The Muslim consumer market is very
important to the Australian meat industry. Australia has an Australian
Government Authorized Halal Program (AGAHP) which ensures high-quality product
that is strictly Halal ("lawful" in Arabic). Australia is recognized
as a world leader in Halal meat production.
For its success, the AGAHP relies
heavily upon the involvement and expertise of various Islamic organizations.
These organizations are licensed to supervise, inspect and certify all Halal
meat and meat products by the Australian Department of Agriculture.
Halal meat processors must have a registered
program which complies 100-percent with AGAHP guidelines. All Halal meat
processing facilities must submit to regular AGAHP inspections.
- Processors may employ only registered Muslim slaughtermen.
- Haram ("unlawful") meat may not be processed in the same area as Halal product.
- Halal and non-Halal product must be adequately separated and identified at all times.
- Equipment must be thoroughly cleaned and washed if it has been in contact with non-Halal meat.
- Only genuine Halal products may be issued a Halal certificate, and only by recognized Islamic organizations.
- Halal meat is identified by an
official stamp on carcasses or products in a carton.
- Halal meat must be described on the
Meat Transfer Certificate used by export companies when transported between
- Halal meat for final export receives
an official Halal meat certificate signed by both the Australian Department of Agriculture and a recognized Islamic
For more information, download the Australian Halal Meat Products Guide or the new Australian Halal Fact Sheet.