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A halal blow for Whittakers?

  • May 29th, 2014

We have something to thank Muslim religiosity for. The Malaysian Health Ministry appears to have caught Cadbury out with pork traces in their chocolate.

What is wrong with Cadbury? It didn't work for them trying to pass off palm oil in their Dairy Milk, in New Zealand, the homeland of dairying.

But you'd think they could stick firmly to palm oil in Malaysia, the homeland of the palm oil industry.

And this story will be world-wide. It won't only be Muslims disgusted by the thought of pork in their chocolate. I don't want  lard in mine either.

I hope our national champions (and long ago one of my first clients) Whittakers temporarily suspend the gorgeous Nigella campaign to reassure us that they don't lard their chocolate, and leave Cadbury to explain itself as best it can.

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“Anther spokesman, Ustaz Masridzi of Perkid, even called for jihad, which literally means “struggle,” against Cadbury. “We need to unite, we must declare jihad! he said at the conference.”

Ah well yes, thats what jihad means, but the question is what kind of ‘struggle’, an internal non violent struggle, or an armed and violent one?

According to Wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jihad

“there is consensus amongst Islamic scholars that the concept of jihad will always include armed struggle against persecution and oppression”

The question is this: does serving food contaminated with pork, an animal deemed to be unclean, constitute persecution or opression in the minds of devout Muslims.

Thankfully not all calls for jihad are acted upon. Never the less, if I were Cadbury I’d be increasing security around my facilities in Islamic countries.

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  • Neill Birss
  • June 1st, 2014
  • 12:28 am

Stephen:

The NZ dairy industry is a far bigger customer of the South-east Asian palm oil industry than NZ chocolate eaters ever were.

Shiploads of the byproduct, palm tree kernel, boost feed for our dairy herds.

Delving into animal content in foods leads to disillusion. Think of the gelatin in icecream, marshmellow, cheeses, margarine and scores of other foods. Gelatin comes from,, according to Wikipedia: pork skins, pork, horses, and cattle bones, or split cattle hides.

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  • Joseph (NZ)
  • August 31st, 2014
  • 11:52 am

Dear Stephen,

Yes, it outrages Muslim who have eaten Cadbury confectionery, for they have regrettably enjoyed consuming pork fat, thereby making believers unclean. This act according to the Quar’an is a sin against The God / Allah – [For more than 500years before Mohummad (pbuh), the vast majority of Jews & followers of Isa [Christians] in Arabia called God by the name Allah].

Muslim believe their sins are weighed in the balance on Judgement Day. Muslim need to rightfully always repent of all known wrongdoing to increase their chances of entering paradise.

It might be wise for Cadbury to likewise repent for the act against Muslim despite the negative effect it will continue to produce.

The ongoing jihad (external/internal struggle for purity) is likely the jihad temptation of resisting Cadbury for halal and fairtrade Whittikars, which in my view will be the easist jihad on Allah’s wonderful earth!

Regards,
Joseph.

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