DETROIT FREE PRESS
A Muslim man is suing Little Caesars for $100 million after he says he was served and then accidentally ate pepperoni made with pork, a food prohibited by Islamic law.
The complaint says Mohamad Bazzi of Dearborn, Mich., ordered halal pizza twice from a shop in Dearborn. The boxes were labeled “halal,” but the pies inside were topped with regular pepperoni.
Majed Moughni, Bazzi’s attorney, said he rushed to file the lawsuit on May 25, the eve of Ramadan so no other Muslims would accidentally eat pork from the pizza shop during the holiday.
“It’s really upsetting,” Moughni said. “My clients want the public to know. Especially during Ramadan, it would be a travesty if Muslims … in Dearborn bought pizza from Little Caesars and discovered they were eating pork.”
The lawsuit says the first incident happened March 20. Bazzi and his wife were midway through eating a pizza from the shop when they realized it had pork pepperoni.
They “became sick to their stomach,” according to the lawsuit. Three days later, they filed a police report.
The second incident happened May 24, the day before the lawsuit was filed in Wayne County Circuit Court.
Halal is the Muslim equivalent of Judaism’s kosher and requires that meat be prepared according to Islamic guidelines, such as reciting a prayer while the animal is cut.
A spokeswoman for Little Caesars did not immediately return messages for comment.