HAVING a halal certificate, logo attached to a food product not enough, says State Mufti
THE halal status of food products need to be reviewed regularly as this is necessary for Muslims to make sure their food intake meets requirements to have an efficacious supplication, the State Mufti said.
In an advisory yesterday, Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia (Dr) Ustaz Hj Awg Abdul Aziz Juned said Muslims need to take proactive steps to overcome matters relating to the halal status of food products, especially in Brunei. He delivered his remarks before a forum held at the Darulifta Brunei Darussalam building.
He addressed the recent incident involving Cadbury chocolate products that were found by authorities in Malaysia to contain porcine DNA.
“Upon the rise of this matter, the (people) became confused and there was an uproar, especially when two authorities had contradicting findings to such; one found that the porcine DNA was present and the other was negative,” the State Mufti said.
“But the one that was positive in their tests and reviews, until now, is still defending their findings,” he added.
Having a halal certificate and halal logo attached to a food product, said the State Mufti yesterday, was not enough for Muslims to be satisfied about the halal status of goods they consume as both were not the absolute determinants to such.
What is more important, he said, is that relevant authorities monitor and test consumables that have been granted the halal certificates and logos from time to time.
“And this is not just limited to consumables in tin cans and boxes, but what should also be monitored are consumables such as meat including the imported and local chickens supplied to restaurants and the people,” said the State Mufti (pictured).
“Even the favourites among the people, such as the varieties of breads, cakes and ice creams would also need to monitored and studied,” he added.
These steps, said the State Mufti, was necessary to fulfill Muslims’ demands of Fardhu Kifayah in providing protection to the Islamic consumers.
New products are created from time to time and these can find their way in the production of goods with existing halal certification.
“Therefore it is up to us to monitor, review and test them before being consumed by us,” he said.
The Brunei Times
Friday, June 6, 2014