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Receiving a free tub of Dairy Farmers Country Vanilla Cream Yoghurt at Bondi Junction station. just what i was in the mood for, and delicious.

found the following article this morning...

The next time you purchase a plastic container full of delicious fruit flavoured yogurt processed by the award winning Dairy Farmers, please have a quick look at the ingredients.

Thick & Creamy 100% Australian

Apart from the usual ingredients such as concentrated milk, sugar, fruit and the like, you might also notice HALAL(1) gelatine. Gelatine as you probably know is a colourless, nearly tasteless and odorless substance, which is commonly, used in food, pharmaceutical, and cosmetic manufacturing.

Gelatine is a protein extracted usually from the connective tissues of animals such as cows. Now, HALAL in this context means simply that the cattle from which this protein was extracted was slaughtered according to Islamic law – Sharia.

You may wonder at this stage why I have an issue with Sharia compliant gelatine and so I have to explain that I do not have a problem with Halal gelatine per se but with the fact that I purchased my yogurt in a Coles supermarket, from a shelf, which was NOT marked HALAL PRODUCTS.

There are two reasons why I have a problem with that. The first reason is the way in which the animals are slaughtered by Muslim butchers. Halal slaughter is unnecessarily cruel and highly offensive to those concerned about the welfare of animals. Oh, I understand that there are religious reasons for it and I respect other people’s religious feelings and customs. I strongly object however when I have to participate in these customs without my consent or even knowledge (most people do not read labels).

You see you can always observe Kosher meat products clearly labelled. They may have a special place, a shelf in a supermarket in some areas where there is a larger Jewish community but they are not sold as the main-stream merchandise, without appropriate signs.

Halal gelatine, however, has found its way into my diet by stealth.

Secondly, I object to Sharia and I object to this law being introduced to Australia, by the back door, by stealth. Some people may argue that it is not a big deal, – that it’s a harmless exercise.
Simple economics you may say - instead of producing Halal food just for 1.5% of Muslims, it is so much easier to feed the entire population with standard food formulas.

Is it?

You may probably know that there are 5 different schools of Sharia and these schools may vary when it comes to some rulings but they all have their main rules in common and among others they all prescribe DEATH as the punishment for apostates, homosexuals and female adulterers. All of these schools agree that the husband may scourge (this is the literal translation from the Qu’ran) his wives and most of these schools recommend female circumcision.

Some banks in Australia already run Sharia compliant financial services, some universities already provide Muslim-Only toilets on their premises and now, it appears, we are to consume Halal compliant yogurt, without being told in advance.

Well, I am not buying it – literally. For me it means boycott of ALL Dairy Farmers goodies.

The Australian Consumers Association and democracy supporters should hear alarm bells ringing here and protect the citizens in this country.

eta: from the comments section in the same article, the following products are also halal

1) Dairygood Bulla Light Sour Cream.
2) Paul's sour Light Cream.
3)Weightwatchers Extra Light Sour Cream.
4)Bulla Thickened Light Cream.

1)Nestle Diet Yoghurt
2)Ski D'Lite
3)Yoplait Lite
4)Yoplait No Fat
5) Vaalia Low Fat

AND, from the Cadbury website, a list of Halal certified products...

6x0 Eggs Crate
Red Tulip After Dinner Mints
Boost Bar
Bournville Cocoa – Cocoa Powder
Brazil Nut
Bulk Eggs
Bulk Solid Egg Cylinder
Cadbury Almonds
Cadbury Choc Coated Almonds, Fruit & Nut, Peanut, Sultanas
Cadbury Flake Gift Box
Cadbury Fruit & Nut
Cadbury Fruit, Nut & Candy
Cadbury Heritage Millennium Block
Cadbury Peanuts
Cadbury Scorched Almond
Cadbury Scorched Peanut
Cadbury Sultanas
Caramello Koala
Carnival Casket
Cashew Block
Dairy Milk Freddo with Rice Crisps
Choc Basket & Eggs
Chocettes – Cadbury Dairy Milk, Crunchie, Dream, Picnic, Top Deck
Chocolate Mini Egg
Circus Train
Cooking Dark Chocolate
Crunchie Pick “n” Mix
Dairy Milk Whirl
Dairy Milk with Crunchie pieces
Delight Chocolate
Dream – Dream Almonds, Dream with Cookies, Dream Breakaway, Dream Hazelnut Truffle, Rabbit
Drinking Chocolate
Easter Egg Cylinder
Egg Crate, Pack, Foiled, Mary, Solid
Flake, Flake Noir
Freddo - Cadbury Dairy Milk, Milky Top, Milky White, Dream
Fruit & Nut
Furry Friends
Gold Chocolate
Happy Easter Casket, Cylinder
Happy Rabbits
Harlequin Casket
Hazelnut Praline
Hazelnut Whirl
Heart Casket
Heart of Eggs
Hide & Seek Bag
Honey Comb Crisp
Horseshoe, Lucky
Humpty Dumpty
Milk Tray - Hazelnut Whirls
Marble, Marble Breakaway
Marching Bunnies
Milk Chocolate Eggs
Milk Cooking Chocolate
Milk Eggs
Milky White Chocolate
Mini Egg Gift Pack
Old Gold Roast Almond
Old Gold-Old Gold Fruit & Nut, Old Gold Macadamia
Peppermint Truffle
Rabbit - Bag, Carnival, Cheeky, Easter, Elegant, Junior Elegant, Giant Sitting, Dream Rabbit
Red Tulip Egg Milk
Roast Almond
Roses Hazelnut Caramel
Roses Hazelnut Whirl
Royal Bunnies
Santa Block (Cadbury Dairy Milk)
Three Wishes
Time Out
Time Out Pic “n” Mix
Top Deck
Triple Decker Block
Twin Bunny
Twin Heart Casket
Twirl Export
Twirl Pic “n” Mix
Twirl Special Treats



