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Wednesday, 14th November 2018

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... ‘burp’ who cares, just show me the money”

Kirralie Smith

Kirralie Smith is the creator of the halal choices website, shopping guide book and phone app and an expert on halal certification of foods and supermarkets in Australia


About five years ago it was suggested to me that food products with the little Arabic looking symbol on it could be funding terrorism. That sounded outrageous at the time. I was also told Cadbury and Vegemite carried the halal certification symbol on them. So I went home to investigate.

During the following week I began ringing some companies to ask what I thought were simple questions, like, “Are your products halal certified?” 

I got anything but simple answers and some companies were quite evasive, secretive and many gave me the run around. 

I ended up on the phone with Mr Mohamed El-Mouelhy of the Halal Authority of Australia. He thought I was a Muslim. I didn’t correct him. 

What he said to me was absolutely astonishing. After lecturing me about the Koran and Hadiths, he said every good Muslim should know they cannot trust the halal symbol. He claimed many certification companies disregard Sharia Law and are only in it for the money.

That got my little justice bell ringing so I kept pursuing the matter.

After contacting approximately 500 companies I‘ve discovered that inconsistencies, corruption, intimidation, threats, misinformation and deception are rife in this halal certification industry. 

Both Muslims and non-Muslims are being taken for a ride by a scam that generates an estimated $3 trillion worldwide. 

As of the 27th August 2014 there were no fewer than 21 competing halal certification agencies in Australia, approved to certify red meat alone. 

There are many more agencies that also certify confectionary, health products, pharmaceuticals, and all varieties of processed foods. 

In many cases certification is completely unnecessary as the item is already considered permissible or is in no way related to halal!

One chicken supplier was forcibly boycotted by retail outlets under threat of the local Imam. His business lost hundreds of thousands of dollars over the ensuing three years, so he approached the Imam and agreed to pay the halal certification fee despite the fact he didn’t have to change any of his operations.

The Imam then punished him by increasing the fee.

He then forced him to pay a penalty for not being halal certified over the previous three years!

One concerned Imam preached a sermon about the halal rort. He said, “...and the fact that they charge such exorbitant fees for their services puts the customer at a distinct financial disadvantage in the market place, for the price the companies have to pay is passed directly on to the customers.” 

He went on to say, “Halal certification has become a form of stealth tax, taking money from the pockets of ordinary Muslims and putting it into the coffers of the Islamic organisations and ulama (Muslim legal scholars).”

Buyer beware – many of your everyday shopping purchases fund this scam and it’s about time we demanded to know exactly where this money goes?

[Editor’s Footnote: Rushdi Siddiqui, Founder of Saudi Azka Capital gave an interview on Amilin TV about the significance of the convergence of the halal food sector with Islamic Finance. He said, “I consider this to be the tip of what is a very big iceberg as I have just glimpsed the part that is under the water.”]


A couple of years ago, a prominent Rabbi in the US spoke out about the Kosher certification racket over there. He made succinct point that such 'certification' was unnecessary and cheapened his faith, since the prohibitions were well known for Jewish people anyway. I remember one point he made was that the difference between Kosher chicken and the supermarket's own brand was about $3 - other than that they taste and look the same.

On the other hand, most food with the squiggle also has a 'K' right next to it. None of it has these symbols displayed on the front of the package either. So it's not just the non-Muslim consumer who's being hoodwinked here. Muslims shouldn't be eating it since it's religiously sanctioned by the Jews. Jews shouldn't be eating it since it's fit for Muslims, Christians shouldn't be eating it since it has a connection to non-Christian faiths. End of the day it goes much deeper than 'funding terrorism'. If Muslims weren't compelled to give alms, you could bet your last dollar that all the money from certification would go straight into the wallets of the fat, happy conmen who run these schemes.

Where Coon Cheese hides the halal symbol .........

Further to that above comment and link, I had a look on a 1kg packet of Coon cheese and could NOT find a halal synbol, does this mean they are not putting it on for fear of losing sales or is it really not halal?
Dairy Farmers is owned by National Foods which in turn is a wholly owned subsiduary of Kirin Holdings in Japan.

I'm off to eat my lilydale chicken (halal) soon and have to swear while eating it.

All chicken is halal, KFC, Inghams, Free range, the split chickens on a stick, all halal. Unless you buy some baby chicks and raise them yourself and slaughter them, it will be halal. I couldn't do that. I just cross my fingers and say " not halal" 3 times and jump over a broomstick while cooking it. (No I don't, it's all halal, get used to it.) Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.

have fun at the supermarket checkout, buy some pork, select the checkout operator who looks the most averse to pork meat, and watch her squirm as she handles the meat across the reader and into the bag. then go around and do it all again.

The poultry industry is the least humane of the meat production industries. There are handling and transport strategies that would cause a scandal in the beef industry. It is controlled by a few corporations that seem to be able to scare inspection away. Chooks are all killed Halal, that is they are hooked up by their feet on a conveyor belt and either manually of machine beheaded. All you'd need is an assurance there was a moslem working on the line. You should also look on your chook packaging to see if it's guaranteed free of antibiotics and growth hormones.

I've noticed that Cadburys, Mars and Nestle have removed Halal symbol from some of their products lately. I'd suspect they are still paying the tithe but are reacting to public pressure and pretending they don't participate.

Great work ,Kirralie ! I have been discussing the subject with my Fed Member. I think that you may know this - certification is a private matter beyond the control of Gov. Should any person have evidence of funding being diverted to criminal activities, then AFP should be advised , via their website. It is likely that the matter is under investigation ( my conclusion)

The Link under your picture works(when cursor clicks it on) Kirrallie .It was the link that is above this comment that redirected to some opposing site (it seemed) .So It is Good the Link Under your Picture is correct presently.I would check it occasionally just to be sure :).

Hello Kirrallie Thank You for being you.Kind regards sent.

Mr B Please delete the other 49 extras, it took me ages to try to count them and see some posts here. We've all had repeats, I have as my computer won't post at times and I keep hitting enter, and it is hard to delete at times. Press the cross at the side.

Mr Bruce .... how about going through your posts and deleting all but one!

LAD - TD is never really interested in what the point is . He has a different agenda .

As usual - TD has totally missed the point.

Well done Kirralie, this scam has slipped under the radar for too long.

Id like to feed that fat fuck in the pic to a pig.

The money collected would help pay the debt the illegal mozloms have got this country into.

these people are the most deceptive SNAKES on this earth.

I don't care who she bonks but as bolt said " not with my money "