London poultry shortage threatens as Passover nears

March 11, 2013 06:14


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London is experiencing a kosher poultry shortage as Passover approaches, with slaughtered kosher chickens declared unkosher in recent weeks.

The shortages are due to kashrut supervisors “finding up to 80 percent treifoth” -- Hebrew for non-kosher meat -- “despite the fact that the poultry was purchased from farms with good quality chickens. We are endeavoring B'ezras Hashem to find a speedy solution,” said a March 7 statement by the Kashrut Committee of the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations, which is responsible for Orthodox Jewish life in London.

The statement said the birds were found to have “torn sinews.”

An unnamed rabbinical judge quoted in the Israel-based news site Behadrey Haredim said that if infection rates reach 90 percent, supervisors may need to declare the entire produce non-kosher in keeping with past rulings by authorities on kashrut issues. In such a case, chicken would have to be imported to the United Kingdom, causing a considerable price increase.

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