'Chalav Yisrael' Kosher Dairy Products Return to Germany

For the first time since before the Holocaust, Jews in Germany will be able to buy Chalav Yisrael products locally.

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Hana Levi Julian, | updated: 12:59

Koscheremilch yogurt
Koscheremilch yogurt
Israel news photo: courtesy of Koscheremilch

A small dairy farm near the northern city of Hamburg has taken a big step into the one of the most competitive kosher markets in the world.

For the first time since before the Holocaust, Jews in Germany – including the Chassidic community – will be able to buy products that meet a Chalav Yisrael kosher standard. The new product line is being produced at the Koscheremilch dairy, with full-time kashruth supervision.

“We've managed to provide consumers with a truly high quality product, with excellent kosher standards,” said Ze'ev Lluz, the entrepreneur behind Koscheremilch.

Chabad-Lubavitch emissary to Hamburg Rabbi Shlomo Bistritzky explained that until now, he had to go to the dairy farm himself to supervise the milking for his own family and for his school's needs.

In fact, Chabad representatives and other consumers who observe kosher dietary laws at the Chalav Yisrael standard – requiring supervision from the start of the milking process – were forced to do same, or imported products from nearby France.

Lluz told Lubavitch.com that “people find they are actually getting a superior product at a good price, and have no reason not to keep the highest standards of kashruth.”

Weekly orders so far amount to some 300-400 liters of milk per week, and 300 kilos of dairy products, he said.