Friday, June 6, 2014

Halal Food: PPIM Proposes Formulation Of Halal Products Act

KUALA LUMPUR, June 4 (Bernama) -- The Malaysian Islamic Consumers Association (PPIM) on Wednesday proposed that the government formulates a 'Halal Food Act' to protect the interests of Muslims and the integrity of Islamic institutions in the country.

Its secretary, Datuk Dr Ma'amor Osman said the Halal certification system could be an economic sabotage and a disaster if issues concerning food such as the crisis on the discovery of the pig DNA in the Cadbury chocolate were not handled properly.

"We hope the government is serious and committed in protecting and empowering the interests of Muslims, the integrity, religion and institutions of Islam such as the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) and the state Islamic Religious Departments," he said in a statement.

A report recently quoted the Health Department as having detected porcine or the pig DNA in the milk and Hazel nut chocolates of the Cadbury products for the Cadbury product batch which would expire on Nov 13, 2014 and the batch expiring on Jan 15, 2015.

Two days later, Jakim however confirmed that the two chocolate product samples taken directly from the company's factory had been confirmed by the Chemistry Department as not containing the pig DNA.

Ma'amor said the PPIM also proposed that the government increased the number of accredited laboratories so that the confirmation of the presence of the pig DNA could be traced without any doubt.


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