The non religious faction in Bayit Yehudi known as בית משותף has decided to begin addressing the many complaints against mashgichim who simply are no-shows or absent themselves from restaurants for long periods of time.
These individuals have decided to establish a hotline number to permit consumers to report mashgichim who they feel are not doing their job. While the organizers promise all the complaints received will be turned over to the Ministry of Religious Services to address, they feel a need to act in light of the growing number of complaints, many addressing the expense surrounding the salary of a mashgiach. For some reason, many feel a mashgiach is not entitled to earn a livelihood. Whatever the case, the phone number is 052-873-6395.
While the concept has the potential of yielding positive results, the organizers do not appear to be motivated to improve kashrus, but rather to act as advocates for store owners against the state kashrus system.
The organizers speak of the mashgichim who try to compel a restaurant owner to pay them off the books to avoid taxes and other unpleasant businesses practices that should be stopped. Regarding unscrupulous mashgichim, all of the local rabbinates agree such practices should and must be halted. However, the Bayit Yehudi faction does not genuinely appear interested in improving kashrus, and this may result in a boomerang effect for the kosher consumer.
(Jerusalem Kosher News for YWN, Jerusalem)