Kosher Meat Sales Surge in UK in Wake of Horse Meat Scandal

February 19, 2013 12:53 pm 11 comments

Kosher meat. Photo: Marecheth Ho'eElohuth.

There are a few big winners in the horse meat scandal that has shocked the United Kingdom–kosher butchers. After it was recently revealed that many frozen food dinners contained horse meat instead of the ground beef that was advertised, many consumers have turned to kosher meat to insure that they are getting what they order.

Jacky Lipowicz, chairman of the Licensed Kosher Meat Traders’ Association, told the Jewish Chronicle that the scandal could be “the best thing” to happen to the kosher meat industry for years.

Elaine Mann, of Louis Mann and Son butchers in Edgware, north west London, told the newspaper that there had been a “surge” in people buying kosher beef. “People always say kosher meat is expensive, but now you know why.”

According to the Jewish Chronicle, the process by which kosher meat reaches the shelves, shechita, ensures a high standard of quality. Animals are first checked by a vet to ensure they are healthy and free of illness or disease. A shomer then makes a note of every animal slaughtered and the exact number being delivered to processing plants or butchers.

Every piece of meat is sealed and any meat found later with a broken seal is thrown away.

Inspectors also check the exact amounts sold to ensure no additional, unsupervised animals have entered the chain.

Manchester Beth Din administrator Rabbi Yehuda Brodie said: “The level of supervision which exists in all kosher establishments — either retail or otherwise — ensures that any ingredient or meat meets our requirements.

In a statement issued to reassure consumers, the kashrut authority said: “All processing of kosher meat is undertaken, exclusively and without exception, using Kedassia kosher meat of UK origin, which is under constant rabbinical supervision from the time of slaughter.”

11 Comments

  • I am suprised these so called christian countries banning Kosher and Halal meat yet they believe in Torah(Taurat) which they call Old Tastement. How could they be christian if they do not practice the rules of Old Tastements which were given to all the prophets. Neither Jesus nor St Paul changed those rule. For the rules of Halaal or Kashurat still exist in New Tastements in the book of Acts and Corinthians in many places. Where are the true christians who believe and practice the rules of Bible??? Banning the Kosher and Halaal is more to do Racism fear of Jews or moslems taking over Europe.

    • Seventh Day Adventists follow the Kosher diet. God told Noah to take seven pairs of clean animals and only one pair of unclean animals on the Ark. GOD MADE THIS DISTINCTION way before there was a Levitical law.

    • I am not a Christian. I am a Jew who eats only Kosher meat that has undergone “Shehita” (parallel to the Islamic “Debiha”) and am against banning it in Europe. However I must point out that the ones for the ban are for the most part post-Christian moral relativists and therefore don’t believe in the Torah or the “New Testement”. In addition, I think that many (most?) Christians believe that the “New Testement” has replaced the Torah and rendered its laws void and outdated.

  • Unfortunately they have already banned Shechita in whole of Switzerland, which I regret to this day. But at least there is one kosher butchery in the town, where I live. And I’ll try from now on to only buy meat from there. I am actually waiting only for my debit-card to start (home-delivery is only possible with a Visa-Card).

    But it also was my first reaction about this horse-meat story. I am really angry about the food industry, which one obviousely can’t trust in the least with a new scandal every two to three years.

    Unfortunately, kosher-meat in Switzerland means imported meat from abroad, and this means, that the prizes are very very expensive. As I am not a rich man, it comes very hard, if you even can trust in declarations about beef on the food emballages. But I generally hope to be able to begin to only buy food with a hechscher – the only way to be sure, that you get, what is declared. From OU-hechschers to michairedi-hechschers, everything is better than the declarations of the general food-industry.

    One really gets the impression, that the general food industry is thinking, they can make a sport of selling every kind of food with whatever declaration but really not containing what they do declare. In the eyes of the writer of this comment this is criminal and every enterprise in the food-industry, that doesn’t sell, what they declare, should be banished strongly from the public market.

  • i wonder if halal meat sales have also gone up, or do moslems also prefer kosher?

  • Yes, and think of countries like Norway and Sweden.
    there is a ban on kashering and now they try to forbid even import of kasher products.

  • Terry, Eilat - Israel

    Must be some kind of Zionist conspiracy, LOL

  • This is a country that only a few short years ago wanted to ban shechita.

  • Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease in humans , [mad cow disease], had also increase the comsumption of kosher meat in the 80 ‘s .

  • E Pluribus Beagle

    Of course in 2 months they’ll get back to threatening to criminalizing kashering.

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