Sep 28, 2018 14:24:12 When will it return to the supermarket?
That was the question that was posed by the grocery giant this week when it revealed that it had ordered a halal shop to be shut down, as part of a plan to stop the chain from selling items deemed to be “incorrectly labelled” by the FSA.
The chain is a subsidiary of the US-based Kroger, which has been the subject of scrutiny from the FSA for selling products with “inconsistent labelling” on them, such as a can of chickpeas with “Made in USA” on it.
But the grocery chain’s decision to order a store to be closed down is a far cry from its earlier halal boycott.
Back in 2016, Kroger’s UK store was forced to close due to a complaint from the UK FSA about a label that included the word “halal” and “made in” in the words “all ingredients” in red.
The company said that it was investigating the matter, and the UK FA launched a probe into the matter in September 2016.
When Kroger began the investigation in 2016 Kroger took steps to clarify the label on its products, which included replacing the word halal with the word ‘all ingredients’.
“We took the decision to stop selling Halal products at our stores after the FSA investigated and confirmed that the label is incorrect and not halal,” a Kroger spokesperson told The Telegraph at the time.
“This is a voluntary recall and we are working with our suppliers to continue to sell Halal and Kosher products to customers across the UK.
Since then, Krogards UK store has been closed, with the company’s halal team and representatives taking part in a “shop tour” to promote the store’s return to business. “
As part of our voluntary recall, we will be introducing an online shop for customers to buy and buy Halal items, which will include products from all halal and kosher suppliers.”
Since then, Krogards UK store has been closed, with the company’s halal team and representatives taking part in a “shop tour” to promote the store’s return to business.
“Kroger will continue to be transparent about the halality of our food, and we will continue our dialogue with our customers about our products and how to safely purchase and eat them,” the spokesperson said.
But a spokesperson for Kroger told the newspaper that the halals team will be “working with our supplier partners to bring our store back online as soon as possible”.
“We are committed to being a transparent brand that promotes a halality that is safe, safe and halal, with a view to supporting the health and wellbeing of the people who rely on us to make our food accessible to everyone,” the Kroger statement read.
“We have committed to continue our transparency and dialogue with customers on how to make sure we’re in compliance with our regulations.”
Kroger did not immediately respond to the Financial Post’s request for comment.
In a statement to the Telegraph, KroGard said: “We take the safety and wellbeing and the health of our customers and staff very seriously, and will continue working with the FSA to improve our policies to ensure our halal products are as safe as possible.”
The FSA’s investigation into Kroger comes after the retailer announced plans to stop its halal certification process in 2018.
The decision was welcomed by some who said it showed the supermarket chain’s commitment to halal food.
“If Kroger is able to pull off this big win and continue to have a halala certification process, I think it will really show that Kroger cares about the people in the UK who buy their food,” said David Cairns, co-founder of the UK Halal Food Council, told the Telegraph.
“I think they have a moral obligation to make it easier for people to buy their halal product.” “
This article originally appeared on The Financial Post here.”
I think they have a moral obligation to make it easier for people to buy their halal product.”
This article originally appeared on The Financial Post here.