Agriprocessors and Beyond

The Forward has been at the leading edge of reporting on a now national story about kosher meat and the conditions in which it is produced. Much of what has appeared in the pages of The New York Times and Wall Street Journal on this topic began with a May 2006 exposé by the Forward’s Nathaniel Popper on the working conditions at the country’s largest kosher slaughterhouse, run by Agriprocessors.

Before this, Agriprocessors had been the target of an undercover investigation by the animal rights group PETA. Issues relating to the treatment of animals were explored further in a Forward investigation that looked at the method of slaughter practiced in South America known as shackle-and-hoist.

But it is questions about the treatment of workers that have rocked the industry. First, Conservative rabbis responded to the Forward’s reporting by visiting Agriprocessors and initiating a new program, known as Hekhsher Tzedek, that intends to monitor labor conditions at kosher production facilities. After that development, Agriprocessors was the subject of a massive immigration raid that drew national media attention.

Since the raid, the Forward has continued its groundbreaking reporting. An article in the Forward about the immigration and labor issues at Agriprocessors’s Brooklyn warehouse led to editorials in The Boston Globe and the Los Angeles Times. Most recently, the Forward took the story in a new direction by looking at working conditions at Agriprocessors’s long-time rival, Alle Processing, and the broader kosher industry. For a look at how this story developed, here are links to the Forward’s coverage of the kosher meat industry over the past several years.


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