Chicago…By this time every year kashrus officials are reviewing the many resolutions that would have been decided at the annual conference of the Association of Kashrus Organizations (AKO) usually held the day after Kosherfest. Due to Covid-19, this year’s conference will instead be a virtual event on December 24th. The conference will be part of a multi-faceted effort to expand AKO. One effort is to restore some of the AKO Subcommittees. The committees include the Tolayim (insect infestation) Committee, the Transportation Committee that deals with trucks, trailers, wash stations, etc. And the new Post Pesach List Committee. AKO also welcomed several new members including Emirates Agency for Kosher Certification (Rabbi Levy Duchman of the UAE), Pioneer Kosher (Rabbi Shmuel Kravitsky of Amherst, MA) and Vaad Hakashrus of Pittsburgh (Rabbi Yosef Itkin and Rabbi Moishe Mayir Vogel).