June 2 - New tests conducted by Malaysian authorities have found that chocolate bars made by British confectioner Cadbury don't contain pig DNA as claimed by authorities last week. Sara Hemrajani reports on the impact of new findings.
It's starting to look like the pork problem that never was. New tests carried out by authorities in Malaysia now show that Cadbury's chocolate bars on sale there do not contain pig DNA. Jamil Khir is Minister of Islamic Affairs. SOUNDBITE (Bahasa Malaysia) MINISTER IN THE PRIME MINISTER'S DEPARTMENT IN CHARGE OF ISLAMIC AFFAIRS, JAMIL KHIR, SAYING: "As for Cadbury Dairy Milk Roast Almond the result from the analysis finds no trace of pig DNA." Last week the country's health ministry suspended Cadbury's halal certification, saying traces of pork had been found in two varieties of Dairy Milk bars. That prompted calls by Muslim consumers for a boycott of all confectionary made by the UK firm. (SOUNDBITE) (Bahasa Malaysia) MUSLIM CONSUMERS ASSOCIATION OF MALAYSIA REPRESENTATIVE, SHEIKH ABDUL KAREEM SHEIKH KHADAIED, SAYING: "Whether it happened intentionally or unintentionally this company has already breached our trust and betrayed us as consumers." Cadbury always insisted its halal credentials were sound. One suggestion - contamination took place after leaving the factory. But they could still be left with an unpleasant taste. Further tests are to be carried out in Malaysia, and now Indonesia and Saudi Arabia say they too will be conducting investigations of their own.