HALAL AND OTHER FOOD CERTIFICATION

JLN will support the proper regulation of Halal and other food certification systems.

JLN notes that in relation to Islamic Halal religious food certification:

  1. Independent Parliamentary library research reports that: “There is no legal requirement that these fees are to be disclosed.” And, “As halal certification is undertaken on a purely commercial basis, there is no formal reporting or auditing mechanism to ascertain whether monies paid for certification are misused.”
  2. Halal food is very difficult to identify – because Halal and other certification markings on food products are not properly regulated and very difficult to locate and read.
  3. For many cultures, including 80,000 Australians of the Sikh faith – eating Halal certified food is forbidden. And people practicing the Islamic faith – like followers of other peaceful, faiths are entitled to identify and eat food, which conforms to their religious custom.
  4. Under questioning, in estimates Committee Hearings Attorney General Brandis – Australia’s highest law officer, failed to give Senator Lambie a guarantee that Halal Certification funds were not being used by Islamic terrorists.

JLN therefore calls on all Australian Political parties to support federal legislation, which ensures that:

  • all food certification, ( Halal, Kosher etc) is clearly and easily identified
  • establishes a legal requirement that these fees are to be disclosed
  • a formal reporting or auditing mechanism is put in place which will easily allow law enforcement and security agencies to ascertain whether monies paid for certification are misused in the support of terrorist activities.

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