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Asia's growing halal demand spurs innovation, profit

Women try out Wardah's halal-certified cosmetics at a shopping mall near Jakarta. (Photo by Yumi Kotani)

JAKARTA Halal is an Arabic term meaning "permissible" or "lawful." To obtain halal certification, food manufacturers must comply with Islamic dietary laws as prescribed in the Quran, the Islamic holy book. Among other things, these laws prohibit the use of ingredients made from pork and alcohol, and set down guidelines for preparation and storage.

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