As Israelis prepared for Pesach, thieves and robbers did as well – by preparing to foist treif meat on Israeli consumers and presenting it as kosher. Officials on Tuesday broke up two rings that were trading in treif meat and chicken, with the intention of passing it off as kosher.
In a joint operation, officials of the Health Ministry and the Agriculture Ministry’s veterinary service seized some 1,200 kilos of meat and chicken that was slaughtered improperly. The source of the meat was not identified, and no paperwork accompanied it. It was stored in a warehouse from where it was to be shipped to retailers.
Earlier, police confiscated 250 kilos of meat and chicken in the Galilee Arab village of Arrabé. Arrested was one resident, who was operating an illegal slaughterhouse. In both cases, officials said that the meat – unsupervised, and likely a health risk – would likely have ended up on the plates of Israelis, possible on Seder night, as Israelis buy large amounts to prepare for the chag. Officials said that the best way to avoid these dangers was for consumers to ensure that the proper certifications, both from a kosher and health perspective, were displayed prominently in stores where they shop.