‘Everyone is eating more halal’: Certifier brags opponents of Muslim food categorisation are actually HELPING his business as controversy raises awareness
- Halal Cerification Authority boss says ‘everyone will be eating more halal’ foods
- Mohamed Elmouelhy’s business certifies that food is permissible for Muslims
- He says his business is booming despite campaigns against halal certification
An Islamic businessman who makes money certifying that food is fit for Muslims predicts all non-Muslims in Australia will be eating more halal than ever.
Halal Certification Authority president Mohamed Elmouelhy says the third-party certification industry will keep booming.
‘Everyone will be eating more halal than ever, we have just employed three more auditors to cope with the extra work,’ Mr Elmouelhy told his Facebook followers.
It’s occurring even as cereal makers Kellogg’s and Sanitarium stop paying fees to Muslim businesses on the grounds their products are plant-based and don’t contain any pork or alcohol.
The Muslim businessman says campaigns against halal certification have ‘failed miserably’
Chocolate brand Cadbury, Bega cheese, Vegemite and Sara Lee desserts pay third-party certifiers an undisclosed fee to declare their foods are halal, an Arabic term for permissible.
Mr Elmouelhy, who declines to say who his clients are, rubbished senators Pauline Hanson and Cory Bernardi, who have spoken out against the halal certification industry in Parliament.
‘Those who advocate boycotting halal in Australia have failed miserably, instead halal is actually increasing in leaps and bounds, despite all the false information and speeches from the coward’s castle (parliament),’ he said.
‘Anti Muslims will be supporting halal and I thank them in advance.’
Sanitarium has stopped paying halal certification fees for the cereals and soy milk it exports
Kellogg’s stopped paying third-party halal certification fees as its products are plant-based
Nestle no longer pay halal certification fees for its popular chocolate bars like the Kit Kat snack
Daily Mail Australia broke the news earlier this month that Kellogg’s and Sanitarium have stopped paying third-party halal certifiers on the grounds their cereals are planted based and therefore don’t contain any pork or alcohol products.
Nestle has stopped paying halal fees for his chocolate bars but continues to have commercial halal arrangements for Maggi noodles, Nescafe coffee and condensed milk.
Halal Choices founder Kirralie Smith, a northern New South Wales farmer, argues that halal certification is unnecessary because most food products didn’t contain pork or alcohol.
Private and non-profit halal certifiers give their proceeds to Islamic schools and mosques.
Halal Choices campaigner Kirralie Smith says halal fees for most foods were unnecessary
Mr Elmouelhy told Daily Mail Australia he had every right not to disclose which companies paid him a halal certification fee or which Islamic groups he gave his proceeds to.
‘I am not going to say what I spend my money on. This is a private company and I’m a private person and I have every right to spend the money whichever way I want to,’ he said.
‘It is my private money, my private company and I can do with it what I like.’
His daughter Nadia, who is the chief executive of her father’s company, has halal certified a book by Iranian-born Labor senator Sam Dastyari, ‘One Halal Of A Story.’
The right-faction powerbroker even produced a certificate from Nadia Elmouelhy which said the binding, paper and air between the pages was halal.
Her father Mohamed noted that while Kellogg’s no longer paid halal-certification fees, Senator Dastyari was giving his industry some good publicity.
‘Kellogg’s dropped its certification but Sam’s halal-certified book more than picked up the slack,’ he said on Facebook on Tuesday.
Halal Certification Authority boss Mohamed Elmouelhy hopes SenatorDastyari’s book will help his industry
The halal logo signifies the product has been certified to contain no pork or alcohol products
Nestle no longer pays a halal certification fee for its chocolate bars but it does for its noodles, coffee, condensed milk, sauces and ice cream