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Federation expands its meat operation

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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.

Federation president Andrew Cohen said that the move was no different to licensing bakeries or restaurants, which it already does. "Just as you have Federation-licensed products in Tesco and Sainsbury's, this is another supplier," he said.

The Federation's decision to launch its own shechita venture was attacked at the time by the London Board for Shechita, the main kosher meat licensing body for the capital.

The Federation's initial plan was to provide mehadrin products - which are under a stricter level of supervision - to the Kosher Outlet, a discount store in Hendon. But the row between the Federation and the Board led to one of the Board's largest licensees, Gilbert's - makers of Blooms sausages - joining the Federation.

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