Cadbury products free from pig DNA

Cadbury products free from pig DNA

Malaysia's Islamic Development Department, Jakim, has cleared Mondelez International's products sold under the Cadbury brand of containing pig DNA.

The statement follows claims last week from Malaysia's Department of Health that Cadbury Dairy Milk Hazelnut and Dairy Milk Roast Almond chocolate bars tested positive for pig DNA, breaching their halal certification.

Jakim said today (2 June) that fresh tests on 11 samples taken from Cadbury's factory showed no traces of pork.

The department, which had suspended Cadbury's halal certification in the wake of last week's allegations, added that it will review this decision after the completion of factory visits and further tests.

Cadbury Malaysia, a unit of US food group Mondelez, was unavailable for comment at time of press.

The consumption of pork is forbidden under the Islamic faith and Muslim groups had called for a national boycott of Cadbury products in response to the Ministry of Health's findings.

In addition, Indonesia revealed that it has begun testing Cadbury products, while local reports suggested that the authorities in Saudi Arabia have pulled Cadbury products from shelves pending further testing.