In Wake of Kashrus Scandal, Leading Poskim Call for End to Sales of Homemade Products Without Hashgacha

In the wake of the recent stunning revelation that a “kosher” restaurant in Manalapan was selling non-kosher food, leading poskim on Tuesday released a kol koreh decrying people who sell food items made at home with a hashgacha.

The kol koreh was signed by Rav Shmuel Kamenetzky, Rav Shlomo Miller, Rav Yaakov Forchheimer, and Rav Shmuel Fuerst.

“It has come to our attention that there has been a recent proliferation of home businesses selling food for profit to our communities without kosher supervision,” the kol koreh reads. “This practice is contrary to accepted practice and unfortunately jeopardizes the kashrus standards in our communities.”

“We urge any owners of home businesses to obtain certification as a fulfillment of their halachic obligations,” the kol koreh adds.

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11 COMMENTS

  1. It’s amazing that this is the conclusion.
    Home baked good is more trustworthy than any hashgacha out there.
    No hashgacha is considered an aid echad neeman beisurin, someone at home is considered an aid echad.
    The chineese guy was a guy and wouldn’t be neeman anyway.
    Instead there should be. A kol Korea on hashgachos to make them do their jobs and not just collect money and play politics.

  2. I dont think this has anything to do with the recent scandal. This has been something that Rabbi Fishbane (though I cant say for sure he was behind this letter)has been working on for a while. Some of the stories he has specifically, with party planners but also with home companies without an Hashcacha are hair raising. The lack of basic knowledge in some areas of kashrus is astonishing and just because someone is frum does not mean they know these things,

  3. The Chinese place had a aid echad as well.
    The mashgiach saying its kosher is exactly the same ‘aid Echad’ your relying on when you buy unsupervised home baked goods.
    The key here is BUYING not eating over at the ‘home baked goods’ host for a meal.
    Last but not least, if you don’t pay mashgichim, (because the best hashgachas seem not to charge anything, according to your comment, we hope you will volunteer to do it for free.

  4. Think about this how many kollel wives are trying to help make ends meet, but by putting this overhead on their business it will be impossible for them to survive. Is this 100% necessary for every business or only those selling meat or big sensitive items?

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