Kosher meat suppliers are drawing up contingency plans in the event that a no-deal Brexit takes effect at the end of March.
The capital’s largest kosher meat licenser, the London Board for Shechita, produces most of its meat from UK sources but some of its beef comes from Poland.
An LBS spokesman said: “The imported kosher beef market may be vulnerable to the imposition of tariffs that may affect the commerciality of the supplies.
“The LBS already has excellent facilities within UK beef abattoirs and there has been much work undertaken to ensure that our relationship with those businesses is nurtured to a point where we could increase throughput of UK beef shechita should a no-deal situation materialise.”
One kosher producer, who exported food abroad, also said he had contingency plans “in place”, while waiting to see the outcome of this week’s parliamentary vote on Brexit.
“Whatever happens, we will have to trade with Europe,” he said. “But what the terms will be, we don’t know.”
Manchester Beth Din said it sources all its meat from the UK.
Kedassia, which serves London’s Charedi community, imports some beef from Poland. A spokesman said it would make plans if a problem emerged.