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Cadbury affirms its Malaysian chocolates are halal

Cadbury Malaysia on Tuesday affirmed that all its chocolates made and sold in Malaysia are halal. 

PETALING JAYA: Cadbury Malaysia on Tuesday affirmed that all its chocolates made and sold in Malaysia are halal.

This comes on the back of confirmation by the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (JAKIM), which released official test results on the two affected batches on Monday.

"We at Cadbury Malaysia are happy to confirm what we have believed all along -- that the chocolates we make and sell in Malaysia are halal," said Sunil Sethi, managing director of Mondelez Malaysia.

"Having operated in Malaysia for over 40 years, nothing is more important to us than our consumers' trust. We intend to put this incident behind us and focus on spreading joy which is at the heart of everything we do at Cadbury.

"While incidents such as this are unfortunate, we are grateful to the relevant authorities for clearing up the air and ensuring that future abnormalities in their test results would be verified internally before making them public."

All of Cadbury's products manufactured and sold in Malaysia are in alignment with JAKIM's halal guidelines. JAKIM is the highest halal certification authority and regulator on halal guidelines in Malaysia, and is the only body in Malaysia tasked with ensuring products with the halal logo are permissible by Islamic law.

Sunil added: "We understand the importance of ensuring that the cultural and religious interests of all Malaysians are met. Muslims make up the majority of the population in Malaysia, which is why halal is and always will be our non-negotiable top priority.

"We have established an Internal Halal Committee (IHC) since we were certified in 2004 to demonstrate our commitment towards halal. Our employees are trained on the requisite certification."

Cadbury added it will continue to work very closely with the relevant authorities and observe the required quality processes internally. 

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