MONEY FOR NOTHING
...halal certification in Australia (Part 6)
Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.
The ‘Get Rich’ halal certifiers are now on the back foot. Consumers and Islamic scholars are pushing back against the halal moneymen. Politicians are listening to angry constituents. The issue is a hot topic on the public airwaves, online and in our Federal Parliament.
In Australia over 500 companies are now paying insidious halal certification fees.
Of the products we now buy at the supermarket checkouts in Australia, 80 per cent are halal certified with the costs passed on to the consumer. Countless restaurants, cafes, takeaway food outlets and fast food chains have been caught up in the con.
Some food producers say they absorb these costs but it defies logic to believe that millions of dollars is not regarded as a cost.
In our closest and largest Islamic neighbour, Indonesia, Muhammad Nafik wrote in the Jakarta Post on 26 February 2007:
“Halal labeling could mislead Muslims since Islamic laws defining halal and haram food are outdated. They are no longer relevant to Muslims in the current globalised era.
“Ironically, an attempt to help consumers, halal labelling will cause them to suffer. They will have to pay more for their food if it is processed under certain costly Islamic procedures.
“According to Islamic law, producers are required, for example, to manually slaughter an animal and fully remove the blood from the meat. They must also allow Islamic auditors to examine the food in order to obtain halal certificates.
“These religious procedures mean additional costs for producers, leading to higher prices for consumers.”
When a carbon tax was imposed on companies and businesses in Australia the cost was passed on to consumers. When a goods and services tax is imposed it increases prices by the amount of the tax. So why would anyone believe multi billions in a halal tax is not passed on? Of course it is.
When asked why they pay for halal certification some companies have said they don’t want to be seen as racists or bigots. Companies admit they are required to sign confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements to keep a lid on bad publicity and to hide the outrageous amounts paid in fees.
One Australian certifier, Mohamed El Mouelhy (yes, him again) uses the words "bigots" and "Islamophobes" as a regular weapon against consumers and critics of halal certification. I will take a closer look at his tactics in a later part of this investigation.
Major food companies imposing an Islamic food tax on their customers has absolutely nothing to do with avoiding being called nasty names, but is more like keeping an eye on a potential new market. It’s all about the bottom line and shareholders’ funds.
With consumers becoming increasingly aware of the halal certification extortion racket, executives who were entrusted with the guardianship of dozens of iconic Aussie brands are isolating their core customer base as consumers desert them in droves.
They are now resorting to extremely deceptive methods to obscure the halal logo, Coon Cheese has no visible logo anywhere on the pack… that is until you open it, and there it is in all its glory! Too late customer, you’ve already opened it!
Hiding or removing the logo to deceive purchasers does not mean halal fees aren’t still being paid to the crooks and the costs added on at the checkout.
A 2015 ‘Happy Australia Day’, post on Vegemite’s Facebook page was met with dozens of anti-halal comments. The halal certification connection has become a PR nightmare for Kraft's Vegemite.
Good morning Australia! ?#HappyAustraliaDay? ?#SpreadTheLove?
‘Happy Australia day HALALAMITE!!!!!!’
‘Good old terramite !’
‘Happy halalaustralia day.’
‘absolutely no Vegemite in our house anymore!’
‘Wow. I just cannot believe it. Anything for a sale. What meat is in Vegemite for it to be certified halal.’
‘You have sold Australia out to muslims never on the shopping list again R.I.P. vegemite.’
‘Vegemite is a swear word in my house now ......’
‘I'll never buy it again !’
'How' did you get 'H' certified Vegemite? Are all the preservative No.'s on the jar label, on the 'appropriate' foods list?’
‘Might I add it costs companies millions of dollars to join (halal) and the money goes to… you all know what.’
‘Vegemite you really need to read all these comments’
One Facebook page ‘Boycott Halal in Australia’ has nearly 65,000 followers, attracting new followers to the tune of hundreds a week.
Comments on the page are an indication of the level of anger consumers feel. Halal certified products are named and updated daily.
