Is Taco Bell Halal or haram? This is an important question for millions of Muslims as they visit this global food chain restaurant.
American fast food chain Taco Bell was founded in 1962 by Glen Bell in Irvine, California. Taco Bell is owned and operated by Yum! Brands, Inc. Tacos, burritos, quesadillas, nachos, novelty and specialty items, and a “value menu” are served at the restaurants.
Over 93 percent of Taco Bell’s 7,072 restaurants are owned and operated by independent franchisees and licensees as of 2018. After purchasing Taco Bell in 1978, PepsiCo spun off its restaurant division as Tricon Global Restaurants, which later changed its name to Yum! Brands.
In 1948, Glen Bell founded Taco Bell after opening a hot dog stand called Bell’s Drive-In in San Bernardino, California.
Is Taco Bell Halal in the UK?
Taco Bell confirmed that they serve Halal in the following places in the United Kingdom:
Sheffield Broughton Lane
Is Taco Bell Halal in USA and Canada?
Taco Bell does not serve Halal food in the United States (US) and Canada.
Is Taco Bell Halal in Malaysia?
Taco Bell is partially Halal in Malaysia, per the company’s official statement. This means that selected items from their menus are Halal.
Is Taco Bell Halal in India?
Luckily Muslims in India can enjoy Halal food at Taco Bell as the restaurant confirms that they use certified Halal meat in their outlets Indian. Danish Shakil asked the official Twitter handle of the company, to which the company clarified its position about serving Halal food.
Taco bell in other countries such as Australia doesn’t serve Halal food. But, If you’re visiting the middle east, such as United Arab Emirates (UAE), you are free to eat anything in these restaurants as they are obliged to serve Halal food in Muslim majority countries.
So, any eatery in the Middle East will be Halal.
Why Halal Certification Needed for Taco Bell, Other Restaurants?
In Muslim culture, halal food is considered suitable for consumption because it meets specified requirements. Throughout generations of Islamic practice, Halal has been governed by rules outlined in the Quran and the Hadith (the Prophet Muhammad’s example).
Halal is not only a concept about food. The term halal means “permissible” and refers to anything that falls under the teachings of Islam. Unlike halal as part of a codified system of sharia law, halal is part of the Islamic code of morals to guide Muslims’ actions and behavior.
Some observant Muslims may consider halal prescriptions religious obligations, but Australia is a secular country, and halal does not form part of the law. Halal food is a contested concept, as are many aspects of Islamic practice.
In the Muslim community, there is disagreement about whether stunning animals before slaughter produces halal meat. Both sides support their positions and draw on Islamic teachings and traditions. Disputes like this illustrate the importance of halal certification for Muslim consumers.
To begin with, certification helps local Muslims decide which products to buy. However, modern food processing and globalized markets make it difficult for Muslims in Australia to know how and where their food is produced.
The only way for consumers to avoid this uncertainty is to have a system that checks whether products are halal.
Halal certification is similar to other types of food certification and auditing. However, with food certification services, consumers can make informed decisions about the foods they consume, whether they are halal, kosher, gluten-free, or organic.
Originally published on www.theislamicinformation.com