Kosher

You Can Do It kosher

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 23, 2010

DIY giant B&Q has opened its first kosher kitchen showroom in a bid to entice Jewish customers.

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No alcohol sold in this Kingdom

By Robyn Rosen, December 22, 2010

Kosher Kingdom in Golders Green has been unable to sell alcohol for more than a week after it was revealed its alcohol licence had lapsed.

The supermarket, on Golders Green Road, was granted a premises licence in 2005 which authorised the sale of alcohol.

But last week a sign appeared telling customers that alcohol was temporarily not for sale.

A Barnet council spokesman said: "A recent review of businesses in the borough has highlighted that the premises does not currently hold a valid licence.

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'Kosher' gym takes off in Paris

By Michel Zlotowski, December 22, 2010

Finally, paris has what communities in many European cities have long yearned for: a place where the observant can keep fit and keep modest at the same time.

Kosher Gym, located in the heart of Paris's northern Jewish community in the 19th arrondissement, offers the facilities of "regular" gyms - including showers and locker rooms - but, as its creator, David Cohen, says: "There is no problem of tzniut because no male is around when women are in the gym."

Mr Cohen, who spent a year in a yeshivah near Paris learning Torah and playing football, loves to work out in his spare time.

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Richard Herman takes a byte out of a kosher Apple

By Katie Taylor, December 16, 2010

Kosher has gone digital with the new Kosher nosh guide app for the iPhone.

Designed by Richard Herman, director of graphic design company, Arta Creative Solutions, the app will provide up-to-date information on what is and isn't kosher. Mr Herman tells People: "As a big Apple fan I approached the Beth Din with this idea. I used to produce the paper version of the kosher nosh guide, so I knew we would work well together."

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Kosher meat labels rejected by EU

By Robyn Rosen and Michel Zlotowski, December 9, 2010

The campaign to save shechitah in Europe has passed another hurdle after European ministers rejected controversial labelling plans.

The Council of Ministers approved a draft of new food information regulation on Tuesday.

The draft did not include Amendment 205, which called for all meat products derived from animals slaughtered by shechitah to be labelled "meat from slaughter without stunning".

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New Zealand shechitah gets partial reprieve

By Dan Goldberg, December 2, 2010

New Zealand's Agriculture Minister reversed his ban on the kosher slaughter of poultry last week amid allegations that his original controversial decision was taken to appease Muslim countries which have lucrative trade agreements with New Zealand.

Lawyers acting for David Carter negotiated a settlement last Friday, just three days before a legal challenge, which was being closely monitored by Shechita UK as well as the Office of the Chief Rabbi, was due to open in the High Court in Wellington.

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New Zealand kosher poultry ban overturned

By Robyn Rosen, November 26, 2010

The Jewish community in New Zealand is celebrating after the country’s ban on kosher poultry was overturned.

An agreement has been reached with the minister of agriculture which will enable the shechitah of poultry to continue, but the community is still negotiating over the slaughter of lamb .

In May, Agriculture Minister David Carter rejected a recommendation that shechitah be exempt from the new animal welfare code, which mandates that all commercially slaughtered animals must first be stunned, making shechitah illegal.

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Rival hots up milk market

By Leon Symons, November 25, 2010

A milk price war has broken out in kosher shops in London and Manchester after the arrival of a new supplier.

Until now, milk for the strictly Orthodox community has been produced by Charedi Dairies and Edgware Dairies under licence from Kedassia, the kashrut division of the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations, and the London Beth Din. It has been typically sold for 94p a litre.

But a fortnight ago, the Milk Company in north-west London launched its product under the licence of the London Beth Din and two independent rabbis.

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New Irish abattoirs to stop kosher crisis

By Leon Symons, November 18, 2010

Kosher meat supplies will continue to flow into Britain from Ireland despite a major abattoir having closed its kosher facility last month.

At least two other abattoirs have been employed to make sure that kosher butchers, primarily in the London area, will be fully stocked.

Slaney Foods in County Wexford announced without warning that it was closing its kosher production plant. The company, which also supplies meat to the McDonald's chain, said the decision to close had been made after news reports that halal meat was being used in some McDonald's restaurants.

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MoD plan kosher food for Army to march on

By Marcus Dysch, November 18, 2010

A new range of kosher ration packs for Jewish troops serving in the armed forces will be part of a multi-million pound deal sealed by the Ministry of Defence.

The rations will include kosher meat meals and will be available to those serving in all three branches of the military in Afghanistan and other locations worldwide.

Many of the products are specially designed to make them easier to carry and boost energy levels while troops are on patrol.

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