McDonalds remains the only major global fast food retailer to certify all of its products Halal-free in the UK, much to the frustration of Muslims who lobby continuously for halal menu items from the store. The all-Halal KFC therefore remains the outlet of choice for the Friday people whilst those not wanting burgers blessed by imams prefer McD's.
Incidently, of the two biggest supermarket chains it is Sainsbury's that seems the safest for non-halal meat; the PR departments of the supermarkets responded to queries as follows:-
"Like all other major UK supermarkets, we source from suppliers who serve Muslim as well as non-Muslim customers. Some of these suppliers process all their meat to Halal standards. For example, all our New Zealand lamb meets Halal standards. In these cases, all of our processes still meet the same stringent animal welfare requirements and all animals are stunned prior to slaughter whether the meat is sold as Halal or non-Halal. With this in mind we also understand that some customers do not want to eat meat that has been blessed. For these customers, we are able to guarantee that our British Organic lamb as well as British Organic, Willow Farm and Finest Free Range chicken has not received a Halal blessing."Sainsbury's
"We are committed to high standards of animal welfare throughout our supply chain. All of our own brand meat, including all processed products such as ready meals, is from animals stunned before slaughter. The only abattoirs included in our own brand supply chain are single method abattoirs which use stunning before slaughter and do not supply any non-stunned meat. We do sell a selection of branded halal and kosher products in some stores, all of which is very clearly labelled. So only meat branded as such will have been sourced via halal or kosher methods."