McDonald’s Settles $700,000 Suit over Islamic Diet in US

Fox News, January 22, 2013

McDonald’s and one of its franchise owners agreed to pay $700,000 to members of the Muslim community to settle allegations a Detroit-area restaurant falsely advertised its food as being prepared according to Islamic dietary law.

McDonald’s and Finley’s Management Co. agreed Friday to the tentative settlement, with that money to be shared by Dearborn Heights resident Ahmed Ahmed, a Detroit health clinic, the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn and lawyers.

Ahmed’s attorney, Kassem Dakhlallah, told The Associated Press on Monday that he’s “thrilled” with the preliminary deal that’s expected to be finalized March 1. McDonald’s and Finley’s Management deny any liability but say the settlement is in their best interests.

The lawsuit alleged that Ahmed bought a chicken sandwich in September 2011 at a Dearborn McDonald’s but found it wasn’t halal—meaning it didn’t meet Islamic requirements for preparing food. Islam forbids consumption of pork, and God’s name must be invoked before an animal providing meat for consumption is slaughtered.

Dakhlallah said there are only two McDonald’s in the United States that sell halal products and both are in Dearborn, which has one of the nation’s largest Arab and Muslim communities. Overall, the Detroit area is home to about 150,000 Muslims of many different ethnicities.

The locations advertise that they exclusively sell halal Chicken McNuggets and McChicken sandwiches and they have to get those products from an approved halal provider, Dakhlallah said. He said there was no evidence of problems on the production side, but he alleges that the Dearborn location on Ford Road sold non-halal products when it ran out of halal.

Dakhlallah said he was approached by Ahmed, and they conducted an investigation. A letter sent to McDonald’s Corp. and Finley’s Management by Dakhlallah’s firm said Ahmed had “confirmed from a source familiar with the inventory” that the restaurant had sold non-halal food “on many occasions.”


He [Dakhlallah] said the final hearing will ultimately determine who gets what and how much, but roughly $275,000 is expected to go to the Huda Clinic, about $150,000 to the museum, $230,000 to attorneys and $20,000 to Ahmed.


In 2002, McDonald’s agreed to donate $10 million to Hindu and other groups in the U.S. to settle lawsuits that accused the chain of mislabeling french fries and hash browns as vegetarian. The vegetable oil used to prepare the items had contained traces of beef for flavoring purposes.

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  • Triarius

    When minorites, or whites for that matter, come to America you shouldnot expect us to change for you. I’m more mad at us in this case, you can’t get mad at someone asking for a handout when we can’t give it away fast enough.

    Please sir, I’d like some more.

    • You’re right. If these cultural invaders have a lot of nerve, it’s because too many of us have lost ours.

      • Triarius

        “Tolerance and apathy are the last virtues of a dying society”. – Aristotle

        +1 for using “you’re”, btw.

        • I’m a stickler, too. If you’d caught me using your where it did not belong, I’d have sent me to bed without my supper.

          • Michael_C_Scott

            I’m glad to hear that from someone else; it costs nothing to take care with one’s writing. At the risk of sending someone whom I will never please into a frothy snit over yet another personal anecdote, I type quickly. I then go back and read everything aloud. This is an easy trick for self-correction, and it works rather well.

          • MekongDelta69

            Thesaurus Rex is ABSOLUTELY a type of dinosaur.

            D’Ontavious and LaShonda told me so – and of course, I believe everything they say.

          • If you’re anything like me, you went through that comment with a fine-toothed comb before posting it. (Fine-toothed? Is that right? Fine-toothed?) Attention to detail and the pursuit of perfection are qualities which distinguish us from our enemies.

          • Tom in MI

            Only a dinosaur would use a thesaurus. Just kidding.

          • Michael_C_Scott

            Thesaurus rex?

      • HamletsGhost

        We didn’t really lose our nerve. Our usurpers have used the law and media to beat down anyone who objected to our dispossession.

        The gates of the citadel weren’t breached from without, they were opened from within.

  • The__Bobster

    I’d be angry, except that McDonald’s is a very anti-White corporation.

    • Michael_C_Scott

      McDamage is also anti-gun, so I am just delighted.

      • Luis

        Haven’t there been shootouts and brawls at McDonald’s, in the recent past? And yet, McDonald’s is anti-gun.

