Jakim revokes Secret Recipe halal certificate over sanitary issues

Restaurant chain Secret Recipe’s halal certificate has been revoked due to sanitary issues. According to a post on Secret Recipe's Facebook page, this came in in the midst of its expansion plans.

The management of Secret Recipe told customers on social media that all its "ingredients and preparation of  products and food are in accordance to the Halal Certification Standards of Malaysia," and that the certificate was revoked due to its renovation and upgrading works.

Still, news of the halal certificate being revoked sparked heated conversations on social media, particularly on Secret Recipe's Facebook page.
A quick check by A+M showed that consumers were unhappy with the restaurant's lack of transparency,  since it did not immediately update its customers when the halal certification was first revoked.

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Posted by Secret Recipe Malaysia on Monday, May 25, 2015

The Secret Recipe did not respond to A+M's queries at the time of writing.

Meanwhile, the Islamic Development Department (Jakim) confirmed Secret Recipe's statement. Jakim’s Halal Hub director Hakimah Mohd Yusoff said the halal certificate was revoked on 7 May due to violations of Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) and Malaysia Halal Certification Procedures Manual that involved serious cleanliness issues.

Hakimah said, “The revocation, however, has nothing to do with haram ingredients in the processing of products,” adding that, "the restaurant can re-apply for a halal certificate once the requirements are met."