Kosher meat sup­pli­ers’ no-deal plans

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY SI­MON ROCKER

KOSHER MEAT sup­pli­ers are draw­ing up con­tin­gency plans in the event that a no-deal Brexit takes ef­fect at the end of March.

The cap­i­tal’s largest kosher meat li­censer, the London Board for She­chita, pro­duces most of its meat from UK sources but some of its beef comes from Poland.

An LBS spokesman said: “The im­ported kosher beef mar­ket may be vulnerable to the im­po­si­tion of tar­iffs that may af­fect the com­mer­cial­ity of the sup­plies.

“The LBS al­ready has ex­cel­lent fa­cil­i­ties within UK beef abat­toirs and there has been much work un­der­taken to en­sure that our re­la­tion­ship with those busi­nesses is nur­tured to a point where we could in­crease through­put of UK beef she­chita should a no-deal sit­u­a­tion ma­te­ri­alise.”

One kosher pro­ducer, who ex­ported food abroad, also said he had con­tin­gency plans “in place”, while wait­ing to see the out­come of next week’s par­lia­men­tary vote on Brexit.

“Whatever hap­pens, we will have to trade with Europe,” he said. “But what the terms will be, we don’t know.”

Manch­ester Beth Din said it sources all its meat from the UK.

Kedas­sia, which serves London’s Charedi com­mu­nity, im­ports some beef from Poland. A spokesman said it would make plans if a prob­lem emerged.

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