It’s probably the last thing you’d expect to find in chocolate…
Regulators in Malaysia detected traces of pig DNA when testing batches of two chocolate products made by Mondelez International’s (MDLZ) Cadbury brand. Discovery of the pork DNA has caused a firestorm in the mostly Muslim country. The consumption of pork is not considered acceptable under Islamic religious law, the Economic Times notes.
Cadbury has recalled Cadbury Dairy Milk hazelnut and Cadbury Dairy Milk roast almond products in Malaysia.
The products were tested by regulators to ensure that they complied with Islamic halal food preparation requirements. The company says it is investigating the contamination and is cooperating with Malaysian officials.
Some Malaysian Muslim leaders are calling for fines and other legal actions against Cadbury.
Despite the embarrassing revelation of pork DNA in Cadbury chocolate products, MDLZ stock gained modestly in Tuesday midday trading.