Burger giant McDonald’s has been ordered to pay AED2.6m ($700,000) compensation after falsely labelling a chicken sandwich as being halal.
Muslim Ahmed Ahmed brought the civil case after buying the sandwich at a McDonald’s outlet in Detroit, US, in September 2011.
Islam forbids the consumption of pork and God's name must be invoked before an animal providing meat for consumption is slaughtered.
McDonald’s and the franchisee agreed in January to payout Ahmed, as well as a Muslim-run Detroit health clinic, the Arab American National Museum and lawyers, news wire AP reported.
Ahmed claims the restaurant had sold falsely labelled halal meat on numerous occasions and the lawsuit technically related to anyone who bought the halal-advertised products between September, 2005 and January, 2013 from the Detroit store and a second outlet in the city, owned by a different franchisee.
In the settlement notice, the franchisee, Finley's Management, said it "has a carefully designed system for preparing and serving halal such that halal chicken products are labeled, stored, refrigerated, and cooked in halal-only areas".
The company claimed it also trained employees on how to prepare halal food and "requires strict adherence to the process".
McDonald's Arabia imported 12,000 tonnes of halal chicken to its 369 restaurants across the GCC last year, in what was a 12.3 percent increase on 2011.For all the latest retail news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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