This whole affair calls into question what kosher supervision truly is.
If a letter can be written from KAJ to Rubashkin on October 16, 2007 informing Rubashkin that KAJ has…
… decided to terminate supervision 6 months later because of:
…[T]he continuing difficulties which we have encountered over the last few years in our efforts to provide Kashrus supervision to your plants in Iowa and other locations in accordance with the standards we require…then one must question why KAJ, a) did not make this letter public then and, b) why it allowed its kosher symbol to remain on product for 6 months when that product may not be up to KAJ standards.
Nevertheless, the point is clear – Rubashkin is not kosher enough for KAJ.
Also interesting – and, I'm sure, unintended – is the date of termination specified by KAJ: April 16, 2008; 11 Nisan 5768.
11 Nisan is the birth date of the late Chabad-Lubavitch Rebbe, Menachem Mendel Schneerson. It is celebrated as a holiday (I kid you not) in Chabad. Rubashkin is, of course, a Chabadnik. He is also, I'm told, a messianist.
Here's the entire KAJ letter, courtesy of UOJ, who deserves a big kol hakavod for obtaining it:
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