The Islamic Development Department (Jakim) has written a letter — dated June 30 — to the manufacturer Ballantyne Foods South Melbourne regional manager Hemmat S Nasrallah confirming that the product is halal.
The letter said based on laboratory results of a second batch of samples taken on May 5 that there was no porcine DNA detected.
“Therefore we conclude that the former result of the (earlier) sample which was taken at Kluang Rail Coffee, Johor was limited to the sample and the batch only and not for other chain of Golden Churn,” it said.
The letter was also copied to the state government of Victoria Australia S.E Asia Business Office representative Tim Dillion who is based in Kuala Lumpur.
The Star had contacted Jakim’s office in Kuala Lumpur to reconfirm the product’s status and a spokesman affirmed that the product is halal.
The alleged contamination with porcine DNA was discovered by the Johor Religious Department in April.