PETALING JAYA: Golden Churn canned butter has been verified by the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim) as complying with Malaysian halal standards.
Ballantyne Foods Pty Ltd thanked Jakim as well as the Johor and Sarawak Religious Departments for the successful verification inspection of the Ballantyne Foods Pty Ltd New Zealand factory.
“The inspection confirmed that the Golden Churn canned butter complies with Malaysian halal standards as per the halal certificate issued by the NZ Islamic Processed Food Management, a body approved by Jakim,” it said.
It said the Golden Churn canned butter was now available in the halalsection of all Malaysian food retail outlets.
“The Ballantyne Company has always, and will always, highly respect our social responsibility to Muslim consumers worldwide. As such, the halalcertification for our Golden Churn canned butter is a non-negotiable priority.”
Last August, Ballantyne Foods Pty regional general manager Hemmat Nasrallah said it was recalling canned butter worth approximately RM5mil from the Malaysian market due to possible porcine contamination of the butter produced in New Zealand.
The company said it would seek the authorities’ cooperation to get itshalal certification back.
The loss of halal certification mostly affected the Sarawak layered cake (kek lapis) industry as Golden Churn Butter was a key ingredient in many recipes.
The industry reported an 80% drop in sales from last August to January.