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Cadbury chocolate safe, municipality says.

Dubai: The civic body on Wednesday confirmed that Cadbury chocolates sold in Dubai are not contaminated with pork DNA, a municipal official said.

"As soon as the news broke out that two Cadbury products in Malaysia contained pork derivatives, we formed a team from the Food Control Department to follow up on all registered foreign and local imports. Based on the investigation, we can confirm that Dubai did not receive any of the affected products," said Khalid Mohammad Sharif, Director of the Food Control Department at Dubai Municipality.

The confirmation followed news from Malaysia on Monday that two products, Cadbury Dairy Milk Hazelnut and Cadbury Dairy Milk Roast Almond, had tested positive for trace amounts of pork derivatives.

"The same incident happened last year [during the horse meat contamination of food products] and Dubai Municipality immediately conducted a similar investigation of food samples from the markets. The results from the laboratory tests showed that the products in question were free from pork [and horse] DNA," explained Sharif.

He pointed out that the Food Control Department is always updated on the latest contamination of food products around the world, and that they follow up on such incidents by taking precautionary measures and carrying out laboratory tests on products that are available in the market.

"A sample of all incoming food products from ports are tested to ensure they are free from pork derivatives and safe for consumption," he said.

Dubai Municipality follows international food safety codes that are based on scientific and international institutions, such as the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the Gulf Standard Organisation and the Codex Alimentarius Commission, which are a collection of internationally recognised standards, codes of practice, guidelines and other recommendations relating to foods, food production and food safety.

The municipality also carries out routine tests on food products in the market to test whether they contain contaminated substances, in addition to checking whether the amount of additives permitted are in accordance with the approved specifications.

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Date:May 29, 2014
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