Far-right groups in Europe are calling for a boycott of Toblerone chocolate after the product earned a halal certification.

The hashtag #BoycottToblerone has gained popularity among extremists and far-right groups, according to USA Today.

Jörg Muethen, a top member of the far-right Alternative for Germany party, posted about the certification on social media last week, criticizing it as evidence of “Islamization” in Europe.


Toblerone’s parent company, Mondelēz International, is based in the U.S., though the iconic triangular chocolate bar is produced in Switzerland.

The halal certification, which means a food is prepared according to Muslim law, was granted to Toblerone in April. Mondelēz International said that the production process and recipe were not altered to earn the certification. A halal certification is similar to a food being marked “kosher” in Judaism.

Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for Muslim advocacy group the Council on American-Islamic Relations, called anti-halal movements a recurring example of Islamophobia.

"Food is something universal and that’s why the haters latch onto it,” Hooper told USA Today. “It's something that touches everyone and they see this as a productive vehicle for their bigotry."

Many Twitter users responded by mocking the boycott, noting that many other mass-produced foods are certified as halal and that the certification actually indicates a higher standard of food safety.