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        12/11/2011, Kislev 15, 5772

      Rabbi: Railroad Station Food Not Supervised for Kashrut

      The rabbi entrusted with enforcement of kosher fraud laws said, Sunday, that a significant number of food stands at the different facilities of the Israel Railways are not under kosher supervision, despite contracts to the contrary between the railroad and the operators of the stands. During his weekly interview on Arutz Sheva's Hebrew service, Rabbi Raphi Yochai of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel said the vendors are not meeting their commitments and the railroad is not enforcing the contracts. He added that the railroad's answers to his office's queries were not satisfactory.

      Rabbi Yochai said drink machines in open areas were also problematic, offering beverages made with milk from non-Jewish dairies, as compared to machines in hospitals and military installations, where there is in-house on-site supervision. He said chips/french fry machines not only run the risk of non-Jewish cooking, in the case of Saturday-night purchases, the cooking process may have taken place during Shabbat.