The Malaysia Islamic Development Department (Jakim) has been urged to explain the halal status of chocolate brands, Daim and Toblerone, which have reportedly raised doubts among Muslims.
This was urged by two non-governmental organizations, namely, the Malaysian Muslim People’s Coalition (IRIMM) and Pertubuhan Martabat Jalinan Muhibah Malaysia (MJMM).
IRIMM president Amir Amsaa Alla Pitchay stressed that Jakim must decide whether the chocolates were halal or otherwise.
“We do not want to have doubts over these food products,” he told reporters in Kuala Lumpur today.
Jakim had, before this, confirmed that the two brands were not holders of the Malaysia Halal Verification Certificates and had not obtained the halal certificate from any halal certification bodies abroad recognized by the department.
However, on Dec 26, Mondelez International, in its statement, said the ingredients used to manufacture the chocolates were suitable and safe for consumption by Muslims.
The manufacturer of Daim and Toblerone said, although the products were manufactured in countries not requiring halal certification, they met the worldwide consumer food nutritional standard.
IRIMM and MJMM also lodged reports at the Dang Wangi district police headquarters, Kuala Lumpur, against the manufacturer of the chocolates over the statement issued.
Originally published on www.bernama.com