December 6, 2018

Kashrus Agencies Fret at Extensive Paperwork Requirements of Israel’s Chief Rabbinate

New York, NY…With one eye at a looming snowstorm, nearly 100 representatives of the kashrus world met on November 15th at OU headquarters in Manhattan. They were part of the annual convention of the Association of Kashrus Agencies (AKO) which traditionally takes place the day after Kosherfest. Representatives of the Chief Rabbinate responded to complaints by the agencies over new regulations requiring them to submit “seemingly unnecessary paperwork.” They promised to look into how to make the process easier and fairer. Other issues discussed at the convention were growing meat on a petri dish, different scenarios where an agency will need to use a Beis Din (rabbinical court) to settle a dispute; the problem with discoloring in chicken legs; nori sheets; and a new on-line consumer training course under the name “Kosher Institute of America” ( Rabbi Sholem Fishbane, the Executive Director of AKO, announced that AKO is partnering with the Kosher Institute to create a special training for food service mashgichim. Rabbi Moshe Reich of the Kof-K kosher agency who lives in Monsey wrote: “Thank you for putting together a fantastic conference today. It took us over 6 hours to get home. Was well worth it!”