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Malaysia body clears Cadbury

Malaysia's Islamic Development Department or Jakim has declared two batches of Cadbury chocolates pig-DNA free and safe for Muslim consumption.

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's Islamic Development Department or Jakim has declared two batches of Cadbury chocolates pig-DNA free and safe for Muslim consumption.

This comes more than a week after Malaysia's Health Ministry caused public uproar by announcing the Cadbury chocolates were tainted.

Ten days ago, Malaysia's Health Ministry announced two batches of Cadbury chocolates had been contaminated with traces of pig DNA.

But now, Malaysia's Islamic Development Department or Jakim said its own tests on 11 samples of the chocolate showed no such thing.

Jakim said its samples of Cadbury's Dairy Milk Hazelnut and Roast Almond chocolates were taken straight from the factory, while the Health Ministry's were not -- leaving room for contamination.

Muslim groups had been outraged by the Health Ministry's statement suggesting the popular Cadbury chocolates were not halal.

Some 800 Muslim retailers were ordered to pull all Cadbury and its parent company Kraft products off the shelves.

The retailers, though, have said they will continue their boycott until the Health Ministry retracts its initial findings.

"Our position is that the boycott stands until and unless the Health Ministry issues a statement to either negate its findings or affirm its findings," said Sheikh Abd Kareem S Khadaied of the Malaysian Muslim Consumers Association. "The general public cannot be exposed to this kind of 'yoyo' situation.

"Every single ministry has to be very responsible with what it says, especially when it comes to official statements."

On May 30, Cadbury Malaysia issued a statement expressing confidence its chocolates were halal.

For now, the halal certification for the chocolate bars remains suspended.  

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