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  4/30/2012, Iyar 8, 5772

Report: Pri Ha'aretz Kashrut Revoked


The kashrut-fraud unit of the Chief Rabbinate has revoked the kosher certification of "Pri Ha'aretz" catering, following suspicions it served non-kosher meat to senior state officials and 120 outstanding soldiers at the President's Residence on Independence Day, according to the Ma'ariv daily, which broke the story on Sunday. Rabbi Rafi Yochai, who manages the unit, told the manager that its investigation confirmed suspicions that the meat was bought in the Arab town of Abu-Gosh, west of Jerusalem, and that the event's kashrut supervisor was stunned to see security video that showed the meat did not come from the company's kitchen in Kibbutz Giv'at Chaim Me'uchad.

The legal department of the President's Residence called the findings "serious" and said it was reviewing courses of action against Pri Ha'aretz. The caterers stood by their record and said they would cooperate with the rabbinate and carry out their own investigation.