More on Bnei Brak’s Biscoti Bakery

24 Nissan 5771
April 28, 2011

beit-yosef-seal-best1 Yesterday, JKN reported that Badatz Beit Yosef suspended the hechsher of Biscoti Bakery, located in Bnei Brak amid reports in the chareidi media that the business in question began baking before the end of the last day of Pesach. Following is an update based on the badatz’s investigation, quoting statements from Rabbi Yigal Ben-Ezra, the national supervisor for Badatz Beit Yosef and Amir, the general-manager of the bakery.

The general-manager of the Biscoti Bakery, Amir, who describes himself as “traditional” one who davens three times daily, explains “No one entered the baking area of the facility, but they did enter the administrative area located on a different floor”, an act which he condemned as well, stating he was unaware of the actions of employees. Amir stated he left explicit instructions that no one was to enter the bakery premises during the yomtov, but it appears a number of employees decided on their own to begin administrative work; addressing pending orders before the end of yomtov. One of the employees involved was fired according to Amir.

As a result of the facts presented by Amir, along with the facts as they appeared on bakery surveillance videos, the information was presented to the Badatz Beit Yosef rabbonim to reach a final decision as to the future of bakery vis-à-vis the hechsher, which was suspended after yomtov upon hearing workers were in the store before the end of the last day of Pesach.

On Wednesday afternoon, the badatz announced that the revocation of the hechsher will be a permanent move and Badatz Beit Yosef is no longer responsible for the kashrut integrity of products of the Biscoti Bakery.

4 Comments

  • Suzanne Lieberman
    April 28, 2011 - 07:11 | Permalink

    Sounds a bit drastic to me. If there was no baking involved and the GM took the matter seriously, including firing the major culprit, I would have thought that a warning would have sufficed together with a write-up in the chareidi press, explaining the situation, and its resolution.

  • laser
    April 28, 2011 - 16:57 | Permalink

    With Harav Landa’s hashgaha, the keys to each establishment are in the hands of the mashgiah, so this sort of thing could never happen. One gets the imprression that this kashrut organization is not as strict as it could be.

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  • Shy Guy
    April 28, 2011 - 17:27 | Permalink

    Sounds drastic to me, too. Where’s the Hessed in all of this Din?

  • Sarah Leah
    April 28, 2011 - 17:43 | Permalink

    BS”D While it may seem a bit drastic, it is the responsibility of the owners to know what is going on in their business – or not their business, as it was sold for yom tov. There are several issues addressed here. If there is a compromise or leniency on something like this, then the integrity has been compromised, as we see. Although eventually the bakery might be able to re-establish a hechsher with a trustworthy organization, if the present organization would do a “wrist slap”, how would the public know that they can depend upon them to go by the letter of the law? (and I don’t eat this hechsher, either) The public has to be able to trust the kashrus organizations they use. The individual businesses? It is their responsibility to make sure everything is carried out per halacha – or there are consequences to be paid.

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