Passover Kosher Meat Scandal in Los Angeles Latest in String of Mishaps

Shocking Violations of Jewish Law Are Rare

By JTA

Published April 05, 2013.
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“The rabbi remembered the kosher butchers in the area don’t kill turkeys that size,” Pollak said. “We asked to see the invoices and saw the top was torn off, so the name was not available.”

Rabbi Menachem Genack, the CEO of the Orthodox Union’s Kosher Division, the largest kosher certifier in the world, said his organization was looking at new technology to help uphold dietary regulations.

“Over the last few months we’ve been talking to people about whether products at slaughterhouses can be given a unique label,” he said. “There is a specific scanner that will be able to check each number assigned to each piece of meat.”

The RCC said Doheny Market will reopen with new management and increased scrutiny over the next couple of days. But May cautioned that errors can occur even with the best practices in place.

“Greed exists in the world, so you always have the potential for it, and anyone can circumvent the system and make a little bit of money,” he said. “The system was very good and exceeded the national standard. But we had a human failure.”


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