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Religious Affairs Ministry readies overhaul of Israel’s kashrut system

Illustrative: A typical Jerusalem Rabbinate kosher certificate (Courtesy Jerusalem Kosher News)
Illustrative: A typical Jerusalem Rabbinate kosher certificate (Courtesy Jerusalem Kosher News)

The Religious Affairs Ministry is preparing to overhaul the country’s kashrut system. Under its proposal, the Chief Rabbinate — which currently has a monopoly over kosher certifications — will become a state regulator of kashrut standards, while kosher supervision will be relegated to private companies.

The coalition plans to present the reforms to the Knesset as part of its state budget, given the economic ramifications of the proposal, the Ynet news site reports.

Under the existing law, only the Chief Rabbinate can declare establishments to be kosher.

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