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Muslim backlash after store sells pork product branded as ‘halal’

Aldi supermarket in the UK has apologised after black pudding made from pork was labelled as suitable for Muslims

Muslim backlash after store sells pork product branded as ‘halal’
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A UK supermarket chain has
been forced to apologise to Muslims after it labelled black pudding ‘halal’
despite it containing pork.

The product, which contains
pork blood and skin, was stocked at Aldi supermarkets with a UK Health Code
that labelled it suitable for Muslims, reported the UK’s Daily Mail newspaper.

It was supplied by Scottish
company Punjab Pakora, which produces several Indian dishes.

But angry customers contacted
Aldi alerting them to the mistake and prompting the supermarket chain to issue
a public apology and take the product off the shelves.

An Aldi spokesman was quoted
as saying the company was investigating the incident. The spokesman said:
“Regarding the Punjab Pakora Black Pudding Pakora (Supplied by Punjab Pakora),
we have now investigated this matter with the supplier, who has advised that
the packaging was incorrectly labelled as Halal-certified and the problem is
currently being rectified.

“We apologise for any
confusion caused by this unfortunate, isolated matter.

“While this is not a food
safety or legal compliance issue, any customers who are not satisfied are
welcome to return their purchase to store for a full refund.”

Punjab Pakora’s owners Kushal
and Vinita Duggal reportedly explained that the manager in charge of what is
printed on product labels did not notice the mistake.

“The mistake happened when we
did the print run and unfortunately our manager failed to spot this error and
got approval for printing.

“We have been trying our very
best and hardest [to correct the issue] and have contacted different clients
involved and have sorted the issue.”

But many Muslims expressed
their outrage at what had happened. The Daily Mail quoted a customer named as
Manahil Khan as saying: “This is absolutely outrageous and I am deeply offended
by this. I am pretty sure many others of the Muslim community are too.

“It is demoralising and goes
against ones religious morals and scripture.... and I speak on behalf of every
Muslim and human that does not deserve to be misled by any sort of false claim
of halal food or lies about what we consume.”

Arabian Business has
contacted Aldi for an update on the situation.

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