New Zealand is a major exporter of halal meat to Muslim countries around the world, including the United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, and many more. With a large consumer base in these countries, New Zealand has become a leading supplier of halal meat, with a significant portion of its slaughtering houses exclusively exporting halal products.
New Zealand has strict regulations when it comes to the production and export of halal meat. The country’s Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is responsible for ensuring that all halal meat products meet the strict standards set by the Islamic community. This includes certification by recognized halal certification bodies such as the Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand (FIANZ).
The process of halal certification is rigorous, and involves an assessment of the entire supply chain from the point of slaughter to the final product. This ensures that the entire process is carried out in accordance with Islamic dietary laws and that the meat is free from any prohibited substances or contaminants. As a result, New Zealand’s halal meat products are highly regarded by Muslim consumers around the world.
New Zealand’s halal meat industry is also committed to sustainability and animal welfare. The country’s farmers take pride in their ability to raise healthy and happy animals, and this is reflected in the high quality of their meat products. In addition, New Zealand’s halal meat industry is actively working to reduce its environmental footprint, with a focus on sustainable farming practices and reducing carbon emissions.
New Zealand’s halal meat industry is an important contributor to the country’s agricultural sector and a major supplier of halal meat products to Muslim countries around the world. With a strong commitment to quality, sustainability, and animal welfare, New Zealand’s halal meat products are highly regarded by consumers worldwide. As the global demand for halal meat continues to grow, New Zealand is well positioned to meet this demand and continue to be a leading exporter of halal meat for years to come.
What is Halal?
> Islamic Method Of Slaughtering
Islamic law requires that animals intended for human consumption be slain in a certain manner. Halal slaughter is one of the more humane methods available to the meat industry and the only method acceptable for Muslim consumers. The conditions for Halal slaughter can be summarized as follows:
Customary and Desirable Practices When Slaughtering
Storage, Processing and Transport of Halal Meat
How much new zealand meat is “Halal”, and why?
While there are no official statistics on halal production in New Zealand, nearly all of New Zealand’s red meat export slaughter premises are certified to undertake slaughter in compliance with halal requirements. This gives the New Zealand red meat industry the flexibility to export different cuts from a single carcass to the best-returning markets. The industry currently serves some 120 markets worldwide.
Who decides if new zealand meat is labelled “Halal”?
There are two main reasons for New Zealand companies to obtain halal certification and labelling of meat before it is exported:
- the importing country (typically in the Middle East and South East Asia) requires it as a compulsory market access condition, or
- the end-customer requests it for their own commercial reasons.
In countries where halal certification and labelling is not a compulsory requirement, the decision is often the retailer’s, as New Zealand meat is often not exported in ‘retail-ready’ form. The final packaging is generally done by the retailer in the market. Whatever the labelling of New Zealand lamb or beef, consumers can be assured that the animal will have been stunned before slaughter and die without pain.
Who says it’s halal?
New Zealand has the Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand Inc. (FIANZ) which ensures that all meat exports from New Zealand accompanied with a Halal Certificate issued by the Federation, to any part of the world, are guaranteed Halal.
The Federation is the sole certifier for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the State of Kuwait. Large quantities of meat certified Halal by the Federation is also exported to other countries in the Middle East, the United Kingdom, Europe, North America, South Africa and Asia.
Who performs the halal Slaughter?
New Zealand has developed regulatory standards for Halal meat production. These standards are administered Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), which is the Government regulatory agency that also administers New Zealand’s food safety regulatory framework. All New Zealand processing plants, including those that undertake halal slaughter, have MPI veterinarians on-site who monitor slaughter and processing operations.
The Halal regulatory framework for Halal meat production sets out the standards and requirements for:
• Halal auditing and certification agencies (Approved Halal Organisations)
• Halal Slaughtermen
• Halal systems at processing plants
Approved Halal Organisations (AHOs) that undertake halal auditing and certification must be approved by MPI, and their auditing and certification staff must meet a number of competency requirements including NZQA unit standards.
