Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) appeared in our list of top stories for September when we reported the view of a Muslim scholar who argued that the fast-food retailer’s sales of halal chicken may not meet the requirements of Islamic law.
Shaykh Siddiqi, principal of Hijaz College, national convenor of the Muslim Action Committee, secretary general of the International Muslim Organisation and a barrister, said he and other scholars had identified a problem with the requirement for a prayer to be said over each animal as it is slaughtered.
“With machine killing, they are not praying the prayer on each of the birds. In fact, when they are machine killing, they are not praying at all. They may just have a tape recording which defeats the whole purpose of halal”
But a spokesperson for KFC said: “We have worked closely with the Halal Food Authority for our halal products and have complete confidence in its credentials. The HFA is part of the World Halal Council, and it is the UK’s largest and longest-established halal certification body, accrediting over 200 other food-related businesses to ensure that the edicts and requirements for halal accreditation are strictly followed and adhered to.”