HJ Heinz and McIhenny Company, the brand owners for HP Sauce and Tabasco Sauce respectively, have summarily refuted claims that both of these brands are non halal.
A statement issued by the brands said the companies would like to assure Malaysian consumers, particularly its valued Muslim consumers, that HP Sauce & Tabasco Sauce are in full compliance of regulatory guidelines by their respective halal certified bodies.
HP Sauce is certified halal by Halal Audit Company (HAC), which is an Islamic certification authority in the Netherlands, where the factory is located.
On a similar note, HP sauce manufacturer, Heinz, has done tests for traces of pig DNA and no traces of pig DNA was found. The test results have been submitted to JAKIM for confirmation.
“Heinz reassures that the usage of their raw materials and manufacturing processes in the supply chain adheres to guidelines set by HAC,” said the statement.
Meanwhile, Tabasco is certified Halal by the Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA), a recognised Islamic authority in the United States. IFANCA is duly accredited by JAKIM to certify products that are produced in the United States.
“The brands view this matter very seriously, and the Agricultural Division of the Embassy of the United States of America has been duly notified,” the statement added.“The brand owners would also like to reiterate that both HP Sauce & Tabasco are sold in numerous markets including the Middle East and in Indonesia.”
It went on to state that Tabasco Sauce has been selling for more than 180 years and the key success for them is the fact that only natural ingredients are used hence Tabasco does not contain any animal by-product at all.
“In fact, its ingredients consist of just pepper, salt and vinegar. As a leading international food and nutrition company, Heinz has a responsibility to ensure that it operates in respect of cultural, ethnic, religious, political and philosophical differences in each market that it does its business.
“Therefore, Heinz’s interest in halal issues is borne out of social responsibility to its Muslim customers and consumers. The halal certification for HP Sauce is a non-negotiable priority for the company.
Posted on Friday, June 17th 2011
16 NOV 2012: Tabasco sauces are now halal
Tabasco dapat pengesahan Jakim
PRODUK makanan daripada jenama Tabasco sudah disahkan halal oleh Jabatan Kemajuan Islam Malaysia (Jakim) melalui kenyataan media yang dikeluarkan oleh pengeluar, Mcllhenny Company.
Mereka menegaskan bahawa pembuatan dan kandungan sos lada tersebut mematuhi hukum Islam dan Piawaian Halal Malaysia.
Jakim telah mengesahkan status halal khususnya sos lada jenis Pepper Sauce, Buffalo Style Hot Sauce, Chipotle Sauce, Garlic Pepper Sauce, Green Pepper Sauce, Habanero Pepper Sauce dan juga Sweet and Spicy Pepper Sauce.
Pengarah Serantau Mcllhenny Company, Kan Cheung berkata, pihak syarikat sentiasa prihatin dengan tanggungjawab sosial kepada pengguna Islam di Malaysia dan juga seluruh dunia.
"Pensijilan halal untuk sos lada keluaran syarikat amat penting untuk mengukuhkan lagi jenama Tabasco di Malaysia." jelasnya.
Ramuan asli Tabasco seperti cuka, lada dan garam masih dikekalkan sejak 140 tahun dahulu. Ketiga-tiga ramuan tersebut adalah dijamin 100 peratus semula jadi dan tidak mengandungi asid deoksiribonukleik (DNA) haiwan. Ia kini boleh didapati di bahagian halal semua pusat jualan runcit makanan seluruh Malaysia.
Dengan pengesahan daripada pihak Jakim itu, persoalan pengguna Muslim yang sebelum ini gusar tentang status produk tersebut sudah terjawab. Tabasco diedarkan secara eksklusif di Malaysia oleh GBA Corporation Sdn. Bhd.
Source: KOSMO, 16 Nov 2012 : http://www.kosmo.com.my/kosmo/content.asp?y=2012&dt=1113&pub=Kosmo&sec=Varia&pg=va_01.htm