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Oct 3, 2010 12:00 AM| By Times Live

The South African National Halaal Authority (Sanha) will no longer certify yoghurts made by Parmalat.


Sanha public relations officer Ebi Lockhat said the yoghurts would no longer carry its stamp of approval because Parmalat intended using gelatine derived from "non-halaal" slaughtered animals.

He said the company had complied with Sanha's requirements since October 2000 and was awarded halaal certification.

Lockhat said the majority of Muslim theologians believed that halaal gelatine can be made only from animals slaughtered according to sharia law.

"This principle should not be compromised by pandering to commercial interests that seek to serve the market with "cheaper gelatine" from the larger pool of non-halaal slaughter.

"They say their source of gelatine is cheaper with the non-halaal slaughtered animals. We feel they should have borne the cost for the convenience of Muslims."

He said there were two views in the Islamic world. "Some say because of the transformation process, the gelatine does not have to come from halaal slaughtered animals. Others, like Sanha, say the gelatine has to come from a halaal slaughtered animal."

According to Parmalat, the Muslim Judicial Council Halaal Trust had given its Kyalami plant approval for producing, processing and distributing yoghurt.

"In line with Parmalat's yoghurt relaunch, we have aligned ourselves to the generally accepted yoghurt industry accreditation.

"The company has always been sensitive to and respectful of the individual dietary needs of its consumers of various religions, and we are proud of the Muslim Judicial Council Halaal Trust's accreditation of our yoghurts as =it for Muslim consumption."
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