The Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) has now confirmed that there was no pork in the sample of mee curry taken from an OldTown White Coffee outlet in Subang Jaya, Selangor
KPDNHEP Enforcement Division director Datuk Iskandar Halim Sulaiman said that a lab test and analysis done by the Department of Chemistry found that the meat sample had chicken DNA.
"With the result of the analysis, the restaurant which was investigated under the Trade Description (Definition of Halal) Order 2011 and Trade Description (Certification and Marking of Halal) Order 2011, did not commit any offence under these laws," Iskandar said in a statement issued on Tuesday, 24 November.
The inspection was conducted following a video that went viral last week, accusing the outlet of serving curry mee with pork inside
In the said video, it showed what seemed to be a bowl of curry laksa, while a voice behind the camera claimed the 'red meat' in the dish is pork. The man can be heard claiming that the char siew meat in the dish is pork as he uses a kitchen knife to flip the toppings around.
The dish in the video seems to resemble an item called 'Premium Curry Noodles'.
Following the viral video, KPDNHEP raided one of OldTown White Coffee's restaurants.
In the inspection, the enforcement officers found the restaurant has a halal certificate from the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (JAKIM) which is valid until 30 November this year.
During the inspection of the kitchen section, enforcement officers found raw ingredients that were used to prepare the curry noodles. The main raw material, believed to be chicken meat, was seized for laboratory testing by experts. Photos taken from the raid showed that the char siew is 'BBQ chicken'.
Meanwhile, Iskandar has called on consumers to be responsible by not spreading false news or unverified issues on social media as this would be unfair and have a negative impact on the parties concerned
"We also urge consumers to play their part by being responsible and not spread fake news on social media which can create negative and unfair consequences for other people," he said.