Malaysia's Islamic body debunks halal eggs claims

PUTRAJAYA • A Malaysian Islamic authority has said that a social media controversy on whether the eggs of chickens are halal - permissible to be consumed by Muslims - had gone overboard.

The Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim), whose job scope includes the issuance of halal certificates in the country, said there was no need to stamp its halal logo on each egg as had been apparently done by some egg producers, Malaysia media reported yesterday.

A social media picture showing a halal logo stamped on eggs went viral in recent weeks.

From the picture and accompanying text seen on some Facebook pages, the controversy could have originated with pranksters, with the click-bait later picked up by the mainstream media.

Jakim said the producers of eggs had to stamp such labels only on the packaging of their products to show that the shells of the eggs had been cleaned properly after taking them from hatcheries, Bernama news agency reported.

"The Malaysian halal certificate is issued for chicken eggs to avoid dubious elements in its cleaning and packaging process," a Jakim statement said.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 23, 2016, with the headline 'Malaysia's Islamic body debunks halal eggs claims'. Print Edition | Subscribe