The Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) has said its members have no intention of dropping their halal certifications despite a spate of anti-halal campaigns.
A number of Australian companies including The Byron Bay Cookie Company and Four’ N Twenty have been attacked on social media for certifying their products as Halal, with campaigners sighting that the certification funds terrorism.
South Australian dairy manufacturer, Fleurieu Milk and Yoghurt Company were also targeted. The company made the decision to drop their certification to avoid negative publicity, which also meant that they had to end their $50,000 yoghurt supply deal with Middle-Eastern airline, Emirates.
James Mathews, a spokesperson for the AFGC told The Guardian that the anti-Halal campaign or ‘buy-cott’ is “a campaign of misinformation”.
Mathews said that despite pressure from anti-Islamic campaigners, members of the AFGC – which include Mondelez Australia – were not engaging in the movement against Halal certification, adding that the cost of the certification is negligible when compared to the value of the Islamic market.
He also added that many critics of Halal certification have a blinked view, and “are not interested in understanding the actual reality” behind the certification.