Anyone who undertakes halal slaughter (halal slaughterman) must also meet a number of competency requirements including NZQA unit standards that cover knowledge of Shariah Law; knowledge of stock recovery; knife handling and sharpening skills; hygiene and food safety and work safety.
Plants that undertake halal slaughter must be listed by MPI and operate under halal programmes that set out how the plant will undertake halal processing. The plants must ensure that the halal programmes are consistent with all other regulatory requirements, including those covering food safety and animal welfare. Halal programmes must approved by an AHO and must be registered with MPI.
I had a look at a few slaughterhouses in NZ, and all of them have Halal slaughtermen employed, all MUST be practising Muslims with knowledge of halal procedures. An Example of an Ad is below.
What are the animal welfare requirements for animal slaughter in new zealand?
It is compulsory for all animals to be stunned before commercial slaughter in New Zealand. Stunning ensures an immediate loss of consciousness to prevent animals from feeling any pain during the slaughter process. The requirement for animals to be stunned prior to slaughter is contained in the Animal Welfare (Commercial Slaughter) Code of Welfare 2018, which is available on the Ministry for Primary Industries website.
In New Zealand there is no exemption to the requirement for pre-slaughter stunning, unlike in some other countries. Halal slaughter requires that the animal dies from the “halal cut” to the throat, i.e. that the pre-slaughter stun is not powerful enough to kill the animal. In premises that undertake halal slaughter in New Zealand, reversible electrical stunning is used to ensure that animals are rendered unconscious instantaneously and remain unconscious at the time of slaughter, thus complying with both animal welfare and halal requirements.
How to check if a product is Halal from New Zealand?
In order to check if a supermarket lamb product is halal, you need to look for 2 things, the first is a ID code, for example, MEXX, you also want to make sure the item is vacuum packed as there is no chance of any doubt with contamination with non halal items.
Here we see the code ME26, using the table below (which shows A list of New Zealand-approved products that are halal) search for ME26, it shows Silver Fern Farms Limited.
If we search for Silver Fern Farms Limited, we find on their website the following in their FAQ.
Here are some more examples
ME188 leads us to CMP RANGITIKEI LIMITED, which trades as ANZCO FOODS RANGITIKEI. Who have a halal certificate on their website.
ME39 leads to AFFCO New Zealand Limited who have a halal sign on their website.
A list of New Zealand-approved animal products halal premises
|Identifier/Code||Company Name||Species||Process||Approved Halal Organisation||Address||City|
|170||Bakels Edible Oils (NZ) Limited||Beef||Process||NZIDT||5 Hutton Place||MOUNT MAUNGANUI|
|BOSTOCK1||Bostock Brothers Limited||Poultry||Slaughter, Process||HCS||30B James Rochfort Place||HASTINGS|
|BPW41||Silver Fern Farms Limited - Hawera By-Products||Beef||Process||NZIDT||Tawhiti Road||HAWERA|
|CANBIL777||Canterbury Biltong Limited||Beef||Process||NZIDT||59 Kennaway Road, Woolston||CHRISTCHURCH|
