No halal certification for Auntie Anne’s: Is it because they sell Pretzel Dog? Yes. Woof! Woof!

They would be better employed if they went around and got rid of this and similar signs.


19 Oct 2016


Stop making us look stupid, says Nazri on ‘hotdog’ issue

October 19, 2016

Tourism and Culture Minister Nazri Aziz says “ignoramuses” in authority are to blame for the controversy over the use of the word “hotdog.”

KUALA LUMPUR: An Umno minister today blamed “ignoramuses” in authority for the controversy over the use of the word “hotdog”, adding that these people were not living in the real world.

Tourism and Culture Minister Nazri Aziz added that there was no way that his Muslim faith would be affected by consuming a hotdog.

“In fact, I think I want to eat a hotdog now,” he told reporters at the Parliament lobby, adding that as a Muslim he was not offended by the name.

The Padang Rengas MP was responding to news reports that popular pretzel chain Auntie Anne’s was denied halal certification by the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) for several reasons, including having the name “Pretzel Dog” as one of its food items.

Nazri went on to state that “hotdog” was always known as a western snack and an English term.

“Please don’t make us look so stupid and backward or even talk about changing the name. Even in Malay we call it a hotdog. We don’t call it ‘anjing panas’,” Nazri said.

“Anjing panas” is a literal translation of hotdog.

18 Oct 2016

You want halal certification?  Change the name of “Pretzel Dog” to “Pretzel Sausage”.

Doggone it, even beef bacon, turkey ham not allowed


PETALING JAYA: “Ham”, “bak kut teh”, “bacon”, “beer”, “rum”, “hotdog” and “charsiew”.

These are more examples of words that will cause the Malaysian Department of Islamic Development (Jakim) to refuse a restaurateur or food producer a “halal” certificate, according to Jakim guidelines.

Many outlets in Malaysia serve beef bacon or turkey ham.

The list of words – which the department says will confuse Muslims – has resulted in a few popular food and beverage brands in the country having to change their product names to obtain a “halal” certificate.

These include renowned fast-food restaurant chain A&W, which has rebranded the “Coney Dog” and “Root Beer” to “Chicken Coney” or “Beef Coney” and “RB” respectively.

“We had to change the names if we wanted to be eligible to apply for the halal certificate,” A&W Quality Control and Halal Assurance Assistant Manager Shahidah Wahid said when contacted.

A&W, she revealed, had made the changes two years ago.

Jakim wants ‘s ‘dog’ changed to ‘sausage’

Pretzel store franchise Auntie Anne’s has been asked by the Department of Islamic Development (Jakim) to change the name of of one of its menu items from ‘pretzel dog’ to ‘pretzel sausage’.

Jakim’s Halal Division director Sirajuddin Suhaimee said this is because the department’s assessment panel cannot approve the original name of the menu item as it refers to dogs.

17 Oct 2016

Auntie Anne’s Pretzel Dog has no dog meat. Its’s all beef.

Next JAKIM will forbid hot dogs nationwide from now on, if a “pretzel dog” name is enough for halal cert rejection.


Exec: Auntie Anne’s halal application rejected over ‘Pretzel Dog’


‘Pretzel Dog’, a sausage wrapped in a pretzel, is one of the reasons why popular pretzel chain Auntie Anne’s was not granted halal certification by the Department of Islamic Development (Jakim).

Auntie Anne’s quality assurance cum halal executive Farhatul Kamilah Mohamed Sazali said the company has proposed a new name and is awaiting feedback from Jakim.

“Once we have Jakim’s decision, we will change our menu boards before making a free application (for halal status),” she wrote on Facebook.

She said Jakim also instructed Auntie Anne’s to apply for certification for its central kitchen, and to make separate applications for outlets according to zones to simplify the auditing process.

Farhatul said the initial application was for all 45 outlets in Malaysia.

She stressed that Auntie Anne’s is striving to pass the Jakim’s stringent halal audit, which also involves hygiene and cleanliness checks on outlets and food handlers.

She also urged Muslims who feel doubtful over Auntie Anne’s products, to refrain from consuming the products until the Jakim certification is obtained.

“I am also a Muslim and this is my obligation as a Muslim. Pray that I succeed in securing the halal certification,” she said.

“Once Auntie Anne’s is certified halal by Jakim, I suggest that you try Eclair Six and Jalapeno Cheese, because they are both my favourite products,” she quipped.

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1 Response to No halal certification for Auntie Anne’s: Is it because they sell Pretzel Dog? Yes. Woof! Woof!

  1. Pingback: Jakim should worry more about indecent translations than hotdogs and Pretzel dogs… | weehingthong

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