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Judge bans KFC franchise owner from advertising chicken as halal

By Tanya Clark 7:28 AM February 2, 2018

A Muslim restaurant owner was banned from advertising his food as halal.

Afzal Lokhandwala of Chicago, Illinois, opened his first KFC franchise in 2002 and began advertising locally that the chicken in his restaurant was halal, which refers to what is permissible or lawful in traditional Islamic law.

This marketing method proved successful for the owner of the franchise, himself a practicing Muslim.

He opened five additional stores in Illinois near mosques and Muslim communities.

However, things took a turn when KFC’s corporate office changed advertising policies and no longer allowed franchise owners to tell the public that their food was halal.

Lokhandwala knew that this would damage his business so he sued the famous restaurant chain but he lost.

Federal Judge John Robert Blakey ruled that KFC has the right to approve or deny an advertisement for their franchises.

KFC justified their policy change against making any religious claims, saying that it can’t guarantee that its restaurants’ food hasn’t been cross-contaminated with non-halal items.

While halal food can still be sold in KFC restaurants, the operators can no longer market it that way to customers.