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May 14, 2008 07:39 PM

Rubashkin Raid

Hi all,

If you haven't heard, Rubashkin down in Postville, Iowa was raided for its workers using fraudulent social security numbers. It may affect the availability of their products for a while.

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  1. Great, now stores have an excuse to raise the already higher meat prices, and don't hold your breath as to when they will lower them. A perfect example was when Brachs raised, "lecavod vom tov", their chicken prices for pesach and kept them at that level after pesach. Sigh.

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    1. re: MartyB

      Not only will prices go up, there is also apt to be a serious shortage in supply.

      1. re: Kosher Critic

        This could prove to be a doubly whammy for the kosher consumer as the general increase in food prices will certainly hit this segment too.

        This development cetainly illustrates the danger of market dominance by any one provider.

        1. re: Marcharlan

          > This development cetainly illustrates the danger of market dominance by any one provider.

          As we also saw with the pesach stick margarine disaster.

        2. re: Kosher Critic

          rubashkin put out a press release saying that there will be no shortage, and everything will still be running smoothly

          1. re: kiddush hopper

            And they've been so honest up to this point.

            1. re: Ploni

              Yes, they have been. Thank you for pointing that out.

              On the other hand, they are a business, and have to put forward the most optimistic forecast they can. Just because they hope and pray that they'll be able to maintain the supply doesn't mean it will happen. Meanwhile the price of cattle in the Midwest has dropped because Rubashkin hasn't been buying.

              1. re: zsero

                does anyone know where i can buy shmura matzoh now
                5/19/08 - 5/30.
                i will be in baltimore md. maybe i can even get it at a
                discount since its after passover
                please....any tel numbers of places there? thx

                1. re: zsero


                  You're correct, Agriprocessors is a big boon to the Iowa farming community, as well as that of all plains states. They really saved the town of Postville (a former babysitter in NoCal was th daughter of the woman who owned Postville Bakery- now the babysitter is the owner, and she told us stories of the death of the town and its resurrection in the very early '90s largely due to Agriprocessors, which had just started shechting there a year or 2 earlier). Now they sell neveila and hindquarters nonkosher in addition to their kosher production, which makes their continued operation even more valuable to the nonJews. Sure, they operate in the murky depths, but the meatpacking industry in general has always operated there.

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