( 16 comments — comment )
May. 22nd, 2008 12:12 am (UTC)
extremely interesting.

it would be really interesting to contact dairy farmers and find out why the decision was made to make it halal, and what brought it on.

my guess, and this may be extremely narrow minded of me in some respects,is that dairy farmers had been stocking products (such as this yoghurt) in a sharia practicing environment, it was then found that the product ingredients were not halal, and for the manufacturer it may just be easier to alter their process to cater for this requirement than have a fuss caused because dairy farmers are refusing to cater to the halal requirements of the shari belief.


just a thought, nothing more.
May. 22nd, 2008 12:16 am (UTC)
also, i wonder, is it not the responsibility of product watchdogs and rule makers to make it a legal requirement that any product containing a halal or kosher ingredient to be shelved in a particular, and clearly labelled area, and not the responsibility of dairy farmers.

they've done their job, they labelled their product.
May. 22nd, 2008 01:49 am (UTC)
i hadn't considered that. i really want to know what dairy farmers has to say about it.
May. 22nd, 2008 12:52 am (UTC)
I want some free Yoghurt.
May. 22nd, 2008 12:57 am (UTC)
must you always over analyse?
May. 22nd, 2008 07:17 am (UTC)
May. 22nd, 2008 01:01 am (UTC)
To me, the annoying vegan, any use of animals to make unnecessary but delicious products is gross. We all know it's unnecessary to drink milk and milk products, but most continue to do so. Yoghurt with or without gelatin, gelatin with or without Halah slaughter - to me, it's all disgusting to continue to use animals for one's own gluttony.

That said, I must say that I'm not here to convert anybody - I'm fine with you eating what you wish (especially if it's free!). I just want people to know what is going into their bodies and what had to happen for it to get there. I'm glad that article exists, and hopefully people will start reading ingredient labels thoroughly - it's amazing how much unwanted stuff can find its way into your diet by stealth!
May. 22nd, 2008 01:34 am (UTC)
I think that the idea that is 'sharia by stealth' to be completely over the top
May. 22nd, 2008 04:00 am (UTC)
Also, out of curiousity how does one end up at that website, its awful.
May. 22nd, 2008 04:06 am (UTC)
i googled 'dairy farmers yoghurt' lol
May. 22nd, 2008 02:50 am (UTC)
omg you've got to be kidding me... Not Cabury? NOOOOOOOOO :( :( Damn them for making me have to stop buy their products. grrrrrrr

Thanks for the info though!

*storms off*
May. 22nd, 2008 05:23 am (UTC)
Geez Ari where did you find this website?

“Research by anthropologist Ian McIntosh shows that contact between Aboriginals and the Muslim Macassan fishermen was extremely disruptive with an evil power entering Aboriginal society for ever.”

ROFL. That’s a tad rich coming from a European anthropologist!

I’ve read enough. Any more and I’ll get all ‘Daily Tele’.

May. 22nd, 2008 05:41 am (UTC)
google! :)
May. 22nd, 2008 08:21 am (UTC)
I like chocolate too much to give it up.
May. 22nd, 2008 12:20 pm (UTC)
i doubt any banks in australia have syariah compliant financial services because under the islam belief it's illegal to collect interest. even the arab bank on george street isnt syariah compliant
May. 22nd, 2008 12:50 pm (UTC)
When I became a vegetarian I also gave up gelatine (I miss you, Gummi Bears). It's kinda shocking the way they sneak gelatine into everything >_>
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