March 16, 2009

Kosher Community Weathers Meat Shortages for Passover

New York…Fears of massive kosher meat shortages for Passover appear to have been premature, say kosher sources. In some areas, flanken may not be as available as in the past and there will be spot shortages of certain products here and there, but on balance there should be enough meat and poultry to go around, say the sources. With stepped up production by Empire Kosher Poultry and Agriprocessors, which is said to be slaughtering only poultry (20,000 a day), the market should be well supplied on poultry. Last week, the first minyan ever was held in Wellington (35 miles south of Wichita, Kansas) which is the home of A.D. Rosenblatt Glatt Kosher Meats, certified by the Chicago Rabbinical Council and the Orthodox Union. Due to high demand before the holiday, the plant stepped up production all week, which is why a minyan was organized for the Shabbos. With only one Jew on record in Wellington, students from the Mesifta of Dallas, 337 miles south in Dallas, drove to Wellington to complete the minyan, bringing along a Torah from Cong. Ohr Hatorah of Dallas. Meanwhile, price increases from ’08 varied around the country with the range being 5% in some markets and as much as 22% higher than in ’08 in other markets for meats, fish, and some kosher items.