Not available: Cadbury chocolates of the Dairy Milk Hazelnut and Dairy Milk Roast Almond varieties are shown to be temporarily out of stock at a supermarket in Kuala Lumpur. — AFP
PETALING JAYA: Cadbury Malaysia believes its chocolate products are halal and not tainted with porcine DNA.
The company said although it had voluntarily recalled two batches of Cadbury Dairy Milk products from the market, it had no reason to believe that there was any porcine or pork-related ingredient in its Cadbury chocolates.
“We stand by our halal certification and we have the highest levels of product labelling standards.
“We would like to reassure consumers that we are extremely focused on resolving the concerns that led to the recall of two batches of the chocolate products,” it added in a statement.
The company said it was awaiting results of the analysis being conducted by the Islamic Development Department Malaysia (Jakim) on its chocolate products.
Last week, the Health Ministry stated that non-halal elements were found in two varieties of Cadbury chocolates.
The tests were conducted following speculation on social media alleging that the chocolates contained porcine DNA.
According to the ministry, two of three varieties of the chocolate had tested positive for porcine DNA.
They were Cadbury Dairy Milk Hazelnut, (batch number 200813M01H I2) expiring on Nov 13, 2014, and Cadbury Dairy Milk Roast Almond (batch number 221013N01R I1) expiring on Jan 15, 2015.
The third sample of Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate was found to be halal.
The company had immediately recalled the products from stores.
Cadbury reassured consumers that it was focused on resolving the matter and continued to be in consultation with the authorities.
On Thursday, the National Fatwa Council said Cadbury products were still deemed halal.
Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said his ministry was working with Jakim to seek a solution on the matter.
He added that the results were expected to be released next month.
When asked about the issue of cigarette filters potentially containing pig haemoglobin (the oxygen-carrying part of blood), the minister said: “I think this issue of halal, we have decided to leave it to Jakim. They can ask any accredited lab (to do the testing).”