Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Aldi sells product falsely labeled halal, apologizes

  • Roy Graber
    Aldi has apologized after selling a product containing pork blood and skin that was falsely labeled as halal.
    From WATTAgNet:
    Grocery chain Aldi has apologized and is offering a refund to U.K. customers who purchased a black pudding product labeled as Halal that actually contained pork blood and skins, which is forbidden by the Muslim community.
    According to WATTAgNet’s meat and poultry labeling glossary, products prepared by federally inspected meat packing plants identified with labels bearing references to "halal" or "Zabiah halal" must be handled according to Islamic law and under Islamic authority.
    The product was supplied to the grocery chain by Punjab Pakora, a Scottish company that produces a variety of authentic Indian dishes. The company’s owners said that the misleading labels were used because a manager that was assigned with approving the labels including a U.K. Health Code stamp failed to notice the mistake.
    “We are issuing a notice about the recent discovery of halal being advertised on the black pudding sleeve as being a printing mistake, and have rectified the issue immediately, we sincerely apologize to the public who have been affected by this mistake and would like to thank everyone who brought this error to our attention,” Punjab Pakora stated on its website.
    A spokesman for Aldi said the company regretted the error, which resulted in the outrage of Muslim customers. It welcomed customers who purchased the product to return it to the store where it was purchased for a full refund.

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