Kosher Meat Saved in England
Retailers in the UK will not be forced to label kosher meat after a bill proposed by a member Parliament was voted down.
World Jewish Congress
Retailers in the UK will not be forced to label halal and kosher meat after a bill proposed by a member of the House of Commons was narrowly voted down.
Philip Davies, a Conservative member of Parliament, wanted to make it compulsory for all such meat products to carry a label saying 'Killed without stunning' to stop consumers buying the meat "without their knowledge," he said.
In the debate, Davies argued that kosher and halal meat was being "forced upon" non-religious shoppers.
However the bill was rejected after a first reading by 73 votes to 70.
The Labor Party MP Gerald Kaufman spoke out against compulsory labelling, saying: "I am an Orthodox Jew and I was brought up in a household where only kosher meat was eaten. I do not believe for a moment that Philip Davies has the tiniest anti-Semitic feeling in him. However, large numbers of Jews would be very greatly distressed if what he proposes were to become law."