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EU Council Rejects Anti-shechitah Amendment

EU Council Rejects Anti-shechitah Amendment

(JTA) — The European Union Council has rejected a controversial kosher meat labeling requirement as part of its new food information regulation.
The latest draft, sent back to the European Parliament Tuesday for its consideration, does not include Amendment 205, the clause that would have required that all meat and meat products that are kosher slaughtered to be pejoratively labeled as "meat from slaughter without stunning."
The draft is a reversal of the Parliament’s original amendment, and it follows months of lobbying in Brussels by representatives of the Shechita UK organization and the European Jewish Congress.

Shechita UK told London’s Jewish Chronicle that the amendment could have caused kosher prices to skyrocket because buyers from the non-kosher market, which purchases 70 percent of kosher meat, might be put off by the labeling.

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