You Can’t Have A Kosher Turkey This Thanksgiving!

Published on November 21st, 2008 | by

[social_buttons]Are you looking for a Kosher turkey this year?

Many interested in organic food are, since Kosher Turkeys are required by Jewish law to be slaughtered in a particular fashion designed to be humane. Sarah Palin’sTurkey video has just increased awareness of the issue this year!

They are also often organic by default, that is raised without pesticides, growth hormones, etc…. and, of course, are considered exceptionally tasty.

I heard this story on NPR’s Marketplace this morning..”There’s a shortage of kosher turkey and beef thanks to the closing of supplier Agriprocessors, which had provided much of the country’s kosher meat…” and immediately wondered how our Thanksgiving would turn out since, the friends with whom we hope to share the holiday meal swear by these birds.

Agriprocessors halted production earlier this week and then closed its doors. The company that supplies an estimated 40% of the country’s kosher turkeys has found it self in well, if not the oven, in hot water!

Agriprocessors was the site of a May immigration raid in which 389 workers were arrested. Plant managers later were charged with violating child labor laws, wage and hour regulations and safety rules.

.. the target of a massive federal immigration (investigation) in May… in recent weeks its troubles have multiplied, leading to a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing on Nov. 4.

Several companies have filed lawsuits against Agriprocessors (including) First Bank. The former Postville plant manager, Sholom Rubashkin, was arrested twice and is now being held in federal custody on multiple charges.

Rubashkin, the son of the company owner Aaron Rubashkin, stands accused of helping illegal employees procure fake work documents and orchestrating an accounting scheme that permitted the company to borrow more money than it had collateral to cover. If convicted, Rubashkin faces more than 50 years in jail.

While manufacturers of both kosher and organic turkeys have rushed in to fill the production gap, but it’s likely that in many households, it will be a vegetarian (or at least not kosher) Thanksgiving this year and not by choice!

BTW- It seems Agriprocessors wasn’t such a sterling name in humane slaughter anyway!

Photo Credit: Bucklava at Flickr Under Creative Commons License


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  • Even if Agriprocessors were still in business, the meat they were producing was not up to kosher standards at all, even though they advertised it as such. Undercover investigations have shown that they do not follow the kosher guidelines, and extremely cruel and disgusting practices. http://www.goveg.com/feat/agriprocessors/

  • Even if Agriprocessors were still in business, the meat they were producing was not up to kosher standards at all, even though they advertised it as such. Undercover investigations have shown that they do not follow the kosher guidelines, and extremely cruel and disgusting practices. http://www.goveg.com/feat/agriprocessors/

  • Soak Loat

    What’s the point of this article, and what does it have to do with the environment?

  • Soak Loat

    What’s the point of this article, and what does it have to do with the environment?

  • Bret Goldstein

    As Megan mentions above, “Kosher turkey”s were already suspect. It’s a bit arrogant of you to say that “many households” will be forgoing Turkeys because of this, Kosher Jews are less than 1% of the population. I wouldn’t say that constitutes “many households” …

  • Bret Goldstein

    As Megan mentions above, “Kosher turkey”s were already suspect. It’s a bit arrogant of you to say that “many households” will be forgoing Turkeys because of this, Kosher Jews are less than 1% of the population. I wouldn’t say that constitutes “many households” …

  • Hi Brett and Soak,

    I don’t mean to be arrogant 🙁

    I was referring to the many households that buy kosher food because of the taste and the humane slaughter requirements (though unfortunately it seems that’s not always true.)

    On this blog we cover “…economic, social, and environmental challenges…” We interpret that to mean those issue which our audience is interested in which means often social issues, organic and humanely raised food.

  • Hi Brett and Soak,

    I don’t mean to be arrogant 🙁

    I was referring to the many households that buy kosher food because of the taste and the humane slaughter requirements (though unfortunately it seems that’s not always true.)

    On this blog we cover “…economic, social, and environmental challenges…” We interpret that to mean those issue which our audience is interested in which means often social issues, organic and humanely raised food.

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