Here's some disappointing news for some of our followers: American fast-food chain A&W isn't halal-certified in Singapore.
A&W not halal-certified
On June 18, Twitter page @halalSG confirmed this information in response to a query.
@halalSG is an official Twitter account managed by the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS).
Waalaikumussalam sis! A&W is not Halal-certified. https://t.co/PJYmaObPOD— halalSG (@halalSG) June 18, 2020
In a separate tweet, it also confirmed that A&W Singapore are not in the process of applying for halal certification.
Heya friends. It seems the news about A&W caught many by surprise.— halalSG (@halalSG) June 18, 2020
To clarify - A&W is not Halal-certified, and we are not processing any application at the moment.
This development seems to be shocking to some people:
Supposed to be halal-certified
Back in July 2017, A&W Singapore confirmed that its outlets were going to be halal-certified.
President and CEO Kevin Bazner said all of its beef patties would be sourced from Australia, while fresh chicken supplies would predominantly be sourced in the region and prepared locally.
Not halal-certified doesn't mean not halal
However, it is worth noting that if something isn't halal-certified, it doesn't mean that it is not halal.
In a thread, @halalSG explained the difference between "not halal-certified" and "not halal".
And here's a quick guide to ascertain whether something is halal or not.
To ascertain which food products are Halal, you can use the guidelines below:— halalSG (@halalSG) April 22, 2019
1.Check if there is any Halal logo
2.If there isn’t any, read through the ingredients!
3.If there are no high risk ingredients and you do not have any waswas, then the choice to consume is yours
TLDR; Eat anything at your own discretion.
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