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Is it Permissible to Purchase Food Without a Kashrus Certification?

Next week a kashrus conference will be held in Europe, organized by the Rabbinical Centre of Europe, on Monday and Tuesday in Brussels – October 25-26, 2009.

Yochanan Weisberg 14/10/2009 20:00

The conference will focus on several important issues that are constantly discussed by the rabbis: Which food products may be purchased without a kashrus certification? (A question that is especially common in countries where kosher food is scarce.) How can a factory be koshered, and how often must a mashgiach visit a factory during the production process?
Other topics that will be discussed at the conference include: the raw ingredients used to make wine and alcohol, how to manage a kashrus file, worms in fish, bugs in dried foods, which foods in Europe are most in demand and need kashrus certification, and many other practical and timely topics.

The conference in Brussels is just one of many conferences in Europe that have taken place in recent years, and proved to be extremely successful from both organizational and professional standpoints. The most learned personalities in the world of kashrus attend the conferences, thereby sharing their expertise with the other participants.

At the previous kashrus conference that was held in Hungary, the following rabbis made a lasting impression on the participants: the gaon Rabbi Yosef Efrati, shilta – head of the Beis Midrash L'Halacha B'Hityashvut Chaklait, and the gaon Rabbi Avraham Rubin, shlita – head of the "Mehadrin" kashrus network. The organizers of the upcoming conference promise that once again, a number of prominent rabbis from the world of kashrus will be in attendance.

In order to host the numerous participants of the conference, the "Crowne Plaza" hotel in Brussels will be koshered, as all of the lectures will take place at the hotel. The hotel is centrally located, near the offices of the Rabbinical Centre of Europe, and near the government buildings of the European Union in the heart of Brussels – the capital of Belgium, and of the European Union.

The registration secretary for the conference, Rabbi Mordechai Biton, said that in the last few weeks, ever since registration for the conference opened, many important rabbis and public figures have expressed an interest in attending the conference. In the coming days, registration will close, and the final preparations for the conferences and lectures will be made.

The Deputy Director-General of the Rabbinical Center of Europe, Rabbi Arye Goldberg, said, "Various companies have offered to sponsor the kashrus conference, and that made it possible to charge the participants a very minimal fee to cover the expenses of their stay in the hotel."