Right of Reply – the kosher labelling submission
The ECAJ/ORA submission does not purport to contain a complete proposal for an alternative system to the present regime of self-regulation. On the contrary, the final paragraph suggests that if a fair and workable regulatory system cannot be devised then “the Jewish community considers that it would be better served by maintaining the present self-regulating system”.
By definition, any regulatory regime will limit competition. Even the present self-regulating system imposes such limits. So I think it’s quite unfair to impute improper motives to those who are seeking to find a way to provide assurance to the Australian kosher consumer that a product labelled “kosher” is indeed kosher. The present self-regulating system provides no such assurance. Maybe self-regulation is the lesser of evils. But if, in the future, a notorious case should occur in which a large number of kosher consumers have been duped by false labelling, and our community is unable to achieve a consensus on the details of a regulatory system to prevent a recurrence, Food Standards Australia may feel compelled to step in to fill the vacuum. And I sincerely doubt that Galus Australis readers would be satisfied with the result.