The Malaysia Islamic Development Department (Jakim) has confirmed that there is no trace of porcine DNA has been found in two samples of Cadbury chocolate and they are therefore halal.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Dr Jamil Khir Baharom said that the decision was based on tests carried out by a chemistry laboratory accredited under Jakim.
The chocolates involved in the tests were Cadbury Dairy Milk Hazelnut (batch number 200813M01H I2) and Cadbury Dairy Milk Roast Almond (batch number 221013N01R I1) and eleven samples were brought in straight from the factory for testing.
“Based on the analysis, the lab has found no pig DNA in these samples,” said Dr Jamil Khir, who is in charge of religious affairs.
When asked why the result contradicted the Health Ministry’s, he said the samples tested by the ministry did not come straight from the factory and there was bound to be room for contamination.
“Besides, the lab which carried out the test was not an accredited lab,” he added.
He also said that Jakim would review the halal suspension on Cadbury based on the new finding
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