Recycled posts falsely claim Starbucks is 'not halal in Malaysia'

Published on 31/01/2023 at 11:47

Facebook posts have recirculated a years-old false claim that a Malaysian Muslim preacher has said Starbucks is "haram" -- forbidden in Islam -- in the Muslim-majority nation due to certain products he purportedly says it sells. The Malaysian government agency responsible for Islamic affairs (JAKIM) has confirmed that Starbucks, which does not sell pork products in Malaysia, holds the official halal certificate. A Starbucks Malaysia spokeswoman told AFP the company uses products that are vetted by JAKIM in all its outlets. The Islamic preacher named in the post has also denied that he made the false claim and asked social media users to stop sharing it.