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A footnote in this question states that the tongue is one of the parts of the animal which is given to Kohanim. This led me to wonder if a non-Kohein may purchase or eat tongue? I have seen tongue for sale at kosher butchers before.

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Possibly related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/25891 – msh210 Jul 31 '14 at 19:08
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The tongue has no inherent holiness. The Kohein may sell it or even give it as a gift to whomever he wants (even a non-Jew). (ShA YD 61:13)

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But does the kohen need to redeem it first? – Noach MiFrankfurt Jul 31 '14 at 20:43
@NoachmiFrankfurt I don't know what you mean by "redeem"; I said there is no inherent holiness. It's just property. Just like I own my laptop. I can sell it to you or not sell it to you or throw it out of my window. – Double AA Jul 31 '14 at 20:44
Yes, but does the shochet or butchery need permission from a kohen to sell, seeing as it is his property. – Noach MiFrankfurt Jul 31 '14 at 21:11
@NoachmiFrankfurt Obviously you can only sell something with the permission of the owners. Otherwise it's stealing! – Double AA Jul 31 '14 at 21:15
@NoachmiFrankfurt If seller has a Hashgacha worth its salt then it has ensured that there is no theft occurring. If you want to know upon which Halachik mechanism it relies you should ask the Hashgacha. – Double AA Jul 31 '14 at 21:24

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