Is Pepsin and Lipase okay to consume if they are integrated into a product?
As Salaamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullaah wa Barakatuh.
After consulting SANHA (South African National Halaal Authority), a body which is dedicated to researching ingredients, in collaboration with what they state, we forward you their statement and also hold the same opinion:
Pepsin is usually obtained from pig stomachs. It may also come from bovine stomachs or may be produced microbiologically. Lipase may also be sourced from animals or microbiologically. SANHA will only accept enzymes from animal sources if the animal is Halaal slaughtered. Microbial enzymes will be accepted if the media (or feed) that the microbes are grown in is Halaal suitable. If the media is mutanajjis (impure) but not porcine, it can be accepted as long as the enzyme is purified according to the shariah method of cleaning.
To add to the above statement, the best method of finding out where the pepsin or lipase is derived from, one should verify by contacting the company listed on the product. They will be able to tell you where it is sourced from.
AND ALLAH TA’AALA KNOWS BEST
Muhammad Z Panchbhaya