The Lack of Kashrus in Convenience Stores

17 Teves 5774
December 20, 2013

The following information is translated from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel Kashrus Enforcement Unit Bulletin No. 6 dated 16 Teves 5774/December 19, 2013 .

Over recent years there has been a significant increase in the number of convenience stores operating in gas stations around the country, most doing so without a hashgacha from an authorized local rabbinate. The Chief Rabbinate of Israel has received a growing number of complaints regarding the lack of adequate kashrus in such stores.

One example would be when one orders a sandwich and ask to have it warmed in an oven or microwave. Since no one is responsible for the kashrus, this could lead to problems such as a lack of separation between dairy and meat in the oven as required according to halacha.

Even items that are wrapped and marked kosher may be questionable since there is no mashgiach on site to supervise the operation.

We wish to clarify this point and warn the public that in the absence of a legitimate local rabbinate kashrus certificate one should not rely on the kashrus of such a store.

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