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THIS SECTION IS FOR NEWS AND INTERESTING STORIES RELATED TO FOOD, NUTRITION AND FOOD PROCESSING. THEY ARE NOT NECESSARILY RELATED TO KOSHER BUT MAY BE OF INTEREST TO THE KOSHER CONSUMER, MANUFACTURER OR MASHGIACH.

The following news is from Israelhayom on February 4, 2014.

"Religious Services Minister Naftali Bennett (Habayit Hayehudi), his deputy MK Rabbi Eli Ben-Dahan (Habayit Hayehudi) and Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi David Lau on Monday presented a reform in the kashrut system and in the labeling of kosher food." The new system, is designed to increase transparency and uniformity in kosher labeling.
"Among the planned changes is the introduction of a definitive three-tier kosher rating scheme. Businesses selling kosher food products will label their food with Stars of David. One star will represent the most basic level of kashrut, two stars will represent the stricter mehadrin level and three stars will represent the highest standard, known as mehadrin min hamehadrin."
"The labeling is meant to push out the private rabbinical designations of kashrut, which promise stricter levels of observation, and to return authority to the rabbinate."
"Another major change is in the way kashrut supervisors are paid. Currently, business owners pay the supervisors directly. They determine the fee between them, and there is no regulating body to oversee the supervisors. According to the Religious Services Ministry, this system leads to a lack of motivation on the part of supervisors to visit businesses and regulate them, and creates inconsistencies in standards and requirements between cities and between rabbis."
"The Religious Services Ministry plans to regulate the relationship between supervisors and businesses by creating a company dedicated to employing kashrut supervisors, which will pay them and eliminate the employer-employee relationship they now have with business owners."
There are also plans underway to create online databases accessible to the public that give information about kosher standards in various businesses. Kosher standards will also be enforced with the addition of more inspectors."

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