KFC trials halal stores

Fast food chicken chain KFC has embarked on a halal trial at eight of its London stores.

For several months, customers visiting the Lea Bridge Road, Beckton, Edmonton, Hounslow West, Upton Park, Forest Gate, Bethnal Green and Tottenham Hale branches of KFC will be able to buy chicken certified by the Halal Food Authority (HFA). Bacon, and all other non-halal foods, will be off the menu.

The trial was launched in response to “significant demand” for a halal-only KFC stores. A KFC spokesperson stressed that while the selected branches are in areas which should have “high demand” for halal food, there are non-halal stores located nearby, should customers not want halal meat.

All of the chicken served in the halal branches will be farm-assured and sourced from existing suppliers and the chain has consulted with leading animal welfare groups to ensure that the halal process will meet KFC’s welfare standards.

“For our chicken to be halal-accredited, a blessing is read by an appropriate person at the point of slaughter – nothing else changes,” said the spokesperson.

“You will find that our food is just as tasty and finger lickin’ good as it has always been!”