Jewish leaders are criticizing layoffs at New York State's kosher law enforcement division that are a result of budget cuts.
The division's eight inspectors and an assistant were laid-off January 1. The cuts were implemented under former Governor David Paterson. Only the division's director is still employed.
The Orthodox Union's Rabbi Menachem Genack told The Wall Street Journal in Sunday's online edition that there is a need to protect the kosher consumer from potential fraud.
State Senator Carl Kruger says the "concern is real" for the large Orthodox Jewish community in his Brooklyn district.
The kosher division is under the state's Department of Agriculture and Markets.
Inspectors work to make sure grocery stores and restaurants properly disclose information on kosher certification.
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