Part of the price on food products originates from the cost of the kosher certification. A new study found that 91% of the products in Israel have double kosher certification, which means that the customer pays twice. A new proposed law will attempt to end the phenomena.
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An Institute for Zionist Strategies study found that 91% of food products in Israel have double kosher certifications that includes a private one in addition to the ones given by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel.
All of the kosher products in Israel must have the Chief Rabbinate kosher certification, who has a monopoly in this field. This procedure is relevant for all food products that can be sold in grocery stores.
Most of the manufacturers have two kosher certifications for their products and 22% of the products even have three. This causes the customer to pay more for each product.
One of the main reasons the manufacturers chooses to add more kosher certifications is because of the low faith kosher keepers, mostly Hasidic Jews, have in the Chief Rabbinate’s kosher certifications.
MK Rachel Azaria from the Kulanu party and the Ne’emanei Torah Va’Avodah movement has proposed a law that should deal with this subject. She proposed to dismantle the Chief Rabbinate’s monopoly and this will actually cause the Chief Rabbinate to become a regulator against the private kosher certification institutions.
The Chief Rabbinate opposes this notion but are already working on their solution to the problem when they proposed to transfer the employment of kashrut supervisors to a national corporation so that they will be paid by the state and not be supervised.