The butter has been declared halal after laboratory results of a second batch of samples taken on May 5 confirmed that there was no porcine DNA detected. The alleged contamination was discovered by JAIJ in April.
In reference to the notification letter issued by JAIJ dated May 18, JAKIM concluded that the said contamination was found to have been limited to samples taken only from the batch in Johor.
Following this latest development, JAKIM had written a letter on June 30 to the manufacturer Ballantyne Foods South Melbourne regional manager Hemmat S Nasrallah confirming that their product is halal.
“Therefore we conclude that the former result of the (earlier) sample which was taken at Kluang Rail Coffee, Johor was limited to the sample and the batch only and not for other chain of Golden Churn,” it said.
The Star had contacted Jakim’s office in Kuala Lumpur to reconfirm the product’s status and a spokesman affirmed that the product is halal.
Meanwhile, the Halal status of another product mentioned in the email – Kluang Rail coffee mix – which was said to have contained pig bones, remains unclear.
In Malaysia, the state religious authorities and not JAKIM, has full control over Islamic religious matters within their respective states – including Halal – as one of the Sultan’s remaining power vestige.
Such a fact makes efforts to unite Malaysia’s Halal standards and logo rather impossible, especially since Halal certification is a rather lucrative income earner for the state coffers, according to some industry insiders.
In addition, JAKIM’s perceived lack of enforcement bite, both in terms of manpower and jurisdiction capabilities, are also some of the other factors on why Malaysia would never be able to adopt a single Halal logo for benefit of both the industry and consumer.