When the pandemic first began I expected dramatic repercussions to kashrut certification. Being a novice in this area I had understood that certifying organizations would need to be physically present to inspect factories, check ingredients etc. When countries were in lock-down and even when those restrictions were lifted I don't imagine physical inspections were common or at times even possible. But I have not heard or read of any massive removal, even temporarily, of kashrut certifications. (How) has adequate inspection continued?
I have heard that inspections were being done virtually at times, but I have a hard time believing that trusting an employee of a factory to walk around with a tablet is the standard of kashrut certification most customers expect.
Moreover, if such a thing is acceptable could it not then become the new standard which would eliminate the need for travel and staff and perhaps thereby reducing the cost of certification to the producers? In the end I would like to understand how and why the pandemic has not had a perceptible impact on kashrut certification