Importance of being halal and clean is highlighted by F&B tycoon
Recent study shows that consuming palm oil in moderation does not contribute to the elevation of cholesterol in our blood. However, the repeated usage of cooking oil, and improper oil management could provide plenty of risk to our well-being.
Reusing cooking oil for instance, increases the risk of cancer, cardiovascular diseases, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and irritable throat. This is caused by the food debris in the oil that has gone rancid, causing high acidity to the cooked ingredients.
Compromising the halal-ness
Furthermore, reused cooking oil is seen as iffy in the halal context. While it poses risk to the consumers’ health, the uncertainty of the previous usage may not diminish the halal status in the preparation as it may have been mixed with non-halal ingredients during previous usage.
According to the founder of local gargantuan business franchise Tuuu… Dia Pak Tam, Haji Ruslin Ibrahim, the practice is unsafe and should never be taken lightly. “In the context of halal preparation, there are many things that comes to focus. This includes the purity of our raw materials that we use in our food preparation,” Ruslin explains.
Halal means healthy
“Never will I ever allow my staff to reuse cooking oil. In addition to health risks, we can never be sure of the first usage of the oil. It could come from cooking pork or such, compromising the halal procedure that we value highly here,” says Ruslin. “We are not only focusing on the halal part, we also care about the toyyiban part of it. Toyyiban describes clean and safe food production practice,” he continues.
Ruslin struggled his way to the top from working odd jobs to creating a business empire specialised in food preparations. Branding itself as the ‘Number One Malay Restaurant’ with 12 branches, Tuuu… Dia Pak Tam is known for other sub-products such as teh halia, instant black coffee, white coffee, bakery and noodle shops located all over Malaysia. The founder envisions his name to penetrate the global halal market in the next 5 years, subsequently placing another local brand that he can be proud of. — The Health Plus
“Never will I ever allow my staffs to reuse cooking oil. In addition to health risks, we can never be sure of the first usage of the oil. It could come from cooking pork or such, compromising the halal procedure that we value highly here.”— Ruslin Ibrahim