July 27, 2022

Kashrus Agencies Face Critical Shortage of Foodservice Mashgichim

Silver Springs, Md…Rabbi Moshe Walter, Executive Director of the Vaad Harabbanim of Greater Washington was scheduled to lead a Zoom seminar this week on a growing problem facing kashrus agencies throughout the country. The session, sponsored by the Association of Kashrus Organizations (AKO), will seek to find solutions for agencies that have a critical shortage of mashgichim in restaurants and catering establishments. According to Rabbi Moshe Elefant, COO of the Orthodox Union, the problem became acute when full-time mashgichim became a kashrus standard. Sources told Kosher Today that a major cause was the relatively low pay and often difficult working environment. AKO leaders, led by Rabbi Sholem Fishbane, were hoping to find solutions for the recruitment problem. The issue is more difficult outside of New York and New Jersey where there is a better supply of mashgichim. Rabbi Elefant recounted instances when kashrus executives were forced to leave their desks to fill in for an ailing mashgiach.