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Slaughterhouse problems create kosher meat shortage for Jewish diets


NEW YORK (RNS) Kosher meat is getting more expensive and harder to find, due to production stoppages at three of America’s largest kosher slaughterhouses.

The Iowa and Nebraska slaughterhouses owned by Agriprocessors suspended production last month as the company struggles to survive foreclosure proceedings and charges of employing thousands of underage and illegal workers at its headquarters in Postville, Iowa.

 Agriprocessors produces more than half the kosher meat sold in America, under the labels Aaron’s Best, Rubashkin and Supreme Kosher.

Due to an unrelated fire, North Star Beef, a Minnesota-based company that sells meat under the Alle label, also suspended operations for several weeks.