Malaysia now says Cadbury’s chocolates are pork-free. But some groups aren’t convinced.


A girl buys Cadbury chocolate bars at a department store in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Monday, June 2, 2014. Cadbury chocolates sold in Malaysia have been cleared of containing pork, the country's top Islamic body said Monday, June 2, 2014, in a statement that should lessen calls for a boycott of the British company after earlier tests suggested two types of chocolate bar contained pig DNA. (AP Photo)

Last month, Malaysia’s Ministry of Health found traces of pig DNA in two types of Cadbury chocolate bars. Now, the Islamic Development Department has determnined the products to be pork-free.

The initial report caused upheaval among some Islamist groups in the country, as pork is forbidden under Muslim sharia law. Organizations such as the Association of Islamic Consumers are still calling for a boycott of all Cadbury products until the Ministry of Health debunks its original report.

The pig DNA was found during a routine testing conducted by the Ministry of Health, which works to label products as "halal." Cadbury, the world’s second-largest confectionery brand, has stood by its halal (pork-free) certification but did recall the Dairy Milk Hazelnut and Dairy Milk Roasted Almond bars:

Even if the health ministry does say its report was erroneous, Saudi Arabia and Indonesia have also started testing Cadbury products available in their countries. It’s still a mystery as to what caused findings of pork in the chocolate bars, but for now, the candy company isn't completely controversy-free.

Swati Sharma is a digital editor for World and National Security and previously worked at the Boston Globe.
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