Are you a fan of the creamy and velvety brie cheese? Do you wonder whether it’s halal or not? Brie cheese is a popular cheese worldwide due to its unique texture and taste, but some Muslims may avoid it due to the uncertainty of its halal status. In this blog post, we will explore the origins and ingredients of brie cheese and seek to answer the burning question, “Is brie halal?” Keep reading to find out if you can add this delectable cheese to your halal grocery list.


Definition of brie cheese

Brie is a soft cow’s milk cheese named after the French region of Brie. It has a white rind and a creamy, buttery interior with a mild flavor. Brie cheeses are aged for at least 4 weeks.

According to Is Cheese Halal?, cheese made from animal milk is halal if certain conditions are met:

Cheese made with rennet from animal sources (such as calves) is halal if the rennet is purified and contains no impurities. However, cheese made with rennet from pigs is haram, even if purified.

Overview of halal dietary restrictions in Islam

The Quran specifies forbidden foods, including pork, blood, carrion, and alcohol (Is Alcohol Halal?). All intoxicating substances are considered haram.

Halal foods must be:

  • Permissible sources (cattle, goats, chickens, etc.)
  • Slaughtered according to Islamic procedure
  • Free of haram ingredients (pork, alcohol, etc.)
  • Prepared on clean equipment

Seafood is universally halal, except certain shellfish (Are Oysters Halal?). Plant sources are halal unless intoxicating or poisonous.

Permissible Food Sources Impermissible Food Sources
Cattle Pigs
Goats Carnivorous animals
Chickens Birds of prey
Sheep Reptiles
Fish with scales Shellfish
Plants Insects

The Prophet (SAW) said:

“Verily, Allah has prescribed proficiency in all things. Thus, if you kill, kill well; and if you slaughter, slaughter well. Let each one of you sharpen his blade and let him spare suffering to the animal he slaughters.” (Sahih Muslim)

This hadith emphasizes the importance of ethical and humane slaughter in Islam.

Factors Determining if Brie is Halal

Several key factors determine if a brie cheese is halal:


Rennet source

Rennet is an enzyme used to coagulate milk in cheesemaking. Traditionally rennet comes from the stomach lining of calves, making it haram. However, most brie today uses microbial rennet from halal sources like fungi, yeast, or plants. As we explained in Is Rennet Halal, microbial rennet is permissible.

Other minor ingredients

All other ingredients like salt, cultures, etc must also be from halal sources. No pork or alcohol products can be used.

Manufacturing process


The equipment used to make and store the cheese must be cleaned per Islamic guidelines if previously used for haram foods.

No cross-contamination

There cannot be any cross-contamination with haram ingredients like pork during production.


Look for halal symbol

Checking for a halal symbol from an accredited halal organization is the best guarantee. As explained in Is Cheese Halal?:

The safest option is to look for a halal certification symbol from an accredited organization. This ensures the cheese has been vetted for halal standards.

Check manufacturer website

If there is no symbol, check the manufacturer’s website for more information on halal status or certification. Lack of transparency may indicate it’s not halal.

Getting halal certification requires strict adherence to guidelines at all stages. Checking for the halal symbol is the best way to verify brie is halal.

Analysis of Major Brie Brands

Here is an analysis of the halal status of some popular brie cheese brands:

President Brie

President Brie is one of the most widely available brie cheeses.

Uses microbial rennet

According to Is Rennet Halal?, President uses halal microbial rennet.

No alcohol

No alcohol is used in the ingredients or production process.

Made on dedicated halal lines

President Brie is made on dedicated halal certified production lines. This avoids cross-contamination with any haram substances.

Kirkland Double Cream Brie

Kirkland’s Double Cream Brie is sold at Costco.

Uses microbial rennet

The Kirkland brie uses microbial rennet, not animal-derived.

No alcohol

It also does not contain any alcohol.

Not confirmed halal

However, Kirkland has not confirmed the halal status or certification for this brie.

Other brands

Many mainstream brie brands use animal-derived rennet and other questionable ingredients:

  • Brie de Meaux uses animal rennet (Is Rennet Halal?)
  • Brillat Savarin Triple Cream Brie contains white wine
  • Delice de France uses questionable E471 emulsifier (Is E471 Halal?)
  • Trader Joe’s Double Cream Brie not confirmed halal

Without proper certification, most brie cheeses are doubtful. Checking ingredients is important.

Buying and Eating Halal Brie

Here are some tips for buying and eating halal brie cheese:

Look for halal symbol

As mentioned in Is Cheese Halal?, the safest option is to look for an accredited halal certification symbol on the packaging when buying brie. This confirms it meets halal standards.

Check with stores/restaurants

When dining out or buying from a deli counter, inquire about the halal status of the brie. Reputable establishments will be able to provide specifics.

Opt for high-quality organic

If halal certification is unclear, choosing a high-quality organic brie made with microbial rennet may be a safer bet. It reduces likelihood of haram ingredients.

Consider making homemade

Homemade brie allows control over the ingredients and process. All ingredients can be verified halal. Proper sanitation prevents contamination.

Some basic steps according to

  • Heat and culture the milk
  • Add microbial or vegetable rennet
  • Allow curds to form and drain
  • Salt, inoculate rind, and age

With careful ingredient selection and preparation, homemade brie can be a halal cheese option.

Proper certification is the best guarantee that brie is halal. When in doubt, homemade or high-quality organic may be suitable alternatives.


In summary, here are the key points on the halal status of brie cheese:

Summary of key points

  • Brie is halal if made with microbial rennet and halal ingredients (Is Cheese Halal?)
  • Must be made on clean equipment and avoid cross-contamination
  • Look for halal certification from accredited organization
  • Some brands like President Brie are halal, but many popular ones are not
  • Making homemade allows control over halal ingredients

Brie can be halal if criteria are met

Brie cheese, like other cheeses, can absolutely meet halal requirements if care is taken in ingredients, production, and certification. But vigilance is required.

Need for improved halal certification

More transparent halal certification and labeling would make it easier for Muslim consumers to identify halal brie options. This applies to all food products.

In a hadith, the Prophet (SAW) said: “The halal is clear and the haram is clear.” While brie can be halal, currently it requires effort to determine. More work is needed to clearly identify halal foods like brie cheese.

After all the research, it’s safe to say that the halal status of Brie cheese depends on its ingredients and production process. Traditionally made Brie cheese contains animal-derived rennet, making it unsuitable for halal eaters. However, vegetarian rennet and plant-based rennet alternatives are available, making it possible for halal eaters to enjoy this delicious cheese.

It’s important to read the labels and check for these alternatives when shopping for Brie cheese. Lastly, it’s best to consult with local Islamic authorities or organizations to ensure that the product is halal. With the right information, halal eaters can enjoy Brie cheese just like everyone else.