|DSP12||Progressive Meats Limited||Beef, Deer, Goat, Sheep||Slaughter||NZIDT||118 Kelfield Place||HASTINGS|
|HS15||Graeme Lowe Tannery Limited trading as Graeme Lowe Hastings||Beef||Process||NZIDT||501 Coventry Road||HASTINGS|
|HS157||The Tasman Tanning Company Limited||Beef||Process||NZIDT||325 Heads Road||WANGANUI|
|MCS1||CSI Foods Trading Limited t/a Greenmount Foods||Beef, Sheep, Young calves||Process||FIANZ, NZIDT||12 Jean Batten Drive||MOUNT MAUNGANUI|
|ME9||Silver Fern Farms Limited - Hawera||Beef||Slaughter||FIANZ, NZIDT||Tawhiti Road||HAWERA|
|ME15||Silver Fern Farms Limited - Belfast||Beef||Slaughter, Process||FIANZ, NZIDT||Factory Road||BELFAST|
|ME17||Alliance Group Limited||Sheep, Young calves||Slaughter||FIANZ, NZIDT||Bridge Road||TIMARU|
|ME18||Alliance Group Limited||Beef, Sheep, Young calves||Slaughter||FIANZ, NZIDT||Works Road, Pukeuri Junction||OAMARU|
|ME21||Alliance Group Limited||Beef||Slaughter, Process||FIANZ, NZIDT||1 McQueen Avenue||MATAURA|
|ME23||AFFCO New Zealand Limited||Beef, Young calves||Slaughter, Process||NZIDT||State Highway 1||HOROTIU|
|ME23||AFFCO New Zealand Limited||Sheep||Process||NZIDT||State Highway 1||HOROTIU|
|ME26||Silver Fern Farms Limited - Finegand||Beef, Sheep||Slaughter||FIANZ, NZIDT||Yorston Road||BALCLUTHA|
|ME32||AFFCO New Zealand Limited||Beef||Slaughter||NZIDT||Campbell Road||FEILDING|
|ME34||Silver Fern Farms Limited - Pareora||Beef, Goat, Sheep, Young calves||Slaughter||FIANZ, NZIDT||The Avenue||PAREORA|
|ME39||AFFCO New Zealand Limited||Sheep, Young calves||Slaughter||NZIDT||Imlay Place||WANGANUI|
|ME40||Alliance Group Limited||Sheep, Young calves||Slaughter||FIANZ, NZIDT||Main Road, Stoke||NELSON|
|ME42||AFFCO New Zealand Limited||Beef, Goat, Sheep||Slaughter||NZIDT||86 Hunter Brown Street||WAIROA|
|ME43||Riverlands Eltham Limited||Beef, Young calves||Slaughter||NZIDT||London Street||ELTHAM|
|ME47||AFFCO New Zealand Limited||Beef, Sheep, Young calves||Slaughter, Process||NZIDT||Main Road||MOEREWA|
|ME50||Alliance Group Limited||Beef, Sheep, Young calves||Slaughter, Process||FIANZ, NZIDT||Rapid No 205, State||UNDERWOOD|
|ME52||Silver Fern Farms Limited - Pacific||Beef||Slaughter||FIANZ, NZIDT||Rangitane Road, Whakatu||HASTINGS|
|ME56||AFFCO New Zealand Limited||Beef, Goat, Sheep, Young calves||Slaughter||NZIDT||State Highway 2, Rangiuru||TE PUKE|
|ME58||Silver Fern Farms Limited - Takapau||Goat, Sheep, Young calves||Slaughter||FIANZ, NZIDT||Fraser Road||TAKAPAU|
|ME58||Silver Fern Farms Limited - Takapau||Beef||Process||FIANZ, NZIDT||Fraser Road||TAKAPAU|
|ME66||CMP Kokiri Limited||Beef, Young calves||Slaughter||FIANZ, NZIDT||Main Road||KOKIRI|
|ME70||CMP Marlborough Limited||Beef||Slaughter||FIANZ, NZIDT||Alabama Road||BLENHEIM|
|ME77||Fresh Meats NZ Limited||Sheep||Slaughter, Process||FIANZ||11-15 Mersey Street||NAPIER|
|ME78||CMP Canterbury Limited||Beef, Sheep, Young calves||Slaughter||FIANZ, NZIDT||RD 7, Seafield Road||ASHBURTON|
|ME80||Blue Sky Meats (N.Z.) Limited||Goat, Sheep, Young calves||Slaughter||NZIDT||Waituna School Road, RD 1, Morton Mains||INVERCARGILL|
|ME82||Greenlea Premier Meats Limited||Beef||Slaughter||FIANZ, NZIDT||Studholme Street||MORRINSVILLE|
