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New Sunday Times, 20 March 2005
Guard Against Misuse of Halal
KUALA LUMPUR, Sat.-If Malaysia wants to retain
its credibility as a halal hub, the authorities must guard against
the misuse of the halal logo.
Malaysia Muslim Consumers' Association executive secretary Datuk
Nadzim Johan said today the use of fake halal logos by some
individuals in the sale of sausages made from pig intestines
was an act of sabotage against the effort of Government.
"It is no longer an issue of halal food. It has now become
an act of sabotage against Government efforts," he said.
Nadzim said such an act was detrimental to Malaysia's position
as an Islamic country and also as chairman of the Organization
of Islamic Conference.
He was speaking at a Press conference held by 1901 Sdn Bhd,
a local fast-food outlet.
The chain, which mainly sells hotdogs, has experienced some
10 to 15 per cent losses due to declining public confidence
in such products.
The company has also suffered due to the spread of rumors via
SMS saying that its supplier, Prima Agri-Products Sdn Bhd, was
a producer of non-halal foods. Chief executive officer of 1901,
Tengku Rozidar Zainal Abidin, said the franchise, which had
48 outlets nationwide, has the Islamic Development Department
(Jakim) halal certification.
Prima Agri general manager Ahmad Nadzer Idris said the company
used plant-based cellulose casings instead of animal-based ones.
"If anybody has any uncertainties about a product, they
can call our hotline at 019-3591000."