In an unexpected twist of fate, the haram ruling for Golden Churn, which had caused millions in lost profits and untold damages in reputation to the agency, country and Muslims in general, have been reversed with immediate effect.
Ballantyne Foods Pty Ltd thanked Jakim as well as the Johor and Sarawak Religious Departments for the successful verification inspection of the Ballantyne Foods Pty Ltd New Zealand factory.
It said the Golden Churn canned butter was now available in the halal section of all Malaysian food retail outlets.
Last August, Ballantyne Foods Pty regional general manager Hemmat Nasrallah said it was recalling canned butter worth approximately RM5 million from the Malaysian market due to possible porcine contamination of the butter produced in New Zealand.
The company said it would seek the authorities’ cooperation to get its halal certification back.
The loss of halal certification mostly affected the Sarawak layered cake (kek lapis) industry as Golden Churn Butter was a key ingredient in many recipes.
The industry reported an 80% drop in sales from last August to January.