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From: Public Relations [mailto:pro-kzn@sanha.org.za]
Sent: Wednesday, December 01, 2010 2:26 PM
To: 'info@lenasiasun.co.za'
Subject: "Marriage breaks up over SANHA's 'halaal' ham-cheese"

Dear Ms Reddy

 

Laudium Sun

 

We write to you as a follow up of the article published in 12/11/2010 issue entitled ?Marriage Breaks up over SANHA?s ?halaal? ham-cheese?.

 

We appreciate the spirit of fair play in that our rebuttal was published alongside the allegations of the Majlis.

 

We had mentioned our doubts on the veracity of the couple and their claims as we had not heard from them bar the story exclusively by the Majlis.

 

We confirm that to date we have not yet heard from them and are beginning to wonder whether the ?phantom couple? is a fabrication of and overworked mind.

 

We appeal to you as an important medium of information to establish the authenticity of the couple. Your failure to do this will give credence to those that regard the religion of Islam as intolerant and extremist as well as provide fuel for those that are proposing limitations to the freedom of the press.

 

As a matter of information we forward our most recent article on labeling. Click here

 

Kind regards
 

 

Yours sincerely

For South African National Halaal Authority

 

EBI Lockhat

Public Relations Officer

 

Tel: +27 (31) 207 5768

Fax: +27 (31) 207 5793

Cell: +27 (0) 83 777 0121

Website: www.sanha.org.za

 


 

 

From: Public Relations [mailto:pro-kzn@sanha.org.za]
Sent: Thursday, November 11, 2010 8:04 AM
To: 'info@lenasiasun.co.za'
Subject: RE: Sanha Certified HAM Cheese Press 431

 

Dear Ms Reddy,

 

Your email of 8/11/2010 in the above matter refers.

 

We are most grateful for your publications, the Laudium and Lenasia Sun?s promise to air this story as it gives us the opportunity to respond to the ludicrous allegations. Thank You.

 

A labeling error occurred when our Halaal logo was appended on a ham flavored cottage cheese. The ingredients itself did not obviously contain any Haraam components nor was it contaminated by any other ingredients of a Haraam nature as the entire premises had to be Halaal compliant for certification purposes.

 

Notwithstanding this, the labelling was in breach of our contract whereby no products may carry our logo if it had a Haraam connotation e.g. Pork spice, rum and raisin ice cream, pea and ham soup etc. It is unthinkable to even contemplate that we would approve any products with such offensive connotation. We have explained this principle on numerous talk shows and in articles one of which we forward herewith for your perusal Click here to view .

 

Unfortunately, it is the well known tactics of the extremist, Molvi AS Desai and his tabloid the Majlis?s malicious ongoing hate campaign to make unfounded allegations against SANHA and inflame the situation. This is no different and is a gross and evil misrepresentation to create the impression that pork itself was certified Halaal as opposed to an error of a synthetic flavouring.

 

We are hoping that your publication shows it journalistic mettle and voraciousness by tracking down, interviewing and reporting on the Port Elizabeth couple whose marriage allegedly would not survive a labelling error on a tub of cheese. We have never been contacted by any such persons.

 

Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information.

 

Kind regards

Yours sincerely

For South African National Halaal Authority

EBI Lockhat

Public Relations Officer

Tel: +27 (31) 207 5768

Fax: +27 (31) 207 5793

Website: www.sanha.org.za

 


From: Lenasiasun [mailto:info@lenasiasun.co.za]
Sent: 08 November, 2010 6:41 PM
To: sanha-gp@sanha.org.za
Cc: 'Laudium Sun'
Subject: FW: Sanha Certified HAM Cheese

 

Hi,

 

We require you to respond on these serious allegation as a matter of extreme urgency, by not later than Thursday November 11.

 

Take note that we intend publishing an article on this matter which we believe is of utmost interest to the Muslim community.

 

Regards

Presha Reddy

Laudium & Lenasia Sun.


 
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