Halal row: KSA tests Cadbury samples

Updated 01 June 2014
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Halal row: KSA tests Cadbury samples

The Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) has pulled out a random selection of Cadbury chocolate bars from the market to test for traces of porcine DNA following reports that surfaced from Malaysia stating that some locally produced Cadbury milk bars were found to contain pork derivatives.
An SFDA statement said that a periodic check for non-halal ingredients in food products by the Malaysian Health Ministry confirmed the presence of porcine DNA in Cadbury Dairy Milk Hazelnut and Cadbury Dairy Milk Roast Almond bars, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
The SFDA said that it then pulled out samples of the product that had been imported from various countries with different batch numbers to ensure that they did not contain traces of pork, which is forbidden in Islam.
“Cadbury products manufactured in Malaysia are not registered with us since we import from other countries such as Egypt and the United Kingdom,” Salah Al-Maiman, deputy executive chairman of the food section at the SFDA, said in the statement.
“Nevertheless, the SFDA will take strong steps if any sample tests positive for porcine DNA traces,” he said.
He urged consumers who come across milk hazelnut bars with operating number 200813M01HI2 (expiry date 13/11/14) or milk roast almond bars with operating number 221013N01RI1 (expiry date 15/1/15) to inform the SFDA immediately.


Saudi flag makes underwater journey for National Day

Updated 9 min 16 sec ago
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Saudi flag makes underwater journey for National Day

JEDDAH: A group of divers in Saudi Arabia’s Jazan province marked the Kingdom’s founding with an undersea tribute to the national symbol on Monday.
They carried the Saudi flag in the Red Sea at a depth of 88 feet — the Kingdom was founded eighty-eight years ago by King Abdulaziz.
The divers began their underwater commemoration on the tourist side of Jazan and headed to a site near the island of Ahbar.