Malaysia bans the name 'hot dogs'

 
Malaysia bans the name 'hot dogs'
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Food outlets selling hot dogs in Malaysia have been asked to rename their products or risk being refused halal certification, reports the BBC.

The Malaysian Islamic Development Department, a religious government body, said it adopted the ruling after complaints from Muslim tourists.

Director Sirajuddin Suhaimee said the name might cause "confusion".

"In Islam, dogs are considered unclean and the name cannot be related to halal certification," he said.

Malaysian halal food guidelines say "halal food and halal artificial flavour shall not be named or synonymously named after non-halal products such as ham, bak kut teh, bacon, beer, rum and others that might create confusion," local media said.

Malaysian Tourism and Culture Minister Nazri Aziz slammed the ruling, calling it "stupid and backward".

Muslim-majority Malaysia often prides itself on being a moderate Muslim nation and practises a moderate form of Islam but conservative attitudes are on the rise.

In recent years, there has been greater emphasis on Islamic codes of conduct.

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