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Ajinomoto seasoning halal: Gus Dur JAKARTA - In a bid to end a scandal over Ajinomoto taste enhancers, President Abdurrahman Wahid said on Tuesday the company's products did not contain pork and therefore could be consumed by Muslims. "President Abdurrahman Wahid said Ajinomoto seasoning is halal (allowed under Islamic law)," presidential spokesman Wimar Witoelar said.
Wimar addressed the press after accompanying the President to a meeting with visiting Japanese Minister of Justice Masahiko Kohumura at Merdeka Palace. PT Ajinomoto Indonesia, wich produces Ajinomoto seasoning, has been under fire since the revelation last week that it uses the pork-based enzyme in the manufacture of its monosodium glutamate-based seasonings.
The government last week ordered the company's products withdrawn from shelves after the Indonesian Ulemas Council that certifies foods issued warnings about the seasoning. The product had been certified as "halal." Islamic law forbids Muslims from eating pork. The police have detained seven Ajinomoto executives over the scandal.
Ajinomoto Co. of Japan, the parent company of Ajinomoto Indonesia, stated on Tuesday that there was no pork in the final product it sold. Ajinomoto Co. acknowledged that it uses an enzyme from pork to make products it sells in Indonesia but said in a statement, "There is absolutely none (of the enzyme) in the final Ajinomoto product."
Wimar said Gus Dur concluded that Ajinomoto's taste enhancers were halal after receiving a report of laboratory tests on the products conducted by the Indonesian Institute of Sciences in cooperation with a number of universities. When asked if the government would stop the legal process against the Ajinomoto executives currently being detained by the police, Wimar said the case against them would continue, but based on the new findings.



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