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Brooklyn, NY, United States, 2013/11/11 - $1,000 awarded by Kashrus Magazine to the "Kosher Supervisor of the Year", Rabbi Favish Moster of OK Kosher Certification, at ceremony held at Kosherfest 25. Runner up-Yehoshua Levy of the Kashruth Council of Canada - KashrusMagazine.com.
KASHRUS Magazine, the Brooklyn-based periodical for the kosher consumer, has chosen Rabbi Favish Moster of Brooklyn, NY, as their 3rd annual “Kosher Supervisor (mashgiach) of the Year” and presented him with a check for $1,000. The presentation was made on day two of Kosherfest, the world’s largest trade show for the kosher industry, held at the Meadowlands Exposition Center, Secaucus, NJ, on October 29 & 30. KASHRUS Magazine’s December issue will feature a full interview with Rabbi Moster. Previous awardees were Gedalia Silverstein, Atlanta, GA (2011) and Moshe Stander, Boynton Beach, FL (2012).
Rabbi Moster has worked for OK Kosher Certification for nearly 15 years. He is the lead kosher supervisor at the New Jersey plant of International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF). He was chosen from among the nominees of the 1,253 kosher agencies worldwide.
Yehoshua Levy, 15 year veteran as a “route mashgiach” for the Kashruth Council of Canada (“COR”), was named as “runner up” for the award. It is the first time that a kosher supervisor outside the United States received recognition in this contest.
The sponsors of the “Kosher Supervisor of the Year” award were Diversified Communications, the producers of Kosherfest; Estihana Restaurant (Brooklyn, NY) and Chai-Ko-Tapas Restaurant (Teaneck, NJ). Rose Gourmet (Brooklyn, NY) provided a selection of their fine glatt kosher meat products to both the winner and the runner up of the award. These companies sponsored this award in appreciation of the services rendered by their own kosher supervisors.
Kosher is a $30 billion industry in the United States. Kosher food is sought after by Jewish/Moslem/Seventh Day Adventists, as well as vegetarians and those allergic to specific foods and ingredients. The kosher supervisor (mashgiach) is the vital link in the chain to ensure that food is kosher. He is the on-site person in charge of administering kosher standards in a particular restaurant or production facility.
When interviewed, Rabbi Moster modestly said,“This award should really be given to Rabbi Don Yoel Levy, who had the faith in my ability to assume this very important task to supervise a plant with 500 workers, producing thousands of flavors which go into kosher foods worldwide, and also to Rabbi Yitzchak Hanoka, my supervisor, who works very closely with me.”
“I am extremely impressed at the quality of the kosher supervisors recommended by the various kosher agencies,” said Rabbi Yosef Wikler, editor of KASHRUS Magazine. “That made it a real challenge to select this year’s awardee. We are confident that Rabbi Moster represents the finest qualities which kosher supervisors possess: responsibility, dedication, quick thinking, a positive attitude, and good interpersonal skills, plus the passion that a kosher supervisor needs to consistently maintain kosher standards. His innovations in tracking incoming ingredients, production, and outgoing products are indicative of his great contribution to the kosher industry.”
KASHRUS Magazine’s December/January issue (kashrusmagazine.com) will feature an interview with the “Mashgiach of the Year.”