Sep 23, 2009

Standards for Magen Tzedek Released


Standards For The Magen Tzedek

Released by the Hekhsher Tzedek Commission


The revised Standards for the Magen Tzedek Service Mark have been released.  Click here for the press release and here for the standards. There is a period for public comment on the standards and we would appreciate your feedback.  Email comments to prior to December 9.  For more information about Magen Tzedek click here


In this week's Forward, Nathaniel Popper's article entitled, "New Kosher Food Certification May Be Most Detailed In the Industry" about Magen Tzedek describes most favorably the work of the Hekhsher Tzedek Commission.  The article quotes Scott Exo, director of the Food Alliance, discussing the impressive breadth of the Heksher Tzedek Certification which bills itself as the "most comprehensive third-party certification for the production, processing, and distribution of sustainable food." The article notes that the Magen Tzedek targets products with hashgahah "is in addition to, not instead of, the kosher hekhsher mark.  You may remember that Propper first wrote about Postville in the Forward several years ago.


As you know, there have been several postings on RA-News updating you on the Magen Tzedek project and the work of the Hekhsher Tzedek Commission.  Two weeks ago, we sent out a letter asking for funds so that we may bring the Magen Tzedek seal to market. As an Assembly we are thrilled that this initiative of such importance has made such progress. Our colleagues continue to respond enthusiastically and we are receiving pledges and contributions from dozens of colleagues and we hope to add you to the list.  If you have not made a pledge, please contact either Jeff Wohlberg (202-362-4433) Julie Schonfeld, or Jan Kaufman and make your pledge today.  You can also reach Julie or Jan at the phone number below.   If you have made a pledge, we thank you very much and ask you to send your contribution to the RA office. 

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