The food industry has welcomed a Senate inquiry into food certification schemes, saying it is a chance to address "misinformation" about halal certification in particular.

The Australian Food and Grocery Council chief executive Gary Dawson said halal certification was worth billions of dollars for Australian exporters, who would lose access to some of their most important markets without it.

"If this inquiry can put to bed some of the more outrageous claims, can put to bed some of that misinformation, and really establish the facts around halal certification, we think that's a good thing and we'll certainly be contributing to that," he said.

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