KUALA LUMPUR, May 27:

The Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) and Muslims with evidence that they have been cheated by the Cadbury chocolate products manufacturer can sue the company for compensation, according to Malaysian Muslim Lawyers Association president Datuk Zainul Rijal Abu Bakar.

He said Jakim was also advised to take stern action against the company, Cadbury Confectionery (M) Sdn Bhd, following the detection of porcine DNA in two samples of the company’s chocolate milk products, besides demanding the company to make a public apology with several other requirements.

In fact, he said Jakim’s firmness was vital in this issue, especially in giving the company, as well as other food manufacturers, a lesson to be more sensitive in halal issue.

“I propose that Jakim takes stern action against the company for making misrepresentation of halal issue,” he told Bernama yesterday.

The two samples of Cadbury chocolate products found to contain porcine DNA are the Cadbury Dairy Milk Hazelnut (with batch number 200813 M01H I2 that expires on Nov 13, 2014) and Cadbury Dairy Milk Roast Almond (with batch number 221013 N01R I1 that expires on Jan 15, 2015).

Meanwhile, Pertubuhan Jaringan Melayu Malaysia (JMM) president Mohd Azwanddin Hamzah said the organisation would cooperate with the Malaysian Volunteer Lawyers Association (SukaGuam) to provide legal service to Muslims to sue the company.

“This is a horrible insult for Muslims. The company was not suppose to manufactured such products because it was also an insult to their Muslim employees.”

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