Halal Marking Quality Assurance, TDB Says at HC

The Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) informed the High Court of Kerala on Thursday that some packages of jaggery supplied by Vardhan Agro Processing Ltd, Maharashtra, in 2019 to Sabarimala, contained the “halal” mark.

TDB also called false the claim that certified halal jaggery powder was used for the preparation of Nivedyam and Prasadam in Sabarimala.

In a statement filed in response to a written request alleging the use of halal-branded jaggery in Sabarimala, TDB said when inquiring with the company that supplied the jaggery in 2019, it responded that ‘ it was in the business of exporting jaggery and for export to Arab countries halal certification was required and marking was the assurance of maintaining a standard of quality.

The statement said the petitioner’s claims were false and had malicious intent to block the sale of Appam and Aravana to Sabarimala.

There has been a calculated attempt to attack Sabarimala’s reputation and hurt the religious feelings of pilgrims and thereby destroy community harmony through various messages posted and disseminated on social media.

The executive officer, Sabarimala, had filed a complaint in this regard with the Sannidhanam police station.

He added that in 2020-2021, the contract for the supply of jaggery was awarded to SP Sugar and Agro Pvt Limited, Maharashtra, which had supplied five lakh kg of jaggery. Appam and Aravana were prepared using the fresh jaggery broth.

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