The Vaad Hakashrus of the Five Towns Far Rockaway recently sent a letter to food establishments under their Hashgacha asking them to have cameras installed in their stores. Multiple Hashgacha agencies that YWN spoke with say that following recent unfortunate incidents (Johannesburg, Passaic), this idea may soon be followed by other Hashgachos.
“It’s 2018, the cost of cameras are minimal, and there is no reason why this level of Kosher comfort isn’t added if the technology is easily available”, one leading Kashrus expert told YWN.
The following is the letter sent to store owners:
As you know, The Vaad Hakashrus Five Towns Far Rockaway prides itself on maintaining the highest standard possible of Kashrus adherence. Technology in the 21st century allows us to pair together with you, the proprietor, for the benefit of the entire community which we serve. Specifically, camera log-in access allows us to constantly monitor and view important Kashrus issues on site when necessary.
In the past we have requested but refrained from placing consequences on establishments that were not in compliance with our camera guidelines. Due to recent developments in the world of Kashrus, particularly the recent occurrence in Johannesburg, we are now determined to complete this project with total compliance in order to raise the level of Kashrus adherence.
All establishments must be equipped with cameras satisfying the needs of The Vaad Hakashrus by no later than June 29, 2018. These cameras:
1. Must be able to be viewed from mobile devices
2. Must include play back feature of a minimum of ten days which must also be viewed from mobile devices.
3. Be placed in all access points for entrance and exit to the establishment as well as all food production areas.
We expect that all will adhere to this directive as any establishment which does not comply, will unfortunately forfeit their supervision.
No devices should be installed without prior direction from The Vaad Hakashrus. We do not wish to cause any extra expenses to any establishment if we find that the system installed is not up to par. Our staff will be available to guide you through this process.
If you have already complied with these requirements, please reply to the e-mail stating that you have provided camera access with for a mobile device with playback.
Thanking you in advance for your cooperation and wishing you continued Bracha and Hatzlacha.
(YWN World Headquarters – NYC)