London: Food giant McDonald`s and one of its franchise owners has agreed to pay 700,000 dollars to members of the Muslim community, following allegations that a Detroit-based restaurant had falsely advertised that its food is being prepared according to the Islamic dietary law.
Dearborn Heights, Michigan resident Ahmed Ahmed had sued the food chain and Finley`s Management Co in view of allegations that Ahmed had bought a chicken sandwich in 2011, which was later found out to be non-halal, reports the Telegraph.
Along with Ahmed, a Detroit health clinic, the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn and lawyers, will also be partners in the money from the settlement.
According to Ahmed`s lawyer Kassem Daklallah, there are only two McDonald`s in the United States that sell halal products and both are in Dearborn.
He alleged that one of the locations had sold non-halal products when it ran out of halal meat.
An investigation conducted with the help of Ahmed revealed that the restaurant had sold non-halal food on many occasions, after which a letter was sent to McDonald`s and Finley`s, Daklallah said.
He added that a lawsuit was file only after they received no response for the letter. However, Finley`s have said in its settlement notice that the company has trained its employees on the preparation of halal food, with strict adherence to the process.