Is New Zealand meat sold in the UK actually halal?

Beef + Lamb New Zealand Inc is responsible for the promotion of beef and lamb within New Zealand and is jointly funded by farmers, New Zealand retailers and New Zealand processors. They say that;

Although a significant proportion of sheep and beef is slaughtered according to halal requirements, only a much smaller percentage is actually halal-certified and labeled.  Halal audit, certification and labeling incur extra costs, so it is only done at the request of a customer or when it is a market access requirement overseas.

In the case of New Zealand supermarkets, the beef and lamb may be from animals that have been slaughtered in accordance with halal requirements  – but that product is subsequently ‘contaminated’ by the addition of non-halal ingredients or proximity to non-halal goods such as pork. It therefore becomes re-designated as non-halal and cannot be labelled as halal in supermarkets.

It seems that for both local and international sales that unless the customer explicitly orders halal meat, the meat cannot be classified as halal, even though it was slaughtered as such, because throughtout the supply chain process it is not segregagted from meat such as pork and could have additional none halal ingredients added to it.

If halal meat is ordered than it is properly labelled to reflect this and it is properly maintained throughout the supply chain process.

So for all Muslims who are thinking about buying the New Zealand meat from the major supermarkets after what they read in the national press, we would advise against that.

9 thoughts on “Is New Zealand meat sold in the UK actually halal?

  1. I have read a previous comment. There is no pork in any beef factory here, there would be no chance of pork touching beef. These are giant factories where only beef is found.
    FIANZ the national Muslim organisation, is the responsible authority for halal certification in NZ, with the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries in NZ, and monitors and represents halal and chooses the halal slaughtermmen in New Zealand, if not already recommended by an existing halal slaughtermen to giant factories such as AFCO etc.
    This would not be acceptable to anyone in NZ, Muslim or not. My aunty is the head of the Food Safety Authority in NZ, who was a meat inspector, who also monitors if halal slaughtermen are acting out their obligations. A meat inspector would not tolerate pork touching beef.

  2. I would presume that almost all meat in NZ (95%) is halal (due to the large volume of exports to halal markets), including the meat sold in New Zealand supermarkets, which is unconviently unlabelled. The serial number on the meat can be used to check against halal by phoning, but takes time and effort to get the information. As a Muslim living in NZ, I buy the meat regardless, as I am confident (many here would go to a halal butcher), unless it’s advertised on the packet, coming from a butcher (usually specialty items) which are non-halal, and not from NZ meat works.

  3. Its very confusing need to do more research. Most Arab countries use New Zealand meat

  4. I totally agree with Confused. Is review was great. Had me busting a gut something I hadn’t done for days. Bless you confused.

  5. Anthony contrary to popular belief the Islamic ritual slaughter is so quick that animals are unconscious within a second or two of the cutting of the carotid arteries and veins due to the almost instant drop in blood pressure in the brain. This is a scientific fact

  6. I find it outrageous that all meat that is ritually slaughtered particularly halal is being sold without being labelled as such.

    I am an Orthodox Christian and there is no way that I would knowingly buy and consume halal meat.

    It is not acceptable that we are having Islamic practices foisted upon us. And to say that ritual slaughter does not cause the animal suffering is nonsense – are you telling us that when an animal has its throat cut it does not get distressed and suffer?

  7. Are we talking about fresh-meat or processed-meat here – it’s important to make a distinction here – and not assumptions.

    We have lots of people and “people of knowledge” to quickly put in an opinion of some sort without a full analysis.

    What is meant by the word contamination? It’s a big word to use here.

    In “ready-made” meals, such as pizza, shephards pie, etc meats can be contaminated, as the meat is processed, flavoured, cut, chopped, mixed, other ingredients added.

    On the other hand, fresh meat from the butcher, individually packed and is not processed as above. Now this is where we open the door of assumption:

    – Let’s assume in new zealand, the slaughter animals and chuck them in a container ready to be shipped: if a halal leg of lamb touches a leg of pig, is that halal leg no haram, is this “contamination”?

    – Once it reaches the shore of UK/USA/etc, the unlabeled bucket of meats get switched by an employee.

    – Whilst they chop and wrap and weight the halal-meat, the colleague chopping the pork on the next table, lifts his cleaver and a small piece of port flies into the halal meat leg, just a second before it’s wrapped and goes unnoticed.

    -The NZ regulators MIA are incompetent of regulating the meat market (NZ being one of the biggest exported int he world) they make mistake in labelling?

    So brother, I ask to make a full analysis before playing it “safe” and saying it’s all haram.
    I read a facebook reply, where a sister uses the same word “contamination” – she probably googled this site, and gave her verdict – so you might think no big deal but a small idea can spread.

    It’s hard enough for muslim in the west as it is, no need to make it even more hard, and yes we do need red meat – we should not be restricted to the dirty over prices local butcher where “uncle” can fleece you every weekend to feed your family, and if you get a rotten piece of meet he says “brother is fine say bismillah and eat it”.

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