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MAY-JUNE. 2020 | @Halal 17 FIG 2 FIG 3 Thus, can we still say DNA is the only solution for halal analysis? The honest answer is even though DNA method is the most established method and the only one allowed by authorities, we still need to think of alternative ways to trace porcine in the item in which the DNA no longer exists.” the result is detected when using ELISA and polypeptide methods. As for glycerin product, porcine-based ingredients can only be identified using ELISA test but can’t be detected using DNA and polypeptide methods. In other merchandise such as lip balm, ageing soap and pork fat, both DNA and ELISA methods can be used for tracing of porcine-based ingredients in the finished products. So, it is obvious here to say that the method picked is essential to ensure halal and haram status. The method of analysis chosen depends on the ingredients in the finished products. This is also supposed to be aware by authorities that the method for Halal analysis is not just using DNA test, but has to extend to other alternative methods as long as the method has been verified, validated and ISO17025 accredited. Halal science is always there to assist with halal certification. Halal science can help to get trust. The trust comes from stringent verification as the integrity can be based on trust but verified. That’s the importance of halal science. That’s the value of the halal logo, and that’s the beauty of Islam. Halal is brought by Muslims, but for Muslims and non-Muslims.