        My wife and a friend of hers, ate at a McDonald’s a couple of days ago. The friend got the runs from a burger she had, and I had to give her Pepto-Bismol as a result.

        • Michael_C_Scott

          As with many things, good burgers are too cheap and easy to make at home, and one can use better ingredients, like ground chuck instead of dog food and a nice spring or herb mix instead of tasteless shredded iceberg lettuce. One can knead all sorts of things into the meat before cooking. One I like is Korean bulgoki sauce, and another is Bolst’s curry powder. Worcestershire sauce is also tops. There’s also ponzu, which is soy sauce with lime juice in it. Or teriyaki. The list goes on and on. My Korean burgers get kimchi under the toasted bun instead of lettuce.

          Life’s too short for bad food, and McDamage is just about the worst.

  • guest

    That’s how it is with Islamists. Wherever they go, everything has to be their way. I find it very questionable how anyone would be in favor of Islam. Anyone who values and loves their freedom should know that Islam doesn’t represent freedom and it never will.

    • Some Guy

      I serious doubt the Founders Fathers had Islam in mind when they said Freedom of Religion. Islam is a dangerous Theocracy that has no business in Western nations!

    • Nathanwartooth

      If you watch the MSM they repeatedly push one narrative. That Muslims extremists are a very small minority and that 99% of them are good honest people.

      I know people who believe this and it’s pretty disgusting. There is no evidence to back up this claim but still people believe it.

  • Enar_Larsson

    —Dakhlallah said he was approached by Ahmed, and they conducted an
    investigation. A letter sent to McDonald’s Corp. and Finley’s Management
    by Dakhlallah’s firm said Ahmed had “confirmed from a source familiar
    with the inventory” that the restaurant had sold non-halal food “on many

    This is pretty disturbing. In the original foxnews article the Muslim lawyers actually praises McDonald’s for taking this seriously, being proactive about it, and doing everything they could to make it right. At the same time, the article claims that McDonald’s and the franchise owner denied responsibility (and also wrongdoing?). They only settled because that was easier for them. The offended customer does not claim–or at least no claims are made in the article–to have noticed anything wrong with his sandwich. He just ate it and at some unspecified later time contacted the lawyer–apparently on the hunch that something was amiss (or the hope that McD’s would just settle)–found that everything was good on the production end but found some employee or former employee, presumably, to say that “on many [unspecified] occasions” the restaurant pulled a fast one.

  • IstvanIN

    How the heck can you tell a piece of chicken killed in an humane fashion after some voodoo Imam has said some Arab drivel over it and regular chicken? You can not. Deport, deport, deport!

    • I am not going to continue eating at Micky-D and paying higher prices for their food when my money is going to pay off legal settlements like this. They would not have to pay damages if someone got food poisoning..

    • GM (Australia)

      “Killed in an inhumane fashion” this should be the concern of every civilized person on this planet, because this is what Halal slaughter is all about. Why have we bowed down to Islam to allow this cruelty to animals to take place? It is a pity that McDonalds did not defend this lawsuit right up to the highest court in the land and with lots and lots of publicity which would hopefully expose the cruelty of Halal slaughter.

      One of the special things about our modern Western civilization, whether it be the UK, Canada, Australia or your country, is our concern for the welfare of, and loathing of any cruelty towards animals. By mute acceptance of Halal slaughter we are fast loosing our direction as a civilization. Where are the animal rights groups in all of this???

      • SintiriNikos

        Not gonna happen GM, because it’s the same as kosher. That is a battle that I’m sure was never fought to begin with.

        • HamletsGhost

          Actually it was fought in Norway in the 1930s. The country passed a law that prohibited cruel slaughter techniques but it fell afoul of a certain Mid-east minority.

          It wasn’t Muslims, BTW.

          • SintiriNikos

            So adorable of those Norwegians to think they’d win that one. That’s gumption for ya!

  • McD’s should just declare themselves 365Islamic, to go along with their 365Black initiative. Just one more reason, in addition to the complete nutritional nightmare of their menu, to avoid patronizing them.

    • StillModerated

      I was driving on I-85 through upcountry SC. We stopped for food near Greenville. McDonalds looked OK until I saw that wifey and me were the only 2 whites. I knew a lunger would be added to my sandwich, so we went next door to a joint called CookOut, whose employees and clientele were all White. It was a no-brainer. And the BBQ sandwich and Cheerwine float were excellent.

