According to attorney Chaim Stinger, Coca Cola, the Chief Rabbinate and Tel Aviv Rabbinate are deceiving the public regarding the hechsher granted to Coke Zero. The letter sent on behalf of Shmuel Jubani states Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger Shlita and Tel Aviv Chief Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau Shlita would like the public to believe all Coke products are kosher.
Being a stickler for kashrus, Jubani inspects what he brings into his home and he is a fan of Coke products. He explains that according to Israel’s kashrus laws, the Coke syrups brought into Israel must be sent to the Rabbanit for inspection and subsequent approval. Only then can a product receive the supervision of a local religious council.
According to Jubani, Coca Cola is permitted to curtail the process and it bypasses the Chief Rabbinate, yet receives the local religious council supervision even though the Chief Rabbinate does not inspect and approve its syrups. He is demanding that the Rabbinate and Coca Cola be compelled to advertise that the product receives a hechsher but does not comply with standard procedures as defined by the Chief Rabbinate.
The Marker, which reported on the legal action, reports the Chief Rabbinate reports the letter arrived on Pesach and as such, they have not had time to study the material. Coca Cola Israel is uninterested in responding.
The information available seems somewhat lacking, not explaining why the action only address Coke Zero and not other products. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)