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15 Cheshvan 5766 - November 16, 2005 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly










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Shearis Yisroel Expands Kashrus Line

by Betzalel Kahn

Shearis Yisroel continues to expand its product line. Shearis Yisroel supervises two shechitoh lines: Of Habira, which is sold by Pulkes, and Of Yerushalayim, which is sold by Taam Man. All of the hiddurim and stringencies go beyond standard levels of kashrus, eliminating any concerns of sircho or any other problems. The lines are fully guided and overseen by the beis din members, shlita, who conduct field inspections regularly at all stages of poultry production, from the injections given to the growing birds through the shechitoh itself.

Two beef wholesalers, Taam Man and Hacker Bros. import meat under Shearis Yisroel supervision, and now, due to the large demand, Polkes has also begun supplying Shearis Yisroel meat.

On motzei Shabbos a Polkes delegation headed by beis din member HaRav Mordechai Gross set out for the Pol Factory in Melo, Uruguay. Before leaving HaRav Gross received brochos from Maran HaRav Eliashiv, HaRav Kanievsky, HaRav Lefkowitz, HaRav Shteinman and HaRav Shmuel Auerbach, shlita, who showed a deep interest in the shechitoh arrangements, offering suggestions on every issue and warm blessings for having the merit of placing food without compromise on the tables of bnei Torah.

Several months ago beis din member HaRav Tzvi Friedman and the rov of the Shearis Yisroel shechitoh HaRav Yisroel Zicherman inspected the production center Polkes uses in Argentina. The factory was found unfit for use because the cattle herds were mostly from breeds crossbred with zebus. The present facility was found through concerted efforts and has agreed to meet all of the necessary kashrus demands, in terms of the pace of work, the efficiency of the checking and salting processes and ensuring the herds contain no trace of zebus, which lack a tradition of tohoroh as Maran HaRav Eliashiv, shlita, ruled and as the Chazon Ish, zt"l was known to have said.

Shearis Yisroel notes each of these stringencies results in a decrease in the percentage of glatt meat, meaning lower profits—particularly in South America, where most breeds of cattle do not have a tradition that they are kosher.

The delegation will spend one month in Uruguay based on a ruling by Maran HaRav Eliashiv shlita not to perform shechitoh for more than one month at a time.

Another delegation headed by beis din member HaRav Tzvi Webber traveled abroad last week for a shechitoh run for the Hacker Bros.

The meat will arrive at stores in Eretz Yisroel in the coming weeks.


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