Halal Certification – Islam’s Sharia scheme
Halal Certification – started off with meat, then other foods, now halal certification has extended into healthcare, pharmaceuticals, travel, education, and the list goes on. Making many Muslims rich, but there is also a more sinister side to it…
Halal Certification is an over $2 trillion dollar industry which mostly funds Islam but virtually all of us worldwide are chipping into it. But it’s not just our infidel money they want, they also want to change our way of life, such as segregating Muslims from non-Muslims in healthcare.
Global Islamic Economy Report
The halal certifiers themselves have written a comprehensive report about it, and the tidy little (well big actually) profits they are making. The 2016/2017 Thomson Reuters/DinarStandard (the latter being an Islamic company) report into the State of The Global Islamic Economy, documents all the areas that halal certification has spread into. The whole report has been “supported by Dubai The Capital of Islamic Economy” (Report downloadable at the end of this post)
Halal Certification – $2 trillion Industry
A $2.1 trillion dollar industry (ABC Four Corners 2015 figure or $1.9 trillion according to this report), but of course we are always told that costs aren’t passed on to us. Hmm, so we have an industry where people are getting rich but it’s not costing anyone? Seems unlikely to me, and if this is the case, then perhaps these people should run motivational get rich quick seminars.
Halal Rort extending into Pharmaceuticals
Well they would certainly be qualified to run a get rich quick scheme, after all halal certification must be the biggest scam in recent history. Someone certifies your product, such as bread, to state that it doesn’t have alcohol or pork in it. And they make motza cash out of doing this! Huh! What’s next, will we have halal certified oxygen – guaranteed no pork! Don’t laugh, it ain’t so preposterous considering the next thing on the halal certifiers list is halal vaccines! (yep it’s in the report, pgs 159, 172). Oh and they plan to start making a whole lot of halal certified medicines once $148 billion dollars worth of medical patents end in 2018 (pg 172).
See my other post about halal vaccines and pharmaceuticals: http://endgenderapartheid.com/2017/05/23/halal-vaccines-medicines-segregation-infidels/?preview_id=160&preview_nonce=576e032d77&_thumbnail_id=-1&preview=true
Halal Certification not in the Koran
All for something that isn’t even in the Koran (Quran). Yes the concept of halal exists there, but not halal certification, and pretty much everything is halal unless it is specified otherwise, and there are only a few food items that are not halal, specifically pork and alcohol (well they also mention a few obscure food items, such as don’t eat carnivorous animals but as not too many people are going to try their luck tackling a tiger I think we can exclude that one from the list). Oh and yes there is some debate in the Koran about how meat should be slaughtered (that will be another post), but in general if it don’t contain pork or alcohol then consume my dear Islamic friend! Muhammad approves! Don’t believe infidel me? Have a read of the Koran.
Yes Muslims were all surviving quite well without halal certification for hundreds of years, till some
devout/shrewd Islamic businessmen saw a penny in it. It became big around the 1970’s but was meat only, then extended into other foods, (to the point that the majority of Australian foods, other than pork and alcohol, now appear to be halal certified), now halal vaccines are winging their way to us in 2018.
Halal Certification funds Islam – FGM and other Sharia
So why should we care? Well, despite what they say, there is a good chance that the costs are passed on to us, and also the money raised largely goes back into Islamic coffers. Do you want to fund female genital mutilation, sharia law, stoning of women, throwing gays off buildings, etc? No, neither do I. Oh I’m sorry, am I “racist” for saying I object to that? Of course not all Muslims are doing that, but when you fund Islamic organisations how do you know whether it is funding the extreme versions of Islam aka Saudi style, or the “moderate” form of Islam practiced in Indonesia? Or at least that is how Indonesia is often described, despite the fact that 49% of their young girls have undergone female genital mutilation (UNICEF report based on actual Indonesia government figures).
