So, you’d like to know if McDonald’s SA is Halaal… The answer is yes, we most certainly are! We want to make McDonald’s food available to as many people as possible and we work hard to achieve this goal. We also know that a lot of our customers only eat Halaal food and so guarantee that all the food and drinks at McDonald’ SA are Halaal. This is true for each and every one of our restaurants across the country. We do not use any pork products in any of our South African restaurants. People often think we have pork on our menu because we have sausages available, but all our sausages are either made from beef or chicken. At McDonald’s South Africa, all our meats are 100% Halaal certified. We make sure that this is the case by only sourcing meat from locally and internationally trusted and certified Halaal suppliers. In addition, the Muslim Judicial Council Halaal Trust (MJCHT) certifies every single one of our suppliers as well as the ingredients used in the McDonald’s Menu. This makes both our suppliers and our ingredients fully Halaal. To make doubly and triply sure, McDonald’s also ensures that its products are received from Halaal-certified central distribution centres, that are also certified by the MJCHT. And there you have it.

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The special care we at McDonald’s SA take to meet customers’ Halaal dietary requirements is also applied to the quality of our food. We only use real beef in our burgers, real chicken in our chicken food items, real potatoes in our Fries and real milk in our milkshakes. Our food is also all freshly prepared only once you place your order at any of our over 200 restaurants in South Africa. The McDonald’s system’s business model is built on the ethical behaviour and business practices of the McDonald’s Corporation, restaurant Owner Operators and our Suppliers. This comes down to three principles, honesty, integrity and fairness; which we strictly apply to every part of the McDonald’s system.

We take great pride in the quality of our food, the customer experience and our local communities. At McDonalds, traceability is a key requirement within our supply chain. Due to our stringent quality control practices, we are able to trace our food within our supply chain. As already mentioned, McDonald’s South Africa ensures that all our meat is 100% Halaal certified and sourced only from Halaal certified suppliers. Unfortunately at this stage we do not meet Kosher requirements and therefore our food is not Kosher. If you would still like to know more about which ingredients we use and which we don’t use, as well as a breakdown of what ingredients go into each meal, check out the menu section of the McDonald’s SA website. And if you would like to see what other questions have been asked, feel free to browse our ‘Know Our Food’ microsite.

What does Halaal mean and what is the MJC Halaal Trust?

The food of McDonald's South Africa is Halaal, but what does that actually mean? The word Halaal means, ‘allowed’ or ‘permissible’ in Arabic. In terms of Shari’ah (Islamic Law), Halaal refers to all activities or objects that a Muslim person can use or take part in on a daily basis. When it comes to food it has to be prepared in accordance with Islamic law.

Halaal is one of the five legal statutes (al-ahkam al-khamsah). The other al-ahkam al-khamsah are: mandatory (fard), disliked (makruh), recommended (mustahab) and not allowed (haram). In the case of McDonald's South Africa, we always ensure that the drinks and food or meals we prepare are made from ingredients that are Halaal, as well as prepared in a Halaal-compliant manner, in accordance with Shari’ah. For more information about McDonalds SA’s Halaal status, watch the interview of Shaykh Achmat Sedick, the Director of the MJC Halaal Trust (MJCHT), in our behind-the-scenes video. The MJCHT Halaal Trust performs its certification services by applying Halal-control, Halal-observance and Halal-integrity. The MJC Halaal Trust was founded in 1945 and is South Africa’s Halaal certification authority that is internationally recognised. The MJCHT Halaal Trust is trusted to endorse and certify abattoirs, meat, beverages and other food items. The MJC Halaal Trust performs its certification services on a global level as well. To find out more about the MJCHT Halaal Trust feel free to visit their website.

If you would still like to know more about which ingredients we use and which we don’t use, as well as a breakdown of what ingredients go into each meal, check out the menu section of the McDonald’s SA website. And if you would like to see what other questions have been asked, feel free to browse our ‘Know Our Food’ microsite.