|ME82||Greenlea Premier Meats Limited||Young calves||Slaughter, Process||FIANZ, NZIDT||Studholme Street||MORRINSVILLE|
|ME84||Silver Fern Farms Limited - Te Aroha||Beef||Slaughter, Process||FIANZ, NZIDT||Stanley Road||TE AROHA|
|ME86||Taylor Preston Limited||Beef, Goat, Sheep||Slaughter||FIANZ, NZIDT||Kiwi Point, Centennial Drive, Ngauranga Gorge, Johnsonville||WELLINGTON|
|ME87||Progressive Meats Limited||Goat, Sheep||Slaughter||FIANZ, NZIDT|
|ME100||Silver Fern Farms Limited - Waitoa||Beef, Young calves||Slaughter||FIANZ, NZIDT||Wood Road||WAITOA|
|ME102||Silver Fern Farms Limited - Waitotara||Goat, Sheep||Slaughter||FIANZ, NZIDT||Waiinu Beach Road||WAITOTARA|
|ME103||Auckland Meat Processors||Beef, Goat, Sheep, Young calves||Slaughter, Process||FIANZ||851 Great South Road||AUCKLAND|
|ME104||Te Kuiti Meat Processors Limited||Goat, Sheep, Young calves||Slaughter||FIANZ, NZIDT||85 Ahuroa Road, RD 2||TE KUITI|
|ME112||Silver Fern Farms Limited - Waitane||Beef, Goat, Sheep, Young calves||Slaughter||FIANZ, NZIDT||Saleyards Road||GORE|
|ME118||Crusader Meats New Zealand||Goat, Sheep, Young calves||Slaughter||FIANZ||979 State Highway 30||BENNEYDALE|
|ME119||Riverlands Manawatu Limited||Beef||Slaughter||NZIDT||Ferry Road||BULLS|
|ME124||Greenlea Premier Meats Limited||Beef||Slaughter||FIANZ, NZIDT||Greenlea Lane||HAMILTON|
|ME125||Silver Fern Farms Limited - Dargaville||Beef||Slaughter||FIANZ, NZIDT||Tuna Street||DARGAVILLE|
|ME127||UBP Limited||Beef||Slaughter||FIANZ||Waitete Road||TE KUITI|
|ME128||Ovation New Zealand Limited||Goat, Sheep, Young calves||Slaughter||FIANZ, NZIDT||63 Kawakawa Road||FEILDING|
|ME130||Ovation New Zealand Limited||Goat, Sheep||Slaughter||FIANZ, NZIDT||113 Dunstan Road, RD 1||GISBORNE|
|ME134||Alliance Group Limited||Sheep, Young calves||Slaughter||FIANZ, NZIDT||Carlson Street||DANNEVIRKE|
|ME136||Alliance Group Limited||Beef, Sheep, Young calves||Slaughter||FIANZ, NZIDT||Corner Hokio Beach Road & Hamaria Road||LEVIN|
|ME137||Lean Meats Oamaru Limited||Beef, Goat, Sheep, Young calves||Slaughter, Process||FIANZ, NZIDT||7 Redcastle Road||OAMARU|
|ME137||Lean Meats Oamaru Limited||Fats and oils, Gelatine||Process||FIANZ, NZIDT||7 Redcastle Road||OAMARU|
|ME188||CMP Rangitikei Limited||Sheep||Slaughter||FIANZ, NZIDT||State Highway 1,||BULLS|
|ME500||CMP Rakaia Limited||Sheep, Young calves||Slaughter||FIANZ, NZIDT||Knyvetts Road, RD 13|
|PH16||Prepared Foods Processing Limited||Beef, Goat, Poultry, Sheep||Process||HCS, NZIDT||15 Makomako Road||PALMERSTON NORTH|
|PH30||Progressive Meats Limited||Beef, Deer, Goat, Sheep||Process||FIANZ, NZIDT||118 Kelfield Place||HASTINGS|
|PH31||Ovation New Zealand Limited||Sheep||Process||NZIDT||10 Cook Street||WAIPUKURAU|
|PH71||Progressive Meats Limited||Goat, Sheep||Process||FIANZ, NZIDT||118 Kelfield Place||HASTINGS|
|PH134||McCallum Industries Limited Process||Beef, Sheep||Process||FIANZ|
|PH173||ANZCO Foods Green Island||Beef, Sheep||Process||FIANZ|
|PH367||Venison Packers Feilding Limited||Deer, Goat, Sheep||Slaughter, Process||NZIDT||Kawakawa Road||FEILDING|
|PH479||Comgroup NZ Limited t/a||Beef||Process||NZIDT||13 Adams Drive||PUKEKOHE|
|PH498||Kisco Foods International Limited||Beef, Young calves||Process||FIANZ||6 Vulcan Place, Middleton||CHRISTCHURCH|
