Swedish city of Malmo working with community to resume kosher meat sales

Swedish city of Malmo working with community to resume kosher meat sales

Officials co-operating with local Jews following the sale of kosher meat for technical and safety reasons

Malmö Synagogue
Malmö Synagogue

 The City of Malmo in Sweden is working with the local Jewish community to resume the sale of kosher meat there following its suspension for technical and food safety reasons, city officials said.

The effort to resume kosher meat sales followed the Sept. 20 suspension ordered during a municipal inspection at the ICA Kvantum Malmborgs Limhamn shop, that had sold frozen kosher meat per an agreement with the leaders of Malmo’s Jewish community of several hundred people.

“We had to issue an immediate ban against letting the products out on the market,” municipal spokesperson Linn Johansson told JTA. The inspection revealed that the company Kosher Delikatesser Malmö AB, which according to the city is owned by the Jewish Community of Malmo, “has for several years been selling their meat via” ICA Kvantum despite not being “registered as a food business, which is against food regulations,” she said.

When the company “is not registered, the products are not traceable, which is an absolute demand according to food regulations in Sweden and the whole of EU,” added Johansson, who attributed  this to “food safety regulations.” Subsequently, the city’s departments division of food safety and hygiene suspended the sale of kosher meat at ICA Kvantum, she said.

The meat “is still in the store freezers and nothing has been confiscated or thrown away. We hope they can have their products back in the market soon. The collaboration between us has been good and constructive,” Johansson also said.

In an interview with JTA, a community spokesperson confirmed that constructive talks are taking place for a speedy resolution of the issue. “There was never a food hygiene concern, this is a bureaucratic issue that will soon be resolved,” he said.

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