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Halal row explodes after a Muslim spots a burger chain frying bacon on the same grill as its Islam-friendly beef patties - before the restaurant fires back

Raz Domingo had placed an order for a meal at an Auckland Better Burger storeHe said he noticed the chef cook bacon on the same grill as halal beef pattyBetter Burger representative said store did not advertise it was halal-certified Muslim hits out at popular burger chain in New Zealand over meat contamination

A Muslim burger lover has lashed out at a popular fast food chain after discovering one of its stores cooked bacon on the same grill as its halal-certified meat.

Raz Domingo said he was shocked at what he saw when he visited a Better Burger store in Auckland, New Zealand.

When he confronted the chef about the matter, he told New Zealand Herald he was informed one of the grills wasn't working.

'I took it on face value, so we decided to go to another Better Burger because surely all of the stores wouldn't have the same issue at the same time, and then at the other store they just turned around and said; "No, that's just their process and what they do".'

Halal row explodes after a Muslim spots a burger chain frying bacon on the same grill as its Islam-friendly beef patties - before the restaurant fires back
Raz Domingo said he was shocked at what he saw when he visited a Better Burger store in Auckland, New Zealand
Mr Domingo said it was difficult to find a takeaway store that served halal meat and over time had come to trust the Better Burger brand

Mr Domingo and his family frequently eat at the fast food restaurant.

He said it was difficult to find a takeaway store that served halal meat and over time had come to trust the Better Burger brand.

Though after he witnessed the cross contamination of the meats, an outraged Mr Domingo said he would never eat at the store again.

He pointed out cooking bacon on the same grill defeated the purpose of serving halal meat.

'There will be lots of other Muslims that are going there thinking they are eating halal food which is not really,' he said.

While a number of online food directories list Better Burgers as halal friendly, operations manager Josh Harre said the burger chain didn't advertise it.

'In the very first store, six years ago it may have been [advertised] as halal, the store that was in the Britomart Country Club but it is now closed,' he said.

What is halal meat?

Halal is an Arabic word that translates in English to, 'permissible'.

Halal refers to the way in which an animal dies according to Islamic law.

A Muslim prayer known as tasmiya or shahada is recited during the slaughter process.

Animals must be healthy before they are killed and all the blood drained from the carcass.

Source: Islamic Council of Victoria

Mr Harre said that Better Burger sourced its halal meat from a butcher and would disclose this information with customers in store when necessary.

While most of its stores had two grills and could cook the meat separately, chefs had to make use of only one grill at a couple of premises because of the small layout.

Mr Harre did admit the store would set out to avoid cross-contamination between meats in the future.

He said it was part of the mission of Better Burger to be 'encompassing and welcoming to everyone.'

Restaurant Association chief executive Marisa Bidois said food outlets had a duty to follow correct practices, especially if they advertised or claimed their meat was halal.

Daily Mail Australia contacted Better Burger for comment.

Mr Domingo pointed out cooking bacon on the same grill defeated the purpose of serving halal meat
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pls muslims double sure before eating

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whats the problem just eat it bacon is tasty .and the pigs are farmed just like other animals very clean .enjoy the tasty bacon

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