Halal or Haram?

Myth or Fact: McDonald’s Fries are Haram?!?

Myth.

Someone was concerned about the halal-ness of McD’s fries in Canada. Called and clarified over the phone, plus found the following on their website, which I thought I should share:

“We do not use beef tallow in our fries. Our fries do not have any meat additives and do not come into contact with any meat or meat-containing components during their preparation. They are cooked in 100% vegetable oil with vegetable-based natural flavour (we phased animal fats out of our fry oil in 2007). Our restaurants also use dedicated fryers for cooking our potato products, which are separate from fryers used to cook fish or chicken products. Long story short: our french fries are suitable for vegetarian diets.”

This is from McDonald’s Canada website.

Addendum (January 31, 2015):

At Canadian McDonalds, the fries have a seasoning that is from a vegetable source. The ingredients for the ones sold in the United States may be different. This is the list of ingredients for the fries as of January 2015 from the McDonalds website:

French Fries: Potatoes, canola oil, hydrogenated soybean oil, safflower oil, natural flavour (vegetable source), dextrose, sodium acid pyrophosphate (maintain colour), citric acid (preservative), dimethylpolysiloxane (anti- foaming agent), cooked in vegetable oil (canola oil, corn oil, soybean oil, hydrogenated soybean oil (TBHQ), citric acid, dimethylpolysiloxane).

http://www1.mcdonalds.ca/NutritionCalculator/IngredientFactsEN.pdf

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  1. Madiha Ahmed

    September 14, 2012 at 1:48 am

    Thanks for the info Nadia!
    The only thing I find kinda striking is that I ALWAYS believed that McD’s and all other fast food chains use 100% veg. oil in their cooking (bc their employees SAID so lol). It says that they phased it out in 2007???? That means that all this time before that, they’ve been saying the same thing and it was a lie? (I came to Canada in 2001, and they’ve always said since then that they use only veg.)
    lol, but it’s good to know that they don’t anymore 😛 May Allah guide us all to the right inshallah

    • HFE

      September 20, 2012 at 3:13 am

      That’s the tricky thing with these establishments. They keep changing things around so it’s hard to stay updated.
      And yes, inshallah!

  2. Madiha Ahmed

    September 14, 2012 at 1:48 am

    Thanks for the info Nadia!
    The only thing I find kinda striking is that I ALWAYS believed that McD’s and all other fast food chains use 100% veg. oil in their cooking (bc their employees SAID so lol). It says that they phased it out in 2007???? That means that all this time before that, they’ve been saying the same thing and it was a lie? (I came to Canada in 2001, and they’ve always said since then that they use only veg.)
    lol, but it’s good to know that they don’t anymore 😛 May Allah guide us all to the right inshallah

    • HFE

      September 20, 2012 at 3:13 am

      That’s the tricky thing with these establishments. They keep changing things around so it’s hard to stay updated.
      And yes, inshallah!

  3. Aime

    September 14, 2012 at 2:38 am

    oh wow! I didn’t know they were halal!… I guess I am one of those people misguided by the rumours lol

    • HFE

      September 20, 2012 at 3:12 am

      Better be safe than sorry right? Now you can indulge guilt free!

  4. Aime

    September 14, 2012 at 2:38 am

    oh wow! I didn’t know they were halal!… I guess I am one of those people misguided by the rumours lol

    • HFE

      September 20, 2012 at 3:12 am

      Better be safe than sorry right? Now you can indulge guilt free!

  5. Afnan Ullah

    March 22, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    Salaams ladies! I think this is awesome 🙂

    My only concern is although this is the policy, not all locations follow by it. I recently asked a McDonalds location whether or not they use separate fryers and the workers told me that they do not use separate fryers. The fryer they use for fish / fries are cross contaminated for their chicken products as well. I mean not all locations do this, but some definitely do. Just an FYI 🙂

    • HFE

      April 5, 2014 at 9:34 pm

      Walaikumsalam,

      It is always good to double check before ordering. Thanks for the tip!

  6. Afnan Ullah

    March 22, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    Salaams ladies! I think this is awesome 🙂

    My only concern is although this is the policy, not all locations follow by it. I recently asked a McDonalds location whether or not they use separate fryers and the workers told me that they do not use separate fryers. The fryer they use for fish / fries are cross contaminated for their chicken products as well. I mean not all locations do this, but some definitely do. Just an FYI 🙂

    • HFE

      April 5, 2014 at 9:34 pm

      Walaikumsalam,

      It is always good to double check before ordering. Thanks for the tip!

  7. º*_-*_-*º (@kande_land)

    May 4, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    Salam,

    Also new thing now… i am just sent and email to MD but MD Fries Poutine. i am not sure if thats the same case with that i mean the Fries are the same ones they are making but it’s the Poutine and cheese that i am kinda confused about. wondering if you can also check that for me. 😛

    • HFE

      May 4, 2014 at 9:13 pm

      Walaikumsalam,

      Welcome to the blog. In regards to the poutine at McDonalds, you should check with them about the gravy. Gravy is usually made from beef/chicken stock. It can be made from vegetable stock as well so you may want to check with McDonalds about that.

