Re: Not so kosher butcher
- From: Harry Weiss <hjweiss@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 6 Sep 2006 21:35:44 +0000 (UTC)
cindys <cstein1@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
"Harry Weiss" <hjweiss@xxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
cindys <cstein1@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:remember
The potential for this type of problem exists anytime somebody buys
repackaged meat. This is not the first incident of this type as I recall
hearing about a similar episode which occurred several years ago (with a
different butcher I presume - his name was not publicized). I don't
Yorkthe details (except that it involved a shop or supermarket in the New
atCity area - possibly a supermarket that sold both kosher and treif), but
thethe time, there was discussion of the incident in Kashrus Magazine, and
originalbottom line message was: Don't buy repackaged meat!
I know a lot of people who will only buy meat that is still in its
describedpackage, and the reason is because of incidents such as the one(s)
come in boxesabove.
There are some chickens that are packed by the manufacturer, but most
filled with crushed ice and are packed by the butcher.required, even if
Red meat is usually cut, trimmed etc. by the local butcher.
The incident shows why more frequent (if not temdi) inspection is
the butcher is frum.-----
Agreed, and what I was saying is that I know people who will not buy meat
from a butcher for this very reason (that the butcher is taking chickens out
of large boxes and trimming meats, etc) but rather will purchase Empire
chicken and Rubashkin or other packaged meat in the local supermarket
because it is displayed in its original sealed package with the hechsher
(the way it was shipped from the producer). It's an unfortunate loss of
business for kosher butchers (the majority of whom are honest). My local
butcher does have available sealed bags and boxes of frozen Empire chicken
for people who prefer to buy it that way, but the beef is all open in the
case. I have been told that somer butchers in other cities will have
available sealed packages of beef directly from the manufacturer for those
who prefer to buy it that way (for whatever reason - in some cases, it's
simply because someone wants chassidishe shechita, and not because the
person distrusts the butcher).
I don't see what good it would do. Is it more likely to have a samll time crook that
About 15 or so years ago there was a larger chicken producer. (I cannot remember the
name, but they also specialized in things like Chicken Kiev.) They apparently had
two production facilities. One striclty kosher with the OU supervisors present, and
one secret location which was packaging trief chickens in packages identical to those
from the legit facility, with the OU etc. Somehow they got caught and this was a
big nationwide problem.
Harry J. Weiss
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