Cadbury chocolates with pig DNA in Malaysia removed

PHOTO: Cadbury chocolates with pig DNA in Malaysia removed

PETALING JAYA - Two types of chocolates found to contain porcine DNA will be pulled off the shelves immediately, said Health Ministry director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

"Cadbury Confectionery Malay­sia Sdn Bhd has assured that these products will be recalled," he said in a statement yesterday.

He said the chocolates concerned were Cadbury Dairy Milk Hazelnut (batch number: 200813M01H I2; expiry on Nov 13, 2014) and Cadbury Dairy Milk Roast Almond (batch num­ber: 221013N01R I1; expiry on Jan 15, 2015). A test on a third sample, Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate, found no traces of porcine DNA.

Here is the full statement from Cadbury Malaysia's facebook page:

We at Cadbury would like to respond to the report dispersed by Ministry of Health, Malaysia, earlier today.

We were informed that Cadbury Dairy Milk Hazelnut (with batch number 200813M01H I2 that expires on Nov 13, 2014) and Cadbury Dairy Milk Roast Almond (with batch number 221013N01R I1 that expires on Jan 15, 2015) analysed by Ministry of Health tested positive for traces of porcine DNA. We have taken immediate action by recalling the products from the above two batches.

No other Cadbury chocolates are affected by this test.

We are undertaking a full review of the supply chain to ensure all quality standards continue to be met. We would like to reassure our consumers that all Cadbury chocolates manufactured in Malaysia are halal-certified by JAKIM, which includes the locations and raw materials used in the production of these products. We employ stringent quality procedures to ensure that our products are of the highest standard of safety and quality.

Thank you for your continued support of Cadbury.