was unable to learn much about them. Insha'allah they will be based in the US.

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2 comments:

  1. Assalamualaikum,

    Hi, my name is Rachael Malai Ali and I am a muslim living in Brunei. I happened across your blog as i am cureently thinking about starting up a Halal Babyfood company. Brunei is an islamic country and i think its good to teach babies and toddlers a healthy way of eating as apart from anything you cant be too sure what goes into a lot of food these days.
    Just thought i would say hi!
    Wasalam
    Rachael Malai Ali
    rachael_malaiali@yahoo.com

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  2. Walakum asalaam,

    I know I am about a year late to your comment. Insha allah you have started up your food company. I think its a great idea.

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