JAKIM declares Cadbury chocolates halal

The Malaysian Islamic Development Department (JAKIM) has announced that the two batches of Cadbury chocolate products previously found tainted with porcine DNA are  halal, signalling it is alright for consumption by Muslims.

According to the Malay Mail Online, Datuk Seri Dr Jamil Khir Baharom, the minister in charge of Islamic religious affairs, said 11 samples of the confectionary giant’s Cadbury Dairy Milk Hazelnut and the Cadbury Dairy Milk Roast Almond were sent straight from the factory to a special accredited laboratory for testing.

“Pig DNA was not found in the samples,” he said.

When asked why the findings contradicted that of the Health Ministry’s, he said the health ministry had tested products that were taken from shops, and there is a possibility that the products have been exposed to porcine DNA after leaving the factory.

“Besides, the lab which carried out the test was not an accredited lab,” he added.

The minister also said that Jakim would now review the halal suspension on Cadbury based on the new findings.

Cadbury Confectionary Malaysia Sdn Bhd told The Star it would release a statement once it has received the official report from Jakim on the new findings.

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