Islamic countries demand our exports be halal certified – and they pick the certifier
Well I can tell you that we are funding the so called “moderates” and the fanatics. In Australia the 2015 Senate Economics References Committee into third-party certification of food explained how it all works. Despite this specific inquiry being Australian, its primary focus was halal certification and much of the information gleaned is pertinent to worldwide markets.
The inquiry disclosed that countries like Saudi Arabia, Indonesia and some other Islamic countries specify that red meat (and sometimes other foods, and even non food products) must be halal certified to export to those countries. Oh and the Islamic country picks the Aussie halal certifier for their country, who by the way often gives them kickbacks. In the case of Indonesia, their senior Islamic organisation, Majelis Ulama Indonesia (MUI), is the decider, yet they have had a lot of allegations of corruption and bribery, by the actual halal certifiers! This was noted in both the Senate inquiry and an ABC Four Corners report, called “The Truth About Halal”. If MUI rings a bell, well I have another post on this site about their links to female genital mutilation (FGM).
A certification rort which produces no health or safety benefits
So Aussie food producers are obtaining halal certification, because basically it is a non tariff barrier to export to Islamic countries. That’s the polite way to put it, others might call it extortion. Keep in mind they are paying for a certification scheme that produces nothing, has no health or safety benefits, and supposedly is to help Muslims know what they can eat, despite every Muslim knowing exactly what is permissible (halal) to them already. If they were avoiding certain products for allergy reasons or animal cruelty issues then I would be sympathetic, but considering Muslims support of halal slaughter (noted as an inhumane practice by most animal activists) it is obvious that their religious observance has nothing to do with compassion, and everything to do with out-dated dogma.
In any case most foods already have a handy little indicator on their packaging, called an ingredient list. Perhaps some lists could be made a little clearer to help vegans, vegetarians and those with allergies, but there should be no need for a separate halal certification. Yet we Aussies (approximately 98% who are not Muslims) pay the price through our grocery purchases because for some inexplicable reason Muslims aren’t prepared to read the ingredient list already provided for all consumers on most foods. All for an Islamic scheme which benefits Muslims only, or at the least benefits Islamic businessmen to get richer.
Halal Certification is a Worldwide extortion racket
It’s not just Aussies that are getting fleeced, countries all over the world are being coerced into paying into this halal scam. If they want to export to Islamic countries that’s generally what they have to do, but the added problem is that even a lot of domestic foods/products that are never exported to Islamic countries are halal certified also. The Thomson Reuters/DinarStandard report makes it clear the extent of this rort. Services too, worldwide, are halal certified to supposedly appeal to the Muslim tourist, which makes me wonder what Muslims did prior to halal certification, did they just not travel? Therefore would a lack of halal certification deter an Islamic terrorist from travelling to that region? Let’s ponder that one for a while.
Halal Certification – Funding Fanatics
Of course apart from making some Islamic businessmen rich, some of the funds do go back into the Islamic community, but what’s the bet that the approved halal certifier for Saudi Arabia is going to be ‘encouraged’ by Saudi officials to fund projects in line with the Saudi approved strain of Islam? And so forth with the other countries. Oh and keep in mind Saudi Arabia has had allegations of backing terrorism (does Osama bin Laden ring a bell?) In fact Hillary Clinton herself claimed that “Donors in Saudi Arabia constitute the most significant source of funding to Sunni terrorist groups worldwide”. Qatar too has recently been in the news, accused of funding terrorism.
Limited investigative powers to track halal money once offshore
Oh but there’s no links to terrorism from halal certifiers, right? Yeah you saw that headline bandied around everywhere. Actually what AUSTRAC and ACC testified at the Senate inquiry is that there have been no “direct links” found, but they admitted that once money goes offshore they have limited investigative powers to track it. But let me address the terrorism issue in full in another post here: http://endgenderapartheid.com/2017/06/04/halal-certification-fund-terrorism-maybe-maybe-not-take-risk/
Halal Certification isn’t just one fee
Oh but halal certification is just a little certification fee, right? Wrong! There are allegations that the fees are many and varied, may include audits, the food producer may have to change factory processes, such as no longer using alcohol based cleaners, they may even be compelled to do factory refits. The transport itself may have to be halal certified. And each ingredient may also need to be separately halal certified. So for example the bread producer wanting to export may have to put pressure on the company that supplies the salt to also be halal certified. So it places pressure down the line for each ingredient maker to also be halal certified, otherwise they lose business.
