It is shofar season around the world, but no place more than Eretz Yisrael. Many of the shofars manufactured and imported to Israel come from Tunisia and Morocco as well as other ‘Arab’ countries.
One of the shofar makers explains that in Islamic countries, many sheep are slaughtered for the Feast of the Sacrifice as each family member must slaughter a sheep. This results in a surplus of horns and many are turned into shofars.
The Badatz Eida Chareidis is on the lookout for imposters, and there are many! Badatz rabbonim add there are others concerns, such as the shofars that have been repaired with glue or holes plugged and so-forth.
At times it is virtually impossible to detect such repairs and that is why a shofar should have a hashgacha to verify its integrity from the beginning of the process until the sale.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)