October 25, 2010

AKO Conference Applauds Chabad Role in Global Growth of Kashrus

New York…Emissaries of the Chabad organization (adherents of the late Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, the Rebbe of Lubavitch) were praised for their role in the expansion of kosher supervision in more than 90 countries. The accolades were showered at the Chabad emissaries by Rabbi Sholem Fishbane, Executive Director of the Association of Kashrus Organizations (AKO) at the organization’s annual conference on October 28th which traditionally takes place the day after Kosherfest. This year’s event, which was held at the headquarters of the Orthodox Union (OU), featured a record attendance of more than 100 representatives of kashrus organizations and certifications worldwide and celebrated the organization’s 25th anniversary. The emissaries who are stationed in countries across the globe to fulfill the “shlichus” mission first initiated by the late Rebbe are utilized by kashrus organizations worldwide as kosher supervisors (mashgichim) in plants throughout the world. In addition to Rabbi Fishbane, the Chabad emissaries were also praised by Rabbi Shmuel Kaminetsky, a member of the Council of Torah Sages of Agudath Israel of America, who addressed the group. 4500 world-wide emissaries gathered yesterday in Brooklyn for a festive dinner as part of an international conference representing 75 countries. It was the first such gathering since two emissaries were killed in a terror attack in Mumbai, India.

The kashrus officials spent the day covering many topics of concern to the kashrus world, including recent changes in the butter industry, new ovens to enhance kosher cooking, new procedures in DA Cows and the halachic ramifications, client relations, status of Bourbon, schechita ban in New Zealand, problems in dairy labeling, and the perils of kosher travel.