The two Michigan McDonald's locations that were the only in the nation to serve halal-prepared food have taken the halal items off the menu because of a recent lawsuit settlement.
The two McDonald's were both located in Dearborn, Mich., which is a city known for its large Arab-American population. One customer named Ahmed Ahmed, however, found out that the restaurants were selling halal items that were falsely advertised and not prepared according to Islamic guidelines. Ahmed then filed a lawsuit against the company, which recently reached a $700,000 settlement.
The two halal menu items — chicken nuggets and McChicken sandwiches — made the restaurants popular among the Arab community. According to USA Today, more than half of the chicken nugget sales in 2000 were for the halal versions. However, once allegations about the improper preparation of the halal menu items surfaced (halal is the Islamic version of kosher, and gives a set of guidelines for the preparation of food, such as having the meat prayed over while it is cut), Islamic customers were disappointed and many believe the company made a good move by taking halal items off the menu.
McDonald's has not publically admitted the lawsuit was the reason for the menu change but rather insists that it would like to focus on the core national menu.
For Kassem Dakhlallah, the attorney who filed the 2011 lawsuit, it is a “disappointing” conclusion, but a preferable one nonetheless because if McDonald’s can’t guarantee halal products are prepared properly, "then ceasing to offer halal products was probably the best decision."
"If you can't get it right 100 percent of the time, then you're doing a disservice to the community," said Majed Moughni, an outspoken critic of McDonald's. "Stop it if you can't guarantee it."