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McDonald’s restaurants drop halal options

McDonald’s settled a suit over halal food preparation for $700,000.

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McDonald’s settled a suit over halal food preparation for $700,000.

DETROIT — The only two McDonald’s restaurants in the United States that were serving food prepared according to Islamic law have stopped several weeks after a $700,000 settlement over a lawsuit that alleged the items weren’t consistently halal.

The fast-food giant said in a statement Monday that the locations in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn, which has a large Muslim population, are no longer offering a halal McChicken sandwich or Chicken McNuggets in order ‘‘to focus on our national core menu.’’

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The corporation added it takes into account ‘‘local and dietary preferences,’’ and supports its franchisees in Dearborn. Neither the statement nor a spokeswoman said whether McDonald’s decision was related to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit technically covered anyone who bought the halal-advertised products between September 2005 and January from the restaurant on Ford Road and another one in Dearborn.

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