Body quells fears of pork derivatives in Flora
A HALAAL certification body has quelled fears that certain Flora margarine products manufactured in South Africa contain pork derivatives.
The rumours stem from an e-mail that originated in Australia and has been passed on repeatedly.
South African National Halaal Authority (SANHA) spokesman Ebi Lockhart said the matter had caused “conster nation” within the Muslim community, who made a flurry of inquiries to the body.
The e-mail, he said, was a response from Unilever Australia to a consumer confirming that the company uses gelatin derived from pork in its Flora Light and Flora Extra Light products.
“With the speed of the inter net and in borderless cyberspace, this news has led to numerous queries on the status of the locally manufactured products.”
But he assured consumers that the local products did not contain any pork derivatives.
On the Flora website, www.loveyourheart.co.za, the consumers are also guaran- teed that there are no pork products in their margarines.
“Therefore, Flora products made in South Africa are both halaal and fit for vegetarian consumption,” a statement said.
Unilever SA, which owns Flora, reinforced the statement. “We wish to categorically state that the allegation does not apply to Flora products manufactured in South Africa,” the company said.
Lockhart said that traces of porcine products were found in Flora products years ago, but that the formula has since changed.
“Although several years ago SANHA had uncovered the use of ingredients of porcine origin in certain Flora products, the present Flora products in SA are formulated differently,” he said.
TWO-TONE: A canola field near Hermon on the R44. Flora says it does not use animal products but rather vegetable oils, such as sunflower and canola oils after concerns were raised that a couple of its products are not halaal.