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Georgia enacts new kosher labeling law

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WASHINGTON (JTA) — Georgia amended its kosher labeling law to require public disclosure for unpackaged food represented as kosher.

Under the Georgia Kosher Food Consumer Protection Act signed May 20 by Gov. Sonny Perdue, stores in Georgia will be required to inform the public as to the identity of the kosher certifier and other relevant kashrut information. The statute amends Georgia’s existing labeling law of 1980.

Agudath Israel of America, an Orthodox Jewish group, commended Perdue and the Georgia General Assembly for enacting the policy, which is modeled after statutes in Maryland, New York and New Jersey.

The bill, which garnered unanimous support in the Georgia House and Senate last month, is “a testament to the personal effort of the bill’s sponsor, State Representative Mike Jacobs,” said Rabbi A.D. Motzen, Agudah’s Ohio regional director.

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