There has been a new development in the controversy surrounding the consumption of kosher fish this week. A new letter has been issued by Rav Elyashiv concerning his opinion about the consumption of fish with anisakis worm in the flesh. The letter states Rav Elyashiv’s unequivocal position that consuming the fish is a violation of a biblical prohibition.
There is something else in the letter, however, which is completely new. The letter states that there is an obligation upon each Rabbiand Roshei Yeshiva to promulgate and disseminate this information to their respective congregants. The letter also contains a post-script penned by Rav Feivel Cohen that he was present and verifies the accuracy and veracity of the letter.
The letter was obtained by Rav Feivel Cohen Shlita last week when he visited Rav Elyashiv after his operation. Rav Feivel suggested to Rav Elyashiv of the necessity of including the paragraph concerning the obligation to disseminate the information contained in the letter in order to counter the fact that numerous individuals were discounting the seriousness of the situation.
The letter is sharply worded against those authorities that permit the consumption of Anisakis infested fish. [...]