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Do Not Believe Info On Halal Status Of Products Spread On Social Media

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PUTRAJAYA – The public are today told to not believe easily the issue on halal and non halal of products being widely spread on the social media.

Instead, Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Dr Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki advised consumers to refer to the Halal Hub Division of the Islamic Development Department (Jakim) should they have doubts on the halal status of any products.

“We do not want information that is not verified because what is (information) spread in the social media is not necessarily correct. There are pictures used 10 years ago still being circulated today.

“That is why we have to exercise caution when channeling information so as not to create anxiety among the public,” he told reporters after launching the “Yakini Halal Malaysia” campaign and the Halal Fun Ride here Saturday.

The Halal Fun Ride involved more than 3,500 participants, including from Thailand and the Philippines.

Meanwhile, director of the Halal Hub Division, Hakimah Mohd Yusoff said the division had received more than 100 complaints on various issues, including cleanliness of products.

“Normally, we will investigate within 24 hours after receiving the complaint, following which periodical checks will be carried out to ensure manufacturers comply with stipulated regulations,” she added.

Complaints pertaining to the issue of halal status of products can be sent to the division at telephone number 03-88925000 or its website at www.halal.gov.my. – BERNAMA

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