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From: Public Relations [mailto:pro-kzn@sanha.org.za]
Sent: Wednesday, December 01, 2010 2:18 PM
To: 'tellus@sundaytimes.co.za'
Cc: Teneshia Naidoo
Subject: Couple split after row over ham


Dear Sir/Mam


We refer to your report in the Sunday Times 21/11/2010 titled ?Couple split after row over ham?.


We expressed our doubts on the veracity of this information as we have had no contact from this ?phantom? couple bar the story carried only in the Majlis. It appears to be a fabrication.


We urge you as an important medium that carried this story, to establish the whereabouts of this couple and the accuracy of the information. 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


We await your response.


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


Public Relations [mailto:pro-kzn@sanha.org.za]
Sent: 18 November 2010 12:16 PM
To: 'Teneshia Naidoo'
Subject: Cottage cheese ,the ingredient for divorce


Dear Teneshia,


A labelling error occurred when our Halaal logo was appended on a ham flavoured cottage cheese by a SANHA certified supplier. The error occurred on the part of the printer during the switch over to the new labelling by the recently certified plant. They had not realised that the logo had to be omitted on the ham flavoured item.


The ham flavour is technically free from any non Halal raw materials which renders it compliant with Halal dietary requirement. It does not contain any pork. However due to the pork connotation Sanha does not allow the use of its logo in these instances. Given the Islamic position on pork and the aversion to it by the community, 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 have reproduced below.


The error was acknowledged by the plant, an apology was tendered and action has been taken to cover the logos. Some 40,000 tubs went out in the market place. Fortunately muslims do not seek out products, purchase and consume those with a Haraam connotation. Also with this being a perishable item with short a shelf life, we envisage it disappearing off the shelves with relative swiftness. Consumers were notified via our website, our electronic newsletters and on Radio Islam and our member organisations.


We had not heard of the incident prior to reading  the Majlis?s ludicrous allegation, nor been contacted by the couple mentioned. We are very keen to get  to the bottom of the story and establish its authenticity and veracity. None of our associate organisations in PE have heard of this incident bar the report in the Majlis. We are mystified as to why the lady would deviate from her usual pattern to wilfully purchase and feed her husband the product with the offensive connotation and why the husband took the action that he did? This indeed, if true is unIslamic, unacceptable and fuels the false notion that this kind of extremism is inherent and compatible with Islam itself.


We also find it too much of a coincidence that this incident is reported by the Majlis whose proprietor is Molvi AS Desai who in his capacity as the Chairman of the Scholars of the Truth has brought a court action against SANHA on poultry slaughter and has been vilifying us and many mainstream Islamic institutions such as Islamic Radio Stations, Islamic banks, Islamic Schools. Halaal certifying bodies etc.


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


News !!

South African National Halaal Authority (SANHA)



No. 16

Rabi-ul-Awwal :: April 1429




Divine Injunction is sufficient basis for man to shun and abstain from the flesh of swine (pork) or any of its by-products.

Proclaimed as, "Forbidden and unclean" in the Bible (Leviticus 11:7-8, Deuteronomy 14:8), "inhabited by the devil" (Matthew 8:24-34), it?s "repugnance and impurity" was entrenched in the Final Revelation, the Noble Quraan (Surah 5:v4, Surah 6:v145, Surah 15:v115)

The teachers of Mankind, from Prophet Adam to Muhammad (peace be upon them all) reinforced the Divine Message by their life examples of shunning pork consumption.

Studies and research has now proven that the swine is a supreme germ carrier and a cause of many serious and fatal diseases. Among them are trichinosis, tapeworm, roundworm, hookworm, pancreatitis, liver disorder, dysentery, diarrhoea and heart disease. Mankind, however, should always be guided by Divine Ordinance.

Remember, what we eat does not merely enter the stomach and become excreta. It is absorbed, metabolized and circulated to all parts of the body including the brain. "You are what you eat," as the saying goes.

As a Halaal regulatory body, SANHA has over the years informed the community of Haraam products that contained pork and porcine by-products in yogurts, ice creams, confectionery, food ingredients, medical products, cosmetics, pig skin footwear and accessories, as well as basting brushes of pork bristle, etc.

It is deeply regretted that some detractors in their headlong pursuit to score points and undermine the good work of SANHA, have maliciously tried to sow confusion. Their vindictive, smear campaign claims that "pork" has been certified Halaal. How ludicrous, given the aversion and abhorrence of swine by all Muslims.

It is SANHA's policy that any product which may have Haraam connotation in its name, even though it does not contain any Haraam ingredient (e.g. pork spice, rum & raisin ice cream etc), cannot carry the Halaal mark. This is entrenched in the agreement contract with certified plants and willful breach of this policy results in termination of certification.

Unfortunately, labeling errors do occur and are dealt with immediately. We appreciate the vigilance and assistance from consumers where these discrepancies are noted and brought to our attention.

"Always verify & clarify before you amplify..."


Your constructive comments, criticism and feedback is truly appreciated





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From: Teneshia Naidoo

Sent: 17 November 2010 10:45 AM

To: pro-kzn@sanha.org

Subject: Sunday Times


Hi Ebhi


Hope you doing well and had a great Eid.


Please can you assist me with this query.


I saw on your website that there was a labeling error regarding a ham flavoured cottage cheese product. On the Halal talk website a husband posted a message that he broke up with his wife because she made the mistake of including it in his lunch. He further asks what legal action he can take against Sanha.


I understand that Sanha believes that this is a gimmick from the Port Elizabeth based group, the Majlis.


Please can you comment.


Was there a labeling error on the ham flavoured cottage cheese?


If so, was this on all the products?


How did this mistake occur?


Has this been rectified, have consumers been alerted that this was an error?


Has the Port Elizabeth man- who claims he broke up with his wife over this issue-contacted Sanha?


If so what has he asked for?


Why does Sanha believe that this is a smear campaign by the Majlis?


Please can you get back to me as soon as possible.


thanks so much

feel free to call me if you have any queries.

kind regards


Teneshia Naidoo

Sunday Times

office-031 250 8621
fax-031 250 8522
mobile-084 513 6922



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