Competition amongst Australia’s halal certifiers is hot and getting hotter. There are 33 known certifiers in a country of fewer than 500,000 Muslims - a relatively small halal market. Many Muslims in Australia don’t strictly observe halal going by chats I’ve had with Muslim shop owners.
Australian consumers nervously worry that their hard earned dollars might be making their way from the checkout counter to terrorist organisations, which have tentacles reaching into Australia. It sounds like another conspiracy theory, until you take a closer look.
Digging deep into the halal certification scam has not presented a pretty sight, but every dark cloud has a silver lining. I have been informed that a number of Coalition MPs are now ready to move on halal certification.
It seems that Arabs and Jews are avowed enemies until it comes to sharing in a world-wide scam like a food tax. Since The Pickering Post published its 13 Part Halal certification expose earlier this year, the Federal Government has moved to establish a Parliamentary inquiry into all forms of food certification including halal.