The Malaysian Islamic Development Department (MIDD) has reportedly ruled that hot dogs cannot be granted halal certification unless they are renamed to remove “dog” from the name. “In Islam, dogs are considered unclean and the name cannot be related to halal certification,” MIDD Director Sirajudden Suhaimee told the BBC.
Pretzel franchise Auntie Anne’s was reportedly refused halal certifica- tion until it renames its “Pretzel Dog,” which Suhaimee said would more appropriately be called a “Pretzel Sausage.” Apparently determined following confusion from tourists, the ruling has been widely criticized, including by Malaysian Tourism and Culture Minister Nazri Aziz. “Even in Malay it’s called hot dog—it’s been around for so many years. I’m a Muslim and I’m not offended,” he told reporters. See BBC, October 19, 2016.