  8. º*_-*_-*º (@kande_land)

    May 4, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    Salam,

    Also new thing now… i am just sent and email to MD but MD Fries Poutine. i am not sure if thats the same case with that i mean the Fries are the same ones they are making but it’s the Poutine and cheese that i am kinda confused about. wondering if you can also check that for me. 😛

    • HFE

      May 4, 2014 at 9:13 pm

      Walaikumsalam,

      Welcome to the blog. In regards to the poutine at McDonalds, you should check with them about the gravy. Gravy is usually made from beef/chicken stock. It can be made from vegetable stock as well so you may want to check with McDonalds about that.

  9. ace khan

    August 12, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    Dear Mr Clarke

    Thank you for your enquiry and interest in McDonald’s. I have liased with our Supply Chain department and can confirm that at present the only products we have identified as being either produced, manufactured or have ingredients with them in from Denmark are as follows:

    · Fish Fingers

    · Filet-o-Fish

    · Pepperoni

    · Apple Pie

    Again, thank you for taking the time to contact us.

    Regards

    Mike Kelly

    Internet Response Team

    McDonald’s Customer Services Department

    11 – 59 High Road

    East Finchley

    London

    N2 8AW

    03705 244622

  10. ace khan

    August 12, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    Dear Mr Clarke

    Thank you for your enquiry and interest in McDonald’s. I have liased with our Supply Chain department and can confirm that at present the only products we have identified as being either produced, manufactured or have ingredients with them in from Denmark are as follows:

    · Fish Fingers

    · Filet-o-Fish

    · Pepperoni

    · Apple Pie

    Again, thank you for taking the time to contact us.

    Regards

    Mike Kelly

    Internet Response Team

    McDonald’s Customer Services Department

    11 – 59 High Road

    East Finchley

    London

    N2 8AW

    03705 244622

  11. Syed

    December 8, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    I think we all need to do some research.

    http://www.mcdonalds.com/us/en/food/product_nutrition.snackssides.6050.small-french-fries.html

    French Fries – the “seasoning” added to the oil the fries are precooked in contains hydrolzyed wheat and milk

    The “seasoning” is made from beef, wheat and milk, processed to break down the proteins into free amino acids like glutamate. US laws allow “natural flavoring” to consist of “protein hydrolysates” containing free glutamic acid. That’s why they do it – to free glutamate to act like MSG so they can declare a “clean label” while misleading the consumer.

    • HFE

      January 31, 2015 at 6:28 pm

      In Canada, thankfully they use seasoning that is from a vegetable source.

      Here are the ingredients for the fries at Canadian McDonalds as of January 2015:
      French Fries: Potatoes, canola oil, hydrogenated soybean oil, safflower oil, natural flavour (vegetable source), dextrose, sodium acid pyrophosphate (maintain colour), citric acid (preservative), dimethylpolysiloxane (anti- foaming agent), cooked in vegetable oil (canola oil, corn oil, soybean oil, hydrogenated soybean oil (TBHQ), citric acid, dimethylpolysiloxane).

      This information is from: http://www1.mcdonalds.ca/NutritionCalculator/IngredientFactsEN.pdf

  12. Syed

    December 8, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    I think we all need to do some research.

    http://www.mcdonalds.com/us/en/food/product_nutrition.snackssides.6050.small-french-fries.html

    French Fries – the “seasoning” added to the oil the fries are precooked in contains hydrolzyed wheat and milk

    The “seasoning” is made from beef, wheat and milk, processed to break down the proteins into free amino acids like glutamate. US laws allow “natural flavoring” to consist of “protein hydrolysates” containing free glutamic acid. That’s why they do it – to free glutamate to act like MSG so they can declare a “clean label” while misleading the consumer.

    • HFE

      January 31, 2015 at 6:28 pm

      In Canada, thankfully they use seasoning that is from a vegetable source.

      Here are the ingredients for the fries at Canadian McDonalds as of January 2015:
      French Fries: Potatoes, canola oil, hydrogenated soybean oil, safflower oil, natural flavour (vegetable source), dextrose, sodium acid pyrophosphate (maintain colour), citric acid (preservative), dimethylpolysiloxane (anti- foaming agent), cooked in vegetable oil (canola oil, corn oil, soybean oil, hydrogenated soybean oil (TBHQ), citric acid, dimethylpolysiloxane).

      This information is from: http://www1.mcdonalds.ca/NutritionCalculator/IngredientFactsEN.pdf

  13. YSA

    February 11, 2015 at 4:46 am

    I have read that while outside the US the french fries are vegetarian and cooked in vegetable oil, the oil filtration system and they way they clean them means that cross contamination occurs between the meat and French fries oil.

  14. YSA

    February 11, 2015 at 4:46 am

    I have read that while outside the US the french fries are vegetarian and cooked in vegetable oil, the oil filtration system and they way they clean them means that cross contamination occurs between the meat and French fries oil.

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