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|Some Frito-Lay® brand seasoned snack chips use pig enzymes to develop 'unique flavors.' View our halal recipe for Tex-Mex Chicken Quesadillas with Habichuelas Rosadas|
WHAT ARE THEY?
Frito-Lay, a Pepsi-Co company, manufactures the most popular brands of snack chips in the United States. Some seasoned snack use pig enzymes to develop 'unique flavors.' Frito-Lay makes DORITOS® Tortilla Chips, CHEETOS® Flavored Snacks, LAY’S® Potato Chips, FRITOS® Corn Chips, TOSTITOS® Tortilla Chips, SUNCHIPS® Multigrain Snacks and others.
SPOTLIGHT HALAL has received many requests to research Doritos and Cheetos. This issue reviews 21 Frito-Lay snack brands and their flavor varieties.
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HOW ARE THEY MADE?
The basic ingredients in most Frito-Lay snack chips are vegetable oil (corn, sunflower), potatos or corn, and salt. Seasoned products—those that are coated in a flavoring—may contain pork enzymes in addition to herbs, cheese and other seasonings.
Frito-Lay's web site states that they use enzymes from pigs (porcine enzymes) in some of their seasoned snack chip products to develop 'unique flavors'.
-- Scroll down to see SPOTLIGHT HALAL's review of Doritos, Cheetos, Sun Chips and other Frito-Lay brand snack chips!! --Enzymes are proteins that catalyze—increase the rates of—bio-chemical reactions in living organisms, whether animal or plant. Though enzymes facilitate chemical reactions on molecules, they themselves are not chemically altered (changed) by these reactions. Nor are they consumed (used up) by the reactions.
WHAT ARE ENZYMES?
Recipe: Tex-Mex Quesadillas con Habichuelas Rosadas!
WHAT FRITO-LAY SNACKS HAVE PIG ENZYMES?
Below is our comprehensive listing of Frito-Lay snack brands and flavor varieties, and SPOTLIGHT HALAL's rating on each.
Our methodology (how we decided on our ratings) and an explanation of ratings icons both follow the product rating table, below.
CHEETOS® Brand Flavored Snacks
Flat Earth® Brand Veggie Crisps
Frito Lay® Seeds, Nuts & Dips
FRITOS® Brand Corn Chips & Dips
Lay's® Brand Potato Chips, Crackers & Dips
MAUI STYLE® Brand Potato Chips
|MAUI Style Onion Flavored Potato Chips|
|MAUI Style Salt & Vinegar Flavored Potato Chips|
|MAUI STYLE® Regular Potato Chips (OU)|
|MAUI STYLE® Shrimp Chips|
Miss Vickie's® Brand
Rold Gold® Brand pretzels
Ruffles® Brand potato chips
Sabritas, Sabritones & Santitas® Brand Potato Chips
Smartfood Popcorn Snacks
Sunchips Brand Snacks
Tostitos Brand Snacks
Frito-Lay does not specifically identify which of their products contain pork enzymes; they identify which ones do not. We found four lists that interested us:
- Seasoned Products Made Without Porcine Enzymes; 4
- Frito Lay Canada Seasoned Products Made Without Porcine Enzymes;5
- Products Certified Kosher – Triangle K;6
- Products Certified Kosher – Orthodox Union7
WHAT DOES PORK(?) MEAN?
|PORK(?) is the rating that SPOTLIGHT HALAL give to any food that likely contains pork or a pig-derived product.|
|PORK is the rating that we give to any food that always contains pork or a pig-derived product.|
|HALAL(?) is the rating that we give to food that commonly contains meat from a halal animal that may not have been zabiha-slaughtered. Also, to food containing cheese possibly made with animal rennet.|
|HALAL is the rating that we give to food that is always halal.|
"?" prompts you to take a second look at foods that you otherwise may not have suspected. Ask informed questions of your waiter when dining out. Take a closer look at the Ingredients list on food packaging. SPOTLIGHT HALAL rates some Frito-Lay brand snack products as PORK(?) because pork enzymes are used to develop 'unique flavors.'
At SPOTLIGHT HALAL, our Guiding Principle is to provide the diverse Muslim communities living in Western countries with practical information about the wide range of food choices they face on a daily basis, but from an Islamic perspective. We don’t say a food is haram or halal; we say: "This food is made with alcohol and pork," or, "That food normally contains chicken."
References: "Seasoned Products Made Without Porcine Enzymes," FritoLay.com. Updated March 26, 2009. (Retrieved April 16, 2009). http://www.fritolay.com/your-health/seasoned-products-made-without-porcine-enzymes.html
 Wikipedia: Enzymes. (Retrieved April 16, 2009). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enzyme
 Wikipedia: Enzymes: Biological Function. (Retrieved April 16, 2009). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enzyme#Biological_function
 reference footnote 1
 "Frito Lay Canada Seasoned Products Made Without Porcine Enzymes," FritoLay.com. Updated September 12, 2008. (Retrieved April 16, 2009). http://www.fritolay.com/your-health/frito-lay-canada-seasoned-products-made-without-porcine-enzymes.html
 "Products Certified Kosher – Triangle K," FritoLay.com. Triangle K certification effective from August 1, 2008 through August, 2009. (Retrieved April 9, 2009). http://www.fritolay.com/your-health/products-certified-kosher-triangle-k.html
 "Products Certified Kosher – Orthodox Union," FritoLay.com. OU certification valid through December 31, 2009.
Baked!®; CHEETOS®; DORITOS®; Flat Earth®; Frito Lay®; FRITOS®; MAUI STYLE®; Miss Vickie's®; Rold Gold®; Ruffles®; Sabritas, Sabritones & Santitas®; Smartfood®; Sunchips®; Tostitos® and their logos are registered trademarks of Frito-Lay brands.