Something’s Not Kosher: Jewish Market Under USDA Investigation Over Selling Non-Kosher Meat

220px-VengeanceIsMineIn Los Angeles, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has launched a rare investigation into the Doheny Glatt Kosher meat market after a council of rabbis withdrew his Kosher certification. The USDA is looking into allegations that the owner of Doheny, Michael Engelman, served meat that did not meet Jewish dietary standards. The investigation places the federal government in the awkward position of enforcing a religious practice. At issue is whether the meat was not adequately certified by rabbis. However, the tale has more turns than a Mike Hammer movie with a gumshoe, a mysterious rabbi, and boxes of meats carried out of car trunks and warehouses.

The controversy began after Eric Agaki, a private investigator, gave USDA officials surveillance recordings that he said showed market employees repacking meat containers. The facts of this whodunit however have to start earlier . . .

The gumshoe, Agaki, said that a local rabbi came to him to retain his services. Think of Mike Hammer but instead of a beautiful blonde walking to his office late one night, it is a Hasidic rabbi. It started something like this:

Mike Hammer: [narrating] It was one of those hot New York days… oh, not really hot – you drink a glass of water, wait a minute and it gushes out of your pours like Old Faithful in Yellowstone.

Mike Hammer: [narrating] It started out as one of those days when I thought I’d get a little office work done. For a week, I hadn’t been able to use my phone without cracking my nose on the top of the desk and then the door opened and there she was – a living ChinaHasidic doll.

The rabbi complained to the gumshoe that Doheny was selling meat at prices so low that it was “putting a lot of people out of business.” He wanted Agaki to investigate. Agaki knew he would have to be working in a different area from his usual hood:

Mike Hammer: [narrating] New YorkL.A., like any town, has a right side and a wrong side of the tracks… and if you cross ’em, and you don’t belong, suddenly your suit doesn’t fit, your necktie’s the wrong color and you wish you had your shoes shined that morning – things that you never cared about in your own bailiwick.

Agaki however took the job.

Mike Hammer: [narrating] They can’t all be big ones. For every one time an insurance company wants you to find stolen property, three worried parents want news of a son or daughter who stopped writing.

Agaki said that he videotaped Doheny workers picking up empty glatt kosher boxes from restaurants and then one of Engelman’s associates loading his car with repacked glatt kosher boxes at an unsupervised warehouse in Reseda.

Mike Hammer: [narrating] Somehow, in daylight, a nightclub warehouse always reminds me of a tired old woman relaxing without her makeup.

The gumshoe then followed the boxes and reportedly captured Engelman transferring the boxes at a McDonald’s.

Engelman’s supporters however smell a rat and insist that the rabbis moved against him because he was beating their friends in the market. Engelman suggested that he was set up. Agaki retorted “How can anybody set them up?. They did what they did. Nobody made them do it.”

If I was going to earn a bundle, I had the ball rolling, setting myself up as a target. They’d stampede if they were following me as close as I figured. It didn’t take long. The following morning they took the bait – hook, line and sinker.

What is left is like meat cuttings on the floor of an aging deli.

Mike Hammer: My old neighborhood hadn’t changed much since I was a kid. I guess that’s because there’s a limit to how old and dirty and decrepit any spot on Earth can become. I hadn’t been back in a long time and I wouldn’t have gone back when I did if it had been anybody else but Mama Dukas who sent for me but my love for good deli meats.

See ya in the funny papers, shlemiel.

Source: LA Times

34 thoughts on “Something’s Not Kosher: Jewish Market Under USDA Investigation Over Selling Non-Kosher Meat”

  1. Faeghih, I think you are jumping to a conclusion that is not supported, at least by most of the people on this blog.
    This is an issue of law, not of religon

  2. I could see how angry it makes the devout followers of a specific religious groups who care about their religion and dietary requirements. I read all the comments and the sympathy of lots of people given to this important issue in this story. However, please think in honestly if this story was about meat fraud in case of Zabiha (the Muslim slaughter- so similar to Kosher) what kinds of comments we would be reading in this page? starting with the words such as terrorist, gross people, people with no concerns about the animal decency in death, people who belong to stone age and many more insults, that would be out of uninformed mind. Next time you read something about the Muslim slaughter (Zabiha) do not be quick to join the band wagon condemning Muslims for wanting not to eat what is not permissible in their religious dietary laws. Please think and respect the rights of people for practicing according to their religious belief, Hindu, Muslim, Jew, or anything else. It is their belief system. I am glad to read so much support here for moral issue about Kosher and see that so many people are respectful about the moral concept of Kosher and are supportive of it, I just wished the same number of people would support their Muslim fellow citizen for the same reasons.

