Halal means lawful or permitted.
All foods are considered halal that are hand slaughtered in accordance with Islamic principles.
The opposite is haram, which means unlawful and includes;
o Swine/pork and its by-products
o Animals improperly slaughtered or dead before slaughtering
o Animals killed in the name of anyone other than ALLAH (God)
o Blood and blood by-products
o Foods contaminated with any of the above products