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Indonesia tests Cadbury products in pig DNA scare

Indonesian authorities are carrying out tests on Cadbury chocolate after pig DNA was found in some of its products in Malaysia, an official in the world's most populous Muslim nation said on Friday.

JAKARTA: Indonesian authorities are carrying out tests on Cadbury chocolate after pig DNA was found in some of its products in Malaysia, an official in the world's most populous Muslim nation said on Friday.

Cadbury pulled its Dairy Milk hazelnut and Dairy Milk roast almond products from shelves in Malaysia earlier this week after a health ministry test in the mainly Islamic country found the chocolate contained traces of pork.

The test was a routine check for pork and other non-halal substances, forbidden under Islam.

The two products recalled in Malaysia are not among items Cadbury sells in Indonesia, according to Food and Drugs Monitoring Agency chief Roy Alexander Sparringa.

"But as a precautionary approach, we will collect samples of Cadbury products circulating here and conduct laboratory tests," Sparringa told AFP.

He said that any Dairy Milk hazelnut and Dairy Milk roast almond products in the country would have been illegally imported and any found by authorities would be immediately destroyed.

Cadbury's Indonesian office could not be immediately contacted, but it has tried to allay fears by reiterating that the products in question are not sold in Indonesia.

Ten Cadbury products have obtained halal certification from the country's top Islamic body, the Indonesian Council of Ulema.

Anger among Muslims in Malaysia over the contamination is mounting, with one senior religious official calling for a hefty fine or a shutdown of the Malaysian plant.

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