Kosher Butchers in Argentina
Kosher Butchers in Argentina
Photo: Reuters
Kosher Butchers in Argentina

Despite closed borders, Argentina to fly in rabbis to certify kosher meat

Argentina is the world's fifth-largest beef exporter and Israel is the No. 3 buyer of its famed cuts, snapping up over $100 million each year according to the head of Argentina's ABC meat export consortium

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Published: 05.21.20 , 19:09
Argentina, which has enforced one of the world's toughest travel bans against the coronavirus, plans to help charter a private flight to bring in rabbis from Israel to certify meat at the country's packing plants for kosher markets around the world.

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  • The trip is key to Argentina being able to maintain beef exports toa key buyer Israel, which has become increasingly important with exports stalled to the European Union and sharply down to major buyer China.
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    Kosher Butchers in Argentina
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    The global lockdown meant to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus has snarled this year's plans with borders closed and air travel paralyzed worldwide.
    "The only alternative has been to be able to try to arrange a charter in combination with Israeli clients, and supervised, authorized and coordinated by the governments," said Mario Ravettino, head of Argentina's ABC meat export consortium.
    Argentina is the world's fifth-largest beef exporter and Israel is the No. 3 buyer of its famed cuts, snapping up over $100 million each year, Ravettino said.
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    Kosher meat in Argentina
    (Photo: Reuters)
    The rabbis normally make the trip twice a year and stay for a few months, as many as 15 rabbis in plants at a time. They ensure the cattle are slaughtered and the meat processed in accordance with Jewish law.
    Lisandro Sabanés, an Argentine foreign ministry spokesman, confirmed the government was helping to make arrangements for the rabbis. He did not say when they would arrive.
    Argentina has banned commercial flights until September, allowing only citizens and residents to enter on special flights and has imposed a strict national quarantine.

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