What Took The RCC So Long To Crack Down On Doheny Kosher Meats?

The Rabbinical Council of California (RCC) has been warned for years about the unkosher shenanigans at Doheny GKosher Meats and the RCC has always deliberately chosen to do nothing about it, just as they chose for years to ignore the unkosher shenanigans of Rabbi Aron Tendler.

Turning a blind eye to inconvenient truths is an RCC specialty.

What did the RCC get out of ignoring all evidence about the unkosher dealings at Doheny Meat? As one Orthodox rabbi told me, “They make money. They need the income to pay their salaries.”

This trick of a kosher shop labeling the less expensive non-kosher meat as kosher has been going on for centuries because the monetary rewards of cheating are so immense.

In 1997, attorney Baruch Cohen maneuvered the RCC into a make-peace meeting with LA’s top Torah scholar, Rabbi Yehuda Bukspan, who operates a competing kosher certification program. The RCC has been knee-capping Rabbi Bukspan’s operation for two decades.

At this 1997, Baruch Cohen brought to the RCC evidence of non-kosher meats being brought into kosher-certified stores (including Doheny Meats) where labels stating “RCC certified” were lying around and slapped on non-kosher meat.

I contacted Baruch Cohen today and he declined to comment.

The JEWISH JOURNAL reported Mar. 27:

The Rabbinical Council of California (RCC) abruptly revoked its certification from Doheny Glatt Kosher Meats on March 24, but the RCC, Los Angeles’s leading kosher oversight agency, had first heard about the distributor’s suspicious practices years earlier.

Eric Agaki, an investigator who had been independently monitoring Doheny’s warehouse on Pico Boulevard and another location in the San Fernando Valley for the past six months, told KTLA on Sunday that he had discovered the company was selling meat as Glatt Kosher that had not been certified as such.

In an interview with The Jewish Journal on Wednesday, Agaki said that so far, he could only prove the 53-year-old company had been selling its customers meat that was kosher, but not “glatt kosher,” a higher standard.

But Agaki said that he doubted the meat allegedly repackaged and sold by Doheny was kosher by any standard.

“We think that they were packed with treyf, just regular meat,” Agaki said.

Agaki captured video and physical evidence that he said showed Doheny’s owner was reusing boxes from Agri Star Meat and Poultry, a glatt kosher meat processor, packing them with non-glatt kosher-certified meat, and then resealing them with fraudulent tape and labels that said “Aaron’s Best,” an Agri Star brand.

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