Jewish Journal

Ex-Doheny Market owner being sued in kosher meat scandal


Posted on Apr. 9, 2013 at 8:21 am

Doheny Kosher Meat. Photo by Jonah Lowenfeld

Doheny Kosher Meat. Photo by Jonah Lowenfeld

Mike Engelman, who is suspected of selling non-kosher food from his Doheny Glatt Kosher Meat Market in Los Angeles, is being sued.

City News Service, a Los Angeles media outlet, reported Tuesday that at least two lawsuits have been filed in Los Angeles Superior Court for fraud, breach of contract, battery, and intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress.

Last month, the kosher certification of Engelman's store was revoked by the Rabbinical Council of California after Engelman was caught on video shot by a private investigator smuggling in meat of unknown origin into the store while the kosher supervisor was away.

Shlomo Rechnitz, a Los Angeles businessman, has purchased the store from Engelman and vowed to uphold stricter kosher standards.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture also is investigating the incident. The provenance of the meat Engelman is suspected to have smuggled is still unknown.

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