Being critical of a clearly unconstitutional practice that costs billions to consumers is NOT anti-semitic. Really if you think about it, supressing
any critism simply creates anti-semitism. Look at what secrecy and supression does for your own free and accepted beliefs. People don't like being
mislead or overcharged. Call it human nature, but why is pulling a hand out of your pocket an issue of hatred. The only one screaming hatred is the
guy with his hand in your pocket, that's why.
All ingredients must be charged fees...Right down to the very last lactic acid...
even a small time bakery in france isn't safe lol...
Are they trying to push it to new companies? Well, duh. Yeah they push it.
91% of buyers found new products or companies*
Ah but in the good old days before it was a multi billion dollar scam...
In fact, growing up in Boston in the seventies and early eighties, we did get quality kosher Mozzarella cheese made by Dragonies, which was priced
just like any non-kosher cheese. The only requirement for cheese to be kosher, besides just making sure that the ingredients are kosher, which is
easy, is for the manufacturer to be Jewish.
This guy doesn't think much of the scam either but I think he explains it pretty well...
Usually, a company must initially pay an annual fee for the use of a Jewish certification symbol, such as the "U" or "K." The company will then
pay an additional fee each time the rabbi or rabbis appear to conduct an "inspection". Thus, these fees must be paid repeatedly for the products
Companies which produce goods which use ingredients or components from other facilities which have already been blessed or "certified", must again
pay another Jew tax on their finished product. Needless to say, it is easy to see how many of the products purchased are taxed several times on their
way to the consumer, who ultimately must assume the burden of the product's rip-off inflated price. It has been indicated that many of the companies
who rely heavily on the symbols are paying as much as thirty percent of their profits...
Heres a few companies you may have heard of that have to pay what by many accounts would seem to be anti-semitism protection money.. no before you
look at this list, keep in mind this isn't anywhere near complete, just a few of the big ones. Also keep in mind this isn's listing the individual
products (all of which of course pay a seperate fee), their constiuent ingredients (each supplier of which of course pays a seperate fee), or their
subsidary companies (many of which, of course pay a seperate fee for the ingredients etc.).
Cracker Jack Foods Corp.
Dole Pineapple Packaged Foods Corp.
International Home Foods, Inc.
Kraft General Foods, Inc.
Best Foods International
CPC International, Inc.
Dannon Yogurt Dannon Company Inc.
Domino Sugar Corporation
French's Food Products Division Rickitt & Coleman Inc.
Procter and Gamble
Land O'Lakes INC.
here's some more...
American Home Foods
Chock Full O' Nuts
Dow Chemicals (I am sure this is really pertinent to deuteronomy)
McCormick & Co.
Sara Lee Bakery
Thomas J. Lipton Tea Co.
3M Corp (Kosher Scrub pads were in deuteronomy?)
You want more examples? sure thing...
Lawry's Foods, Inc.
Tasty Baking Co.
This is only a few I have listed...
Now shall I go on or are you going to realize this may be a widespread kind of thing here? Point is, you can't not buy them. Telling me to settle for
lesser quality product because I'm not Jewish, or don't want to pay for jewish fees is sickening and well frankly, racist. And a violation of 1st
ammendment as it is legislated and mandated by the government for the "profit making concerns" of a religous organization.
Here's a little recent news for you from a rabbi of all people...
Rabbi Sommers laughed through his bushy salt-and-pepper beard.
"I would like to put everyone at ease. From a Torah perspective, there is nothing wrong with making lots and lots of money,"...
That's why it's kosher to charge $8 for popcorn at movie theaters, or $150 for Google stock after buyers have a chance to read the "risk
The Torah and the Talmud demand complete honesty and disclosure in all business dealings, but they do not necessarily demand compassion...
So the Torah really is for tycoons. It doesn't expect players in competitive business arenas to be nice....
No big deal huh?
"More than $130 billion of packaged foods and $300 billion of ingredients produced in the U.S. are certified kosher."
All that and that isn't even beginning to address the smaller 'kosher' operations that are cropping up left and right, that isn't including the
competing Kosher organizations nor is it including such ridiculous operations of Kosher weddings, and other events from hotels to god know what. Also
it isn't including the international community. And yes, this moeny goes right into their pockets.
Here's a good description of your 'market' rebuttal...
How often have you read something like this?
Sigh, I wish it wasn't necessary, but I have encountered too many people who seem to believe that kosher certification results in higher prices,
when, in fact, due to increased sales, quite the opposite is true.
Did you fall for it? Do you really think that the fees that manufacturers pay to Jewish rabbis, in exchange for permission to stamp the hechsher (any
of the Kosher certification symbols) on food products makes the overall cost of making that product less?
You smell anything yet? I do, smells like a scam to me. It sure isn't on the level...
They even offer seminars for jewish folks to teach them how to 'get in on the money'...
Hey AMWAY offers seminars too lol...
Kosher pyramid scheme? Somebody has to be on top...
[edit on 1-11-2004 by twitchy]