      • bubo

        My brother says CookOut is awesome sauce. I haven’t had anything from them but a milkshake, but I will change that next time I’m in the vicinity

      • whitepony87

        Imagine how much crap gets stolen from that place and how many orders they probably mess up a day. Not to mention all of the drug deals that probably go down in the back and just outside the back door there. It really doesn’t pay to hire minorities, most of them can’t even excel at a simple job such as fast food.

  • Mike

    I would have waited for the guy to finish the sandwich then walked up to him and said “Excuse me sir, I believe I gave you the wrong order, the sandwich I gave you was a McPork w/ quadruple bacon. So sorry for the mistake.”

  • brengunn

    Seven hundred grand for an unblessed chicken, not bad work if you can get it! I have no love for McDonalds so it doesn’t bother me but it’s a little steep for so trivial an issue. In a sane world what would this be worth? An apology? A free (halal) meal? A meal and a few bucks because they’re extra sorry? Any of them but nothing that exceeds a hundred dollars.

    Just to put this in perspective, here is a list of British Armed forces compensation rates for soldiers wounded in battle(I’ve converted GB£ to US$):

    Loss of both legs above the knee – $636,000
    Loss of both legs above or below the knee and one arm -$636,000
    Loss of both arms above or below the elbow and one leg – $636,000
    Loss of both eyes – $636,000

    All these injuries are worth less than a non-halal chicken sandwich. Given the choice, I wonder which Mr Ahmed Ahmed and his lawyers would take?

    There is something sick in our societies.

    • Greg Thomas

      Offending a muslim or some other member of diversity has become the most egregious act imaginable.

    • bigone4u

      Excellent work. Thank you.

    • JackKrak

      Isn’t it funny how people from the more goat and camel-intensive parts of the world suddenly become sharp legal scholars when they realize they can play the white man’s victimization jackpot game?

      • whitepony87

        Of course, they could make more with one lawsuit than they could in 3 lifetimes of goat herding / trading.

  • That’s what you get when you try to cater to a minority.

    • StillModerated

      Not cater — pander.

  • MekongDelta69

    Well OF COURSE Mr. Halalhalalhalal, the terrorist shakedown ‘lawyer’ from Dearbornistan is “thrilled.”

    He just got TEN TIMES the amount of money that Ahmedahmedahmed got. (You know – the guy who ‘suddenly’ remembered over a year later that some lunatic didn’t scream “allahu akbar” before serving him his chicken sammich.)

    They’ve learned very well from the likes of Allahu Sharpton and Jesse hi-jack bin-Jackson.

  • StillModerated

    Damned imported sand mooleys complain as much our own mooleys do.

  • JDInSanDiego

    Can I sue islam for falsely advertising itself as the religion of peace?

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    I had NO idea McDonald’s served halal food anywhere in this country. Best to shun McDonald’s food so you won’t accidentally consume anything halal.

    confirmed from a source familiar with the inventory

    Sounds like a shake down and set up. McDonald’s deserves to pay out for being stupid enough to pander to perpetually aggrieved Muslims. Close the store and next time post a sign: Pork served here! Nothing in this establishment is Halal or Kosher.

    Next, they’ll file a massive lawsuit because bacon, sausage and McRibs are served next to halal food.

    That is, if McRibs actually contain pork.


    • You mean the McKangaroo sandwich?

      Ooh, I didn’t just say that, did I? Have I gone too far, or have I not gone far enough?

      • GM (Australia)

        I am a vegetarian, many of the above posts make me very happy that I am. But there is more than anecdotal evidence to suggest that kangaroo meat and horse meat, both destined for the pet meat trade regularly find there way into “manufactured” meat products used for human consumption, particularly the great Aussie meat pie! As for a McHorse, apart from being quite revolting I believe it would not be Kosher either.
        PS. One particular vegetarian product that I use is certified as Halal compliant, I am quite mystified as lentils are not slaughtered, perhaps they come from the Middle East?

        • GM (Australia)

          For Meat Lovers out there please note that any meat exported from Australia is subject to the most stringent quality control procedures at every level be it Halal compliance or EU meat-works inspectors..

