KFC’s no-bacon wraps rapped

Date published: 11 June 2014

A CHARITY worker has criticised a local fast-food oulet for dropping a popular item because its food is now halal-only.

Dr Kershaw’s fundraising manager Lisa Pearson was stunned when she ordered four KFC “quadwraps” — chicken and bacon in a tortilla — at the chain’s Elk Mill outlt. She was told the branch no longer sells them because it is one of almost 100 KFC outlets using only halal meat.

Lisa (39) said: “I completely understand why people do not want to eat certain foods. That’s fine.

But why should the rest of us have to go without? Why can’t they just do a quadwrap without the bacon?”

A total of 96 KFC branches are taking part in an open-ended trial to sell only halal products. They have been approved by the Halal Food Authority (HFA), a non-profit making organisation which monitors compliance, and have HFA on their doors. They do not sell a mixture of halal and non-halal products to avoid cross-contamination. KFC insists animals are stunned prior to slaughter — a practice allowed by the HFA.

KFC branches in Failsworth and Huddersfield Road, Oldham are not part of the Halal trial and all the chain’s familiar items are available.

A KFC spokesman said: “We have been running a halal trial since 2010 in areas where there has been demand from our customers. Feedback has been very positive.”