Fast Food Restaurant Chain KFC has confirmed to Radio Apna News that its stores do not have Halal certification.
KFC spokesperson says they are currently trialling Halal chicken in two of its Auckland stores situated in Lynfield and Otahuhu.
According to KFC Chicken products provided to these two KFC stores are supplied by Tegel Foods who are Halal certified by Halal Conformity Services (HCS). HCS is a Halal Certification organisation approved by the New Zealand Government’s Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).
KFC says its food is made to strict, food and safety procedures but do not have halal certification at any of their stores.
However many New Zealand Muslims who regard Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand,Fianz as their parent body are in doubt as it does not provide halal certification to Tegel Foods.
New Zealand Muslim community mostly depend on Brinks and Best Bird Chicken which is certified Halal by Fianz,but Radio Apna News understands Tegel Foods which claims its chicken to be halal is also exported overseas in big quantities which has very high demand in Middle Eastern countries.
Muslims around New Zealand are in doubt which way to go as they are missing the taste of major brands which their families and friends enjoy overseas due to Halal certification issues.
Last Night there was a big reaction and debate from the Muslim community on social media after Radio Apna broke the news that Fianz has confirmed that none of the KFC outlets in New Zealand are Fianz certified halal.
Many listeners told Radio Apna News that they have already eaten and enjoyed with their families since KFC introduced halal chicken in Lynfield and Otahuhu stores but were not aware that parent body Fianz has not certified the outlets.