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The other day, a reporter contacted me at Agudath Israel of America—I serve as the Agudah’s public affairs director—about the Conservative movement’s planned offering of an “ethical seal” of approval for kosher foods, intended to assure consumers that labor, animal welfare, consumer rights, and environmental impact standards are being adhered to by the producer. Why, he asked, hasn’t the seal been endorsed by the Agudah?

I politely explained that, while anyone can pursue whatever “seal of approval” they wish, there are government regulations regarding the things the ethical certification would cover, and agencies charged with enforcing the rules.


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