HM: BE PROACTIVE IN HALAL TESTING

Thursday, August 18, 2011

HIS Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam yesterday reiterated the need for relevant authorities to be proactive in carrying out halal tests on food and drink brought into the country, following the recent "controversy" over the halal nature of certain brand of butter.

"I feel that with this recent controversial butter issue, it is important for us to carry out tests on all imported food products."

The halal status of Golden Churn Pure Creamery Butter was questioned following conflicting reports recently from Malaysia, which some said the widely-used butter contained traces of pig DNA. Concern spread to Brunei, prompting authorities to re-test the popular baking ingredient.

"There is no fault if all types of butter, for example, is tested for confirmation (of their halal nature), not waiting for a commotion (and) only then we want to open up the labs (for testing)," the monarch said in his titah last night.

His Majesty said that if the authority was more active and more careful in addressing food issues, then it would be something deserving praise "because this step is an effort (made) because of Allah (SWT), to preserve the Muslims' act of worship and to save them from hell fire".

In this regard, the monarch hoped that the authorities entrusted with such duties will be more stringent and take more careful steps, not remaining satisfied "with small-scale efforts or initiatives done hastily".

As for the scientific tests, His Majesty urged the authorities to ensure that the laboratory equipment used were not faulty and the personnel carrying out the tests were "really experts".

"As long as there is reason found (that deems) a food product is doubtful or (has) syubhah (doubtful halal nature) elements, then for (that same period of time) it must be avoided, cannot be consumed or used."

His Majesty said that the difference between halal and haram was made clear by nash (Al-Quran and Hadiths) and in between the two was musytabihat or the doubt of whether something is halal or haram.

If this middle ground was the case, then Islamic law dictated that the substance should be avoided.

The monarch said that the teachings within the Quran and as-Sunnah (practices of Prophet Muhammad SAW) urged the Muslim population to be more careful and sensitive when it came to food and drink.

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The Brunei Times


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