2 Mich. McDonald's Drop Halal Food After Lawsuit

DETROIT (AP) -- The only two McDonald's (NYSE: MCD  ) restaurants in the United States that serve food prepared according to Islamic law have stopped doing so.

The fast-food giant and a Michigan franchise owner agreed to a $700,000 legal settlement in April after a customer sued. The Detroit Free Press is reporting that the lawsuit accused the restaurant chain of selling non-halal items advertised as 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, no longer offer a halal McChicken sandwich or Chicken McNuggets "to focus on our national core menu."

The corporation says it takes into account "local and dietary preferences." Neither the statement nor a spokeswoman said whether the decision was related to the lawsuit. 

The settlement is being shared by the customer, a Muslim-run Detroit health clinic, Dearborn's Arab American National Museum and lawyers.

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