Food

Kosher firms face fine after UK Border raid

January 22, 2010

Two kosher food firms could be fined up to £70,000 after the UK Border Agency raided their factory.

Officers arrived at the premises of The Great Food Company and Gilbert Kosher Foods - in Bletchley.

Inside, Agency staff interrogated a total of 56 employees and spent two hours separating those who were legally entitled to work in the UK from those without correct permits.

Seven men were suspected of working illegally, five from The Great Food Company - three of whom were arrested at the scene, and two from Gilbert Kosher Foods.

More..

'Ethical' food, not kosher, is priority for US Reform

By Sue Fishkoff, November 26, 2009

For the past few years, the American Reform movement has been edging toward a re-examination of kashrut. Those tentative steps were diverted somewhat at the movement’s biennial convention in Toronto earlier this month.

More..

One-man fight to save Jewish delis

By Sue Finkoff, October 22, 2009

Chicago and Cleveland serve the best corned beef. Montreal has the best smoked meat, New York owns pastrami, and no one can touch London for pickled tongue.

That’s what 30-year-old Toronto native David Sax says, and he should know: he spent three years eating his way through more than 150 Jewish delis to research Save the Deli: In Search of Perfect Pastrami, Crusty Rye and the Heart of Jewish Delicatessen.

Mr Sax’s book, newly released in the US, is a delicious romp through a fast-disappearing world.

More..

Bagel bakery is in hot water over hygiene

By Marcus Dysch, October 8, 2009

A north London kosher bakery has been fined £3,000 after failing a food safety check because it did not have hot running water to clean equipment.

Hendon Bagel Bakery was found guilty of failing to comply with a hygiene improvement notice served in June last year. The notice required the company to install a hot water supply to a sink in the shop.

As well as the fine, bakery owner Avi Avital was ordered to pay £1,500 costs and a £15 surcharge.

More..

New seal for kosher food that is 'ethical'

By Paul Berger, September 24, 2009

When US immigration officers raided Agriprocessors, America’s largest kosher slaughterhouse and meatpacking plant, last year, the Jewish community was shocked and ashamed. Dozens of illegal immigrants were arrested, many alleging sexual harassment, unpaid wages and forced overtime.

More..

Bagel boss caught on camera chewing over price-fixing deal

By Marcus Dysch, December 11, 2008

Britain’s two biggest bagel companies are at war after the boss of one was secretly filmed at a kosher restaurant allegedly suggesting a price-fixing arrangement.

Peter Maycock, of New York Bagel Company, was clandestinely filmed by Paul Kahalani at Met Su Yan in Golders Green as they discussed a possible buyout of Mr Kahalani’s firm, The Bagel Group. The companies supply almost all of the 200 million bagels sold in UK supermarkets annually, with New York Bagel accounting for 90 per cent of the market.

More..

The cost of Friday dinner

By Leon Symons, August 15, 2008

The cost of making a Friday-night dinner is continuing to soar as the credit crunch bites.

Increased food, utility and fuel prices have led to sharply rising costs of essential dinner ingredients.

Food prices alone helped to lift inflation to a 16-year high last month, the steepest monthly climb for a decade, according to economists. And nowhere is this felt more than the Shabbat table.

Many kosher bakers have noticed customers scaling back what they buy, even when it comes to staple items such as challah.

More..