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Halal certification: Australian meat processors say Government takeover needed to safeguard market access
by Lucy Barbour, Anna Vidot and Chris Uhlmann
Some of the country's largest meat processors want the Federal Government to urgently reform Australia's halal beef certification system.
The ABC has obtained documents which show that 10 meat processing companies including JBS, Teys, NH Foods Australia and Nolan Meats fear that the current system is causing "market access failures" and "continued loss of confidence" in Australian beef by consumers in Muslim countries.
The companies met with the Department of Agriculture recently in Melbourne to discuss the need for reform, and want the entire halal slaughter and certification system to be overseen by the Federal Government.
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