KFC says religion never an issue

2012-09-11 22:15

Johannesburg - Fast food outlet Kentucky Fried Chicken on Tuesday denied that its decision not to allow workers in KwaZulu-Natal to bring food to work was based on religious practices.

"The basis of the story is factually incorrect," the company said on Tuesday, in reaction to a report in The Mercury newspaper.

"Issues about staff being allowed to bring food into restaurants have nothing to do with any religious practices... but instead relates to food safety practices."

Earlier, it was reported that Colefax Trading, which has 39 KFC outlets in the province, had come to an agreement with its business partner, Yum Restaurants, to allow workers to bring their own meals to work.

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

The changes were prompted after several workers complained to the union that they were not allowed to bring their own food to work.

Some workers were disciplined for bringing non-halaal food into halaal-certified restaurants.

KFC said: "Any implication regarding the issue was misrepresentative (sic) and incorrect. KFC has amended its polices and operations to allow staff to bring food into its restaurants in line with food safety guidelines. The company considers this matter closed."

The Mercury reporter Bongani Hans said he stood by his story.

"The decision was based on religious practices. Halaal is a religious practice," he said.

  • margo.vorster - 2012-09-11 23:03

    Why is this even a story on news 24???? Misleading heading, with no real story!

  • medhanie.ghezehey - 2012-09-11 23:58

    bongani is out south africans.

  • bernard.ingram - 2012-09-12 04:43

    Yawn...why do those kind of people always feel the need to spread rumours about their religious oppression when there is in actual fact none?

      zaatheist - 2012-09-12 05:26

      Absolutely right. I am tired of people who believe in supernatural BS expecting special treatment and respect. If they cannot meet the employer's requirements and rules they can go an look for another job.

      zaatheist - 2012-09-12 08:33

      mattwerk Oh dear a godbot twit who feels insecure because science proves his silly scripture to be a load of BS, myths, lies and wishful thinking. You are so confused by all this knowledge that you mix up evolution with KFC. Shame man.

      zaatheist - 2012-09-12 08:58

      mattwerk Note - you raised the evolution issue not me. Which of the following scientific methods which confirm the fact of evolution do you not find compelling? Cell theory? Maybe it’s germ theory. Have a problem with atomic theory? Plate tectonics? Electromagnetic theory? Quantum theory? Before you fall off your chair - how about the Gravitational Theory? Just a theory I suppose. Evolution is a simple fact. We can choose to remain ignorant of it, we can stick our fingers in our ears and refuse to think about it, we can even rail against it and shout and scream that it is not allowed to be true. But facts are facts, and will not go away just because we don't like them. We don't get to vote for our preferred method of having come into existence as a species, any more than we can choose to have been delivered by stork rather than conceived and born in the usual way. - Paula KIrby

  • gregory.jurgens - 2012-09-12 06:12

    KFC sucks.

  • Peter Zylstra - 2012-09-12 06:51

    Islamists must remember that theirs is not the only religion in the world and start showing respect to other religions. Just wondering why are there no Christian shops?

      zaks2217 - 2012-09-12 07:15

      Wats an islamist?

      arno.botha.71 - 2012-09-12 07:25

      Islamist noun an advocate or supporter of Islamic, esp. orthodox Islamic, political rule

      zaks2217 - 2012-09-12 08:14

      Okay then. And what is a muslim?

      zaatheist - 2012-09-12 08:38

      Christian shops. There are lots of them. Just look around on Sunday at all the gullible people going to fancy buildings with spires throwing money at guys in dresses and smart suits. Of course the product they are sold is snake oil. Wonderful stuff except that it is invisible and totally useless.

  • stefan.kruger.1297 - 2012-09-12 07:17

    Its totally a religion thing... come on now... Countries have fought wars over religion... seriously... And what's up with the whole thing?? Everywhere I go now its called Macon... not Bacon... Come ON Jewish people, why change the name if you could just say you DON'T WANT IT!!!

  • wessel.vandenberg1 - 2012-09-12 07:49

    All this talk about KFC has just made me hungry, i am going of to get myself one of those high cholesterol, 30 minute old, and whatever some members have said here Streetwsie 2's, with a nini loave and mash & gravy !! In the mean time you all carry on dishing each other......

      don.quioxte.3 - 2012-09-12 08:42


  • don.quioxte.3 - 2012-09-12 08:20

    Religion or not,If you have experienced half-washed tripe heated up in the work microwave then you will understand the problem .

  • psalm.proverb.3 - 2012-09-12 08:29

    What hogwsh KFC. It is entirely religious. Pure discrimination against non-Muslims. I, for one, will NOT give them the benefit of my non-Muslim money. THey will get no profit from this non-Muslim. My personal BOYCOTT continues.

  • Blixum - 2012-09-12 08:51

    Support your local Nandos or Wimpy where you can still get genuine non-halaal or non-kosher bacon.

  • riad.mahomed - 2012-09-12 09:15

    Has much as I can relate to the emotions stirred up by this hotly contested debate and for those that possess indifference to another’s religion and belief, I take it that such people are not aware nor do they concern themselves about hygiene within the food industries. How many of you that’s commenting on this topic really know the guidelines to food safety practices?

  • stefan.kruger.1297 - 2012-09-12 09:59

    We all know that only Nando's knows how to make REAL chicken... ;)

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