The Kashrut (kosher) Authority of Australia has announced on their Facebook page that Sanitarium products will no longer be recommended as kosher after 40 years of a “mutually respectful” relationship.
“Despite our combined extensive efforts, Sanitarium has regrettably informed us that it will no longer provide us with all of the relevant information and co-operation that we require in order to determine the kashrut status of its products,” wrote the Kashrut Authority on their Facebook page.
“For over 40 years there has been a mutually respectful and cooperative relationship with Sanitarium, that has enabled the provision of relevant information to our organisations to assist us to properly ascertain the kashrut status of its products and for kashrut approval to be granted.
”[Jewish law] says that in order to approve a product as kosher, we need to be able to independently assess the necessary [kosher] information and to visit a plant when required. Without this cooperation from the manufacturer, we are not able to provide approval for that company’s products.”
The Facebook statement said that effective immediately all Sanitarium products are no longer recommended by The Kashrut Authority or Kosher Australia.
“We strongly encourage consumers to contact Sanitarium to seek a change to its new policy. We remain hopeful that Sanitarium will respond favourably to the community demand,” they said. Many took to Facebook to comment on their disappointment.
Sanitarium has been contacted for comment.