Israel says pork can only be imported if it’s kosher LOL

The Economy Ministry has quietly amended its regulations on pork and lard imports, impossibly conditioning their entry into Israel on a kosher certification.

Since the products are decisively forbidden by Jewish dietary restrictions, the move effectively bans the imports of pork products to the Jewish state.

The revised regulations, published Wednesday, refer to pork belly, intestines, and edible lards made from pork by-products. Alongside the listing of the products, the ministry added a new requirement: kosher certification.

Though the import of non-kosher meats has been banned in Israel since 1994, exceptions were previously made for pork parts, sausages, lard, seafood, and several other items, according to Channel 12.

The change of regulations was condemned on Saturday by Blue and White MK Yair Lapid.

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