Monsey Kosher Meat Scandal and G & G Pot Bust Updates – Forward Reports

Nathaniel Popper of the Forward reports:

The incident in Monsey also has brought to light the fact that for all the careful kosher supervision in the meat industry, many distributors — the middlemen in the food chain — are not required to secure the kosher supervision that must be maintained by stores and slaughterhouses. Rabbi Moshe Elefant, a kosher administrator at the Orthodox Union, said that while his organization had nothing to do with the situation in Monsey, the current incident could provoke all supervising agencies to begin requiring supervision of distributors.…

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… Federal agents finally raided the plant after seeing three men unloading the cargo container during business hours and placing the pottery-encased marijuana outside the fence surrounding G & G. The owner of G & G, Meir Grunbaum, said that he knew nothing of the problems until the raid.

“The truck came in the middle of the night, with nobody knowing about it,” Grunbaum said. He added that the two men who actually had been responsible for bringing the container onto the property had fled the country and were never arrested. According to Grunbaum, the two employees who were taken in were wrongly arrested, having done nothing more than obey orders to remove the contents of the cargo container from the G & G property.

“The federal agents were embarrassed to go away from here with no arrest, so they just made a false arrest, and that’s not right,” Grunbaum said.…

The G & G plant receives its kosher supervision from both the Orthodox Union and the Central Rabbinical Congress, a Brooklyn-based agency affiliated with the ultra-Orthodox Satmar sect. Neither supervisory agency had any comment on the busts.…

Lots more here.

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6 responses to “Monsey Kosher Meat Scandal and G & G Pot Bust Updates – Forward Reports

  1. Neo-Conservaguy

    Looks like the OU just expanded its supervision market; I can practically hear the money rolling toward them.

  2. Lawrence M. Reisman

    The issue of extending supervision to distributors is not new. In Chicago, the sole poultry distributor was found to be putting kosher plumbas on treif chickens. Since there is no other distributor in Chicago, and since none of the slaughterhouses (Empire, Vineland, Adas, Falls) wanted to deal with any alternative distribution option, the Chicago Rabbinical Council undertook to supervise the distributor. By the way, in such a situation, an accountant is more important than a mashgiach.

  3. D

    Another suggestion, eliminate the distributors. Get your Aarons/Mealmart/HN exclusively from a major supermarket who buys factory sealed product direct from the supplier.

    It is a well known principle in manufacturing that fewer steps means fewer opportunities for defects. Likewise, fewer hands means fewer opportunities for malfeasance. Also, given the large markets’ strong aversion to product adulteration and tampering you can be sure that the factory seals will be the original. Regular quality audits will see to that. Far-sight better than a lone mashgiach

  4. WHAT ARE THE NAMES AND ADDRESSES OF THESE SHEVACH DOGS?! LIVING WAY OUT OF TOWN, IT SEEMS TO ME THAT THE PRINCIPALS ARE BEING PROTECTED. THIS IS A CASE OF CERTAINTY, NOT RUMOR- A KOSHER ENRON! ON THE BASIS OF FRAUD, CRIMINAL CHARGES SHOULD BE FILED AGAINST THEM!
    TIME TO SUE ALSO!
    THE OWNERS OF SHEVACH AND THE “MASHGIACH” HAVE PERPETRATED A FRAUD THAT GOES TO THE HEART OF THE RELIGIOUS COMMUNITY. THE SPIRITUAL DISTRESS, BETRAYAL, PAIN, ETC. CAUSED BY THIS DIRECT ATTACK ON JUADISM SHOULDN’T GO UNANSWERED. PAIN AND SUFFERING?! IF I WERE AFFECTED I’D WANT TO BEAT THOSE BLOODY PIGS BLOODY.IF WE AS A SOCIETY SUE TOO MUCH HERE IS A SITUATION THAT DEMANDS IT. WHY SHOULD RELIGIOUS PEOPLE BE PUT THROUGH THE ANGUISH AND EXPENSE OF RE KASHERING AND IN MANY CASES REPURCHASING DISHES, POTS AND PANS,ETC. WHILE THE FRAUDSTERS GO AWAY SCOT FREE AND RICH?

  5. M. Gross

    This entire matter is a “chillul Hashem,(desecration of G-D’s name) of the greatest magnitude!!!Less talk and more action is needed! Find the perpetrators and bring the necessary action against .them

  6. joe

    do anyone know if the new process of needles in hatching chicken eggs what i saw at http://www.torayid.com is a problem of kashrus in all our chickens.

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