Heather Mills's pork-style sausage rolls used kosher label without consent

By Anna Sheinman, April 18, 2013

A vegetarian food company owned by Heather Mills has been using the Manchester Beth Din kosher hechsher without consent on its pork-style sausage rolls.

The misuse emerged when the pork-flavoured snacks made by Redwood were photographed on sale in a Holland and Barrett store in Manchester with the MK symbol on their packaging.


Tesco tart bacon-bound

By Sandy Rashty, March 28, 2013

A Jewish woman from Manchester felt “cheesed off” after discovering her Tesco lunch was laden with bacon.


Food standards officials ask for kosher advice after horsemeat scandal

By Marcus Dysch, March 21, 2013

Food standards officials have asked the Jewish community for advice on food chain transparency and safety, following the horsemeat scandal.

A meeting between community leaders and government food experts had been intended as a way of informing Anglo-Jewry about the fallout from the horse meat fiasco.


Quinoa ban for Pesach goes against the grain

By Simon Rocker, March 14, 2013

It was the grain that was thought to beat the Pesach ban.

Quinoa, the South American cereal-like substance that has become fashionable in health food shops, seemed to be the answer to those looking for an acceptable alternative to chametz.

But many rabbinic authorities remain reluctant to give it the all-clear for the festival.


Matzah on the menu at King David for Obama in Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, March 12, 2013

He is one of the most powerful people in the world, but even Barack Obama is unlikely to be able to circumvent Pesach food restrictions when he visits Israel next week.

The US president is due to arrive in the Jewish state on Wednesday March 20, just a few days before the start of Passover.


Don’t worry, latkes will be back in April

By Marcus Dysch, March 7, 2013

Kosher latke lovers have avoided further catastrophe after it was revealed that the disappearance of the frozen mini potato products from Tesco stores is only temporary.

The London Beth Din-supervised kosher mini-latkes are thought to be the only mass-produced version of the fried treat still on sale in this country.


Real meat in Walkers crisps

By Jennifer Lipman, March 7, 2013

Walkers Crisps have promised that new meat flavouring in its previous vegetarian-friendly signature crisps, will be clearly labelled.

Currently, Walkers’ salted, salt and shake, and salt and vinegar crisps are certified kosher by the London Beth Din.


Tesco confuses Pesach shoppers

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 7, 2013

Supermarket giant Tesco has been found selling non-kosher for Passover cakes and snacks as Pesach products.

The JC found at least nine products being sold in stores across the country as part of the chain’s dedicated Passover offerings, some which contained standard processed wheat, which is strictly forbidden during the eight-day festival.


We have no reason to be smug

By Clarissa Hyman, March 1, 2013

In my mother's kitchen there was a sign: "Dish of the Day - Take It or Leave It". Dinner menus were limited, the food chain was relatively contained and it was only a short step from shochet to saveloys via the butcher's block. As long as it was kosher, and the shomer got a living out of it even if nobody else did, that was all that really counted.


Cholent: the Ashkenazi secret key to a long, long life, says Israeli scientist

By Simon Round, February 21, 2013

Eating cholent has long been seen thought of as the traditional, if not the most dietetic, Shabbat lunch.

However, new research, centring on the Ashkenazi slow-cooked mix of beef, potato, pulses and other ingredients, now points to the exciting possibility that cholent, if eaten in sufficient quantities, could be the key to a longer life.