PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) has reassured that Starbucks drinks are halal after a viral message claimed otherwise.
A representative from Jakim's halal hub division told The Star Online that the message was not new and had previously gone viral two years ago.
"We debunked this rumour before. We can assure you that Starbucks Malaysia is certified halal and its certification has never been revoked," said the officer, who requested anonymity.
The viral message, which is being spread on social messaging platform WhatsApp, claimed that several of Starbucks' drinks were haram (not permissible in Islam) as it contained E471 (Emulsifier 471) and a food additive of porcine origin.
The Jakim officer said it was not within their power to stop the spread of the fake message.
"We can only repeat what we have said before, but it is Starbucks Malaysia that has to take a legal action against those who spread the fake information," she said.