Another is Halal Choices Facebook page with nearly 14,000 followers and growing daily. There are other State based halal boycott pages, listing local eateries. Halal Choices now has an app available that will immediately identify any product that is halal certified.
However, a recent court case lifted the shroud on fees paid to one certifier.
THE COSTS TO LOCAL BUSINESSES
Mr Mohamed El-Mouelhy (there he is again) of Halal Certification Authority Pty Limited sued a small retail kebab shop, Sofra Pizza Pide & Kebab House, and their wholesaler Quality Kebabs, in the Federal Court of Australia. Both were displaying a halal certification logo which they randomly printed off the internet without paying the fees.
The food outlets told us they didn’t know they had to pay any fees because they were sourcing directly from a halal certified slaughterhouse.
They were completely oblivious to the fact that every supplier in the food chain had to pay the halal tax. They displayed the logo simply as a means to confirm to their customers they were sourcing their meat from a halal certified supplier.
Once notified that the logo was a privately owned logo, and had to be removed, the kebab retailer did so immediately.
Mr El Mouelhy sued anyway.
The landmark case inadvertently cracked open just one small area of the “confidential” fees, publicly exposing just how substantial and insidious the pyramid of halal certification schemes are in the kebab food chain alone.
The publicly available court documents show that had a small takeaway shop paid for the halal certification it would have cost $5,000 per year. No small change for a small business.
Multiply that by all the pubs, kebab shops, pizza shops, cafes, pie shops, burger chains, coffee shops, sushi shops, chicken shops, canteens, bakeries, butchers, ice cream shops, grills and restaurants etc in the country, then start to add the 80% of foods and produce at the supermarket and you can start to see the unknown billions redirected from our domestic food economy, to the pockets of the halal moneymen.
The court document goes on to say:
"Quality Kebabs has obtained the benefit of operating its business on the basis that it has been certified by the applicant when, in fact, it has not. There are no great difficulties in assessing the expense. Quality Kebabs has avoided having to pay by falsely asserting it was certified by the applicant."
Mr El-Mouelhy’s documentary evidence was that his fee (without GST) to wholesalers was $27,090 in 2012, $33,580 in 2013 and $34,510 in 2014.
Quality kebabs had to pay what was equivalent to the 2012 fee of $27,090.00 plus a 50% uplift of $13,545.00. Total fee payable for 2012 = $40,635.
On top of that they had to pay the 2013 halal certification fee of $33,580.00, plus a 50% uplift of $16,790.00. Total fee payable for 2013 = $50,370. That’s a total of $91,005.00.
That doesn’t include what Quality Kebabs would have had to pay for 2014 which would have been $34,510.
What these court documents don’t address is that for Quality Kebabs to be halal certified they need to source their meat or chicken from a halal certified abattoir or chicken processor, in this case Steggles.
Some abattoirs pay up to $27,000 a month to be halal certified, or $324,000 a year. Chicken processors pay around $40,000 per year.
Truckies who drive chicken supply vans from a chicken processor to the takeaway shops are charged $500 each in halal certification fees.
So you can have an abattoir spending $324,000 in halal fees. Then the transport company is paying hundreds of dollars to drive the product to the supplier. In this case the supplier has to pay $34,510 in halal fees.
Then the transporter again has to pay a few hundred dollars to a halal certifier. Finally the little retail outlet has to pay $5,000 in halal certification fees.
This totals in excess of $364,000 paid in halal fees before you sink your teeth into a kebab and that's just one of many kebab businesses.
And they expect you to believe these huge costs are simply "absorbed"?
The particular halal certifier, Mr Mohamed El-Mouelhy, in this court case said proudly on national television, “Halal certification has made me a millionaire” and he uses the money to, “buy my wife shoes”. Allah must be very pleased with him.
Business and money gurus preach the best businesses are those where you can create a “royalty” cash-flow where funds flow into your bank account while you travel the globe or sun yourself on a Mediterranean beach.
