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McDonald’s to pay $700,000 to Muslims after selling non-halal chicken

By Mason White 8:13 AM April 19, 2013
McDonald’s location serving halal 

By: Debbie Gross
(Scroll down for video) The world’s largest burger chain will pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to Muslims after it was caught selling non-halal chicken, according to court proceedings in Michigan.

McDonald’s agreed to settle a lawsuit for $700,000 for false advertising of its meat as halal. The Dearborn Heights, Michigan man sued after learning the chicken sandwich he bought was not halal.

The fast food chain will pay the $700,000 to the Muslim community after falsely advertising its Detroit location as halal, or prepared according to Islamic law.

A judge agreed to the settlement of $700,000 agreement between members of the Muslim community in Michigan and McDonald’s.

Ahmed Ahmed, the Dearborn Heights man who represented the plaintiffs in the class action lawsuit, said he bought a chicken sandwich at the restaurant, but he has found later it was not halal.

“McDonald’s should not deceive the Muslim community who only eats halal. They are a disgrace. I am glad that they will have to pay us Muslims for serving us non halal meat,” Mohamed Talal, 50, of Detroit, Michigan told after learning about the settlement.

There are only two McDonalds in the U.S. that sell halal and both are in Dearborn, which has one of the Arab and Muslim communities nation’s largest. Overall, the Detroit area is home to about 150,000 Muslims of many ethnicities.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view