Malaysia: McDonald's bans non halal cakes in its restaurants

The fast-food franchise said that the measure was necessary to safeguard its own halal status

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Malaysia's McDonald's has finally broken the silence over its new policy of not allowing products that are not halal-certified inside the restaurants' premises. The American fast food restaurant chain has recently decided on a policy that restricts customers from bringing cakes that are not prepared following the halal procedure into its restaurants.

Malay Mail reported the fast food franchise saying that the measure was necessary to safeguard its own halal status. "This is in line with fulfilling requirements of our halal certification," said the company officials.

The new policy came to the notice after an announcement was made in one of its restaurants that said birthday cakes which are brought inside the restaurant should have halal certification or logo or otherwise will not be allowed into its premises.

The fast food company recently made headlines after it sold Malaysia and Singapore franchise license, worth somewhat around $400 million, to a Saudi group under the agreement that it will secure all the sources for the business to expand. It was also reported by the Asian Review that the American hamburger chain will be now run by Lionhorn, linked to Reza Food Services, a unit of Saudi conglomerate Reza Investment Company, in the two Sourtheast Asian nations.