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C&U On Demand: Andy Allen of Sodexo at UMass Boston on expanding halal options

UMass Boston recently added halal options at multiple campus dining locations to better serve Muslim students.


FM On Demand and C&U On Demand are video interviews with onsite dining professionals who talk about creative and interesting initiatives they have developed or undertaken.

To better serve its population of observant Muslim students, University of Massachusetts Boston and dining services partner Sodexo recently added halal dining options to its outlets all over campus in response to a request by the university’s Muslim community. Halal is food that adheres to Islamic law and has special requirements, such as those governing how animals used for meat are killed. Dishes meeting halal standards are designated with a white “H” and are now found all over the campus in both retail and residential dining venues.

In this FM On Demand interview, Sodexo General Manager Andy Allen talks about why, where and how the halal initiative was implemented, what menu items are featured and how the campus community has reacted.

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