Malaysia food vendors ordered to rename ‘unclean’ hot dogs

Malaysia food vendors ordered to rename ‘unclean’ hot dogs

Malaysia’s dog days are over. Hot dog sellers in the predominantly Muslim nation were ordered to rename their products to avoid any “confusion” because in Islam, pooches “are considered unclean,” government officials decreed. “Any (halal) products that make consumers confused, we have to change,” said Sirajuddin Suhaimee, director of the halal division of the Malaysian Islamic Development Department. “The name cannot be related to halal certification,” he said. Halal is the Arabic word for “permissible” and, when related to food, means grub that is acceptable for consumption under Islamic law. American pretzel chain Auntie Anne’s, which has 45 outposts in Malaysia, was told Monday by Islamic authorities to rename its “Pretzel Dog” menu item. Suhaimee said it’s more appropriate to call the snack a “pretzel sausage” in order to receive halal certification, according to local media. Auntie Anne’s said it has no problem complying. “It’s a minor issue. We are fine with changing the name and are still working on it,” said Farhatul Kamilah Mohamed Sazali, an executive at Auntie Anne’s Malaysia. With Post wires

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