DOST’s Halal Cosmetics, Toiletries project bags top prize in int’l symposium, poster paper research contest

Published October 16, 2021, 6:32 PM

by Charissa Luci-Atienza 

The Department of Science and Technology-Industrial Technology Development Institute’s (DOST-ITDI) Halal Cosmetics and Toiletries project won first prize in the 5th International Symposium and 12th Scientific Conference Poster Paper Research Competition held in September.

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DOST Secretary Fortunato “Boy” T. de la Peña commended the ITDI for receiving the top prize in the Metro Manila Health Research and Development Consortium (MMHRDC) 5th International Symposium and 12th Scientific Conference Poster Paper Research Competition under the Professional Category held on Sept. 25.

“The DOST-ITDI was awarded first prize out of 21 total entries,” he reported.

The winning entry is entitled, “Halal-Compliant Personal Care Products: Promoting Health and Hygiene Amidst COVID-19.”

“This study aimed to provide personal care products formulated using Halal-compliant ingredients and adhered to guidelines only permissible to Shariah principles,” de la Peña said.

He said the Institute developed two halal-compliant personal care products. These are moisturizing and whitening soap and varieties of shampoo with hair growth-promoting properties.

“These products were characterized in terms of organoleptic properties and physicochemical composition. The heavy metals content and microbial load were also evaluated to ensure the safety of the consumers.”

The ITDI project team is led by Dr. Rosalinda C. Torres.

De la Peña announced in April that halal-compliant cosmetic and toiletry products have been developed through the two-year research project being implemented by the ITDI under the agency’s Halal science and technology (S&T) program.

 
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