Traces of blood and pork: UK supermarket apologises for wrongly-labeled 'Halal' Pakora

Published: May 17, 2015
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UK supermarket Aldi has apologised to customers for selling Black Pudding Pakora erroneously labeled as Halal despite containing pork.

The product contained traces of pork blood and pork skin, both forbidden in Islam.

The Black pudding product was stocked on Aldi shelves as well as online, carrying a UK Health Code stamp which certified it as suitable for Muslims.

After being contacted by enraged customers, the supermarket has apologised and offered refunds to unhappy customers. The Pakora was supplied by Scotland-based company Punjab Pakora, which produces a number of Indian dishes.

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The owners of Punjab Pakora  Kushal & Vinita Duggal said the error occurred after to a manager in charge of printing on product labels did not notice the mistake.

“The mistake happened when we did the print run and unfortunately our manager failed to spot this error and got approval for printing. We have been trying our very best and hardest (to correct the issue) and have contacted different clients involved and have sorted the issue.”

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An Aldi spokesman said the company is investigating the incident.

“Regarding the Punjab Pakora Black Pudding Pakora (Supplied by Punjab Pakora), we have now investigated this matter with the supplier, who has advised that the packaging was incorrectly labeled as Halal-certified and the problem is currently being rectified.”

“We apologise for any confusion caused by this unfortunate, isolated matter.

While this is not a food safety or legal compliance issue, any customers who are not satisfied are welcome to return their purchase to store for a full refund.”

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Enraged customers expressed their frustration that neither Punjab pakora nor Aldi were able to spot the error before it was too late.

“This is absolutely outrageous and I am deeply offended by this,” said Manahil Khan, a customer.

“It is demoralising and goes against ones religious morals and scripture…. and I speak on behalf of every Muslim and human that does not deserve to be misled by any sort of false claim of halal food or lies about what we consume.”

This article originally appeared in The Daily Mail

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  • oBSERVER
    May 17, 2015 - 6:19PM

    Pork is also forbidden in Christainity yet they flout the word of God.Recommend

  • Raj - USA
    May 17, 2015 - 8:20PM

    The label clearly and conspicuously mentions that the product contains pork skin and pork blood. It is clearly a case of unintended error without any mischievous motives or intentions. Muslims who are literate enough to read and understand the label will only can complain and demand the label be corrected. They would not say that “This is absolutely outrageous and I am deeply offended by this.” as Manahil Khan is saying. Recommend

  • Uza Syed
    May 17, 2015 - 9:28PM

    ALDI is a German Supermarket and Scotish or English. Their insistence that it’s not safety issue depicts their arrogance. They deserve to be forced to learn a basic lesson in humility and advantage of accepting a mistake. How about mass-boycott of this shop by all those who care about reliability of all labels and their absolute adherence to it state correctly whatever the contents of the packaged food is. These Duggals are just as guilty and must be avoided at all cost. There’s nothing wrong in boycotting these folks, it’s your money and your freedom to buy what you want and where you buy it and who to trust and who to keep distance from.Recommend

  • Uza Syed
    May 17, 2015 - 9:28PM

    ALDI is a German Supermarket and Scotish or English. Their insistence that it’s not safety issue depicts their arrogance. They deserve to be forced to learn a basic lesson in humility and advantage of accepting a mistake. How about mass-boycott of this shop by all those who care about reliability of all labels and their absolute adherence to it state correctly whatever the contents of the packaged food is. These Duggals are just as guilty and must be avoided at all cost. There’s nothing wrong in boycotting these folks, it’s your money and your freedom to buy what you want and where you buy it and who to trust and who to keep distance from.Recommend

  • Toba Alu
    May 17, 2015 - 10:46PM

    With 800 million Muslims not able to read the best advice is to stay in a Muslim majority country. Less confusing. Hoping that not a literate Muslim is now going to burn Aldi shops.Recommend

  • Hmm
    May 17, 2015 - 11:58PM

    It is clearly written pork blood. Muslims should understand English, otherwise they have to eat Pork . Hilarious .Recommend

  • Bewildered
    May 18, 2015 - 12:39AM

    @Raj – USA:

    *”The label clearly and conspicuously mentions that the product contains….”*

    Do you read every time the 2 dozen ingredients (usually printed in very fine print requiring magnifying glass to read them, or least reading glasses) of every item you purchase despite when it is prominently labeled as what you only need for your assurance. I don’t think so, and perhaps nobody else does. It is just not possible to go through dozens of ingredients of hundreds of items you buy. Even if you do it for once, you don’t do it every time with all the brands available. Wrongly labeling something ‘Halal’ by some ignorant illiterate store boy could be an innocent mistake, but labeling pork as ‘Halal’ by some educated experienced Indian manager is most likely a deliberate act given the Indian’s hateful malicious natures.Recommend

  • Asad
    May 18, 2015 - 2:04AM

    Rule no.1, When living in abroad, Always buy from muslim owners shop. It helps the community economically and is 100% halal. Super market just have labels not halal foodRecommend

  • Ajax
    May 25, 2015 - 5:26PM

    This is a legal issue. Because the supplier mislabeled the product as Halal.
    What this shows is Aldi and the Supplier are selling non-Halal products as Halal. Recommend

  • a
    Jul 16, 2015 - 9:58AM

    @Raj – USA:
    well, once we see the halal sign, we don’t read the ingredients. Similar to if you see a green vegan or vegetarian sign, you don’t investigate the ingredients to see if it contains animal byproducts. That should be clear to any literate personRecommend

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