Store closes after owner is caught buying non-kosher meat.
(VINnews and combined sources) The OK Kashrus agency has pulled its certification from Manalapan Kosher Chinese, located on Route 9 in Manalapan Township, New Jersey, and the store has officially closed its doors.
The concern began after the owner of the restaurant was videotaped at a store purchasing cases of non-kosher chicken and meat.
The video was sent to OK Kosher, who had been certifying the restaurant, and an investigation began.
Once the allegations surfaced, Elon Kornblum from the Facebook group Great Kosher Restaurant Foodies announced that the restaurant had told the OK that the non-kosher items were purchased for another store; however they have “consequently or incidentally” decided to close their store for good.
Later, the OK released a statement announcing they were officially removing their kosher certification from the restaurant, and confirmed that the restaurant is shutting down.
In addition, the OK is instructing anyone who may have purchased anything from the restaurant within the last six months to kasher any personal utensils that may have come in contact with the food.
The Jewish Learning Center in Manalapan held a program on Thursday evening, led by Rabbi David Rosenthal, entitled “Repentance and Moving Forward” in an effort to unite the community and address any and all issues related to this situation, including the laws of kashering.