Are Kosher Symbols Extortion?
(l. It’s a battle to get GMO labels, but kosher no problem.)
A reader believes that the public issubsidizing orthodox Jewish institutions bythe fee manufacturers pay for thekosher symbol, which is meaninglessand constitutes a tax.
Orthodox Jews make up 50% of British Jews (150,000), 25% of Israeli Jews (1,500,000) and 13% of American Jews (529,000.) Most secular Jews dislike them and are not kosher. Where does this minority within a minority get the power to intimate big corporations and government, which should outlaw this racket?
by Ronald Smith – Via henrymakow.com
In 1987, Rabbi Schulem Rubin, an Orthodox rabbi from the Bronx said: “Kosher doesn’t taste any better; kosher isn’t healthier; kosher doesn’t have less salmonella. You [cannot] eat a Holly Farm chicken which sells for 39 cents a pound on sale, and next taste a Kosher chicken selling for $1.69 a pound, and tell the difference. There’s a lot of money to be made! ”
According to a 2002 article in La Voz de Aztlan , “Major food companies throughout America actually pay a Jewish Tax [to Rabbinical Councils] amounting to hundreds of million of dollars per year in order to receive protection. This hidden tax gets passed, of course, to all non-Jewish consumers of the products. The scam is to coerce the companies to pay up or suffer the consequences of a Jewish boycott. Jewish consumers have learned not to buy any kitchen product that does not have the (U) the (K) and other similar markings…
“It is estimated that the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations, which manages the (U) symbol protection racket, controls about 85% of the “Kosher Nostra ” certification business. They now employ about 1200 Rabbi agents that are spread through out the U.S. Food companies must first pay an exorbitant application fee and than a large annual fee for the use of the (U) copyright symbol. Secondly, the companies must pay separate fees each time a team of Rabbis shows up to “inspect” the company’s operations. Certain food companies are required to hire Rabbis full time at very lucrative salaries…
The amount of money that the non-Jewish consumer has paid the food companies to make up for the hidden Jewish Tax is unknown, but it is estimated to be in the billions since the scam first started. The Orthodox Jewish Councils as well as the food companies keep the amount of the fees very secret.”
The Bnai Brith ADL maintain this is an anti Semite slur: “The cost to the consumer for this service is a minuscule fraction of the total production overhead; it is so negligible in practical terms as to be virtually non-existent. A May 18, 1975 New York Times article reported that the cost to General Foods’ “Bird’s Eye” Unit, for example, is 6.5 millionths (.0000065) of a cent per item. Furthermore, a representative of the Heinz Company has said that the per item cost is “so small we can’t even calculate it,” and that such labeling actually makes products less costly by increasing the market for them.”
Over the past few years I have contacted some food producers and/or distributors with some questions regarding the kosher symbols which appear on their packaging. Some of the replies were rather surprising and very informative. Here are a few examples:
I wrote to a local maple syrup producer asking them why they agreed to have their products ‘kosher certified’. The answer was very honest:
”If we did not have a kosher symbol on our products, the food retailers would refuse to put them on their shelves”
Did you say blackmail?
This is probably the biggest and the most ridiculous aberration. The day I discovered a kosher symbol ( KSR) on a package of bathroom tissue rolls ( toilet paper! ) it convinced me that this kosher certification was nothing but a money making racket.
An employee of the Leclerc Cookie Company candidly mentions the cost of the ‘kosher certification’ of their products at about 5 minutes of the video made by TVA: $25 000 / $30 000 annually plus other fees not mentioned. He also states that the food chains would not accept his products without a kosher certification! Definitely blackmail as far as I am concerned.
At about 6:40 minutes the Brasseur Transport Co. also admitted a cost of $35,000 plus additional costs of $15,000 to have their trucks ‘blessed’ by a rabbi.
The reporter does mention that most other companies refused to divulge their additional costs. Consequently, we will probably never find out the total cost of this whole ‘kosher certification’ business
The two examples should give us a good idea and if we multiply that by a few thousand other companies the revenues from this racket must be mind boggling.
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