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Preparation and Processing of Religious and Cultural Foods - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780081018927, 9780081018934

Preparation and Processing of Religious and Cultural Foods

1st Edition

Editors: Eaqub Ali Nina Naquiah Ahmad Nizar
eBook ISBN: 9780081018934
Paperback ISBN: 9780081018927
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 12th September 2018
Page Count: 466
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Table of Contents

Section 1: Introduction
1. Food Production: From Farm to Fork
2. Religious and Cultural Influences on the Selection of Menu
3. Religious and Cultural Foods: At the Crossroads of Science and Ethics
4. Business Trends and Opportunities: The Emerging Markets of Religious Foods
5. Nutritional and Health Impacts of Religious and Vegetarian Foods

Section 2: Newly Emerging Issues in Religious and Cultural Foods
6. Innovative and Fortified Foods: Probiotics, Prebiotics, GMOs and Superfoods
7. Applications and Impacts of Nanomaterials in Food Safety and Quality
8. Nanomaterials for Food Packaging
9. Nano-Delivery Systems in Food and Drugs
10. Effect of Food Processing, Quality and Food Safety with Emphasis on GM Food, Kosher and Halal, Vegetarian and Hindus' Food
11. Gelatine and Collagen, Enzymes and Single Cell Proteins
12. Fats, Oils and Emulsifiers
13. Hormones
14. Alcohol in Religious and Cultural Foods

Section 3: Standard Practices and Legislation
15. Conventional and Modern Standards of Food Production
16. Cross Contamination in Processing, Packaging, Storage and Transports

Section 4: Animal Killing and Meat Processing
17. The Standard Procedures for Animal Slaughtering in the Industry
18. Evaluating Methods of Restraint for Holding Animals during Religious Slaughter
19. Meat Quality and Animal Welfare: Religious and Scientific Perspectives

Section 5: Controlling the Sanctity of Religious Foods
20. Protein-Based Techniques
21. Lipid-Based Techniques Used for Halal and Kosher Food Authentication
22. DNA-Based Authentication Techniques
23. Authentication of Slaughtering Methods
24. Conclusion and Future Remarks


Preparation and Processing of Religious and Cultural Foods covers the production and processing of foods from major religions, focusing on the intersection of religion, science and cultural perceptions in the production and processing of modern religious and vegetarian foods. Quality control and authentication technologies are looked at in-depth, while nutrition, antioxidants, aging, hygiene and other long-term health factors are presented from a scientific standpoint. Bringing together the top scientific researchers on this essential topic of importance to a huge percentage of the world’s population, this book is ideal for food company innovation and R&D managers, producers and processers of religious foods.

Religious groups have often been slow in implementing recent science and technology breakthroughs employed in the preparation, processing and packaging of various foods. This book provides a culturally sensitive coverage of these areas with an aim to encourage advancement.

Key Features

  • Covers the production and processing of major religious foods, namely Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Hindu and Buddhist
  • Presents nutritional, antioxidant, aging, hygiene and other long-term health factors from a scientific standpoint
  • Encourages advancement in the preparation, processing and packaging of religious foods using information cultivated from top scientific researchers in the field


Food manufacturers, food company innovation and research & development managers, academic and practicing dietitians, academic and food company nutritionists, government food and health ministries, agricultural scientists


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About the Editors

Eaqub Ali

Professor Ali specializes in nanobiotechnology and his multidisciplinary research focuses on species identification and food authentication with a particular focus on religious foods. He has published more than 100 papers including 10 reviews. His research and publications have received several prestigious awards such as Elsevier’s Atlas Award 2015, Biomalaysia’s Gold Award 2011, and Biomalaysia’s Silver Award 2012.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Nanotechnology and Catalysis Research Center, University of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Nina Naquiah Ahmad Nizar

Nina Naquiah binti Ahmad Nizar holds a BSc (2010) from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) and MSc (2013) from Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM). Currently she is a post-graduate at Nanotechnology and Catalysis Research Centre, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur. She is very fond of halal science. Now she is researching on molecular biology techniques for adulteration detection in foods. Previously, she worked on identification of lard from other animal oils by various analytical methods such as stable isotopes, fatty acid analysis and dielectric spectroscopy.

Affiliations and Expertise

Nanotechnology and Catalysis Research Centre, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia