MoRA: All Golden Churn products halal

Golden Churn Creamery Butter on display at a local store in Gadong. The Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA) declared yesterday that the Golden Churn Creamery Butter products distributed in Brunei are halal and free from pig DNA. Picture: BT/Saifulizam

Friday, August 12, 2011

Mixed reactions to Golden Churn butter test results

ALL Golden Churn Butter products distributed in Brunei have been deemed halal and free from pig DNA after authorities tested 17 samples of the butter in the past week, the Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA) yesterday said.

"After evaluating the reports made by the Department of Scientific Services, Ministry of Health, Brunei Darussalam, which analysed 17 samples collected from all four districts in this country, including samples from a neighbouring country, the result of the analysis on all samples have shown that Golden Churn Pure Creamery Butter is free from pig DNA," read the statement issued yesterday.

The Islamic Religious Council made the decision yesterday during a meeting which determined that butter products from Australian manufacturer Ballantyne were safe for Muslim consumption.

The announcement came a day after MoRA bared that the Halal Food Control Division collected new samples for a new round of tests and assured the public that the results would be released immediately.

On August 7, the MoRA advised Muslims to avoid consumption of the Golden Churn Pure Creamery Butter "for the time being" due to doubts surrounding its halal status.

In Malaysia, The Star newspaper reported on Wednesday that the butter would be voluntarily recalled from the Malaysian market due to possible porcine contamination of the butter manufactured in New Zealand.

However, the Golden Churn frozen butter produced in Australia that come in 250g packets in the clear and will continue to be sold in markets throughout Malaysia, said The Star report quoting the Golden Churn manufacturer Ballantyne Foods Pty Ltd regional general manager Hemmat Nasrallah.

The Brunei Times