New York…The kosher food industry continues to suffer from the repercussions of the ongoing Covid-19 saga. One issue that is creating the greatest headache for the industry is the manpower shortage. Kashrus agencies are encouraging mashgichim (kosher supervisors) to get vaccinated especially since a growing number of food plants are requiring all workers to be vaccinated. Rabbi Moshe Elefant, the COO of the Orthodox Union, said his agency is urging vaccination but that there are still many employees who oppose the vaccine. The manpower shortage is having a huge impact on kosher restaurants and caterers who face staff shortages in the kitchen and the waiter staff. The industry is also being impacted by the issues with the supply chain, especially as many food products and ingredient items are stalled outside of ports such as in California.