Halal certification assists in job and wealth creation, particularly in regional areas, and those voicing opposition to the process have “a lack of understanding” about how it works, according to a government department. In a detailed rebuttal to arguments circulated by anti-halal activists, the Department of Industry and Science bluntly rejected the accusation that the process – by which foods are certified as appropriate for practicing Muslims to consume in line with religious specifications – imposes any kind of tax on other consumers.