PALTRY EVIDENCE FOR RISING PRICE OF CHICKEN
Your “Kosher Chicken Index” ( JC, January 8) is fundamentally flawed. One cannot extrapolate meaningful conclusions from a base line of prices quoted from one-off special offers in only one advert from 2005 and then contrast that with today’s standard prices.
Worse still, comparing kosher chickens with the two for £5 product available at supermarkets is grossly misleading and often, despite additional operational expenses, the cost of kosher chickens compares favourably with a High Street equivalent quality butcher.
The photos used of non-kosher cheaper supermarket chickens show birds that appear to have been trimmed due to damage caused by high intensity rearing. This simply doesn’t happen in the poultry carefully selected by the Board’s dedicated (UK only) kosher poultry abattoirs which provide the highest quality standard invariably secured by lower density farming.
This sensationalist and exaggerated survey, unlike the meat and poultry on offer by the Board’s Licensees, leaves a very bad taste in the mouth. Mark Goldwater Chief executive London Board for Shechita London N3 2JU
Headlines about the costs of Jewish life paint a partial picture that does a disservice to our community, not least because so many costs are a matter of personal choice and circumstance. One example is our work to drive the increase in choice of kosher restaurants, products and services within our community; the kosher consumer now has more options at a wider range of prices than ever before.
In addition to working hard to ensure that Jewish life remains affordable, further support is always available to those who need it. We are proud of the range of facilities we have on offer that save users thousands of pounds every year.
Precisely because we value Jewish life so much, the focus of our efforts is on ensuring that Jewish life continues to be both affordable and sustainable. Stephen Pack President, United Synagogue