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Thursday, 17th January 2019

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...Kirralie shames supermarkets

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


There is a lot of confusion about supermarket meat and whether or not it is halal certified. The thing is in a lot of cases the meat they source is in fact halal slaughtered and fees are paid. The supermarkets cannot label the meat as such though because the meat is then transported, stored or sold along with haram (forbidden) items such as pork.

So who wins? No-one, except the rich certifiers. Many non-Muslims won't buy the end product because it was slaughtered halal and fees were paid.

Many Muslims won't buy it because it may have started out halal but became haram along the way.

Many people are also concerned about the supermarket brands of every day staples such as bread and milk. In 2011, I asked Woolworths and Coles if these items were halal certified and I was assured they were not.

This is an interesting tid bit considering how often halal agencies and companies insist that halal certification doesn’t increase the cost to the consumer. Of course it does, it would never make good business sense to absorb costs instead of passing them on to the consumer.

The supermarkets say they want to keep costs down on these items so they don’t pay any kind of certification fees.

Imagine my confusion and anger then when I saw this halal certificate that clearly states Homebrand milk for Coles and Woolworths is halal certified. It also lists IGA, Aldi and Foodworks.

I have viewed similar certificates for Homebrand bread and even nuts! Many of these certificates have now been removed from the websites because of consumer backlash but as far as I understand they still pay for certification.

Despite the fact these products are already halal without need for certificates, it is outrageous that these suppliers pay the fees, they don’t display it on their labels and in fact the product doesn’t end up halal anyway.

With chicken processors paying around $40,000 per annum, some abattoirs paying $27,000 a month and milk companies paying tens of thousands a year the consumer is the BIG loser!

But at least someone's wife has a lot of nice shoes.


I have never seen so many Firms so frightened by a Moslem Religious Scam Threat Group in all my life. My big question is ? How much does the Gov't get in the Hand from these Crims???

Well Red Kelly TAsmania a maker of fine dressings when asked about his Hala Certification Stated that he was but after realising what it all stood for he cancelled his Halal, cancelled his Kosher and cancelled his heart tick. He now donates the money he is saving Which is quite a bit (because the Heart Tick is a bigger rip off than Halal) to preservation of the Tasmanian Devil and he is also getting a lot of positive feedback since go au natural.

I don't know whether it is true but I have heard that Coles will no longer stock Dick Smith products. Can anyone confirm this ?

Went to Woolies today couldn't find the Halal bacon, damned if I could. Not good enough Woolies! Are you discriminating against us whom prefer our bacon prepared under Halal requirements?

What I find somewhat puzzling is that this Halal Certification obviously increases the cost of the product hence it is costing the Muslim poor more to buy their food. As 70% of those poor political refugees are physically and mentally damaged to the degree that they are forced to rely on our megear welfare payments to survive rather than to be able to work for a living, I would have thought the benevolent oil rich Moslems of the world might club together and subsidise the Halal foods demanded by Islam?

Please stop.... this is just too much commonsense. Between the various governments and and manufacturers, suppliers - they have managed to allow this disgusting ideology to swindle the consumer. Its a disgrace.

I refuse to buy halal

Kirralie, just ignore idiots like benthomson. Perhaps a GetUp! Or Greens troublemaker. Either way, a simple juvenile.

Keep up the good work Kirralie. It us good folk like yourself that expose the truth and lies about these scams and cover ups. Btw, the Buycott app works pretty well, but more people need to add the identities of the halal certified products that have not yet been exposed.

Kirrallie, thank you for your much appreciated hard work. I often go to your website to chrck out halal items. I refuse to buy anything halal.

Wouldn't know what Lactalis is but obviously you do sailor2. How much have you had so far?

Hello Kirrallie, you do own* a very `engaging` genuine smile.It is a compliment.Thanks again for your time and best `intent` shared.

Seems some people are spending a lot of time attacking & protesting against manufacturers & shops selling halal products but how many are actually attacking the certifiers? Is anyone bombarding them will phone calls, emails, letters of protest etc? Simply interested, hence the question.

Surely the halal "contributions" paid by Australians are "tax deductable" as a donation to a religion of piece. Like GST it should be printed on the receipt so we can all claim the deduction.

I don't give a shit what they have I won't buy it.

lol @ "self haram"

Blood, DJT? Looks like BS.

Kirralee, I think you have a very nice smile.

Huon Aquaculture in Tasmania look like they have succumbed to the Halal Moslem extortion racket. Their Tasmanian Cold Smoked Salmon, ingredients; "Atlantic Salmon, salt and natural wood smoke". What the hell has this got to do with the Halal extortionists! I like the product but will now look elsewhere.

I don't get this I am afraid ..The complaint is the extra cost you are paying?.. companies apply to be Halal certified ,the increased cost per item is less than a couple of cents It is the same as Kosher, vegan, organic and from what I can ascertain (even from the, carefully constructed we are not singling anyone out based on their Religion.. pro ban Halal videos) the costs of certification are about the same as organic, vegan,...except for Kosher which is the most expensive as a training fee is involved for Religious training for the shochet.