August 25, 2004

by Reb Yudel
Where's the Yolk?

The Jewish Week reports on the rise of "OU-not-kosher-enough-for-us consumers... but neglects to ask anyone involved just why the OU isn't considered trustworthy enough:
In a sign of the growing influence of haredi consumers in the United States, Empire Kosher Poultry, regarded as the nation’s largest producer of kosher poultry, has added a second kashrut supervising agency, one more accepted by fervently Orthodox consumers.

Empire, trying to increase its dwindling market share, this week announced that it will be offering poultry products with the KAJ label of the K'hal Adath Jeshurun supervising agency in addition to the Orthodox Union's OU label, which Empire has carried for some 40 years.

Is there a difference in halachic views between the two agencies? Different inspection standards? Or is it just another product of the money-and-lashon-hora culture of today's kashrut industry? TrackBack