Lack of kosher meat will force Polish Jews to import

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April 8, 2013 03:51

 
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Polish Jewry is set to run out of kosher meat within a month, Piotr Kadlcik, the Warsaw-based president of the Union of Jewish Religious Communities in Poland, told The Jerusalem Post on Friday. “We still have something in the deep freezers,” he said, “but this whole thing hurts.”

“Within a month we will have to import meat,” Kadlcik predicted, guessing that the most likely source of kosher meat would be Lithuania.

A Polish ban on religious ritual slaughter went into effect on January first. Combined with a decline in meat exports due to Poland’s implication in the European-wide horse meat scandal, the end of local ritual slaughter has caused harm to the eastern European country’s cattle ranchers and exporters.

In 2012, Poland’s supreme court ruled that an exemption for religious Muslims and Jews in a law requiring the stunning of animals prior to slaughter was “unconstitutional.”

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