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KFC allows non-halaal food at work

2012-09-11 10:24

Durban - Employees at Kentucky Fried Chicken halaal branches in KwaZulu-Natal will now be allowed to bring their own food to work, the Mercury reported on Tuesday.

This comes after some workers were disciplined for bringing non-halaal food into halaal-certified KFC restaurants.

According to the Mercury, Colefax Trading, which has 39 KFC outlets in the province, has come to an agreement with its business partner Yum Restaurants to allow workers to bring their own meals to works.

Colefax said in a letter to the United Chemical Industries Mining Electrical State Health and Aligned Workers Union that staff would be provided with a microwave and fridge.

The letter said the company would provide designated facilities to clean food containers and utensils brought in by workers.

The changes were also prompted by several KFC workers who had submitted complaints to the union that they were not allowed to bring their own food to work.

Comments
  • herman.heil - 2012-09-11 10:36

    Gaan halaal jou hoener by Nandos en eet hom by kfc.........

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-09-11 14:07

      Which is why the international Halaal council(s) rake in $2.3 TRILLION annually.

      carl.lutzer.3 - 2012-09-11 20:05

      How about KFC tells the public how much they pay the Islamic council or whatever annually for the "privilege" to have that certificate on display?

  • carl.lutzer.3 - 2012-09-11 10:36

    Still want to know why we are forced to eat halaal certified food if it's got nothing to do with me !! I also believe the halaal council is making millions out of this blackmailing scheme - maybe that's where the money is coming from to build a mosque in every town these days

      LynneOeschger - 2012-09-11 10:42

      And that is why I will not buy KFC.

      sticky.toffee - 2012-09-11 10:44

      I dont buy KFC because its crap

      arm.witmens - 2012-09-11 10:58

      forced? No one's forcing anyone. If you dont want halaal, dont buy kfc. buy nandos or chicken licken.

      Jo.Davies123 - 2012-09-11 11:16

      You are not forced. No one is holding a gun to your head to buy KFC or any other foods.

      psalm.proverb.3 - 2012-09-11 12:16

      @ Carl, Then it is simple really. Concerned non-Muslims should BOYCOTT KFC. We are the majority. Start with KFC and follow onto other food companies. Only 1 question: Do SA non-Muslims have the personal will and discipline to carry out a nation-wide boycott? Anyway, while it is nice to know that non-Muslim employees will be accomodated, my BOYCOTT of KFC continues.

      john.moodley.7 - 2012-09-11 12:54

      @michael.vanrheenen.9, my man what you need is a horse whipping, learn to respect all. you tosser.

  • jerolan.gengiah - 2012-09-11 10:37

    "now be allowed" That statements appears as if KFC are doing their staff a favour. This should never have been an issue in the first place.

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-09-11 10:46

      Yes it was not allowed before, but they saw the lights of Damascus?

  • themba.mkhize.5494 - 2012-09-11 10:37

    why so much fuss, hallal kosher and all that does not exist, in the crux of things

      John - 2012-09-11 11:57

      Oh but it does, hence the article.

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-09-11 14:09

      For every halaal product sold, the halaal councils get a percentage... basically a small tax they receive.

  • leon.lipschitz - 2012-09-11 10:37

    I'm am sorry but I disagree here I am not a Muslim but this is wrong If a place is Halal it means that it is a kosher place and a place to be respected as such Bringing non halal food in to a halal place causes the risk of contamination of the halal foods ether accidentally or deliberately This is not right and I for one would boycott any place that allowed this transgression to happen This is an infringement of religious rights and shows a lack of respect for a persons religion

      sticky.toffee - 2012-09-11 10:45

      What about the respect for an individuals rights. The right to eat whatever food he chooses?

      jackie.stone.501 - 2012-09-11 10:47

      You are not a Muslim, Really? Why do you care if something is labeled halal or not. Why do you consider boycotting then, I think you a in-denial, you are a Muslim in the closet.

      lydonmcg - 2012-09-11 11:02

      What absolute nonsense. An infringement of religious rights? What about an infringement on the rights of employees? You are arguing that religious rights should be given preference over individuals' rights based upon pure speculation. You said it yourself - "the RISK of contamination" - not the guarantee. As long as Halaal establishments are content with selling their products to non-Muslim customers, and employing non-Muslim people, then there's absolutely no excuse for their previous policy. If KFC outlets want to act like religious establishments, then they need to be declared as religious establishments and relinquish their retail rights.

      carolyn.dewrance - 2012-09-11 11:11

      Bull leon stuff the religious rights, this is food we are talking about, and no ways can non Halal food be contaminated by Halal food or visa versa. You talk through your hat.

