The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMENT -

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

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