Interminable delay in the solution of the city’s Kashruth problem appeared likely following a second conference yesterday at City Hall between Judge Otto Rosalsky, Aldermanic President Bernard S. Deutsch and representatives of the slaughtering industry and the shochtim. A third conference will be held on Wednesday.
Supported by objections raised by Leroy Peterson, NRA Code Authority for the industry, to the terms of Judge Rosalsky’s decision as mediator, the market men yesterday complained that the terms fixing the minimum compensation for shochtim would cost the industry between $400,000 and $500,000 a year, increasing the present costs of Kashruth almost a hundred-fold.
Mr. Peterson, who attended the conference, declared that the Federal Government, through the NRA, was entirely willing to leave the conduct of the industry in the hands of a duly constituted Rabbinical board of supervisors but that that there was a serious economic question involved in saddling upon what he regarded as a none-too-prosperous industry, such a considerable additional burden.
NO JEW ON CODE BOARD
“As the chairman of the code authority for the industry,” Mr. Peterson said, “I want it understood that we have no Jewish representatives in our administration and therefore know comparatively little about the more important aspects of the Kosher situation.
“I do believe that the Jewish housewife who desires kosher poultry should be able to obtain duly certified kosher poultry at a fair price. To this end we are entirely ready and willing to leave the conduct of the Kashruth procedure and certification to a Rabbinical board as proposed in Judge Rosalsky’s decision. We think these matters should be left to the industry and a Rabbinical supervisory board.
“However, in the matter of the costs which the industry should