London - The ongoing British horsemeat scandal has resulted in an unprecedented boom for kosher meat suppliers as Brits seek safe alternatives to contaminated supermarket products. Advertisement:
The Jewish Chronicle ( [link to DON'T_USE-THIS] is reporting that the surge in demand for kosher meats is ‘the best thing’ to happen to the industry in years, according to an industry spokesperson.
Manchester Beth Din administrator, Rabbi Yehuda Brodie, said people are now realizing why kosher food production methods have always been the ‘gold standard.’
“in many countries there’s strong evidence that non-Jewish people buy kosher meat because of the integrity and the close monitoring,” said Brodie.
Elaine Mann, of north-west London’s Louis Mann and Sons butchers in Edgware, said, People always say kosher meat is expensive, but now you know why.”
Meanwhile, British police say three men have been arrested by officers investigating the burgeoning horsemeat scandal in Europe.
Police in Wales said Thursday’s arrests on suspicion of fraud offenses occurred at two plants that were inspected earlier this week by the U.K.‘s Food Standards Agency.
Police said two men — ages 64 and 42 — were arrested Farmbox Meats near Aberystwyth, in Wales, while a 63-year-old man was arrested at the Peter Boddy Slaughterhouse in Todmorden, West Yorkshire.
The arrests come after Britain’s food regulator said six horse carcasses that tested positive for an equine painkiller may have entered the human food chain in France and that horsemeat tainted with the medicine may have been sold to consumers “for some time.”