US House approves Kosher food emergency amendment

June 21, 2013 09:08


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WASHINGTON (JTA) — The delivery of kosher and halal food in emergency situations would be made easier under a measure approved by the US House of Representatives.

The amendment approved Wednesday to the Farm Bill mandates identifying kosher and halal food already in food banks so it may more easily be distributed to Jewish and Muslim communities during crises. It also encourages the Department of Agriculture to purchase more such foods, as long as the costs are equal to items that are not kosher or halal.

The Farm Bill itself failed to pass Thursday over disagreements over how deep its cuts should be to food stamp programs. Congressional leaders suggested they would craft a new bill, but it was too early to tell whether the kosher-halal amendment would be included.

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