Selling oxymoron: European chain retails ‘halal’ pork snack
Aldi apologized to angry customers, insisted that customers get their money back adding that they are investigating the matter
Similar to Judaism, eating pork is prohibited in Islam. But a European supermarket chain recently put a new product on its shelves, a halal snack containing pork, raising eyebrows especially those of its Muslim customers.
The mishap prompted German discount supermarket chain Aldi to apologize for selling Indian-style snacks labelled as ‘halal’ despite it containing pork, UK’s Daily Mail reported Saturday.
The black pudding, made by Scottish company Punjab Pakora, reportedly contained traces of pork blood and skin.
Aldi apologized to angry customers, insisted that customers get their money back adding that they are investigating the matter.
“Regarding the Punjab Pakora Black Pudding Pakora (Supplied by Punjab Pakora), we have now investigated this matter with the supplier, who has advised that the packaging was incorrectly labelled as Halal-certified and the problem is currently being rectified.”
“We apologize for any confusion caused by this unfortunate, isolated matter,” the supermarket said in a statement.
“While this is not a food safety or legal compliance issue, any customers who are not satisfied are welcome to return their purchase to store for a full refund.”
The error occurred when a manager in charge of what is printed on product labels did not notice the mistake, Aldi explained.
“The mistake happened when we did the print run and unfortunately our manager failed to spot this error and got approval for printing,” the owners of the company supplying the product to the supermarket Punjab Pakora said.
“We have been trying our very best and hardest (to correct the issue) and have contacted different clients involved and have sorted the issue,” they added.