Is Starbucks halal? That’s the question on everyone’s mind, after a message circulating on social media platforms claimed that the ingredients used by the coffee chain is non-halal.
However, JAKIM (Department of Islamic Development Malaysia) has stepped up to clarify the issue, and explained that the rumours were unfounded.
The message has been circulating mainly on WhatsApp, the widely popular messaging service, in the form of an audio message. The 10-minute audio allegedly comes from a lorry driver and apparently, accuses Starbucks of being non-halal because of their raw ingredients.
In JAKIM’s clarification, they stated that the coffee chain has always been a halal certificate owner in Malaysia, and this can be verified by consumers via their website if there are any worries. They also said that the management and control of raw materials such as coffee, sugar, and milk, are different for each country, but as far as they are concerned, it is considered halal in Malaysia.
JAKIM also stated that they have taken all the necessary steps to ensure that every single ingredient and the steps during the preparation for the ingredients abides by their regulations. The process is also closely monitored by Syariah experts and the food technology department.
The Facebook post was also reposted by Starbucks Malaysia’s Facebook page, and they further assured consumers that their beverages are certified halal by JAKIM.
To check if a food or beverage outlet is certified halal, all you have to do is make sure that the halal logo displayed at the store is still valid. If still unsure, you can contact JAKIM via their Facebook page or their mobile phone app MyJakim.
Source: JAKIM’s Facebook Page.