The UK's Muslim community has been told it can drink two soft drinks that were previously considered off limits because they contain minute traces of alcohol and pork products.

Muslims in the UK were previously not allowed to drink Lucozade and Ribena.
Lucozade contains 0.01% ethyl alcohol to aid flavouring, which the Muslim Law Council now says is too small to matter. Ribena previously used gelatin - a pork by-product - in its production but has now changed its manufacturing methods.

The brands owner GlaxoSmithKline made a submission to the The Muslim Law Council - the UK's highest authority on halal (clean) food.

It argued that  fruit juices and bread could also contain the same or higher trace amounts of alcohol due to natural fermentation.

In its ruling, the Council's chair, Zaki Badawi, said precedents had been set allowing the use of non-halal ingredients in certain cases.

"I see no harm in consuming Ribena and Lucozade which contain traces of ethyl alcohol and animal ingredients that do not bear their original qualities and do not change the taste, colour or smell of the product," Badawi said.