Or­ganic chick­ens are cer­ti­fi­able

The Jewish Chronicle - - Community - BY JEN­NIFER LIP­MAN

THE CER­TI­FI­CA­TION of kosher or­ganic chick­ens by the Glouces­ter­shire­based Bio­dy­namic As­so­ci­a­tion is the cul­mi­na­tion of a 22-year cam­paign.

In 1990, the JC pub­lished a let­ter from Manch­ester doc­tor David Freed, ap­peal­ing for readers to join him in ef­forts to con­vince an or­ganic cer­ti­fier to recog­nise she­chi­tah as a hu­mane method of slaugh­ter.

Two years af­ter Dr Freed’s death, the Bio­dy­namic As­so­ci­a­tion — one of the UK’S long­est-es­tab­lished li­cens­ing bod­ies — has agreed to cer­tify poul­try sup­plied by Bib­li­cal Foods, which took up the cause.

“They are open-minded, re­spect re­li­gious free­dom and saw she­chi­tah in ac­tion,” said Bib­li­cal Foods’ Leon Pein, who added that he would be hav­ing an or­ganic chicken din­ner to cel­e­brate. Kashrut su­per­vi­sion is through the Manch­ester Beth Din.

The chick­ens are be­ing sold at a num­ber of kosher stores, in­clud­ing Kosher King­dom in Gold­ers Green. Plans are afoot to ex­tend the or­ganic kosher range to beef and lamb.

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