By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for the Five Towns Jewish Times
Many have posed the question: Why can’t we have video cameras at the supplier dairies to make more food Cholov Yisroel? The feed could go straight to some office where Jews are standing and watching. It could be done throughout Israel and in a good many places in the United States Imagine the possibilities: Coffee anywhere, Hershey’s, Haagen Daas, Entemanns.
Not many people are aware of this, but New York City is filled with video cameras that have license plate readers. These readers are hooked up to a central computer system. Indeed, almost every police car in New York City is equipped with such a camera. It is only a matter of time when teh Kashrus agencies will go to the dairy suppliers of the companies under them and install cameras to make it Cholov Yisroel.
This author predicts that there will be an American kashrus agency that will start offering this service to the dairy suppliers of companies within the next two or three years. The issue, however, is a machlokes among recent Gedolei haPoskim. Dayan Yechezkel Roth Shlita (Emek HaTeshuvah IX #85) forbids it as does Rav Moshe Shternbuch (Teshuvos v’Hanhagos V #255). Rav Elyashiv zt”l (Nesiv HaChalav 3 p.29) and Rav Vosner zt”l (Journal Ohr Yisroel Tishrei 5772 Gilyon I p.29), however, both permit it.
There is a caveat that the monitor must always be watched. This is even according to the lenient view.
Those that are stringent and forbid it, do so for a number of reasons – among which is the fact that the tape can easily be forged. Another reason is that people do tend to slack off when no one is accountable. The main reason is that they understand that Chazal forbade the milk when the Jew was not physically present.
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