Federation expands its meat operation

By Simon Rocker, September 10, 2015

The Federation of Synagogues has increased its presence in the kosher market following the launch of its controversial meat operation this year.

Shefa Mehadrin, which has two butcher's shops in Manchester and one in Golders Green, and a processing plant, this week agreed to come under Federation supervision.


Food labelling study is food for thought - not an ingredient for a ban

By Shimon Cohen, July 6, 2015

As the Greek philosopher Nikos Kazantzakis famously said, "Since we cannot change reality, let us change the eyes which see reality." It is with that approach that the British Veterinary Association (BVA) looked at the recent European Commission study into food labelling.


Shechita study finally published

By Simon Rocker and Marcus Dysch, June 4, 2015

There is little interest among European shoppers for increased labelling of kosher meat, a long-awaited report on religious slaughter has revealed.

The European Commission study into consumer opinions on shechita and halal meat production was published this week.


Method of slaughter labelling a low priority for meat consumers, EU reports finds

By Rosa Doherty, June 1, 2015

Shechita UK has welcomed an European Commission report on attitudes to animal slaughter.

The study, called Information to Consumers on the Stunning of Animals, found that stunning animals before slaughter was “not an important issue” for most consumers, unless it was brought to their attention.


What's at stake in the battle for kosher beef

By Simon Rocker, May 8, 2015

It was like Chicago gang warfare during the prohibition, said the JC beneath the front-page headline "Knives out as kosher meat war hots up". When rival shochetim squared up to each other in the abattoir in 1986, it showed just how fractious disputes in the shechita trade can get.


SNP pledges to protect shechita in Scotland

By Sandy Rashty, April 22, 2015

The Scottish National Party has pledged to protect kosher slaughter if it forms part of the British government after May 7.

Shechita is overseen in Scotland by the Rabbinical Commission for Licensing of Shochtim, under the auspices of Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis.


We’ll tighten up regulations on religious slaughter, promises Ukip

By Marcus Dysch, April 15, 2015

Ukip has backed the continuation of religious slaughter in Britain after months of confusion over the party’s stance on the issue.

Its general election manifesto, launched by Nigel Farage in Essex on Wednesday morning, makes clear that kosher meat production would not be banned by the party.


Tories’ manifesto pledge to protect shechita

By Marcus Dysch, April 14, 2015

The Conservative Party has pledged to protect religious slaughter if it is returned to government in next month’s general election.

The party’s manifesto highlights the issue of shechita and halal food production following increased speculation about the future of the practices in Britain.


Greens want to end EU trade deal with Israel

By Marcus Dysch, April 14, 2015

The Green Party would suspend the European Union’s trade agreement with Israel, according to the party’s election manifesto.

Launched in London on Tuesday morning by Green leader Natalie Bennett, the policy document highlights the approach that would be taken to the Middle East.


UKIP candidate for Hendon 'fearful' of British Muslims

By Sandy Rashty, April 1, 2015

Ukip’s new parliamentary candidate for Hendon has denied he is Islamophobic, despite saying he is “fearful” of Britain’s Muslim community.

Raymond Shamash was announced as the party’s candidate for the north-west London constituency on Monday.

His appointment came following Jeremy Zeid’s resignation after he called on the Israeli government to kidnap Barack Obama.