Halal Sugar In Japan (Burnt bone-free)
Generally, refineries filter sugar through burnt and powdered cattle bones known as bone char, in a process that puts many including Muslims and vegans off refined sugar products. The bone char is used for the removal of pigments, ash and other impurities in the sugar.
In Japan the demand for sugar has decreased due to consumers in a society with good health knowledge, as becoming more educated about some of the sweetener’s adverse health effects. Despite the decreased domestic sale which is also the result of population decline, the growing number of Muslim visitors and residents in Japan has drawn attention to a need for more Halal and Muslim-friendly options at food service establishments and supermarkets.
In 2018, Mitsui Sugar Company eliminated bone char from the refining process in 10 of their Fukuoka refinery units. This step not only made the products suitable for Muslims and vegan’s consumption, it provided the opportunity to export, as the global demand for Halal products are growing rapidly.
Even though the change has cost the company around 850,000,000 yen, but the new method of filtration (the use of activated carbon), has reduced sugar production cost by about 100,000,000 yen per year; a reason all by itself, to prompt others in the sugar production sector to follow the banner.
Other products that do not contain animal-derived raw materials are as follows:
Some of Mitsui sugar and other manufacturers' products can also be purchased at Rakuten Ichiba in packages with bigger quantities and slightly cheaper prices, which are usually sold with free shipping: