Messages circulating on social media allege that a Crown Heights store sold a Kapota with Shatnez [linen] in the collar, a claim which store says is a mistake and that there never once was Shatnez found in their garments.
A “Shatnez Lab” in Monesy, New York purportedly found Shatnez – linen canvas – in the collar of a wool Kapota that was purchased from Primo Hatters in Crown Heights. The lab prepared a message to be circulated on social media, and has quickly spread.
Mendy Sacho, owner of Satoria Sacho and Primo Sacho, vehemently denied the allegation and says that the Monsey lab has made a mistake.
“We did not take this accusation lightly, we took this very same Kapota to our local Crown Heights Shatnez tester along with around ten others from the same run to be checked and they all came back Kosher” said Sacho. He added that they do their own random checking out of each batch that they import and they have never found Shatnez.
“We checked this same Kaptoa repeatedly and the only conclusion is that [the Monsey] has made a mistake.”
In a message to customers Sacho said “we continue to offer that if you do find Shatnez in any garment purchased [by us] we will replace it or have it removed – at no cost to you.”
Sacho added that one should never wear any garment without having it checked, even if it’s purchased from a Jewish seller. He also noted that added Shatnez [linen] to any garment is expensive and typically rare to find.
Numerous attempts to reach Monsey Shatnez Lab for comment were unsuccessful and multiple voice messages have not been returned as of publication.