Metzger's decision has great implications for meat importers, who rushed to stop all sales after hearing it, according to him.
In the debate held at the Chief Rabbinate of Israel, Metzger mentioned that the original permit to sell non-koshered meat – or meat that is not salted in order to remove all traces of blood – was given for the benefit of non-Jewish consumers in order to cut costs.
Therefore Metzger ordered a complete halt in sales to supermarkets and other food chains. He did not, however, ban the importation of non-kosher meat. The rabbi hopes that in this way the meat will end up only in stores that service non-Jewish clients.
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