In Malaysia, it’s important to know which eatery is halal and which isn’t. Even if you aren’t a Muslim, you probably have Muslim friends and it’s important to be considerate of them when you want to eat out together.
Twitter user @bamdult caused many to panic when she questioned whether Empire Sushi is halal. The question came after she checked the Halal Malaysia Portal and discovered Empire Sushi’s halal certification had been withdrawn.
Empire Sushi is a favourite among many Malaysians and the news of it losing its halal certification worried netizens. As such, the management team spoke up to clarify the situation. They reached out to @bamdult and explained the situation to her.
Apparently, Empire Sushi’s halal certification was retracted due to a name change, and not because of their cleanliness or ingredients. They recently changed their company registered name from Empire Sushi Group Sdn Bhd to Empire Sushi Sdn Bhd.
Currently, the company is waiting for approval from the Halal Management Division, Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (JAKIM). “But our sushi and ingredients are pork free, without mirin and alcohol,” they reassured. The company sent a screenshot of their pending approval as proof.
Twitter user @bamdult deleted her earlier tweet and said it was confusing. She then posted screenshots of her conversation with Empire Sushi and shared the explanation they had given her. “No issues in ingredients (or) cleanliness,” she reported.
The news must come as a great relief to all Malaysian Sushi Empire fans. Feel free to eat your sushi peacefully and without worry!