Postville, Iowa – After yesterday’s report on our site, about KAJ’s denial of removing Rubashkin’s hechsher, VIN News receieved the following press release from the Rubashkin company. Their spokeperson also told VIN over the phone that the annoucement will be released to all Jewish newspapers.
“Agriprocessors, one of the world’s largest purveyors of glatt kosher meats, moved this week to consolidate its kashrus supervision behind the Orthodox Union and Rabbi Menachem Meir Weissmandl shlit”a, the Rav of Nitra of Monsey, NY. Rabbi Weissmandl, a well known international authority in kashrus, was appointed three years ago to elevate the standards of kashrus in the whole plant and to specifically certify the production of products under the Supreme Kosher label.
According to Sholom M. Rubashkin, “the company made a marketing decision to expand the certification role of Rabbi Weissmandl to include products manufactured under the Aaron’s Best brand in addition to the longstanding certification by the Orthodox Union.” The combination of the two hechsheirim, explained Rubashkin “will position the plant to be under the strictest kashrus guidelines of the Torah and Chasidic world.”
In making the announcement, the Rubashkin family pledged to continue “to do its utmost to provide consumers with the highest quality products under the strictest kashrus guidelines.” Agriprocessors also expressed its gratitude to Khal Adas Jeshurun for its past certification of products produced buy Agriprocessors.
In accepting an expanding role, Rabbi Weissmandl praised the Rubashkin family “for its uncompromising support for the highest standards of kashrus and for granting supervising rabbonim the full autonomy they need to provide the ultimate kashrus.” Rabbi Weissmandl, son of the legendary hero of hatzoloh in World War II, Rabbi Michoel Ber Weissmandl zt”l, is Rav of the Nitra kehilla in Monsey, the author of many scholarly Torah works on kashrus and other subjects, and a respected authority on glatt kosher and other aspects of kashrus.
The Orthodox Union, now in its second century of service to the Jewish community of North America and beyond, is a world leader in community and synagogue services. Its kosher certification mark, is the world’s most recognized kosher symbol and can be found on over 400,000 products manufactured in 80 countries around the globe.”