May 6, 2013

The OU Flexes its Muscle in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM — A number of restaurants and hotels here have opted to secure the certification of the Orthodox Union (OU). Primarily as a way of attracting tourists who are more familiar with the OU symbol than they are with the various rabbinical groups that offer kosher certification in Israel. The OU maintains an office and a full complement of mashgichim imn Israel. 

Two days before Passover, the OU Israel pulled the kosher certification of the La Cuisine restaurant when the restaurant declined to properly clean its equipment in preparation for pre-Pesach kashering. The OU’s mashgiach and OU Israel administration warned La Cuisine about the potential consequences of an erev Pesach kashrus termination, but were informed that, rather than comply, La Cuisine would forego the OU’s hashgacha.