After you have paid all the fees, your product still may not achieve halal certification as it may have become ‘contaminated’ such as being transported in a truck with pork products.
Halal Certification fees – anywhere from $1000 to $27,000 per month
And what do the halal certifiers charge for all this? Well who knows, not even the Senate inquiry could find this out. But, as reported in the Sydney Morning Herald, there are allegations of anywhere from $1000 to $27,000 a month. Other allegations include that food producers must make their financial records accessible to the certifier, and that they must sign non disclosure agreements regarding the fees.
An industry shrouded in secrecy
Of course some of the allegations made may or may not be true, but why the secrecy? The whole industry is highly unregulated and shrouded in secrecy, so each halal certifier can pretty much make up their own rules. And if the fees are paltry why not be upfront about them?
The Senate inquiry was also unable to establish how many halal certifiers there are in Australia.
Halal Certified foods are rarely labelled as such
Very little of halal certified foods are labelled. Ironically making it impossible for Muslims, supposedly their market, to know if foods are actually halal certified. The lack of labelling would appear to defeat the whole purpose of a food certification scheme! Therefore it makes it impossible for anyone who wishes to either buy – or boycott – halal certified foods to do so. This is the reason why some politicians have called for labelling of halal certified goods, and indeed it was one of the recommendations of the Senate Inquiry. Yet 2 years on compulsory labelling of halal certification foods has not been implemented, despite having bi-partisan political support from the Senate Committee.
1982 Royal Commission uncovered corruption
What we do know for sure are the halal certifiers that are approved for red meat exports, as there is a list provided by the Department of Agriculture for that. The only reason this exists is due to the 1982 Royal Commission into the meat industry which uncovered corruption and some issues with halal certification such as forged certificates, so they recommended more regulation as well as stating that halal certification should be a cost recovery exercise only, and that fees charged should “not be seen as a way of raising revenue for other Muslim purposes unconnected with the meat industry.” However fast forward to today and halal certifiers such as AFIC are making huge profits. All tax free, thanks very much, as they, and some other halal certifiers, are not for profit organisations!
Halal Certifiers making huge profits & many are tax exempt charities
AFIC (Australian Federation of Islamic Councils also known as Muslims Australia), Australia’s peak Islamic body, testified at the Senate inquiry and disputed the veracity of their reported profits, until it was pointed out to them that those figures were taken from their own financial records! Profits like $751,000, which doesn’t seem like merely a cost recovery exercise. By the way AFIC is a registered charity and is thus exempt from the reporting and tax obligations of most Australian businesses.
Halal Certifier and charity AFIC siphoned millions of government funding
AFIC have had a long list of controversies, including financial mismanagement of many Islamic schools. For instance they siphoned millions of dollars in funds off Malek Fahd Islamic school, an alleged $45.14 million since 2000. By the way this was government funding that was supposed to be used by the school, as a result the school had it’s government funding revoked, a decision that was backed up by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (however now Malek Fahd has appealed to the Federal Court and as a result its funding has been reinstated by the government pending a decision).
Halal Certifier AFIC siphoned off $45 million, and no one seems to know or care where it ended up
You would think that over $45 million being siphoned off would raise some eyebrows, not to mention questions as to where the money ended up, but as far as I’m aware there has been no serious ramifications, such as criminal convictions, for any of AFIC’s board, or any detailed investigation as to where the money ended up.
