The Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim) has reissued Cadbury Malaysia with its halal certificates after it had confirmed that Cadbury chocolates were free from any non-halal ingredients after analysis of its contents by the health ministry which had reported it contained pig DNA.
The certificates affirmed that all Cadbury Malaysia products complied with Islamic Law and the Malaysian Halal Standard, which is approved by The Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim) and its halal certification panel.
Sunil Sethi, managing director for Mondelez Malaysia, the parent company of Cadbury Malaysia, said the certification was a testament to the fact that all their products can be consumed by Muslims.
He said: “Jakim tested and re-tested our samples and confirmed that all our products are halal. We are confident that all regulations have been adhered to.”
“While incidents such as this are unfortunate, we are grateful to the authorities for clearing up the air and ensuring that future differences in their test results would be verified internally before making them public.”
Debate arose if the halal standing of Cadbury chocolates was unclear as a result of a statement from the health Ministry released on May 24, which stated; it had found porcine DNA in particular batches of Cadbury Dairy Milk Hazelnut and Cadbury Dairy Milk Roast Almond chocolates.
Sethi said Cadbury had its very own halal committee, which had been functional for over twelve years, to ensure their products are certified to Jakim’s halal specifications.
The 8 member committee is stationed on the Cadbury Malaysia along with its product development, quality control and regulatory divisions.
Sethi said Jakim also carried out regular test on its products, as the the Halal Industry Development Corporation also carried out regular training for Cadbury Malaysia staff on meeting halal food standards..
He said the Halal logo on their packaging indicated that the products were prepared according to stringent Islamic requirements, whilst assuring the public that production adhered to the strictest hygiene, safety and quality specifications.
The whole saga gave birth to various questions, among others was about the acceptance of the worship of those who have had consumed the product that was reported to have contents of pig DNA.