"There was a reason the Federation went to Ireland [for its beef]. One of the advertised features of its mehadrin meat is that it is shechita munachat, which means the animal was slaughtered on its back" – like at Agriprocessors, in a rotating pen that (unintentionally) causes animals to die slower and suffer more than necessary. Shechita menuchat, "favored" by Israel's haredi-controlled state Chief Rabbinate rabbinate, "has been outlawed in Britain for nearly 30 years." Instead, cattle animals are slaughtered in humane upright pens similar or the same as the ASPCA pens used in America.
The JC reports:
…[T]he Federation of Synagogues broke ranks and launched its new "mehadrin" range. The London Board for Shechita, the main kosher meat supervisory body for the capital, fumed. And while there may have been no clashes in the abattoirs, talks between the two which began before Pesach have so far produced no agreement.
Behind the latest ruckus is the Federation's ambition to expand among the growing Orthodox communities of north-west London. The Federation believes mehadrin meat - which requires stricter supervision - will appeal to a more observant clientele and help it to recruit new congregations. Federation president Andrew Cohen, in a letter to his council in March, saw his target as "those that see their home not with the US [United Synagogue] or the Union [of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations] in Stamford Hill but somewhere between".
The Federation has made no secret of its plan to make the new mehadrin brand a cheaper alternative to Kedassia, the kashrut arm of the Charedi Union.It wanted the LBS - a consortium jointly run by the Federation, US and Spanish and Portuguese Jews' Congregation - to endorse the new venture.
But the LBS argued that a new mehadrin label would undercut its own higher-grade kosher offerings (glatt and chalak bet Yosef) and it was unhappy about trying to poach business from Kedassia. Instead, the LBS suggested repackaging its existing glatt and chalak bet Yosef ranges as mehadrin. For those more particular about their chicken, LBS already offers a super-kosher poultry option called oif mehadrin.
So the Federation launched mehadrin on its own.…
There was a reason the Federation went to Ireland [for its beef]. One of the advertised features of its mehadrin meat is that it is shechita menuchat, which means the animal was slaughtered on its back. This method, favoured by the Israeli rabbinate for example, has been outlawed in Britain for nearly 30 years, where animals are killed in an upright pen. But if the EU were to rule that only meat produced from an upright pen could be sold in Europe, that would cause problems.…