KFC Apologises To Customer Refused Alcohol-Based Hand-Wipe At Halal Restaurant

29/09/2014 19:45 BST | Updated 29/09/2014 19:59 BST
In this Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, photo, a KFC sign hangs in Saugus, Mass. Fast-food conglomerate Yum! Brands, Inc., headquartered in Louisville, Ky., will report its fourth-quarter and annual earnings on Monday after markets close. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Fast food chain KFC has apologised to a customer who was refused an alcohol-based hand-wipe at a restaurant trialling halal meat.

The chain said the incident at its outlet on Leicester's St George's retail park was due to a "misunderstanding" among staff, who reportedly told a diner the wipes could offend some Muslims.

Graham Noakes, 41, told the Leicester Mercury he was astonished after being informed the wipes could not be given out.

In a statement, KFC said alcohol-based hand-wipes were approved for use in all its restaurants, including those taking part in its halal trial.

The company added: "There was a misunderstanding at the store in question, but the wipes are now being used again.

"We're sorry for the customer's experience."