Date
27 July 2017
People mill around Xian's Muslim quarter in central China where halal food is popular. Authorities say the government must protect the interests of religious groups. Photo: Internet
People mill around Xian's Muslim quarter in central China where halal food is popular. Authorities say the government must protect the interests of religious groups. Photo: Internet

11 held in China after attack on halal food store

Eleven people have been arrested in western China after angry customers attacked a halal shop suspected of mishandling Islamic food.

A group of people rampaged through the store on May 1, accusing it of transporting non-halal food with Islamic-compliant products, Reuters reported Monday.     

An investigation showed suspicions that sausages had been sold at the store were not true, state-run Xining Television reported on Friday.

The owner made “sincere apologies” to the store’s Muslim customers, the report said, adding that it was ordered to stop selling, transporting and producing halal products and received a fine.

It said the owner, surnamed Li, belonged to the Hui Muslim minority and that most of the store’s staff were Muslim.

Food safety and quality remains a major concern in China after a series of high-profile scandals.

Wang Zuoan, who heads China’s State Administration for Religious Affairs, said in an interview published on Sunday in the ruling Communist Party’s Study Times, that China must “protect the legal interests of religious groups”.

China has struggled to tame unrest among some Muslims, particularly in its western Xinjiang region, home to ethnic Uighurs, many of whom chafe at the government’s strict controls on religion.

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