Senator Hanson wins Support for a Clearer Halal Labeling

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Pauline Hanson, the Australian senator got a political victory backed by his senate colleagues, for her campaign for Muslim-friendly Hallal certified foods needing to be more clearly labeled.

The Mail Online stated, Ms Hanson, the leader and co-founder of Australia’s anti-immigration One Nation party, won the backing of her colleagues this week in her fight over halal-food certification.

In December 2015 Senator Hanson said that it was about time the senate inquiry’s recommendations were put into practice. The party claimed that by buying halal certified food products means that you are financially supporting the Islamism of Australia alleging that the money is also believed to fund terrorism.

The halal-food certifications can be found on various range of products in many popular supermarket in Australia from meat to cookies including Cadbury chocolates, Vegemite and Kellogg’s breakfast cereals. The One Nation leader’s call for more transparency on these Muslim-friendly foods as consumer’s money from these certifications are going towards funding of Islamic schools and mosques.

The regulation comes 18 months after a Senate inquiry report recommended more transparent labels. She told to the parliament that Australians were waiting for this to be implemented.

Australian Conservatives leader Cory Bernardi , who initiated the 2015 inquiry into halal foods, said that they’re looking for certainty in the meat industry, it’s about time that they reported on it. It’s far too long and so I think Senator Hanson’s quite right to bring it to the attention of the chamber.

Halal is an Arabic word meaning something is permissible in Islam. According to Bashar H Malkawi, Associate Professor of Law, United Arab Emirates, Muslims consume food that is halal which literally means lawful or permitted. For meat to be halal, it cannot be of certain types of animals, and the butchering must take placein a certain manner. Processed food that is halal certified doesn’t contain pork or alcohol derivatives while meat with this clearance has been slaughtered in accordance with Islamic tradition. The “halal” designation makes claims about ingredients of the food and the way food is processed. Consumers are assured that the product in question meets the Muslim slaughter rituals (standards) for animals.

Food producers pay a fee to third-party halal certifiers, which include Islamic groups and mosques.

Ms Hanson called for a boycott of these products, releasing a video, as a campaign urging not to buy such as Lindt and Darrell Lea, and told followers to “go and buy some non-halal Easter eggs and chocolate and have a very happy Easter everyone”.

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