KPDNHEP Pontian Branch assisted by KPDNHEP (Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs) Johor Bahru Enforcement members together with 4 officers from Johor State Islamic Religious Department (JAINJ) led by Assistant Enforcement Officer Khairul bin Jaafar conducted an investigation following complaints from JAINJ regarding the use of halal logo without obtaining a certificate from the respective authority at an ice cream processing factory in Kg. Parit Marjunit, Benut, Pontian, Johor.
The factory was found misusing the logos and violated Order 4 (1) of the Trade Description (Halal Certification and Marking) Order 2011 because it has described the ice-cream it supplies as halal and can be eaten by Muslims which is an offense under Order 8 (b) of the same Order.
In total, approximately RM59,762.00 worth of ice-cream goods and covers have been seized for further investigation.
For offenses committed under Order 8 (b) of the Trade Descriptions (Certificate and Halal Marking) Order 2011 of any person,
(A) Company: –
If the person is an establishment, corporation, fined not exceeding two hundred thousand ringgit, and for the second or subsequent offense, fined not exceeding five hundred thousand ringgit; or
(B) Individual: –
If the person is not a body corporate, fined not more than one hundred thousand ringgit or imprisoned for a term not exceeding three years or both, and for the second or subsequent offenses, fined not exceeding two hundred and fifty thousand ringgit or imprisoned for a term not exceeding five years or both.
KPDNHEP Pontian takes seriously the offenses committed by the parties involved and strongly warns all food product manufacturers not to arbitrarily use the halal logo without a certificate from the relevant authority.