Jerusalem - Israel Chief Rabbi: ‘Rabbinate Glatt Just as Kosher as Badatz’
Jerusalem - Israel Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger, who returned on Friday from an inspection of meat plants in Argentina that supply 80 percent of the beef imported to Eretz Yisroel, said the glatt meat carrying the Chief Rabbinate hechsher is comparable to the top badatz organizations.
Accompanied by Rav Ezra Harari Raful, head of Rabbinate shechita outside of Israel, Rav Metzger visited several meat plants in South America, where he was impressed by the work of the shochtim and bodkim at the various sites, but decided to make certain changes to the meat marking process. According to the existing procedure, during the sorting process meat is marked kosher or glatt, and treifos are cast aside without being marked. The new guideline is intended to ensure treif meat is kept separate and sold to non-Jews. Rav Metzger also introduced a number of additional hiddurim to the kashering process.
The Chief Rabbinate told VIN News that consumers can be assured glatt meat bearing the Chief Rabbinate stamp is indeed “mehadrin min hamehadrin,” no less than the most reputable badatzim, noting that many of the shochtim on the Rabbinate work teams are also members of the various badatzim.
According to the Chief Rabbinate spokesman, shochtim maintain a slower work pace under the supervision of the badatzim, but many say the extra time between one shechita and the next is unnecessary, and can even disrupt the shochet’s focus.
During a meeting of the Chief Rabbinate’s Kashrus Committee on Sunday, Rav Metzger said during his trip to South America he discovered that various importers interpret the term “meat” to exclude the inner organs, such as the liver, lungs and tonsils, therefore the Rabbinate is not authorized to supervise them. “As a result, inner organs that could be treifos d’oreiso make their way to Israel,” he said.
This interpretation has been backed by Israeli courts, Rav Metzger added, and prompt action must be taken to amend the Meat Import Law to ensure inner organs are also placed under the supervision of the Chief Rabbinate.
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