Queens, NY – A photographer earlier today found Kosher Pork being sold at a supermarket in Sunnyside, Queens.
Philip Gourevitch of The New Yorker reports that Israeli artist Oded Hirsch snapped some cellphone pictures of pork spare ribs, pork cutlets, center-cut pork chops, all labeled in Hebrew “Sh’Chita K’shera Beit Yosef,” on the shelves of Associated Supermarket at 4407 Greenpoint Avenue, in Sunnyside, Queens.
Hirsch forward the pictures to Gourevitch who phoned Aris Duran, the supermarket manager, for an explanation.
“What are you saying?” Duran asked. “Pork cannot be kosher.” So he e-mailed him the photo. He called him right back, and said he was going to pull all the meat off the shelves. “It was a mistake,” he said, and a few seconds later he called back and left a message to say, “Thanks for alerting me.”
Gourevitch reports that he also called the Orthodox Union, whose voice-mail recording describes it as “the global leader in Kosher supervision and the world’s largest Jewish resource.” He pressed two for matters Kosher, and listened to another menu until he heard: “To report a product that may be mistakenly labelled, press four.” and was invited to leave a message for Howard Katzenstein, who called right back. He told him about the kosher pork for sale in Sunnyside. “If the price is right, I say go with it, right?” Katzenstein said, and giggled.
Hirsch, meanwhile, went back to the supermarket with a proper camera. By the time he got there, he found the meat department almost entirely purged of pork. “A pack of six workers were scanning the fridge frantically,” Hirsch reported.