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'Talibuns'? Hot Cross Buns With Islamic 'Halal' Symbol Spark Debate
by Patrick Goodenough
Should Christians be upset if the packaging of their "hot cross buns" traditionally eaten at Easter carries the Islamic halal food certification symbol?
This question has triggered an animated debate in South Africa in the run-up to Easter, both online and in the media. Protests by some Christians prompted the retailer to agree to offer two packaging options.
One will carry the halal symbol and be labeled "spiced buns" while the other will omit the symbol and be labeled "hot cross buns," according to a statement from the Woolworths supermarket chain.
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