Cadbury's operating procedures comply with Islamic standards: Experts

SHAH ALAM - Three Islamic experts who toured the Cadbury plant here have certified that the operational and operating procedures in producing chocolates at the plant complied with Islamic standards.

International Islamic University Malaysia Economics Assistant Professor Dr Zaharuddin Abd Rahman said there was nothing to complain about the way Cadbury produced chocolates at the plant.

"They are very strict about anyone entering the plant and our checks also found that the workers, mostly Muslims, observed the practice of cleanliness inside and outside the factory. I can confidently say that the chocolates produced by Cadbury are safe to be consumed by all Muslims," he told reporters.

Others were former Johor Mufti Datuk Nooh Gadot and Mohd Shukri Ali, who is former religious officer to the Terengganu palace.

According to Mondelez Malaysia Head of Corporate Affairs Raja Zalina Raja Safran, the public's perception towards Cadbury chocolates was still not very good.

"Many still have doubts about our chocolates but I think the people know Cadbury is number one when it comes to making chocolates.

"The visit by these scholars have proved that our products complied with the Islamic standards," she said, adding that the checks conducted by the scholars were similar to the regular checks by the Selangor State Islamic Department.