        • brengunn

          Why shouldn’t humans eat horse or kangaroo, or cat or dog for that matter. It’s completely illogical that cow and pig are fine to eat but horse is not. I can understand someone abstaining from meat for personal reasons but to segregate different meats is nonsense. It’s all just part of the silly mind games we play with ourselves.

    • Bon, From the Land of Babble

      Ok, sports fans, I did a little digging around about the McRib and here is what I found:

      According to an article in Chicago magazine, by a buy named “Mandingo” McRibs are made from “restructured mean product” which is a vile mixture of tripe, heart and scalded stomach. This is mixed with salt and water to extract proteins from the muscle.

      (Hmmm sounds like the pink slime my school district uses to make “hamburgers” for the free federal lunches). This hideous mess made of by-products can now be shaped into any shape — like a fake slab of ribs, a la the one that turns over the Flintstone’s car in the old cartoon.

      The McRib sandwich also contains 70 other ingredients — including a flour-bleaching agent used in yoga mats.

      I guess this makes it halal after all!!

      Hungry yet?


      • Michael_C_Scott

        I am willing to eat anything so long as it is cooked long enough. I prefer salt-water fish raw, but an orc might be best flayed, disembowelled, packed with pounded pepper and then pickled for a month before being roasted on a spit. An orc would otherwise be fairly tough and stringy.

        I’ve had horse and kanga, and they’re both good.

      • brengunn

        The bleaching agent is part of the process of making tripe edible. The stomach is full of bile and acid, the bleach cleans it all off.

      • kjh64

        Ugh, that’s nasty. I’d never eat a McRib or any other “meat” there. Seriously, no wonder we have so much cancer today.

    • Michael_C_Scott

      Have I recently said that I love you, Bon? Your pictures make me laugh, and that’s rare.
      Thank you!

      • Bon, From the Land of Babble

        Ohhh… and it’s not even Valentine’s Day yet!!

        I work (modern-day high school) and live (Kalivornia) in a twisted, Orwellian, environment where lies are truth and 2 + 2 = 5 — or whatever you want it to add up to.

        I had to make a choice — either heavy-duty, psychotropic, brain-destroying pharmaceuticals (like MANY of my colleagues) or learn to cope and make fun of the constant insanity around me.

        ….or how I learned to find sanity in an insane world!!

        I choose to mock it.

        “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. There is no defense. It’s irrational. It’s infuriating. It also works as a key pressure point to force the enemy into concessions.”

        Saul Alinsky, marxist, guru to Hilary Clinton and Barak obama.


        And, for your viewing pleasure!! Straight from the high culture and art of the American ghetto…And, a shout-out to my home state of Kalivornia!!

        • Michael_C_Scott

          Mockery is also one of my answers. I also have a rather well-equipped shop in my basement and welding gear in my garage where I build strange, useful things. This works only so far, as the rows of work callouses on my hands are growing together into what seem likely to become hooves, so I usually return to mockery. My own sanity-saving response to workplace nonsense was to quit and stay home most of the time. I had a blood pressure of 175/105 at the age of 30, so I probably also saved my own life. Now it is 85/45.

          That said, if Shrillary and Oogabooga were trained in ridicule, why is it that they don’t have a sense of humor? Most liberals don’t. In fact most people don’t do much laughing anymore, but liberals are especially humorless. I am currently compiling a CD-ROM full of pictures I can rotate around as desktop backgrounds. Some of yours are there, along with pictures of old artillery pieces and aircraft, but most of it is funny, like the Muslims holding signs saying “Death To All Juice” and “Behead Those Who Say Islam Is Violent”.

          Since you can do this and save your sanity, you are both blessed and a blessing. If that’s strange coming from an agnostic, I can explain with a personal anecdote that will doubtless infuriate someone, so I will refrain.

          Thank you very much!

          • HamletsGhost

            I once saw a cartoon of a man at a bookstore counter. The clerk says to him:”Sir, this is a feminist bookstore, there is no humor section.”

          • Bon, From the Land of Babble

            Relate the personal anecdote.

            I saw that nasty comment directed at you earlier today but didn’t have time to respond.

            I for one, enjoy reading your personal stories about yourself and your family, your recipes, your handiwork, what you’re building — IWO how YOU are coping in this insane world.

            Please don’t stop posting them!! Anyone doesn’t like it can FOAD.