  3. Jews have a unique affinity for crafting laws as a recreaction. The new laws tend to create about as much chaos as thr problems they hope to address. However, Jews then set themselves up as lawyers in order to create income from the problems they created.

  4. Looks as if the link to Google images is no good. Simply go to Google Images and type in a search for contrails WW-II.

  5. RobinH:
    You make an occasional valid point, especially genetically modified food products, but you don’t do your points any good by adding antisemitism hyperbole and junk science into the mix. I don’t quite know how to break this to you, but there is no such thing as a chemtrail.

    Contrails have been around ever since hot airplane engines were able to make up into the troposphere. Jet engines are hotter than piston engines and throw out vastly more exhaust, so their contrails are more pronounced. A contrail is formed when the water vapor in engine exhaust condenses and freezes into tiny ice crystals. They are artificial clouds. Hydrocarbon-based fuel exhaust is a combination of carbon dioxide and water. Depending on atmospherics, a contrail can last from only a few seconds or minutes, up to a very long time. In the latter case, they can spread out and even join up with each other, as well as high cirrus or lenticular clouds.

    Here are pictures of contrails left by WW-II bombers and fighter planes. This is definitely NOT a new phenomenon:,or.r_qf.&bvm=bv.44770516,d.eWU&biw=1120&bih=501&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&ei=LcNeUbjRLZOE9QTv-4HwCg#um=1&hl=en&safe=off&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=contrails+ww-ii&oq=contrails+ww-ii&gs_l=img.12…19759.21286.8.23465.…0.0…1c.1.8.img.9vdv7HLYhw4&bav=on.2,or.r_qf.&bvm=bv.44770516,d.eWU&fp=19ff7ed2b3f9115d&biw=1120&bih=501

    As for chemtrails, they exist if you are counting the mix of carbon dioxide and water vapor ejected from hot engine exhaust. And by the way, some thin contrails are formed by wingtip vortices. Those occur when a heavily loaded aircraft passes through air of the right temperature and humidity to make visible the tiny tornadoes all airplane wingtips leave in their wake.

    Chemtrails in the sense conspiracy theorists use the term do not exist.

  6. these companies are owned by jewish kosher aka the elites who are out to destroy what is left of our rights and freedoms not to leave out their depopulation plans for humanity…

    After intense lobbying by Kraft Foods Global Inc. and Kemin Food Technologies, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), a division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), has agreed to reverse existing regulations that prohibit the use of three toxic meat preservatives.

    According to Courthouse News Service (CNS), sodium benzoate, sodium propionate, and benzoic acid will now be permissible for use in preserving and treating meat and poultry products, despite having been previously banned. FSIS has long been of the persuasion that major food corporations would attempt to use such additives to “conceal damage or inferiority in meat and poultry,” but the agency’s view has apparently changed.

    After Kraft submitted its own company-funded trials claiming that the three preservative chemicals are allegedly safe, and that they supposedly cannot be used to disguise sub par meat and poultry products, the USDA suddenly changed its mind about them. This is all according to its mouthpiece, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which made the announcement recently about the change.

  7. oh i left out to definitely research the company monsanto they are the main developers of genetically modified organics aka our food

  8. @ ralph adamo is it Mr Turleys fault that idiots like you believe in and follow sharia law? a law that is written and enforced by 2,000 yr old clerics who like little boys instead of women and will do anything to keep the religious from finding out? i’ve been reading Mr Turleys blog for years only post some times buit read it faithfully and everyone on this board save the brainwashed like you are overly fair in their assessments of all situations no matter how distasteful it is to them.

    now to set a little education upon you. exactly what makes pork unkosher? and please refrain from the bs quote of pigs playing in mud and eating crap. all animals do that. also do not come at me with the pour seven 7 up on it and watch the worms come out. fact is any and everything eaten today whether grown in your own yard or bought. is steroid produced and genetically modified.. what do you think the purpose of chemtrails is about? wait do you even know what a chemtrail is? if not i beseech you to go read the site http://www.natural news how about you start here

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