JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s chief rabbi has banned the sale of non-koshered meat to Israeli supermarket chains.
Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger ordered the halt this week in the importers’ sale of meat that has not been koshered — salted and soaked to remove all blood. Sale of the non-kosher meat had been permitted to reduce the costs for non-Jewish consumers, according to Ynet.
The halt reportedly was ordered after Metzger learned that the non-koshered meat was being purchased and consumed by Jews looking for less expensive meat or those who did not realize that the meat had not been koshered.
The importing of the non-koshered meat has not been banned.