On April 6, 2006 IslamOnline.net reported, "Scandinavian food group Arla, Europe's second largest dairy firm, confirmed on Thursday, April 6, that its products were back on shelves in Muslim countries after weeks of boycott following the publication of the Danish cartoons mocking Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessing be upon him). 'Butter and cheese from Arla Foods are back in 3,000 shops and supermarkets in the Middle East,' the company said in a statement cited by Agence France-Presse (AFP). The dairy giant said it has secured a promise from thirty one of its largest retail customers in Saudi Arabia to end boycott of its products as of Saturday, April 8. 'We're delighted that our largest Saudi customers have decided to lift the boycott,' Arla spokesman Finn Hansen said. Arla has been the hardest-hit by a global Muslim boycott of Danish products after Denmark's mass-circulation daily Jyllands-Posten commissioned and printed in September twelve caricatures lampooning Prophet Muhammad."