OU KOSHER ISRAEL STATEMENT ON LA CUISINE RESTAURANT IN JERUSALEM
Two days before Pesach 5773 OU Israel ceased to kosher certify the La Cuisine restaurant in Jerusalem. This occurred when the restaurant declined to properly clean its equipment in preparation for pre-Pesach koshering.
By mutual consent, the OU and La Cuisine agreed that the restaurant would not continue under OU certification. This, of course, necessitated informing the public that OU supervision and standards were no longer in place at the restaurant.
We regret that because of the limitations of time, Erev Pesach, and the fact that it was impossible to put a notice in the paper, the alternative left to us for advising the consumer of the new development was the posting of signs. This action was not intended to be punitive or to hurt the restaurant, but was generated by our responsibility to inform the consumer.
We also affirm that the OU’s mashgiach at La Cuisine is an individual of integrity with a reputation of professionalism and courtesy over many years in a variety of foodservice settings.
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