        • “Fresh Squeezed Kool-Aid.”

          No need for that anymore when you have Kool-Aid Jammers.

          You may ask: What are Kool-Aid Jammers?

          Let me explain it like this:

          Normal people get small packets of Kool Aid powder and do the hard arduous work of mixing it with the requisite amount of that dangerous substance called dihydrogen monoxide, then adding sugar or sugar substitute.

          But Bellcurvius can’t seem to do that without shooting each other over the question of who does this better:

          So Kool-Aid makes the actual Kool-Aid, stuffs it in Capri Sun style plastic pouches, and sells them ten in a box for two bucks. From what I’ve seen, Bellcurvius absolutely needs Kool-Aid Jammers to survive, much like we need oxygen. Unfortunately, the volume cost for Kool-Aid Jammers is probably ten times that of regular Kool-Aid, so whichever megacorporation owns Kool-Aid is laughing all the way to the Swiss Bank, though since a lot of Kool-Aid Jammers are purchased with the “It’s Free Swipe Yo EBT” card, the joke is on you and me.

          I am surprised that the fast feeder choke-n-puke that has gone 365BellCurve that we’re discussing here hasn’t thought of selling Kool-Aid, for, e.g. a buck and a half for a 32-ounce cup. It would be the most lucrative profit margin in the history of retail business.

          • Bon, From the Land of Babble

            “…small packets of Kool Aid powder and do the hard arduous work of mixing it with the requisite amount of that dangerous substance called dihydrogen monoxide, then adding sugar or sugar substitute…”

            That’s the same Kool Aid recipe Jim Jones used!!


          • Bon, From the Land of Babble

            And, here is the new graphic on Kool-Aid packets.

            Name your poison, baby!!


  • Ulick

    Yesterday there was an article about black organizations suing NYC over the large sod ban alleging it had a disparate impact on blacks. Today we find out Muslims successfully sued McDonalds over the McChicken. Liberals will always tell you that food is one great advantage of multiculturalism, but now it appears that food as simple as soda and a chicken sandwich are causing multicultural lawsuits in America. Even the simplest parts of life can’t escape multicultural friction.

    • Michael_C_Scott

      They don’t have enough to worry about.

    • HamletsGhost

      Just give them an exemption for grape soda and they’ll be happy.

  • OlderWoman

    Who cares. McDonald’s is inferior food.

  • bigone4u

    McD’s is on to something here. Next stop? Colt .45, watermelonz, and fried chickenz in the ghetto McD’s. Feets, do yo stuff and gibsmesommadat.

    • StillModerated

      Grape soda!

    • Michael_C_Scott

      You forgot Malt McLiquor.

      Bab, ba ba ba bah… I be lovin dat!

  • extortionist

    Wasnt this the shakedown Sharpton Jackson extortionist fake black islamic moocher kind in the Chicago or pretender mold and not the real mid-eastern mohammed type?

  • SintiriNikos

    This is proof that no good deed goes unpunished. Some dreamy-eyed whiz kid at McD corporate decided it would be a good idea to reach out to Muslims, and this is the response. The lawyer-agitators must have been mentored by Jesse Jackson.

  • Alexandra

    Why don’t they go open up their own McMohammad’s…in a Middle Eastern country? Problem solved.

    • PesachPatriot

      I think this idea was tried in the 2008 movie, don’t mess with the zohan…they had the chain of phantom muchen tuchen restaurants…Its funny how arabs are always screaming jihad and death to america but they sure love McDonalds and KFC and marlboro’s.

  • whitepony87

    Here is an idea, if you want to eat specially prepared food traditional to your culture then keep your stupid ass out of a McDonald’s and make it yourself. Problem solved. God is great.

    • HamletsGhost

      No money in that.

  • whitepony87

    Durka durka even in the Great Satan US and A Allah has blessed me with a halal chicken sandwich. LALALALALALA durka durka mohammed jihad God is great.

  • kjh64

    So what. He ate a non-halal sandwich. Why should he get paid 700 thousand dollars? He wasn’t maimed or killed or anything. This is nonsense. He shouldn’t be paid anything. Anyways, why is Micky D’s even offering “halal”? These muzzies need to be back in their own countries where they can eat all the halal they want.

  • Fran

    At least you won’t get food poisoning like you do in a third world country. This was not worth $700,000.