AFIC received funding from Gaddafi, and are the Halal Certifier handpicked by the Saudis, Indonesians etc
Malek Fahd’s not the only school that AFIC have allegedly mismanaged, as a result others have also had their funding cut. Oh and AFIC were a big fan of Gaddafi back in the day, in fact they received a significant amount of funding from Gaddafi. Sadly for AFIC he is not around anymore, so I guess they need halal certification to keep afloat these days (as $45 million dollars taken from a government funded school mustn’t go that far anymore).
On the Department of Agriculture list (part of the list shown here) you can see, for instance, that AFIC is one of the halal certifiers approved for red meat exports to Saudi Arabia. They are also approved for Qatar. (AFIC affirmed at the Senate inquiry that they also certify other goods such as non meat foods and even makeup and medicines, and they certify for “Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Gulf”). Keep in mind that if a meat producer wants to export to several Islamic countries they have to get halal certification by each country’s approved halal certifier! So multiple halal certifications are often needed! The Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) testified at the Senate inquiry that this was a problem raised by some of the meat producers, as the meat industry operated on low margins.
Halal Certification fees most likely passed on to consumers
We are often told that halal certification fees aren’t passed on to consumers, that economies of scale absorb the costs. Whilst this may be true in some cases, it is unlikely to always be the case, particularly given the huge costs of getting products certified in some industries. The fact that the AFGC testified that the meat industry runs on low margins, and that some meat producers had flagged the cost of halal certification as a problem, indicates that some producers were having problems paying these fees. Therefore it’s not much of a leap to assume they would have passed the costs onto consumers.
Furthermore, The State of The Global Islamic Economy Report indicates that halal certification costs are indeed passed on to the consumer.
The Export Market argument – but who needs who?
Another justification for halal certification is that it opens up export markets. Whilst we undoubtedly export a huge amount of red meat to Islamic countries, the Gulf countries also export oil to us, so why are we not demanding they pay for a Christian/Atheist blessing of their oil before we accept it? Yes we need their oil, but then again they need our beef, as 85% of OIC meat is imported (OIC consists of 57 Islamic nations/states). In fact the Salaamgateway website noted how dependent Islamic countries are on meat imports from non-Islamic countries, “These imports are worth $15 billion, two-thirds of which are paid out to Brazil, Australia, India, the U.S. and France. A key implication of such a substantial amount of imported meat coming from non-Islamic countries is that there is a very high need for halal food production certification and logistics integrity.”
Actually the true implication there is that the non-Islamic countries have the power to withhold meat from Islamic countries, or at the very least set the rules, if Islamic countries make too many demands. Naturally they can play tit for tat and do the same with their oil, but we aren’t the ones demanding some ridiculous religious certification of their products.
Less than 5% of Australian chicken is exported, yet most of it is halal certified
In any case the ‘halal certification opens up export markets’ analogy doesn’t hold up in the case of chicken, because less than 5% of Aussie chicken is exported, and not all of that goes to Islamic countries. Yet it appears that the vast majority of Aussie chicken is actually halal certified, despite the small percentage that ends up being eaten by Muslims. But once again no one knows the exact amount that is halal certified because both the halal certifiers and the food industry either refuse to disclose this, or are evasive with their answers.
Australia is 2nd on the world Halal Food Indicator
However we do know that according to the Thomson Reuters/DinarStandard report that Australia is number 2 on their world Halal Food Indicator. (pg 29) The Halal Food Indicator evaluates countries on the “relative strengths of the ecosystem they have for the development of the sector.” (pg 28) In other words how amenable we are to being fleeced by them. Indeed they also note that we have risen from number 4 to number 2, so it appears we are giving into their scam. Therefore it seems most likely that the majority of our Aussie produced food is halal certified, and indeed we far outweigh all other Western countries (not to mention all Islamic countries other than the UAE!).
