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Jakim Praises McDonald’s

PETALING JAYA: The move by McDonald’s Malaysia to bar cakes without halal certification from its premises has been praised by the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim).

Jakim director-general Tan Sri Othman Mustapha said the effort by McDonald’s reflected its commitment to ensure that its halal status does not get tainted.

He said that the issuing of halal certification by the department was in accordance with the Manual of Procedures for Malaysia Halal Certification (third revision) 2014.

“The manual has 13 guidelines regarding the granting of halal certification for eateries, and Jakim feels that the policy by McDonald’s is a good initiative which is in accordance with the Halal Assurance Management System,” he said.

Othman added that the policy was not new as many eateries already practised a “no outside food policy” which Malaysians were accustomed to.

He said that those who were unsure about issues relating to the halal status of an eatery should check with the authorities.

Last week, Mcdonald’s had confirmed that it has implemented a policy which bars customers from bringing cakes without halal certification into its premises, and explained that it was a Jakim requirement.