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    Jun 03, 2014

    No pig DNA found in new tests of Cadbury chocs


    NEW tests conducted by the Malaysian authorities found that two varieties of chocolate made by British confectioner Cadbury do not contain pig DNA, contrary to a previous finding, the country's Islamic affairs agency said yesterday.

    Cadbury withdrew the chocolate bars from sale in Malaysia last week after government tests found traces of pork in them, leading some Islamic groups to call for a boycott on all of its products.

    Malaysia's Islamic Development Department (Jakim) said none of the 11 samples it tested of Cadbury's Dairy Milk Hazelnut and Dairy Milk Roast Almond from the company's factory had shown positive results for porcine DNA.

    Jakim said in a statement that Cadbury's halal certification for the two products would remain suspended pending further tests and investigations of its supply chain.

    Jakim is the only body in Malaysia tasked with ensuring products are halal. The previous tests were conducted in February by the country's health ministry on products taken from store shelves. Jakim had said the products could have been contaminated after leaving the factory.