Halal Certification rort expanding rapidly worldwide – UK, USA, Europe, Asian, West etc
But halal certification is not just an Australian issue, many Westernised countries are being coerced into the halal certification food scam, but you have to wonder why we are allowing ourselves to be held to ransom over food exports when it appears that the Islamic countries need us more than we need them. Indeed the Salaamgateway website also noted that “while the 57-country Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is home to 80 percent of the world’s Muslims, almost 80 percent of their food imports come from non-Islamic trading partners.” Which works out to be “an estimated $190 billion in food and beverages in 2015.” Admittedly total imports appear to only account for “15.9 percent of total consumer expenditure on food and beverages across all OIC countries, which implies that 84.1 percent of F&B is produced domestically.”
Halal Certification isn’t just food, expanding into every product and service worldwide
But of course it’s not just food that the halal certifiers want to profit from, the situation is getting worse, as you can see from the Thomson Reuters/DinarStandard report, halal certification is expanding evermore, to the point where not just all of our foods but also all of our services (worldwide) are likely to end up requiring halal certification, with the majority of the profits raised funding Islam.
Indonesia has made halal certification compulsory for every product
For instance Indonesia has legislated that by 2019 it will be “‘mandatory for products that enter, are distributed and are traded in Indonesia to be halal certified.’ It goes on to define those products as ‘goods and/or services comprising of food, beverages, medicines, cosmetics, chemical products, biological products, genetically engineered products, as well as items that are worn, used or made use by the public.’” So pretty much everything! And MUI, who helped draft the legislation (you know the same group who endorse female genital mutilation) has everything to gain, “For one thing, the law puts the council temporarily in charge of overseeing the certification process, for which producers, importers and distributors of affected products will be charged a fee.”
Indonesia’s Halal overlord, MUI, supports female genital mutilation (FGM)
See my other post on MUI’s links to female genital mutilation (FGM).
Segregating Muslims from non-Muslims is part of the Halal plan
Oh but it’s not just money they want, the Halal Certification kingpins also want to change our way of life, as the Thomson Reuters/DinarStandard report not only mentions the segregation of genders in education (pg 193) and health care (pg 185), but also the segregation of Muslims from non-Muslims in health care (pg 189). Hmm, I wonder who will be allocated the best doctors?
Oh and if you are an educator, looks like you will be
brainwashed into spewing out Islamic propaganda, whoops, I mean educators will undergo religious sensitivity training and be trained to be proficient in Islamic content. (pg 195) One assumes that if you are a female teacher you and your female students will be shoved to the back of the classroom, Rosa Parks style, so you don’t contaminate the menfolk. But it is not all bad news because after you are forced to convert to Islam (surely that’s the next step) you might end up with an interest free loan, as Muslims are pushing for this too (Shariah compliant finance).
Though before you become too enthusiastic, remember those interest free loans are attached to an oppressive system of law – Sharia (or Shariah) that treats women and other groups as subhumans.
Halal Certification is a form of jihad
For all the concerns about links to terrorism and other forms of extremism, perhaps the most alarming part of halal certification is that it is obviously a form of silent jihad, whereby instead of using violence, our countries are overtaken by stealth.
In conclusion – Halal Certification is Islamic Sharia by stealth
Halal certification is political Islam making its insidious inroads into our Western world – sharia by stealth. In the end this may prove far more effective than terrorism in controlling us. In fact considering that virtually all Australians are funding Islam through our weekly grocery shopping, and within a few years virtually every purchase everyone in the world makes will contribute to Islam, then we already know who are masters are.
