Consumers beware of Chocolate recall in Malaysia

02/06/2014 14:44

The Consumer Council of Fiji is urging concerned consumers to be aware that chocolate maker, Cadbury has recalled two of its products in Malaysia after traces of pig DNA were found during a routine check for non-halal substances.

Cadbury Malaysia, a subsidiary of Mondelez International Inc has voluntarily recalled Cadbury Dairy Milk Hazelnut and Cadbury Milk Roast Almond, sold in stores throughout Malaysia.

National and international news reports say Pork DNA traces were found in the products by the Malaysia’s Ministry of Health during a periodic check for non-halal ingredients. Two of three samples were reportedly positive for the pork DNA traces.

Malaysia is largely a Muslim country where food manufacturers mostly adhere to religious restrictions, which includes no consumption of Pork or food items made with non-halal ingredients.

The Council is urging local consumers who may have religious restrictions against consumption of Pork or food items containing traces of Pork meat etc that Cadbury Dairy Milk Hazelnut and Cadbury Milk Roast Almond made in Malaysia have been recalled in that country due to traces of Pork DNA.

Concern consumers should check the labeling on these chocolate brands. If they are made in Malaysia or made by Cadbury Malaysia (part of Mondelez International Inc) they should be aware that these have been recalled in Malaysia due to the use of non-halal ingredients – traces of pork DNA.

There are no health and safety issues with these chocolates and they have not been recalled in Fiji.