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US Shortage of Kosher Meat Looms for Rosh Hashanah

Some US distributors of kosher meat already are stocking up supplies for Rosh Hashanah because of fears there will not be enough meat.
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 8/14/2011, 8:05 AM

 Preparations for Rosh HaShanah
Preparations for Rosh HaShanah
Arutz Sheva

The Jewish New Year of Rosh Hashanah is six weeks away, but some U.S. distributors of kosher meat already are stocking up supplies for the Jewish New Year of Rosh Hashanah because of fears there will not be enough meat in the face of a soaring demand, Kosher Today reported.

Kosher stores have said that non-kosher customers account for up to one-quarter of their sales. Soaring demand in the multi-billion Kosher food industry is partly due to the fact that kosher food  is considered by many to be healthier and of better quality than non-kosher products due to stringent laws of preparation. Salmonella scares in non-kosher brands have drawn non-kosher customers to seek kosher food.

In addition, Kosher Today pointed out, the natural growth in many orthodox communities is nearly 10 percent.

“Some distributors are taking steps to assure that the meat shortages are dealt with by already now stocking the meat in large freezer,” the website states.  

Shortages during the Passover holidays have become routine in recent years, partly because of bad crops but also due to increased demand for kosher foods.