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The 2016/2017 Thomson Reuters/DinarStandard (the latter being an Islamic company) report into the Global Islamic Economy, documents all the areas that Halal Certification has spread into. The whole report has been “supported by Dubai The Capital of Islamic Economy”. Downloadable below, even if you just have a quick skim it is eye opening:
“The 2016/2017 Thomson Reuters/DinarStandard report into The State of The Global Islamic Economy” can be downloaded here:
OR it can also be found at:
Other related reading:
ABC Four Corners, “The Truth About Halal”, http://www.abc.net.au/4corners/stories/2015/09/07/4305337.htm
SMH, “Why halal certification is in turmoil”, http://www.smh.com.au/national/why-halal-certification-is-in-turmoil-20141222-12cmd3.html
“Halal Certification a Bitter Pill for Pharma”, http://jakartaglobe.id/news/halal-certification-bitter-pill-pharma/
Wikipedia, “AFIC”, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_Federation_of_Islamic_Councils
The Australian, “Muslim school stripped of $45m”, http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/education/malek-fahd-islamic-school-stripped-of-45m-muslim-body-accused/news-story/bb08c4e84aa9989ec2bedc651a95b2f6
The Guardian,“WikiLeaks cables portray Saudi Arabia as a cash machine for terrorists”, https://www.theguardian.com/world/2010/dec/05/wikileaks-cables-saudi-terrorist-funding
News.com.au, “Qatar crisis: Is Saudi Arabia supporting terror also?”, http://www.news.com.au/finance/economy/world-economy/qatar-crisis-is-saudi-arabia-supporting-terror-also/news-story/a58c4127caddf901b799fea2acaa9718
Australian Government, Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, “List of recognised Islamic bodies for halal certification of red meat”, http://www.agriculture.gov.au/export/controlled-goods/meat/elmer-3/list-islamic-halal-certification
Salaamgateway, “Islamic countries dependence on meat imports”, http://www.salaamgateway.com/en/story/islamic_countries_dependence_on_meat_imports-salaam06092015165353/
Salaamgateway, “Int’l Halal Accreditation Forum seeks greater inclusivity, raises concerns on industry practices”, http://www.salaamgateway.com/en/food/story/intl_halal_accreditation_forum_seeks_greater_inclusivity_raises_concerns_on_industry_practices-salaam05042017111603/
Salaamgateway, “What are the food items OIC countries import the most?“, http://www.salaamgateway.com/en/food/story/what_are_the_food_items_oic_countries_import_the_most-salaam12032017045713/
The Senate Economics References Committee into third-party certification of food (2015):
(there is a lot of material, submissions etc, and the hansard is actually on a different website to these and the final report so I have just provided below the key documents, being the downloads of the hansard of the three hearings and then the final report):
For other materials, submissions etc related to this inquiry:
Halal certifiers are eyeing up $148 billion worth of generic medical patents due to expire in 2018, and they also plan to create halal certified vaccines. Segregating Muslims from non-Muslim patients is also on their radar.
It started off with meat only, then other foods, now halal certification has extended into pharmaceuticals, healthcare, travel, education, and the list goes on. A $2.1 trillion dollar industry which mostly funds Islam but virtually all of us worldwide are chipping into it. But it’s not just our infidel money they want, they also want to change our way of life, such as segregating Muslims from non Muslims in healthcare.
I have continued to investigate halal certification and have uncovered some alarming information which may affect the worldwide healthcare and medical system.
The 2016/2017 Thomson Reuters/DinarStandard (the latter being an Islamic company) report into the State of The Global Islamic Economy, which is supported by “Dubai The Capital of Islamic Economy”, documents all the areas that halal certification has spread into.
What is most alarming to me are the following quotes, regarding pharmaceuticals:
- “Within pharmaceuticals, there has been an ongoing push for Halal certified vaccines. A Malaysian and Saudi Arabian consortium working on developing a Halal vaccine are waiting to launch their product as soon as the world’s first Halal vaccine facility becomes operational in 2018.” (pg 159)
- “Halal pharmaceuticals manufacturers are investing in R&D to develop vaccines, and eying patent expirations to expand their portfolios.” (pg 172)
- “Companies are gearing up to take advantage of the ‘patent cliff’ in generics, with $148 billion worth of generic patents set to expire by 2018. Malaysia’s CCM Berhad will select products with upcoming patent expirations for manufacturing, depending on production capacity, by 2018.” (pg 172)
Of course once these patents expire there is nothing to stop anyone from making their own generic brand of pharmaceuticals, and the halal certified brands will be just another competitor. However we have already seen halal certified foods hold a monopoly in Australian society, not to mention other Western countries. Halal certified pharmaceuticals could end up with a monopoly too.
