China detains 11 for smashing halal food shop

Published: May 10, 2015
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PHOTO: FILE

PHOTO: FILE

BEIJING: Police in western China detained 11 people after a crowd of angry customers in early May smashed a halal shop suspected of mishandling food prepared according to Islamic custom, state media said.

A group of “law-breakers” in Xining, the capital of Qinghai province, broke into a store on May 1 and vandalised it after discovering that non-halal foods had been transported along with halal products, a violation of regulations.

An investigation by authorities revealed that suspicions that sausages had been sold at the store were not true, state-run Xining Television reported on Friday.

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The owner made “sincere apologies” to the store’s Muslim customers, the report said, adding that it was ordered to stop selling, transporting and producing halal products and received a fine.

It said the owner, surnamed Li, belonged to the Hui Muslim community and that most of the store’s staff were Muslim.

Food safety and quality remains a major concern in China after a series of high-profile scandals.

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Wang Zuoan, the head of China’s State Administration for Religious Affairs, said in an interview published on Sunday in the ruling Communist Party’s Study Times, that China must “protect the legal interests of religious groups”.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • oxox
    May 11, 2015 - 12:29AM

    Seems like no one wants to say anything against China. If such incidence (non-Halal food sold as Halal) have happened in US/UK/India/Israel then we would have seen huge hue and cry. Recommend

  • s. amir
    May 11, 2015 - 4:23AM

    Smashing Halal Food shops is a no-brainer. China should team up with Pakistan and market H-food like the Jews push Kosher as a brand name.

    NOW THERE IS A WIN-WIN IDEARecommend

  • Hitler
    May 11, 2015 - 8:30AM

    Why don’t you Muslims stay in your own country and live with your rules.?Recommend

  • ABC
    May 11, 2015 - 10:45AM

    @Hitler:

    Einstein, they are Chinese Muslim and their country is China. Should they come to live at your country India to enjoy open defecation? Being a Muslim is not a nationality please do some research or go to primary schoolRecommend

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