Ownership of Marks and Seals
The Halal Mark is a generic mark used by processors to identify Halal product from Non-Halal product. Its ownership is public. There are specific minimums defined in The Notice for its size. An example of it is given below.
The mark must be displayed clearly, in full on the product, label or packaging, or marketing and advertising material. Non-Halal product should be positively marked to avoid confusion.
The Halal Mark (example only):
The NZIDT Seal, as given below, is the property of NZIDT Limited. Its use must remain under the control of NZIDT at all times. It is used on Plant Licences, Halal Export Certificates, Packaging and Promotional Material but only with the approval of the CEO of NZIDT.
The NZIDT Company Seal (for example only):
[insert logo here] ahmed
Permitted Use of Halal Mark
The Halal Mark permitted use is usually defined in the Halal Assurances Programme written by the Client. It is used to identify product which is Halal Approved. For example, the mark can be applied directly on to product (i.e. a carcass surface) or a label or the product packaging.
The Halal Mark may also be used for marketing and promotional activities provided it is not misleading or misrepresentative.
Any use of the Halal Mark must preserve its original specification as defined in The Notice.
The Halal mark must only be applied to Halal Approved Products from Halal Approved Processes. If in doubt, the Client must have traceability and inventory control procedures to show the product was produced from a Halal Approved Process.
Misuse of the Halal Mark
It is a major non-compliance to apply the Halal Mark to Haram (non-Halal) product.
Intentional Misuse, Misrepresentation or Misappropriate of the Halal Mark is a serious offence. Any evidence of this must also be bought to the attention of the NZIDT immediately and corrective actions will be put into place to cease and desist its use. Further action may be taken to recall product and have it downgraded or destroyed.
Misuse, Misrepresentation or poor display of the Halal Mark may result in the suspension of an operators’ Halal licence until the matter is resolved.
Any Misuse of the Halal Mark will be recorded and bought to the attention of a member of the NZIDT certification committee. From there a decision will be made regarding the Operators Approval Status and the disposition of affected product. The Operators Halal Certification may be suspended, or withdrawn.
An operator will be notified in writing of the event, and the NZIDT decision immediately to prevent or correct any continued misuse.
Permitted Use of the NZIDT Seal
Use of the NZIDT Seal is for use by NZIDT only.
Its primary use is for: Plant Licences, Halal Certification Documents, Official Documents, and most importantly Halal Export Certificates (Content and Layout of Halal Export Certificates).
The seal cannot be used for external purposes e.g. on Client Labels, Packaging, or Marketing and Promotion material.
Misuse of the NZIDT Seal
Intentional Misuse, Misrepresentation or Misappropriate of the NZIDT Seal is a criminal offence. Any evidence of this must also be bought to the attention of the company CEO immediately and corrective actions must be put into place to cease and desist its use. Further action may be taken.
Unauthorised use, Misuse, Misrepresentation or Misappropriation of the Seal may result in the operator temporarily or permanently losing their Halal Approval status.
Rights and Duties of NZIDT Clients
All clients seeking Halal Assurance and Certification must comply with the requirements of the following Notices:
· The Animal Products (Overseas Market Access Requirements for Halal Assurances) Notice (No. 2) 2015 – Hereafter referred to as “The Notice”
· Overseas Market Access Requirements for Halal markets included in Annex 1 of the Notice and subsequent amendments and notifications
· Their own Halal Programme as prescribed under The Notice
Judgement of compliance with these programmes will be made by NZIDT Limited as the clients contracted AHO / CAB.
As per our contractual agreement, the client has a duty to inform NZIDT, without delay, of matters that may affect the capability of the operators’ management system to continue to fulfil the requirements of The Notice. These include, for example, changes to:
· The legal, commercial, organizational status or ownership
· Organisation and management (e.g. key managerial, decision-making or technical staff)
· Contract address and sites
· Scope of operations under the certified management system, and
· Major changes to the management systems and processes.
The clients of NZIDT have rights to confidentiality as NZIDT will do everything in its power to protect this.
The clients of NZIDT have the rights to appeal any decision made by NZIDT Limited in carrying out its duties as an AHO / CAB. The appeal process is summaries below
 The Notice – The Animal Products (Overseas Market Access Requirements for Halal Assurances) Notice (No.2) 2015