The Orthodox Union (OU), the largest and most highly valued kosher certifier in the world, provides the coveted “stamp of approval” to qualifying kosher restaurants. Professor Timothy Lytton, in The Jewish Week’s March 16 article “Prime Battle Over Kosher Practices” commented on the significance of a restaurant’s attainment of OU certification. “When the OU supervises a restaurant, it has to be thinking about the trustworthiness of the person in charge.” Lytton also noted that “[i]f the OU leaves because it considers a restaurant unreliable, most other reputable certifiers will be wary.”
Timothy D. Lytton is a Distinguished University Professor and Professor of Law at Georgia State University College of Law and a member of the Center for Law, Health & Society. His research examines health and safety regulation with a focus on food policy. He is the author of Kosher: Private Regulation in the Age of Industrial Food (Harvard U. Press 2013) and is currently writing a book on the U.S. food safety system.