BANGI, June 2 – The Chemisty Department’s laboratory analyses on samples of two Cadbury dairy milk chocolate products – Roast Almond and Hazelnut – have confirmed that the products contain on porcine (pork) DNA. Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom said the samples analysed were taken from the same batches of the product samples confirmed earlier to have porcine DNA. However, the samples for the latest tests, were taken direct from the company’s manufacturing plant in Shah Alam on May 26.
Besides that, Jakim also took samples of four other products from the same processing line and five raw ingredients with the potential of being animal-derived, he told a news conference, here, today. He hoped the confirmation from the latest lab tests could allay the fear among Muslims over the halal status of the chocolate products as the laboratory analysing the product samples was approved by Jakim to conduct the tests. It was previously reported that the Health Ministry had detected porcine DNA in the samples of Cadbury Dairy Milk Hazelnut chocolate bar, batch number 200813 M01HI2 (expiry date, Nov 13, 2014) and Cadbury Dairy Milk Roast Almond chocolate bar, batch number 221013 N01RI1 (expiry date, Jan 15, 2015).