Think it can’t happen? Well look at our food industry, we have just over 2% Muslims in Australia, yet the majority of our Aussie produced foods appear to be halal certified. Exactly what percentage is unclear (even the 2015 Senate Economics References Committee into third party certification of food couldn’t find out), but according to the Thomson Reuters/DinarStandard report Australia has risen from number 4 to number 2 on the World Halal Food indicator. (pg 29) The Halal Food Indicator evaluates countries on the “relative strengths of the ecosystem they have for the development of the sector.” (pg 28) Therefore it seems as if someone involved in this report has a good idea how much money Aussie produced foods are making for Islamic interests, even if no one was forthcoming with the information to the Australian Senate inquiry.
Profits from the majority of our Aussie foods funding Islam? All of this would have been unthinkable some years back.
This is potentially what could happen with pharmaceuticals. Say a halal certifier makes a money grant (e.g. backed by Saudi Arabia) to a hospital but the proviso is that the hospital agrees to stock only halal certified brands (pharmaceuticals/food etc). They use the argument that it would be “inclusive” for Muslim patients, and of course the inference would be that any of the hospital board who object are “islamophobic”. Of course at that stage the halal certifiers ensure that their prices are in line with other generic pharmaceutical brands. Once they gain this monopoly they drive out all other competitors, they then start raising the prices of their medicines. By this stage the hospital is pretty much locked into dealing with them.
Indeed the report mentions that at least one hospital in India, Global Health City Chennai, has secured halal certification. (pg 171). Whilst they don’t go into the full details of what securing halal certification for this hospital entailed, courtesy of an article on the Salaamgateway website it is clear that at the very least halal food is served to patients. It’s not a leap to assume that to stay halal certified this hospital will be pressured to only stock halal certified pharmaceuticals, and administer only halal certified vaccines once they become abundant.
Oh and no doubt halal certifiers will endeavour to get PBS backing too (or whatever similar pharmaceutical benefits scheme exists in various countries), meaning the government (think taxpayer) is helping to subsidise the costs of the medicines.
Of course there is nothing to stop any pharmaceutical company from using similar tactics to drive out other competitors, but the difference is, when it comes to halal certified pharmaceuticals, the profits are generally funding Islam.
The patent cliff is in 2018, therefore I think this is something that medical establishments worldwide need to look into ASAP.
The Salaamgateway article also mentioned that an important factor in medical tourism was to “provide halal medications when available ( such as porcine-free gelatine capsules for medication, non-porcine insulin).”
The Thomson Reuters/DinarStandard report mentioned though that it was a challenge to find “Halal alternatives for common medical ingredients” (pg 189). Therefore another issue could be that medicine may be compromised if these vaccines/medications ingredients are made to comply with religious specifications.
If you think that it’s unlikely that non-Muslims would be affected by this, well it wouldn’t be the first time medicines have been compromised to fit with religious dogma that not all patients subscribe to. Indeed one of the reasons John Rock, the co-inventor of the contraceptive pill, designed it to be close to a woman’s natural cycle was to appease the Catholic Church, as well as reassure Catholics. There was not a health reason that women needed to have a period once a month, but because to do so made the pill appear more natural, and the Catholic Church had already approved a natural form of contraception, the rhythm method, Rock thought the Church may be more agreeable to accepting the contraceptive pill. He was wrong, and to this day the Catholic Church has still never approved artificial contraceptive devices such as the contraceptive pill (or condoms) as they are not deemed “natural” methods of family planning.
