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McDonald’s pays $700,000 to settle suit over non-halal food

Two Detroit-area restaurants allegedly advertised halal fare, but sold products that did not conform to Islamic dietary restrictions

McDonald’s Corp. is in hot water over its food, but the problem this time isn’t calorie counts—it’s the restaurant’s alleged failure to comply with Muslim dietary law, despite its advertising to the contrary.

The fast food chain advertises halal food at two of its locations near Dearborn, Mich., which is home to one of the country’s largest Arab and Muslim communities. Local resident Ahmed Ahmed brought the suit against McDonald’s and one of its franchise owners, Finley’s Management Co., in November 2011, two months after he ordered a chicken sandwich at one of those locations and allegedly discovered that it wasn’t halal.

Alanna Byrne

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