KUALA LUMPUR: McDonald’s Arabia announced that imports of halal chicken to its 369 restaurants across the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region had reached 12,000 tonnes in 2012, a 12.3% increase compared with the previous year.
This is due to an increase in the demand for chicken meals.
In a statement, McDonald’s Arabia said imported chickens were prepared using strict halal procedures in Malaysia, which was the main exporter of high-quality halal chicken to all McDonald’s restaurants in the region.
It said that this information was revealed after a delegation from Kuwait visited Malaysia to observe the systems that McDonald’s imposed on suppliers to ensure that food was prepared based on halal procedures.
These included visits to Malaysia’s Department of Islamic Development (Jakim), an official authority that supervises halal procedures, and two certified halal slaughter houses where chickens are prepared daily under Jakim’s supervision and the Mac Food factory.
Meanwhile, McDonald’s Middle East and Africa managing director Yousif Abdulghani said all products served in McDonald’s restaurants in the Middle East were halal as all ingredients were inspected and approved by local authorities and halal officers before export and by customs officials at ports of entry.
“Ensuring that all ingredients and produce are halal is McDonald’s top priority,” he said, adding that customers could be sure that the food they enjoy was halal, with the same taste worldwide.
Since their launch in the GCC in 1993, the company has offered high quality halal food to all customers through qualified suppliers. It ensures 100% supplier eligibility before adding any source to its database of approved suppliers. — Bernama
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