Friday, April 22, 2016
Former Kosher Supervisor At Manischewitz Sues Over Pressure To Compromise Standards
A lawsuit was filed Wednesday in state court in New York by Rabbi Yaakov Horowitz who was a kosher supervisor for the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations ("OU") and who certified products of Manischewitz Co.-- a major producer of Passover foods-- for more than 20 years. As reported by NJ Advance Media and AP, the suit, filed just days before Passover, claims that Horowitz was forced to take a long leave of absence after complaining that he was being pressured by the OU to be more lax in his inspections of certain products. Horowitz claims that OU cooperated because it was afraid that Manischewitz would move to a different kosher certifying agency. Manischewitz denies the charges. The lawsuit seeks millions of dollars in damages for emotional distress and damage to reputation.