Thursday, March 03, 2005

Kosher Spot - Glatt Fraud Fallout - more supervision, more secure kosher seals and labels


At 9:39 PM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

Kosher Meat Distributors Must Be Under Kosher Supervision, Rabbis Say
(Brooklyn, NY) Distributors of glatt kosher meats will be required to have full-time kosher supervision, a cross section of kosher certifying rabbis unanimously agreed. The meeting last week, which gathered local community rabbis as well as representatives of major national kosher certification agencies, followed revelations that a Brooklyn glatt kosher distributor had repackaged "kosher" meats as "glatt kosher." "We will henceforth assure that the integrity of the glatt kosher meat supply is preserved as it moves through the channels of distribution," said Rabbi Moshe Elefant of the Orthodox Union, the largest certifier of glatt kosher meats. The rabbis discussed using video surveillance and other modern technological tools in addition to the rabbis to monitor the glatt kosher meat supply. In a notice published in several Jewish weeklies, Khal Adath Jeshurun (KAJ) warned consumers "that establishments not under our supervision may repack products which are sold as KAJ-supervised products. In those cases it is the responsibility of the consumer to ascertain whether those meat and poultry products are in fact KAJ-supervised products." Rabbi Luzer Weiss of the Kosher Law Enforcement Division of the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets also pledged to use the full force of the law to prosecute those who attempt to defraud glatt kosher consumers. Retailers say that the Flatbush incident was a "wake-up call to consumers to be vigilant even when meat is sold by ‘reliable' retailers." Kosher Today has learned that agencies are also tightening up security on kosher seals and labels to avoid their unauthorized use.

Rabbi Yudel Shain's blog and take on the Kosher Spot scandal


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