Rabbi’s regulates bourekas shapes

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Burekas and pastries of all shapes (photo credit: Aaron Kalman/Times of Israel)

Jerusalem – Israel’s Chief Rabbinate has sent a letter to bakeries and makers of pastry throughout the nation mandating that the production of bourekas now conform to a new set of strict “shape” guidelines aimed at helping customers successfully navigate the selection process.

The regulations are meant to prevent customers from confusing dairy and nondairy products — needed for those who observe the Jewish dietary laws of kashrut, where meat and dairy are separatedy.

The TIMES OF ISRAEL (http://bit.ly/12m0Omd) reports that the Rabbinate’s letter also informs producers that failure to comply with the new guidelines might result in loss of kashrut certification.

A spokesman for the Rabbinate said that the guidelines are warranted because the risks of kashrut violations have been increased through the “creativeness” of bakers and the introduction of new fillings.

The spokesman said that representatives from Israel’s major bakeries were included in the process.

Photo Credits :Burekas and pastries of all shapes (photo credit: Aaron Kalman/Times of Israel

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