September 2, 2014

No Shortage of Kosher Products in Russia but Quality Meat in Europe is Another Story

MOSCOW — Concern in Europe that Russia’s ban on imports from the US and the EU will seriously impact the supply of kosher foods in Russia appears not to have materialized. According to Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, Moscow’s Chief Rabbi, much of the kosher food is not imported and certainly not from the United States.

Moscow this month imposed a one-year embargo on meat, fish, dairy, fruit and vegetables from the U.S., the European Union, Canada, Australia and Norway in retaliation for Western economic sanctions over Moscow's involvement in the Ukraine crisis. But in researching the story, Kosher Today found that some kosher food officials say that there is an overall shortage of quality kosher meat in Europe. Some said it was due to schechita restrictions in several European countries. Others denied that there was a need for “quality” meats such as is available in the U.S.