When koshering meat, fowl, or liver, a sha'alah (question of Torah Law) should be asked of a qualified rabbi if any irregularity in the meat or fowl is noticed or if there has been a deviation in the usual koshering process. Never hesitate to ask a sha'alah even if somewhat similar situations have occurred previously, for each case is judged according to its own circumstances.

Consult the rabbi as soon as possible after first noticing the problem. If possible, bring the piece of meat or fowl to him. If one notices an irregularity on the fowl while it is whole, then it is preferable that the whole fowl should be brought to the rabbi.

Even if the irregularity is discovered after the meat or fowl has been koshered, whether by the butcher or at home, do not hesitate to consult a Rabbi. An oversight may have occurred. Ask the sha'alah before cooking the meat or fowl, in order to prevent complications.

Checklist for Abnormalities

As a general guideline, consult a qualified rabbi on any apparent abnormality in the meat or fowl. Some particular abnormalities include:

  • an unusual growth in the animal, or an extra, missing or deformed organ;
  • any broken or dislocated bones, or an unusual collection of blood in any organ, which may indicate some damage to the animal; any blood, pus, or discoloration around the end of the drumstick or around a wound;
  • any unusual coloring of any organ;
  • unusual softness of the tissues of any organ;
  • any foreign material (such as a stone or pin) found inside the animal.