Attacks on the labeling of food with the symbols for kashruth (traditional
Jewish dietary laws) have been a standard ploy of anti-Jewish bigots in the U.S. for
decades. Such symbols as the "" emblem of the Union of Orthodox Jewish
Congregations (UOJC), among others, confirm that products are kosheri.e., that foods
and production processes have been inspected by competent rabbis from the respective
organizations and found to be in compliance with Jewish dietary law.
The cost to the consumer for this service is a miniscule fraction of the total
production overhead; it is so negligible in practical terms as to be virtually
non-existent. A May 18, 1975 New York Times article reported that the cost to
General Foods' "Bird's Eye" Unit, for example, is 6.5 millionths (.0000065) of a
cent per item. Furthermore, a representative of the Heinz Company has said that the per
item cost is "so small we can't even calculate it," and that such labeling
actually makes products less costly by increasing the market for them.
Indeed, according to marketing manager Steven Zamichow, quoted in the Washington Post,
"Entenmann's Inc. received kosher certification in 1981 and sales of [its] baked
goods 'increased substantially.' " Visits to the Entenmann's plant from a "mashgiach"
or kashruth inspector, are provided by the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of
America. The UOJC is one of several groups that maintain such a kosher inspection service,
certifying foods and related products to be in compliance with Jewish dietary laws through
all phases of production. The profit from these products goes, of course, to the companies
that manufacture them and the stores that sell them, not to "the Jews."
|Shopping at Kosher Butcher Shops
In the separate case of kosher meat and poultry purchased at kosher butcher shops (as
distinguished from the broad general range of mass-market consumer goods certified
kosher), the consumer does pay a higher price. This cost is due to the more intensive,
continuous rabbinical supervision required for the exacting technicalities of kosher
slaughter and inspection, processing, storage and quality of kosher meatan
inescapable necessity for this particular product, applicable only to its limited market,
not the general consumer.
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