We interrupt the scheduled Ramadhan Baking recipe post to bring you a little public service announcement, particularly for my Muslim readers (and bakers) residing in Singapore.
Over the past couple of months, there had been quite a commotion regarding the halal certification of Golden Churn butter, a brand of butter quite popular amongst the Malay community, especially during this festive season. This was due to a finding from the Malaysian food industry, noting that the butter contained pork DNA. Whilst the issue had been clarified by Ballantyne, the company behind the brand, and thereafter been confirmed to be halal here in Singapore, a more recent investigation conducted by the Islamic Religious Council of Malaysia (JAKIM) had led the country to proclaim the butter to be of non-halal status, i.e. haram. Following the request of one of my dear blogger friends residing in Kuala Lumpur, Madame Percicilan, to spread the awareness amongst the local Muslim baking community, I decided to posit the query to our own local Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS), to hopefully clear any doubts and confusion about the two conflicting views of the brand’s halal authenticity.
The following is a statement from their representative, for your consideration.
Now, I am in no position to state which findings we should adhere to, nor am I saying who is right or wrong. I am aware that this is a sensitive issue, and I merely wanted to share with my local bakers and readers about our religious council’s stand on the debate. At the end of the day, always remember that should you have doubts about the halal authenticity / certification of a product, then you should not consume it. Wallahua’lam bissawab.