NEW YORK (JTA) — The organization that reportedly banned lox as unkosher says the media fabricated the story.
"They made it up," Yisroel Neiman, a member of Chevra Mehadrin, told LoHud.com. "It’s a lie. We never said lox wasn’t kosher."
The Monsey, N.Y.-based group of ultra-Orthodox rabbis made national news last week when it reportedly declared lox unkosher because of the presence of a parasitic worm.
The story was picked up by the New York Post, the Boston Globe and other publications, even though the Orthodox Union, the mainstream Orthodox kosher certifier, declared the lox ban unjustified from the start.