McDonald’s (MCD) has removed halal items — food prepared according to Muslim traditions — from its menu following a lawsuit.
Only two McDonald’s sold the halal items, and the locations removed them last month after a lawsuit accused the fast-food giant of selling non-halal items advertised as halal.
A $700,000 settlement was reached, and the money was split between a Muslim health center, the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn and Ahmed Ahmed, the man who filed the lawsuit against McDonald’s, USA TODAY reports.
However, McDonald’s gave a different reason for the removal of the items.
“Those items have been discontinued as a result of our continued efforts to focus on our national core menu,” a McDonald’s spokeswoman told USA TODAY.
The removal of the halal items only affects the two American McDonald’s that served the products. McDonald’s located in Muslim countries still serve the halal food.