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Golden Churn – It’s officially not halal in Malaysia

WELL it’s official. Malaysia has declared Golden Churn butter as non-halal.

There’s been a bit of confusion previously as it seemed that only Sarawak declared it unacceptable for Muslim consumption.

I assume there will be a lot of religious cleaning in Malaya now.

It seems like our State Islamic authorities were a little more advanced and managed to sort things out well before Aidil Fitri.

Hopefully we can all move on now and the Aidil Fitri celebrations will be very joyful.

How Bernama reported it:

Jakim: Golden Churn butter non-halal

KUALA LUMPUR: The Islamic Development Department of Malaysia (Jakim) Monday confirmed that the Golden Churn Pure Creamery Butter sold in Malaysia is non-halal.

Its director-general Othman Mustapha said the decision was made after finding that the product came from the same factory as that distributed in Sarawak, although brought into the country by different importers.

“This was confirmed by the agent of Ballantyne Food, from New Zealand, which manufactures the product.

“Therefore, Muslims should not use the product,” he said in a statement here.

On July 19, the Sarawak Islamic Religious Department had declared the product non-halal after it was found to contain pig DNA.

Othman said the company had been informed of the matter and it had agreed to withdraw the product from the shelves.

He said the decision was made after discussing the matter with the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry, the Chemistry Department, the Health Ministry’s Food Safety and Quality Division, the Sarawak Islamic Religious Department and the Johor Islamic Religious Department on Aug 8.

With the product being confirmed non-halal, he advised holders and new applicants of the halal certificate who use the product to change it with other type of butter which is certified halal and to keep the purchase receipt of the new product as proof.

They are also required to carry out a ritual cleansing process by using clay soil and water, known as ‘samak’, and it has to be witnessed by the Islamic Religious Department in the respective states, he added. – Bernama

Discussion

4 thoughts on “Golden Churn – It’s officially not halal in Malaysia

  1. I think Golden Churn need to check their suppliers if they do not want to ‘re-package’ their products. If you guys remember the case of melamine in dairy products, i believe that is the same thing happen with GC Butter. The supplier maybe the culprit.

    Posted by SM | August 16, 2011, 09:52
    • Good point SM. That could actually be the problem!

      Yes RAK perhaps they can concentrate on non-halal customers for the butter that is already in the market instead of complete withdrawal as planned.

      They will probably have to carry out religious cleaning at their factory in New Zealand even though it may not be contaminated. That way they can regain the trust of their customers.

      Posted by Parochial Sarawakian | August 16, 2011, 09:57
    • Let’s just hope for the company’s sake they can gain back the trust of Malaysians again.

      Posted by rimau atas kerusi | August 16, 2011, 10:33
  2. I wonder if poor Golden Churn has to re-package its products to indicate it’s no longer a Halal product?

    Posted by rimau atas kerusi | August 16, 2011, 04:45

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