A conversation in the supermart

ASDA to be precise.

I’d put the smoked salmon in the trolley and was looking for meat, either chicken or beef, giving the pork a rest.

Ah, but all major supermarts do halal now in Britain, no?

So I went to the girl stacking and asked if she could direct me to the special shelves which have the non-halal beef.

Shocked, she replied, ‘None of our beef is halal.’

‘But I heard that in Britain all major supermarts offered only halal:’


‘None of our beef is halal.’

That was that. Interesting, eh? Now either she didn’t have a clue, or they’d told her it wasn’t but it was … or else she was right and it was stunned beef.

Thinking about it, I’ve not seen any Muslims in there, it’s all just us shopping, so maybe she was right. Maybe it’s places like London and Bradford who have the problem … while places in British backwaters still don’t.

Hmmmm. I bought some mince to supplement the Polish dumplings and soups. I would hope the Poles are non-halal.

3 comments for “A conversation in the supermart

  1. Lord T
    July 18, 2019 at 14:19

    I’m pretty sure your local ASDA doesn’t order anything different from the ASDAs all over the country. It is distributed centrally. therefore you get the same as everyone else and I suspect that your shop assistant has no idea rather than it is non Halal.

  2. ivan
    July 18, 2019 at 22:37

    Strange as it may seem one of my local supermarkets (Neto) used to have an halal section in the cool cabinets. Last week when I went in that section was gone and the shelves were filled with ham and other pork products.

    I think the local manager decides what to get from central stores depending what sells at the local store. Now if this was down in the city it would be a different story (there is a section of the city that is listed as a no go area on the police database and only the CRS patrol that area.

  3. July 19, 2019 at 04:22

    Yes, think I might phone ASDA and ask.

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