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M'sian NGOs lodge police report in pig DNA controversy

Seven non-governmental organisations in Malaysia lodged a police report on conflicting statements that have caused confusion among Muslim consumers in the country following the report on the porcine (pig) DNA discovery in Cadbury chocolates.

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s Pertubuhan Martabat Jalinan Muhibbah Malaysia (MJMM) and six other non-governmental organisations (NGOs) on Wednesday lodged a police report on conflicting statements that have caused confusion among Muslim consumers in the country, following the report on the porcine (pig) DNA discovery in Cadbury chocolates.

MJMM president Abdul Rani Kulup Abdullah lodged the report on behalf of the NGOs on Wednesday morning at the Dang Wangi district police headquarters.

He was accompanied by about 30 members.

"Jakim (Malaysia’s Islamic Development Department) confirmed that Cadbury chocolate samples taken directly from the company's factory were certified by the laboratory at the Chemistry Department to not contain porcine DNA.

"Previously, the Health Ministry issued a statement that it had detected porcine DNA in the samples of Cadbury Dairy Milk Hazelnut chocolate bar expiring on November 13 this year and Cadbury Dairy Milk Roast Almond chocolate bar expiring on January 15, 2015," he said.

In this regard, Abdul Rani called on those responsible to take proactive measures to prevent the problem from recurring.

On Tuesday, Malaysia’s Health Ministry said it was investigating the officer who leaked a preliminary report on the chocolates, which was released prematurely before the findings could be corroborated.

On June 2, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Jamil Khir Baharom announced the findings that the two Cadbury milk chocolate products from the Cadbury factory were free from porcine DNA.

Meanwhile, Malaysian Malay Networking Organisation (JMM) president Azwanddin Hamzah and Muslim Consumers Association of Malaysia (PPIM) president Nadzim Johan have called for the Health Ministry and Jakim to cooperate in giving a clear explanation to the people on the issue.

"We want this matter resolved amicably and request consumers to remain calm in this issue." 

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