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MJC responds to Spur debacle

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The Muslim Judicial Council’s Halal Trust (MJCHT) has spoken out about confusion surrounding the Spur kiosk which falsely served unhalal foods to a number of Muslims families at a local event. MJCHT president Sheikh Achmat Sedick said an out dated halal certification confirmation letter has now come into question after it was found to be presented to customers on the day.

In an earlier report by VOC News, Spur Steak Ranch CEO, Pierre Donders was quoted as saying a “third party/outsourced supplier was to blame for the miscommunication”. However, Sedick now questions where the out dated confirmation letter was initially obtained.

Van Donders extended his sincere apologies to the broader Muslim community and added that legal action will now be taken against the outsourced party.

Sedick explained that the certification confirmation letter was registered to N1 City restaurants and only until 2016 a policy has been established by the MJCHT which does not allow for that particular letter to be displayed.

“So it was decided that the 2014 confirmation letter will be used just because people are interested in seeing the Halal Trust name there. This is cheating us and that is one of the problems which we will be taking forward. We will have to take steps with N1 restaurant first,” Sedick explained.

Van Donders extended his sincere apologies to the broader Muslim community, adding that legal action will now be taken against the outsourced party.

However, Sedick says legal action on the part of the MJCHT will only go ahead if Van Donders does not proceed with the promised legal action on the part of Spur Steak Ranches.

“We will have to take action for using false certification which will include the removal of all Halal certification at the N1 restaurant. The boxes of beef on the day of the incident were not halal certified.”

“They have really done something here by selling un-halal foods under false pretences. That will ultimately negatively affect the Spur franchise,” Sedick added. VOC (Ra’eesah Isaacs)


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