Australia: Libs seek inquiry into halal certification

Coalition members are seeking an inquiry into the way food is certified as halal.

HALAL food has been prepared according to Islamic law, and is free from pork products, alcohol and other specified ingredients.

Companies seeking to label their foods “halal” – an Arabic word for “lawful” – must pay fees to Islamic organisations for inspection and certification.

Recent figures show the halal sector could be worth $1.5 trillion worldwide by 2050.

It’s likely to become more of an issue as Australia seeks to kick-start talks on a free trade deal with the Gulf states, as well as boost exports such as meat and processed foods to Southeast Asia.

However, Liberal senator Cory Bernardi said there was a lack of clarity around halal certification.

“I haven’t been able to ascertain what the cost of this religious tax is to individual companies or the overall cost to the Australian consumer,” Senator Bernardi said in a statement.

“No one has been able to explain why water, milk and cat food need halal certification…

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  • Exile1981

    Halal certification is purely a tax on non-muslims.

    • Surele Surele

      never buy it and never will.

  • winniec

    Why do Muslims require halal CAT FOOD?

    A money-making scam? Muslims don’t advertise their doctrine of DARURA either…DARURA means if you don’t have ‘halal’ products, you can make do with whatever is available!

    Wow! You mean Muslims don’t even ‘require’ halal products?

    That’s right, Virginia.

  • Frances

    I buy only halal pork.

  • Ron MacDonald

    Muslims should be paying to have meat certified Halal, not the producer of the product.

  • ntt1

    Squamish super markets have given up on their ever shrinking halal section, it was getting hard to poke in a packet of bacon anyways. We still have Back-to- the- cave- Dave Suzuki deciding what kind of fish we are allowed to eat.

  • simus1

    Three Card Monte and halal cert are very close cousins, so I’ve been told šŸ˜‰

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  • robins111

    I just love Halal food freezers, I frequently return a roast of pork to them after changing my mind.

    • Frau Katze

      LOL!

  • pop

    It’s a rort. Be warned Canada. Read pickering’s post.

  • Achmed

    Support Halal food.

    You can find your local grocer selling Halal certified products and restaurants cooking with Halal products at http://www.zabihah.com/

    Support Halal – it funds the Jihad against all kaffirs!