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Poland Bans Kosher Meat Production

Poland's parliament has banned the production of kosher and halal meat - and the country's Jewish community says the decision is outrageous. Polish meat producers are also disappointed. Poland is the EU's largest exporter of kosher and halal meat - but the country's constitutional court and parliament decided that the method of slaughter is illegal.

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Jews and Muslims in Poland consider the ban an affront to their religion, and they're trying to find a legal loophole that will allow meat production to continue. Poland's chief rabbi has threatened to resign unless the ban is lifted. The move by parliament caught many abattoir owners by surprise. They believed that the law would never make it through the legislature.