by Christopher Freeburn | January 22, 2013 11:00 am
A chicken sandwich whose preparation didn’t live up to its billing will cost McDonald’s (NYSE:MCD) and one of its franchisees a hefty sum.
The iconic fast-food chain and Finley’s Management, which operates a Dearborn, Mich., McDonald’s, have reached a $700,000 settlement with Ahmed Ahmed, who purchased a chicken sandwich that was advertised as having been prepared under Islamic halal rules, the Associated Press noted.
Suspicious that his sandwich hadn’t been prepared in accordance with Muslim guidelines, Ahmed obtained an attorney who conducted an investigation. The attorney discovered that food served at the Dearborn McDonald’s was properly prepared under halal guidelines at a production facility, but that when halal products ran out, the restaurant would sell non-halal products without warning customers. Dearborn is home to a large Muslim population.
Ahmed’s attorney noted that McDonald’s had worked quickly to investigate and resolve the matter.
Last month, McDonald’s was ordered to pay a Welsh woman £3,000 after a court found that she had been wrongfully fired from a McDonald’s restaurant after adding extra sprinkles on a McFlurry that was purchased by another worker at the restaurant.
Shares of McDonald’s rose fractionally in Tuesday morning trading.
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