Subway has allegedly removed ham and bacon from the menu at 185 of its locations throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland. The decision was made to respect the food chain’s high volume of Islamic customers in those areas, as the pork-based products have been replaced with halal meat.
The fast food restaurant has included a halal meat option since as early as 2007, although it hadn’t previously removed pork items completely from its menu.
“Due to the growing popularity of the Subway chain, with the diverse multicultural population across the U.K. and Ireland, we put a program in place in 2007 to ensure that the population demographic is taken into account when new store openings are considered in order that we meet consumer demands in each location,” a Subway spokeswoman told TheBlaze.
The spokeswoman, however, did not confirm whether or not the reports that pork products have been removed from the locations are true. According to sources, many stores now display signs claiming “all meats are halal” in the specific Subway locations.
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The Bristol Post, however, has confirmed that at least two stores in Bristol have completely cut ham and bacon from the Subway menu.
Many fast food restaurants are known to adapt to local customs and cuisines when opening new restaurants in a foreign market, and Subway’s decision reflects that common practice.