Aldi has apologised to Muslim customers after the store sold black pudding advertised as “halal” despite containing pork.
The product was made by Indian food firm Punjab Pakora and stamped with a UK Health Code mark which labelled it as suitable for Muslims.
However, since eating pork is strictly forbidden in Islam, customers who bought the product were understandably furious.
The supermarket chain has apologised for the mix up and offered refunds to anybody who bought the £1.49 black pudding after they were inundated by complaints from angry customers.
Punjab Pakora blamed human error for the halal stamp appearing on the non-halal product.
The company’s owners, Kushal & Vinita Duggal, said a manager in charge of what is printed on their product labels did not notice the mistake.
The mistake happened when we did the print run and unfortunately our manager failed to spot this error and got approval for printing. We have been trying our very best and hardest (to correct the issue) and have contacted different clients involved and have sorted the issue.
An Aldi spokesman apologised for any distress the mix-up had caused and said the company was investigating how the error was not spotted sooner.
Regarding the Punjab Pakora Black Pudding (Supplied by Punjab Pakora), we have now investigated this matter with the supplier, who has advised that the packaging was incorrectly labelled as Halal-certified and the problem is currently being rectified. We apologise for any confusion caused by this unfortunate, isolated matter. While this is not a food safety or legal compliance issue, any customers who are not satisfied are welcome to return their purchase to store for a full refund.
The admission comes too late for many Muslim customers who were extremely offended by the error. Let this be a lesson to us all to double check everything!