Muslims in the U.K. were outraged recently when they found food marked “halal” at a grocery store that actually contained pork.
The product in question was made by Scottish company Punjab Pakora, and it contained traces of pork blood and skins, which are each forbidden by Islam. According to Daily Mail, this product was stocked on Aldi shelves with a UK Health Code stamp that labelled it suitable for Muslims.
Aldi store owners Kushal & Vinita Duggal said the mistake happened because a manager in charge of printing labels made an error.
“The mistake happened when we did the print run and unfortunately our manager failed to spot this error and got approval for printing,” the Duggals said. “We have been trying our very best and hardest (to correct the issue) and have contacted different clients involved and have sorted the issue.”
An Aldi spokesman quickly issued a desperate apology after Muslims launched a mass boycott of the store.
“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 apologize 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.”
Despite the apology, Muslims are still outraged at the grocery store.
“This is absolutely outrageous and I am deeply offended by this,” said Manahil Khan. “I am pretty sure many others of the Muslim community are also very offended by this.”
“It is demoralizing 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,” he added.
Sheesh, there really is no limit to the ridiculousness of Muslims!
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