      Jo.Davies123 - 2012-09-11 11:20

      They are compling to the South African National Halaal Standards. They are being given seperate fridges, microwaves and places to clean the utensils used to eat their non-halaal foods. This is exactly what the standards say. If they don't have a problem with it, why should you?

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-09-11 11:41

      Leon, as much as I respect other peoples' religion, the whole concept of kosher and halaal is just plain stupid in the current day and age. These rules were made a few thousand years ago when the Jews and Arabs were still nomadic herders roaming the deserts, and had to do with hygiene in the hot and filthy conditions. If you still follow kosher rules, I must assume that you are still living in filthy, unhygienic conditions. Ag sies man.

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-09-11 14:10

      So yet again, the rights of the religious trumps the rights of everyone else? What else are they supposed to do? Just eat KFC day in and day out?

      K9Lakhan - 2012-09-11 16:49

      As a Hindu I eat vegetables on certain days. I do not demand a separate kitchen. There are many times that the catering company, gives me eggs with the veg dish. . .and I eat it. . . with some feedback to the chef that eggs should be removed the next time. ( my point is one shouldnt really worry about contamination etc. to subjugate others - that a bigger infringement. A person should strive to be all he can be not by eating something , but by their non-dominating non-colonizing acts ) ...i eat the non-veg to keep the peace.

  • K9Lakhan - 2012-09-11 10:43

    ... I boycott, free advertising. ie Halaal being everywhere. All another brands promote a product, and have to pay for it plus tax. " hot money " ?

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-09-11 14:19

      EVEN RASCALS ARE HALAAL!!!! I don't get why it needs to be halaal certified, if its basically just sugar, being manufactured in a sweet factory. Or do they process meat and pork in a sweet factory too?

      riad.mahomed - 2012-09-11 15:52

      @wesley.bischoff: I guess if you were a vegetarian you would find the halaal label pretty useful and the reason why I say that is for the simple reason that any product that has the halaal label on that product, such a product as an element of animal byproduct (like gelatin) or was made by using items that have animal product in them. A simple example would be a pastry or basting brush which could be made from animal’s hair. Suggest your look up the ingredients next time and understand well what you eating, of course that would only apply if you care what you consume.

  • TheyTookMyNickLaZynEko - 2012-09-11 10:58

    duh, why should the policies of the company effect what employees are allowed to ingest? tsk.

  • taylor.motlatsi - 2012-09-11 11:09

    WTF is halaal?

      anthony.arendse.9 - 2012-09-11 11:16

      Alles uitgehaal

  • khathu.rasi - 2012-09-11 11:21

    Oh finally a breath of a relief,

  • Shaun McDermott - 2012-09-11 11:23

    I object to be forced to eat Halaal. and my free choice to eat what i want. stuff Halaal

  • jannie.beirowski - 2012-09-11 11:32

    The definition of Halaal is: Meat that has been slaughtered in the manner prescribed by the shari'a. adj. 1. Of or being meat slaughtered in the prescribed way: a halal butcher; a halal label. 2. In accordance with or permitted under the shari'a. This started in the 7th century. I cannot understand how the different ways of slaughering a cow can determine it being holy or unholy. It ends up being dead, so what is the difference? Does this mean a normal human being can create a holy cow?

  • abdulrazak.modak - 2012-09-11 11:36

    victory for the worker, what amazes is that the management has now gone "full circle"..............first, it was non-halaal, which precipitated the ban.........now, anything........... why the furore in the first place

  • desmond.s.leaner - 2012-09-11 12:13

    Let's boycott KFC for not allowing non-muslim food by the workers! First Woollies now KFC!

  • Linds - 2012-09-11 12:13

    It's the ANC's/government's fault. lol

  • chris.shield - 2012-09-11 12:44

    What happened to staff meals for people working in the food industry? When I worked at a Pizza Hut in high school we were all given a free pizza each per shift. And friends who worked at Spur and steers got the same.. Have the accountants killed this off? If they were given a staff meal this wouldn't be an issue..

      tamryn.stevens.31 - 2012-09-11 16:02

      And if they did eat KFC everyday they would be in a rather poor state of health.

      fpstevens - 2012-11-10 12:25

      Can you seriously imagine eating KFC every day? I'm sure staff do get meals if they want or at least get discounts, but after a few weeks they would probably rather starve than see another piece of chicken

  • deon.maritz.92 - 2012-09-11 15:31

    good for kfc

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