This Shabbat we had a lot of guests. It was just wonderful! So many children running around, eating, making a mess. Different talks at the table...the men talking about...whatever lol and us women talking about our thing.
My sister, who was there, mentioned that she ate at a mashgiachs house one time and the topic turned into kashrut and hechsherim.
It left me numb.
From what everyone was saying, there are so many problems with checking that food is really kosher, that some Hassidic sects have resorted to not eating out. Other folks have decided to avoid meat! yet, others just try to rely on the fact (a leniency?) that no repercussions happens to someone who buys food with a good hechsher but that is not kosher.
Part of the problem is that many of the kitchen workers are not Jewish and so they simply don't know all the rules of kashrut, or that they don't really see the importance of it and so will violate an instruction secretly (i.e. knowing enough to know that the 'boss' shouldn't catch you giving garlic and onions cut with a fleishig knife to the dairy section -but not valuing that enough to not sneak and do it).
Personally, I would think that if kashrut is one of the basic BUT BASIC tenets of Judaism (the three main 'ya gotta do's' are kashrut, keeping Shabbat, and family purity) then why would kashrut be left to someone who doesn't value it? The response was: That's why they have mashgichim. As for the kitchen workers -its just too expensive to hire Jewish workers.
And then if there's a problem, its the women that needs to dress up yet even more tzeniusly? I worry.