Rabbis to Form Task Force on Kosher Food
Responding to accusations of abuse of workers at the nation’s largest kosher slaughterhouse, an organization of Orthodox Jewish rabbis announced that it was forming a task force to devise Jewish principles and ethical guidelines on the kosher food industry and business in general. The group, the Rabbinical Council of America, said it would publish the results in a guide. Rabbi Asher Meir, an author and expert in Jewish business ethics, will lead the task force. The kosher industry has come under scrutiny since a May 12 raid at Agriprocessors in Postville, Iowa, resulted in the arrest of nearly 400 illegal immigrants in one of the nation’s largest such cases. State officials say dozens of under-age workers were employed there in violation of child labor laws.