PETALING JAYA: Restaurant chain Secret Recipeâ€™s halal certificate has been revoked, the Islamic Development Department (Jakim) confirmed.
The department, however, clarified that the withdrawal was not due to â€œharam ingredientsâ€ but over issues of cleanliness.
It added that the certificate had been revoked on May 7.
â€œWe had to revoke the halal certificate because there has been a violation to the Malaysia Halal Certification Procedures Manual that involves serious cleanliness issues.
â€œThe revocation, however, has nothing to do with haram ingredients in the processing of products,â€ said Jakimâ€™s Halal Hub director Hakimah Mohd Yusoff.
She said Jakim had summoned the company over the offences.
â€œThey have promised to take immediate action on this matter,â€ she said, adding that the company could apply for a halal certificate once the requirements are met.
â€œJakim will reassess their application according to Malaysia Standard 1500:2009 and the Malaysia Halal Certification Procedures Manual,â€ she said.
Social media was abuzz since Monday when a screengrab of Jakimâ€™s confirmation on Twitter that Secret Recipeâ€™s halal certificate had been revoked went viral.
For more information, consumers are advised to call Jakimâ€™s Halal Hub at 03-88925000/5001 and 03-88925048 (Public Relations Officer) or refer to our Halal Malaysia Directory at www.halal.gov.my.