Los Angeles – The U.S. Department of Agriculture has launched an investigation into the Doheny Glatt Kosher meat market as controversy brews over the integrity of products sold there.
The owner of Doheny faces accusations of selling meat that was not properly certified under kosher rules. Last week, local rabbonim pulled Doheny’s hashgacha and, in a statement Friday, raised the possibility of “legal action,” a recourse to secular courts that would be rare.
Tuesday, the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service confirmed that the Doheny market is under investigation. Officials declined to provide additional details because the investigation is ongoing.
Eric Agaki, a private investigator whose video recordings ignited the kosher meat controversy, said he met with USDA investigators March 25 and gave them materials he had collected during his own investigation. Though the exact nature of the USDA’s investigation was not clear, Agaki said investigators told him that USDA boxes are not supposed to be repacked. Read more here.