Kosher

Fast food nightmare: Israel McDonald's axes the McFalafel

By Jennifer Lipman, July 12, 2011

In the battle between the global fast food empire and the plucky local cuisine, we have a winner.

McDonald's has dropped the McFalafel from its Israeli menus just a few months after it introduced the dish.

The company announced this week that it was bringing to Israeli outlets a new burger made of entrecote and prime rib, but said that the McFalafel did not belong in McDonald's.

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Shechitah: EU reprieve

By Simon Rocker, July 7, 2011

The threat to shechitah in the EU abated this week after MEPs approved food labelling policies without demanding the compulsory identification of meat produced by ritual slaughter.

MEPs also suggested a future study on "the stunning of animals" to help frame animal welfare policy.

The wording may be significant in that it suggests a focus on stunning methods as a whole rather than, as previo

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The Dutch ban smacks of racism

June 30, 2011

How did it come to this? It was never inevitable that the Dutch parliament would vote in favour of banning religious slaughter, but once the animal rights ball started rolling, it became harder and harder to stop.

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The First Cut: kosher killing ban shocks Jews

By Simon Rocker, June 30, 2011

The Netherlands was accused this week of following Nazi precedent by voting to outlaw the kosher slaughter of animals in a move which has shocked Jewish communities across Europe.

By 116 votes to 30, the Dutch Parliament called for a ban on religious slaughter without pre-stunning - which effectively prohibits shechitah as well as the production of halal meat for some of Holland's Muslims.

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Four-legged chicken for Friday night dinner?

By Jennifer Lipman, June 29, 2011

George Orwell's famous statement "Four legs good, two legs bad" is facing a challenge in a strictly Orthodox neighbourhood of Jerusalem.

A four-legged chicken had caused consternation amongst Mea Shearim residents as rabbis debate whether such a creature is properly kosher.

According to rabbis, the 12-toed bird must be slaughtered before its kosher status can be determined.

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Dutch vote to ban kosher slaughter

By Jessica Elgot, June 28, 2011

The Dutch parliament has voted to approve a ban on kosher and halal slaughter, after intense lobbying by animal rights groups.

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Hall of Fame: Shia LaBeouf

By Jennifer Lipman, June 27, 2011

"I was scared of fish, 'cause of my upbringing, being Jewish.

"Gefilte can ruin your entire seafood life."

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Serving at Wimbledon

By Jay Grenby, June 23, 2011

Kashrut observant Wimbledon fans are once again indulging their cravings for kosher burgers and hot dogs, followed by the traditional strawberries and (parev) cream.

For the third year, Chabad South London has a kosher food trailer at the tennis championships, this time located close to the queue snaking through the temporary car park opposite the Wimbledon complex.

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Campaign for ethical meat label

By Jessica Elgot, June 23, 2011

A new campaign has been launched to introduce ethical certification for kosher meat.

The Chief Rabbi's environmental adviser, Rabbi Natan Levy, and Spencer Shaw, manager of events website Jewpro, have started a petition in order to mobilise wider communal support for the idea.

Rabbi Levy said: "Time and again, I have received an email or phone call from a frustrated Jewish consumer who is se

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Restaurant reopens

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 17, 2011

Manchester's longest running kosher restaurant is back in business following a voluntary liquidation.

JS Restaurant owner Michael Issler reopened the premises on Wednesday after a financial restructuring.

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