|PH500||Back Country Foods Limited||Beef, Sheep||Process||FIANZ||150 Otepuni Avenue, 122 Rockdale Road||INVERCARGILL 9812|
|PH635||ANZCO Foods Waitara Limited||Beef, Deer, Goat, Poultry, Sheep||Process||NZIDT||1 Stafford Street||WAITARA 4320|
|PPH8||Inghams Enterprises (NZ) Pty Limited||Poultry||Slaughter, Process||FIANZ||624 Waihekau Road, RD 1||WAITOA 3380|
|PPH16||Tegel Foods Limited||Poultry||Slaughter, Process||HCS||112 Carmen Road, Hornby||CHRISTCHURCH|
|PPH26||Tegel Foods Limited||Slaughter, Process|
|PPH36||Tegel Foods Limited||Slaughter, Process|
|R795||Canary Enterprises Limited||Fats and oils||Process||NZIDT||33 Kaimiro Street, Te Rapa||HAMILTON|
|SBP1||AFFCO New Zealand Limited trading as Renco New Zealand||Beef, Goat, Sheep, Young calves||Process||NZIDT||10 London Street||ELTHAM|
|SPM51||South Pacific Meats Limited||Sheep, Young calves||Slaughter||NZIDT||86 Kekeno Place, Awarua||INVERCARGILL|
|SPM135||South Pacific Meats Limited||Slaughter||NZIDT|
|TBE1||Taranaki Bio Extracts Limited||Beef, Deer, Sheep||Process||NZIDT||OKAIAWA|
Ministry for Primary Industries https://www.mpi.govt.nz/dmsdocument/1036-New-Zealand-approved-animal-products-halal-premises-excluding-dairy
What other benefits are there?
My research into Lamb from New Zealand has revealed that the quality is of a high standard. Of course, in the UK, in particular farms in Wales produce good quality lamb, but the issue is your local halal “butcher” (I say butcher, most have no knowledge or qualifications), can’t tell you any information about the providence of their meat. Believe me, I’ve asked only to be replied back with a blank stare.
Lamb from New Zealand is Free Range, livestock are raised on clean, open pastures. New Zealand’s temperate climate provides optimal health conditions to support free range animals.
Livestock are raised in green pastures eating what is most natural to them – grass. Natural grass, hay or silage is the feed of choice for our cattle and sheep. Livestock are not grain-fed.
Cattle are raised without being fed or dosed with artificial hormones that promote unnatural growth within the animal. This hormone growth promotant free stance gives farmers, staff and customers around the world reassurance that they and their children are not eating hormonally manipulated product. Livestock undergo a minimum stand-down period of 60 days from any antibiotic treatment. Antibiotics are only used in selective cases where the health and well being of the animal necessitates it, and the stand-down period ensures there are no residual traces remaining in the meat.
But its coming from New Zealand, that’s bad for the planet!
Many farms aim for Net Carbon Zero when producing their products. For the USA market, he total emissions generated by each pound/kilogram of product are independently measured and certified across the whole life of the product, from farm to the consumers plate in the USA, including disposal of the packaging.
More than 95 percent of emissions from Net Carbon Zero beef occur on farm. The transport and packaging are therefore very minor contributors to the overall carbon footprint but are still fully accounted for and offset via removals on the farms the animals were raised.