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Islamophobia: Europe's far right boycotts popular chocolate Toblerone over halal certification

07:37 PM | 22 Dec, 2018
Islamophobia: Europe's far right boycotts popular chocolate Toblerone over halal certification
Members of the far-right group in Europe has urged the people to boycott Toblerone - the wildly popular triangular-shaped chocolate bars - over receiving the halal certification for the product.

The Bern, Switzerland-based factory that makes the chocolate, got the certification around eight months ago in April 2018.

A halal designation means that a product’s ingredients and manufacturing process is permissible according to Islamic law. It further confirms that the product does not contain pork or alcohol.

Recently, the far right went furious after discovering that the company is producing chocolates without using the pork, a prohibited item in Islam.

The company has not changed its ingredients for the certification as Toblerone’s 110-year-old recipe already met all of those requirements.

Jörg Meuthen, spokesman for Germany’s far-right AfD party, alerted his Facebook followers on December 17 that the triangular chocolate bar was now halal, with a sarcastic comment about the “Islamization” of Europe.

"Islamization does not take place -- neither in Germany nor in Europe," the AfD's Jörg Meuthen wrote on social media, expressing her extremist views.

"It is therefore certainly pure coincidence that the depicted, known chocolate variety is now certified as 'HALAL'," he added.

Mondelēz, the producer, confirmed that the production process was not altered.

"The certification did not result in any change to our beloved traditional Toblerone original recipe," Mondelēz said in a statement emailed to CNN. "Due to the inherent nature of Toblerone chocolate its production process essentially meets the halal criteria anyway."

The Toblerone is not the only halal product as numbers of multinational companies have halal certification for their products as there are two billion Muslim in the world that only eat halal.

Hershey’s Kisses are halal, as are Kit Kats, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Snickers, Twix, and indeed most of Hershey and Mars’s offerings. Even Whatchamacallits are halal.


Pakistani rupee rate against US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal - Check 14 April forex rates

Pakistani currency remains unchanged against US dollar and other currencies in open market on April 14, 2024.

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

On Sunday, the US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.5 for selling.

Euro was quoted at 299.95 for buying and 302.9 for selling while British Pound stands at 349.5 for buying, and 353 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.45 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 14 April 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 08:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.5 280.5
Euro EUR 299.95 302.9
UK Pound Sterling GBP 349.5 353
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.45
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 182.7 184.5
Bahrain Dinar BHD 739.38 747.38
Canadian Dollar CAD 204 206.2
China Yuan CNY 38.45 38.85
Danish Krone DKK 40.45 40.85
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.57 35.92
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.91 912.91
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.92 59.52
New Zealand Dollar NZD 167.63 169.63
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.38 25.68
Omani Riyal OMR 722.1 730.1
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.35 77.05
Singapore Dollar SGD 206 208
Swedish Korona SEK 25.72 26.02
Swiss Franc CHF 307.11 309.61
Thai Bhat THB 7.61 7.76


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