Following the Halal Food Authority (HFA)’s decision to abandon mechanical slaughter (press release dated December 2nd 2013), we would like to make clear what this means for halal KFC outlets (of which we have been certifying for the last five years).
KFC UK and Ireland are in support of the HFA’s recent policy change and are committed to providing their consumers with halal poultry in their halal-certified stores. HFA’s abandonment of mechanical slaughter will come into play from 3rd March 2014; suppliers to KFC UK and Ireland will follow the hand-slaughter of poultry only from this date, however, due to the multitude of chicken sourced by KFC, a mixture of hand and mechanical slaughtered poultry will be served in their halal outlets as they go through a transitional period before full compliance; from March 3rd2014 KFC will not source any mechanically slaughtered poultry from suppliers but stock bought prior to this date will be used. This transitional period will be complete by May 1st 2014.
Every slaughter site distributing poultry to KFC UK and Ireland has and will be audited by the HFA to ensure full compliance with our regulations.
HFA are issuing this statement so that the community can make their own well-informed decisions on this matter; and a copy of KFC’s statement in regards to this matter can be found here
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