Shechita labelling move rejected by Parliament

By Marcus Dysch, May 15, 2014

A failed attempt by MPs to introduce stricter labelling of kosher and halal meat has boosted shechita campaigners.

A group of Conservative MPs had hoped to secure an amendment to the Consumer Rights Bill which would have called for all products containing halal and kosher meat to be labelled as such.


Tory MPs lobbying for compulsory labelling on kosher and halal meat

By Daniel Easterman, May 9, 2014

Conservative MPs are lobbying for a change in the law which would force restaurants and supermarkets to label their meat if it is halal or kosher.

The move by Conservative backbenchers comes as it was revealed this week that several major food and drink chains including Pizza Express, Ask and Costa have been serving halal meat without informing customers on their menus.


Singapore is a tiny, booming state — and loves Israel

By Zaki Cooper, May 9, 2014

When the Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong, visited the Jewish community centre for the inauguration of its new building in June 2012, he closed his remarks with the familiar refrain, “next year in Jerusalem”, adding, “but this year in Singapore”.


Campaigners call for better meat labelling as halal row intensifies

By Marcus Dysch, May 8, 2014

Clearer food labelling should be used to inform shoppers how animals have been killed, shechita campaigners have urged.

As the focus on the use of halal meat in mainstream restaurants and supermarkets grows, those who support the religious methods of slaughter have again backed increased labelling.


Kosher caterer closed owing over half a million

By Sandy Rashty, May 1, 2014

Kosher caterer Carole Sobell Events Ltd went bust owing more than £500,000 to 23 companies, according to a list of creditors obtained by the JC this week.

The liquidated company — formerly run by Jewish businesswoman Carole Sobell — has racked up debts totalling £543,634.50, including £50,000 to the United Synagogue Kashrut Board.


Rabbis call for action on hunger

By Daniel Easterman, April 17, 2014

A cross-communal group of 30 rabbis is calling on political leaders to take urgent measures to help people who cannot afford to feed themselves.


So what’s cooking? 48,000 Pesach meals

By Rosa Doherty, April 10, 2014

Richard Munns is the man behind 48,000 meals this Pesach and he isn’t even Jewish. But as Jewish Care’s deputy director of operations, Mr Munns has the overall responsibility of providing clients with traditional Passover cooking.


Kosher caterer Carole Sobell closes business

By Sandy Rashty, April 4, 2014

A high-end kosher caterer has gone bust again — but a new simcha catering company has already been set-up in the family name.

Jewish businesswoman Carole Sobell said she plans to pursue new avenues after her catering company, Carole Sobell Events Ltd, went into liquidation last month.

This comes after her previous companies ceased trading.


Priced out of Pesach - families turn to charity to meet spiralling food costs

By Sandy Rashty and Jonathan Kalmus, April 3, 2014

Charities are experiencing record demand for help from families, elderly people and the housebound unable to meet the crippling cost of Pesach provisions.


Anger as vet leader suggests ban on shechita is on the cards

By Rosa Doherty, March 6, 2014

Jewish leaders have hit back at John Blackwell, the president-elect of the British Veterinary Association, after he called for a reform of kosher and halal slaughter practices.

Shimon Cohen, campaign director of Shechita UK, criticised Mr Blackwell for suggesting that an “outright ban” on religious slaughter is on the cards.