Australians are likely consuming halal and kosher meat without knowing it, a Senate inquiry has been told.

Halal meat for export, prepared according to Islamic law, is typically produced in separate facilities from non-halal products but anecdotal evidence suggests they occasionally need to plug shortfalls for the domestic market.

"For sure there's probably some halal meat that's getting onto the market," Australian Food and Grocery Council director Chris Preston told the inquiry into food labelling in Canberra on Friday.

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