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McDonald’s has been caught in a row after it said that it said that it only serves Halal meat to its customers. The tweet ruffled a lot of feathers online with #boycottmcdonalds trending on Twitter in India.
The global fast-food chain was in the eye of the storm on Thursday when asked by a Twitter user if it serves halal meat to its customers. In response to the query, McDonald’s tweeted, “The meat that we use, across our restaurants is of the highest quality and is sourced from government-approved suppliers who are HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) certified.”
Halal is the Islamic procedure of slaughter which can be carried out only by Muslims. The tweet infuriated many Hindus who took to Twitter to criticize the fast-food chain. Many questioned McDonald’s on why they serve halal meat in India where 80 per cent people are non-Muslims. Furthermore, a never-ending debate ensued on Twitter regarding halal and “jhatka” meat being served in Indian restaurants.
@mcdonaldsindia Is McDonald’s in India halal certified?
— hibailyas (@hibailyas89) August 22, 2019
The entire controversy was stoked after a Twitter user @hibailyas89 asked McDonald’s India if its restaurants in India carry halal certification. McDonald’s India in response tweeted, “Thank you for taking the time to contact McDonald’s India. We truly appreciate this opportunity to respond to your comments. The meat that we use, across our restaurants, is of the highest quality and is sourced from government-approved suppliers who are HACCP certified.”
All our restaurants have HALAL certificates. You can ask the respective restaurant Managers to show you the certificate for your satisfaction and confirmation. (2/2)
— McDonald’s India (@mcdonaldsindia) August 22, 2019
The response left Netizens attacking the company’s Twitter handle. “McDonald’s we Hindus want jatka meat”, posted an angry user while another wrote: “I don’t want to eat needlessly cruel halal meat. What option do I have? Or should I not eat at McDonald’s?”. “Dear @McDonalds, per your response, should I understand that your products are not meant for non-Muslims in India? Do let me know” tweeted another.
Go To Hell, then. We Hindus only have JHATKA MEAT, Will educate others as well to not have any Non Veg Food From your chain. If you not want to end up like ZOMATO, ensure that JHATKA MEAT is served. Else, embrace for Financial Loss. https://t.co/ySGeo7Cxec
— ਪੰਜਾਬੀ (@HasdaaPunjab) August 23, 2019
In a similar incident, Zomato faced flak after it said that food doesn’t have any religion while responding to a customer declining to accept an order delivered by a Muslim delivery agent.
Food doesn’t have a religion. It is a religion. https://t.co/H8P5FlAw6y
— Zomato India (@ZomatoIN) July 31, 2019