Of course John Rock had good intentions, he did hope to make the pill as amenable as possible to gain the Church’s approval and therefore to alleviate the suffering of many Catholic women who were often perpetually pregnant. And certainly women today have much to be grateful to John Rock for, as his pioneering work helped free millions of women who had been virtual prisoners of their biology. However whatever Rock’s good intentions were, the upshot of his futile attempt of capitulation to Catholic teachings was that legions of women using the pill, Catholic and otherwise, have endured a period once a month thinking it was unhealthy to forgo menstruation each month.
These days it seems the world has to capitulate to Islamic dogma. For instance Indonesia has mandated that by 2019 virtually all products (including food and pharmaceuticals) traded and imported into their country must be halal certified. The Jakarta Post noted that some pharmaceutical companies have already expressed their concerns about how this will compromise medicines.
There is also an indication in the Thomson Reuters/DinarStandard report that prices may go up. Under “Marketing and Sales Challenges” (pg 176):
- “Economies of scale. Multinational companies are opting to produce organic and natural products instead of Halal certified products to appeal to a broader consumer base and have better economies of scale.”
By the way, according to the report, apparently New York and Sydney already have halal pharmacies. (pg 171)
There are also many other alarming issues raised in this report, such as the segregation of genders, as well as the matching of female patients with female doctors. (pg 185)
Indeed according to the Salaamgateway article the halal certified hospital, Global Health City Chennai, “are also respectful of the privacy of female patients”. This is code for segregating women from men, of course having a separate male to female ward is not historically unusual in hospitals, but matching up medical staff to deal only with their own sex can lead to poor health outcomes if suitably qualified same sex staff are not available.
But even more shocking is that the Thomson Reuters/DinarStandard report mentions the segregation of Muslims and non Muslims in health care! (pg 189) One can only ponder who ends up with the best doctors, or gets first priority.
The whole report is “supported by Dubai The Capital of Islamic Economy”, and is an eye opening view into the expansive extortion scheme that halal certification has become, which as well as food and healthcare, includes travel, media, education and so forth.
As well as crowing about their achievements in expanding this rort, they also mention challenges in a number of areas. For instance when reporting on halal slaughter they mention the “obvious divide amongst Halal consumers”, with some halal certifiers pushing for unstunned slaughter of livestock. (pg 48) (though they themselves support stunned slaughter, but it’s unclear if they support the more humane irreversible stunning method, or the less humane reversible stunning method that most halal slaughter is currently conducted under in Australia). By the way those who are fighting to have the inhumane halal and kosher slaughter methods banned are labelled as Islamophobes (pg 33).
For those of fighting against the scam that is halal certification you will be pleased to know that one challenge they did also mention was, “There has been a significant backlash against Halal certification in Australia, with several senators conducting an inquiry into the Halal industry, considering the cost of certification and higher price of food as a tax.” (pg 42)
By the way is the above an admission that halal certification does drive up food prices? Let’s fight now to ensure the same thing doesn’t happen to our health care system.
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Other references used in this report:
ABC Four Corners “The Truth About Halal”, http://www.abc.net.au/4corners/stories/2015/09/07/4305337.htm
“Healthy growth of Muslim-friendly medical tourism”, http://www.salaamgateway.com/en/pharma-cosmetics/story/healthy_growth_of_muslimfriendly_medical_tourism_-salaam13072016052658/
“Halal Certification a Bitter Pill for Pharma”, http://jakartaglobe.id/news/halal-certification-bitter-pill-pharma/
Eat Halal, “Malaysia: First Halal Pharmaceutical Gathering takes place in November”, http://www.eat-halal.com/malaysia-first-halal-pharmaceutical-gathering-takes-place-in-november/
“John Rock’s Error”, by Malcolm Gladwell, http://gladwell.com/john-rock-s-error/
“The Birth of the Pill: How Four Crusaders Reinvented Sex and Launched a Revolution”, by Jonathan Eig, Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc., 2014
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