“Royalties” are the ultimate in the cash-flow business model. It’s like printing your own money. And Muslims are not known for producing anything or contributing to any economy anyway. Their halal scam is simply creaming the top from the meager profits of hard-working Aussies.
Songwriters, poets, authors, inventors, designers, architects, artists and trademark owners can all be beneficiaries of royalties. Halal certification is a royalty received for the use of a trademarked logo.
This is confirmed by Mr El Mouelhy’s legal claim under Trademark laws. The Coca Cola logo is a royalty-based trademark. McDonalds' golden arches are trademarked and earn billions. Halal logos are the new money frontier in a $3 trillion global market scam.
It’s money for nothing and your cheques for free.
Halal Australia, another private certifying company, states on it’s website
• The Halal industry experts believe the size of the total global Halal market including all types of Halal products, consumables and services to range from a minimum of US$1.2 trillion to US$2 trillion per annum (Global Halal Congress, 2010).
• According to the World Halal Forum 2009, Time Magazine (May, 2009) reported that the total size of global Halal food market is worth about US$632 billion a year. This figure would be higher still if the non-Muslim consumer market is included.
• Greater profit market share: no loss of non Muslim markets. The International Halal food trade has been estimated to be worth at least US$580 billion a year (Halal Journal, 2007).
• Certification assists domestic Halal food and consumable industries in the development and promotion of Australia as an International Halal Hub, consequently exploiting a global Halal food market of about 1.8 billion people.
• Since Halal certification is not mandatory, a competitive advantage is gained over companies with no Halal certification.
• Halal certification imposes strict personal sanitation requirements in addition to manufacturing premises’ hygiene practices, complimentary to our program.
It goes on to convince potential clients (excerpts):
Credibility and Integrity:
"Being associated with our business name will no doubt give you an unparalleled advantage over others in the industry."
Ongoing support & services:
"An accredited company is permitted to affix its unique Halal Australia logo (registered trade mark) on all suitable products to improve its promotion and marketing efforts (conditions apply).
"Businesses can also be provided advertising space on the Halal Australia website (costs apply) as well as in other popular newspapers and magazines during the period of agreement at competitive rates."
As the halal scamsters become more organised and sophisticated, they have in recent years moved towards the establishment of The World Halal Council (WHC).
This body is akin to a global organisation of mafia bosses, positioning themselves to prey on global economies. The WHC is leading the push to make already-halal foods, goods and services halal via payment of fees.
This is evident from their website:
Halal Certification On Non-Food Products, Animal Feeds, Personal Care, Cosmetics, Packaging Materials, Logistic And The Like:
“Halal Certification did not stop on the food products. It is also important in non-food products including personal care, utensils, fashion and clothing’s (sic), shoes and the like and lately halal certification is now made mandatory to animal and poultry feeds, packaging materials such as tin cans, drums, plastic bottles and the like which are in contact with the halal quality products.
"This is because the halal quality products has to be safeguarded from contamination and the principal contaminant of the product other than the raw materials and ingredients, if any, would be the packaging materials which come in contact with it; even the storage facilities, delivery vans and the like.”
They go on to say;
“The Dubai exhibits estimates halal market to be US$3.2 trillion dollars annually; whereas, Malaysian experience also estimates on the Malaysia target to be between 500 and 600 million of U.S. dollars annually.
“This is because, in reality, halal certification did not stop only on food and non-food products, but it also includes services such as logistics, hotels, restaurants and many others.
“Unfortunately, despite this abundance of opportunities for halal products, most of us in this country, think of halal business in terms of halal certification, instead of the production of halal raw material and ingredients which could be accepted globally. As a result, we may have many more Halal certifiers than the Halal certifiable products.”
Although the Qur’an states everything is halal, except that which is expressively forbidden, the World Halal Council states the opposite – all things are haram and must be made halal via paying us exorbitant fees.
The moneymen conveniently disagree with Allah and his prophet, Mohammed.
NEXT: SHARIA CREEP