Muslims doubt that poultry feed is halal
In Malaysia a committee has been formed to ensure that the chicken feed used
by commercial farms in the country is free from pig enzyme.
The committee comprises senior officers from the Veterinary Services
Department, Islamic Development Department (Jakim) and University Putra
The reason for establishing such a committee was that several Muslim
organisation suggested that most of the chicken feed imported from countries
such as the United States, Brazil and China contained pig enzyme.
A Jakim official however said there was no truth in the claims that chicken
feed used by breeders contained pig enzyme. He said samples collected from farms
so far showed that the enzyme was "halal
"Jakim and a few government departments have been monitoring the use of
chicken feed, especially those imported from Europe. So far, we found that
breeders had conformed to the regulations set by the authorities. The chicken
feed is free from pig enzyme and there is nothing for Muslims to worry."
The official, however, said the committee was formed so that an official
statement on the status of the chicken feed could be issued by Jakim to ease the
worries of Muslim consumers.
He said the samples would also be sent to the Chemistry Department and the
Halal Research Institute for analysis. The results were expected to be known in
the next few months.
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