Unfortunately, many are not, even to the point that one cannot eat at establishments that they certify or eat the products that they certify unless the kashrus system is independently verified.
Ubiquitous underperformance, even in bastions of holiness, does not make it more acceptable to do a sub-standard job, but it allows us to be more kind in considering that a deficient agency, organization, or individual is not a standout, but one of many.
The reasons vary: lack of expertise in kashrus systems, lack of management skills, lack of budget, lack of the community’s willingness to properly fund a top-notch, or even Halachically acceptable, kashrus program, misplaced compassion towards unqualified staff, turf wars, negligence, and sometimes even avarice and lack of yir’as Shamayim.
But the consequences are the same: a community unknowingly eats that which is Halachically prohibited, and the knowing of the community are left with no good options and are frowned upon by the unknowing.
May Hashem protect all His children and grant us all to eat properly kosher food.
Is the Lakewood Oilum Gullible or just Naïve?
The main difference between naive and gullible is that naive is used to refer to a person who shows lack of judgement or who’s inexperienced in performing some task. On the other hand, gullible is used to denote a person who could be easily persuaded to believe something. Gullible and naive are not the words having exactly same meaning but they could go hand in hand. The matter of fact is, naive will probably make you gullible.