A top fast food chain has been accused by the country's leading Islamic scholars of mislabelling its chicken as halal.

At a conference in the Hijaz Centre, Nuneaton, around 40 of the UK's leading Islamic scholars agreed KFC should stop selling its chicken labelled as halal because it is machine-slaughtered, which they claim is not permitted under Islamic law.

Naved Syed, a halal processor, told Meatinfo.co.uk that the decision is in line with FSA guidelines, which state that each animal must be slaughtered by a man with a knife and "Bismillah Allahu Akbar" (In the name of God, God is the Greatest) must be said on each animal or bird. FSA guidelines also say that no animal must see another animal being killed.

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