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Tesco reluctant to give 'Halal' refund
A Tesco store in Northern Ireland is reported to have been 'reluctant' to refund a woman who unknowlingly purchased Halal lamb. Belfast woman Andrena Robinson joins the growing campaign to ensure that products are clearly labelled.
by Christian Institute
A Tesco store near Belfast was reluctant to refund a Christian woman who unknowingly bought Halal lamb until she said: you wouldn’t treat a Muslim this way.
Mrs Andrena Robinson took the meat back to her local store after she read in the press that all of Tesco’s New Zealand lamb was slaughtered according to Islamic ritual.
The duty manager at the Tesco store said he would not refund her unless there was a problem with the quality of the meat.
But Mrs Robinson told him that if she had been a Muslim who had unknowingly bought non-Halal meat, the store would give her money back.
She said: “I felt that as a Christian I had as much right to demand a refund. At that point he relented and reluctantly took the meat back.”
If Tesco had continued to refuse her a refund when it would have given one to a Muslim, Mrs Robinson could have launched a legal action.
She added: “If I’d known it was Halal I would not have bought it. It is an issue of conscience for me, something I feel strongly about.
“If meat is Halal, it should be clearly labelled. Then customers can make an informed choice.”
There is now a growing campaign for supermarkets to properly label any Halal meat sold in their store.
Read on in the Christian Institute.....
Christian Institute, 14/10/2010