The Kosher Meat Industry: Not Just One Bad Apple
- Last week, the Forward reported that Alle Processing, the largest kosher meat producer in the U.S., "was found by the National Labor Relations Board to have illegally intimidated its employees before a union election last fall."
- It was reported that 44 tons of rotting, unsold meat were removed from the grounds of Bridgewater Quality Meats, the producer of Solomon's Glatt Kosher. "It’s too bad (the meat) had to go to waste when there’s so many people that could have used it," said a city official. The owner of Solomon's later clarified that the 44 tons included packaging, not just meat, and that this meat would have been sold as pet food, not for human consumption.
- After announcing in November that it would increase chicken production by 50 percent, Empire said last week that it would raise non-holiday chicken production from about 225,000 birds per week to about 350,000 birds per week and peak production from more than 500,000 birds per week to almost 800,000 birds per week. Empire CEO Greg Rosenbaum said that "Empire's capacity will equal or exceed the combined production of Empire and its largest competitor prior to May 2008."
- Empire also announced that it would sell new product lines of organic and antibiotic-free chicken and turkey products.
- Costco is reportedly now testing out sales of glatt kosher beef from Empire in some New York stores.
Failed Messiah was a secondary source for some information in this post.