JERUSALEM, July 20 (Xinhua) – Israel on Tuesday announced a historic reform program regarding the supervision of kosher food products in factories, shops, restaurants and hotels.
The new plan will abolish the rabbinate monopoly and open the kosher supervision market to competition to improve service, ease regulatory burden and lower product prices, Israel’s finance ministry said in a statement. .
Thus, the power to issue kosher certificates will be transferred from local rabbis to private entities that will receive an operating license from the minister of religious services, he said.
Since Israel’s creation in 1948, the power to grant companies a kosher certificate, which certifies that food products sold meet Jewish religious restrictions, has rested exclusively with the Chief Rabbinate of Israel, the highest religious authority of the country. .
The Chief Rabbinate’s monopoly on kosher supervision has attracted much criticism over the years in Israel, but since ultra-Orthodox Jewish parties have been members of the Israeli government for long periods of time, no changes have been made so far. .
However, ultra-Orthodox parties are excluded from the new Israeli government formed last month, paving the way for reform, initiated by Finance Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Minister of Religious Services Matan Kahana.
Israel’s finance ministry said the plan will cut spending on food to benefit consumers.
“This is good news for millions of people of all religious affiliations, enabling everyone to consume kosher products according to their worldview and at lower prices,” the ministry said.