Israelis launch kosher boycott

By Nathan Jeffay, October 7, 2010

A boycott campaign is mounting against Israel's most prestigious kosher certification.

With dozens of different kashrut seals available in Israel, hechsher snobbery is rife. Not everyone accepts every supervision label and some engender more loyalty than others. However, virtually everybody regards "Badatz Eida Hacharedit" stamp as the gold standard, and those conscious of kashrut widely strive to buy most of their products with a Badatz seal.


Costco put pork in kosher section

By Robyn Rosen, October 7, 2010

A customer at discount members' warehouse Costco was enraged at finding pork pâté and other non-kosher meat in a kosher freezer.

David Elias, 79, from Gants Hill, spotted the treif items in the Chingford branch. "I pointed this out to a member of staff and the assistant manager, who was less than interested," he claimed. "I feel this matter should be brought to the attention of the Jewish community at large so they are vigilant when they shop at Costco."

A Costco spokeswoman said: "It would appear that the offending meat item was left on top of the kosher cabinet by a member.


Take the heat out of fitting your kitchen

By Denise Phillips, October 7, 2010

The kitchen is said to be the heart of the Jewish home, but there comes a time when even old favourites have to be updated or renovated. This was certainly the case with my kitchen that had served me well for almost 15 years but that was showing definite signs of ageing and over-use. However, changing kitchens is an enormous project and can take a considerable time to plan and to implement.


More MEPs weigh in on Shechita row

By Robyn Rosen, September 28, 2010

More influential MEPs have spoken out in favour of "discriminatory" legislation which would lead to the labelling of kosher meat.

The 15 British MEPs who sit on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (Envi) committee, have been approached for their views on amendment 205 to the Provision of Food Information to Consumers legislation. Amendment 205 requires all meat products derived from animals slaughtered by shechitah to be labelled as "meat from slaughter without stunning".


How clucky: chicken shortage is averted

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 21, 2010

A shortage of kosher chickens in Manchester has worried consumers in the run up to Succot after a leg disease was found among poultry last week.

Around 30 per cent of birds had to be rejected after the disease, which is not harmful to humans, spread through chicken stocks in abattoirs in Manchester and Southport, which serve the Greater Manchester community.


MEPs reveal voting plans on shechitah

By Robyn Rosen, September 21, 2010

British MEPs who sit on a committee preparing legislation on labelling kosher meat are torn over how they will vote.

Linda McAvan, Labour MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber and a member of the committee, has said she will vote in favour of an amendment to the provision of food information in consumer legislation. It would mean all meat products derived from animals that have been slaughtered by shechitah would be labelled as "meat from slaughter without stunning".


Fernandez 'kosher' pub plans criticised

By Robyn Rosen, September 21, 2010

Hendon residents are campaigning against plans to demolish a kosher pub and turn it into a block of flats.

Developer Platinum Riverside has applied to Barnet Council to demolish Fernandez in The Boroughs and erect a five-storey building, with two basement levels, comprising 14 apartments, parking and a retail unit.

They have separately applied for conservation area consent.

The pub and restaurant, previously called Don Fernandez, took over the former White Bear pub site about five years ago.


North needed for shechitah fight

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 17, 2010

Shechita UK has said it cannot succeed without northern Jewish communities joining the fight against proposed EU labelling regulations which could spell the end to kosher meat in Britain.

Launching its northern public campaign in Manchester on Monday night, Shechita UK's campaign director, Shimon Cohen, urged the entire community to "be on the ball" in lobbying MEPs. Earlier, a meeting of 25 Orthodox Manchester rabbis agreed to mobilise their communities to the cause. Special information packs have also been sent to kosher butchers and synagogues in Leeds, Liverpool and Newcastle.


School's kosher concerns answered

By Robyn Rosen, September 16, 2010

Hertsmere Jewish Primary School is to appoint a shomer after parents voiced concern about kashrut supervision.

The school announced it was working with the London Beth Din to find someone to oversee kashrut.

New head Steven Isaacs said: "The school has followed strict guidelines and taken advice regarding the appropriate supervision of food at all times." However, "as a stringent measure", it was moving towards engaging a shomer.


EU labels threat to kosher prices

By Robyn Rosen, September 7, 2010

New European regulations on labelling kosher meat will either lead to the end of shechitah or prices soaring, according to kosher butchers.

Jacky Lipowicz, chairman of the Licensed Kosher Meat Association, said the community could "lose everything" and urged shoppers to support a campaign launched this week by Shechita UK.

Promotional carrier bags, posters and stickers have been placed in kosher shops across the country urging people to press MEPs to vote against a change in consumer food information law.