We will talk about the halal issue. But first, the Malaysian noodle maker VIT Makanan (Kuala Lumpur) or Vit’s has been busy innovating in recent months. From Italian Mi Goreng to Singapore Traditional Pepper Soup Udon Noodles, Vit’s has recently made available a favourite Malaysian delight “pan mee”.
The new Migor Spicy Mee Goreng Dried Chili Pan Mee, launched back in December 2020, has made the hearty noodle dish convenient to be eaten at home. Pan Mee is believed to be a classic fusion of Chinese and Malaysian culinary traditions. The dish usually consists of hand-pulled noodles that are served in broth, usually accompanied by leafy green vegetables, minced meat, and mushrooms.
Pan Mee is predominantly found at hawker stalls/restaurants and is typically served with sambal sauce at the side.
The company has also launched Vit’s Merecik Hawau in the fourth quarter of 2020 as an extremely spicy noodle.
On a separate note, the Selangor branch of the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry (KPDNHEP) confiscated 1.12 million packets of various brands of instant noodles from Vit’s in early January 2020. According to media report, the authorities raided the factory on suspicious of using a halal logo not certified by the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim).
“The company’s halal logo issued by Jakim was cancelled on October 28 last year, on the grounds that the company had failed to observe the halal compliance requirements especially pertaining to the cleanliness of the premises,” said Selangor KPDNHEP director Muhamad Zikri Azan Abdullah.
On 16 January 2021, Vit’s clarified that the company has made rectification regarding the points raised by the authorities and are among the 300 companies that are still waiting for their turn to be inspected again. According to the company, KPDNHEPS visited Vit’s factory in Rawang on 6 January 2021 advising the company not to release any products manufactured recently into the market until they are certified by the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (JAIS).
Vit’s has been a holder of the halal certification since the 1980s. The company stressed its products are halal and safe to consume. Vit’s has also rectified all the points regarding the cleanliness of the premises.
Here is the latest halal status on Vit’s on JAKIM”s website.