Machane Yehuda- Yehuda Chamutzim Nabbed!

Kashrus Alert – Tuesday, May 05, 2009
11 Iyar 5769

Yehuda Chamutzim
8 Machane Yehuda Street –
Shuk Machane Yehuda, Jerusalem –
Yehuda Ochaiyon – 050-552-7216

While the Chief Rabbinate Fraud Division update number 016 dated today contains the following item, I feel the urgency of reporting it now, since the translated update may not be posted to the list for a day or two, depending when I have the time to work on it. 

Our friend Yehuda Chamutzim from the last Shuk report has been apprehended.

Veterinary inspectors have caught him selling tainted chickens believed from PA (Palestinian Authority) controlled Ramallah. If you recall, in my report ( I cited the chickens he sells do not exhibit any markings to show they are kosher, which is not the case with any of the stores that sell kosher chickens.

The report also cites the photos which I have displayed in the past, and do so again, with Yehuda Ochaiyon displaying signs with symbols from premier kosher agencies including Rav Landau of Bnei Brak, while in essence; the store lacks the most basic of supervisions.


Yehuda Chamutzim - Strauss Store Sign

Yehuda Chamutzim canopy

Yehuda Chamutzim canopy

Yehuda Chamutzim - sign showing Beit Yosef & Rav Landau symbols - Not a kosher certification at all!

Yehuda Chamutzim - sign showing Beit Yosef & Rav Landau symbols - Not a kosher certification at all!

He was apprehended bringing chickens from an “unknown source” and they were not properly refrigerated.

Police statements to Jerusalem Magistrates Court Justice Shimon Feinberg indicate the suspect was apprehended in tainted chickens in his vehicle, which are believed to originate in the Ramallah. This is not the first time he has been apprehended. The investigation against Yehuda Chamutzim continues.

To my profound dismay, I checked tonight, Tuesday, at about 8:30pm, less than 30 minutes ago, and he is still in business and his label-less chickens are for sale, out on display for all to buy.

Some of his sales people are also clad in large black felt yarmulkes, which by now you should understand is meaningless too unfortunately.



  • David Ziants
    May 5, 2009 - 21:55 | Permalink

    This article is important and draws attention to the real need to look for a proper valid hechsher on an establishment before buying something.

    Although I am not in the habit of forwarding many articles of this nature, in this case I made it my business to send it to my local Internet bulletin board.

  • Shy Guy
    May 6, 2009 - 14:13 | Permalink

    Kashrut violation and fraud incidents should be easier to prosecute, with more severe penalties. Crime should not pay.

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