Malaysia says Cadbury
products found not to contain pig DNA
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[June 02, 2014]
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) -
New tests conducted by Malaysian authorities found that
chocolate bars made by British confectioner Cadbury do
not contain pig DNA, contrary to a previous finding, the
country's Islamic affairs agency said on Monday.
Cadbury withdrew two varieties of its chocolate snacks from sale in
Muslim-majority Malaysia last week after government tests found
traces of pork in them, leading some Islamic groups to call for a
boycott on all of its products.
Malaysia's Islamic Development Department (Jakim) said none of the
11 samples it tested of Cadbury’s Dairy Milk Hazelnut, Cadbury Dairy
Milk Roast Almond and other products from the company's factory had
shown positive results for porcine DNA.
Jakim said in a statement that Cadbury's halal certification for the
two products would remain suspended pending further tests and
investigations of its supply chain.
Jakim is the only body in Malaysia tasked with ensuring products are
halal, or permissible by Islamic law. The previous tests were
conducted in February by the country's health ministry on products
taken from store shelves.
Jakim had said those tests might not have been fair to Cadbury since
the products could have been contaminated after leaving the factory.
Cadbury Malaysia, whose parent firm is Mondelez International Inc,
has stood by its products’ halal worthiness and assured the public
it was working with authorities to resolve the matter.
A Muslim consumer group that last week called on Malaysians to
boycott Mondelez products said on Monday it would not reverse its
stance unless the health ministry concurs with the new results
released by Jakim.
"There are still a lot of question marks there," said Sheikh Abdul
Kareem Khadaied, the head of research with the Muslim Consumers
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An official at the health ministry told Reuters that it "has handed
the entire issue over to the Islamic agency".
Following last week's announcement that the chocolate bars tested
positive for the non-halal ingredient, fellow Muslim countries
Indonesia and Saudi Arabia said they were also carrying out tests on
Concerns over halal food standards could jeopardise Mondelez's sales
in Muslim markets that are larger than Malaysia, such as Indonesia,
home to the world's largest Muslim population, and in the Middle
(Reporting by Trinna Leong; Editing by Stuart Grudgings and Matt
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