Allegations of worker abuse at the nation’s biggest kosher slaughterhouse have some Jews demanding that food companies be judged not just by the purity of their products but by the way their treat their employees. The allegations came after an immigration raid a couple of months ago at Agriprocessors in Postville, Iowa.
”How can you sit at your table and eat a product packaged by a pregnant woman has been standing on her feet all day?” asked Rabbi Morris Allen of Minnesota. He is developing a certification program that aims to protect workers and the environment in the kosher industry.
The certification program is known as hekhsher tzedek, or certificate of righteousness. The hekhsher tzedek would be awarded to companies that pay fair wages, ensure workplace safety, follow government environmental rules and treat animals humanely, among other criteria.
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