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Businesses will be free to claim halal status for their products without getting religious certification under a new plan currently being worked on with the approval of Federal cabinet.

The plan is the brainchild of Queensland federal MP Andrew Laming, who claims halal certifiers are religious profiteers. Posts on his website about the plan are hashtagged "cashforclerics".

But Mr Laming's contribution has only made the highly contentious issue more confusing, with the food industry saying they already have the ability to claim halal status for their products without getting religious certification.


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