Wednesday, March 09, 2011

The falacy of kashrus's "it's on the list" (European style)

Schindlers list you can rely on, European kashrus lists you can't rely on.

The fallacy of kashrus's "it's on the list" (European style). It's on the list, means plain and simple "we don't know of anything in the product that should render it as non-kosher". On the other hand they don't know all of the required information including on going personal qualified inspections of the facilities..
It's common in European manufacturers not to grant full access to kosher certifiers to all areas of the facilities, nor to all of the ingredients, processing agents, equipment, etc. Therefore they created the "It's on the LIST".

"Rabbi you can't go past this point, you can look through that glass door or window". It's pretty common in Europe by many (not all) kosher certifiers.

The the educated kosher, this is totally unacceptable kashrus. If they would refuse to purchase anything on the "list" nor product that there isn't FULL access, this attitude would change very quickly.

Many of the European kashrus agencies do not respond to consumer or other organizations queries re: their standards, detailed questions (of course we can't divulge confidential info).

The reason they don't respond is that many items they just don't have all of the required verified information, so just don't respond to any inquiries.

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