July 7, 2008

Duly Noted

We received many e-mails and phone calls with opinions on Agriprocessors. There were those that pretty much echoed the sentiments of the UFCW, Rabbi Maurice Allen and the Forward that the consumers should avoid meats from Agriprocessors because of the alleged charges against them. This was one e-mail: “We are what we eat. Unfair business practices or inappropriate business practices that violate halacha, dina malchusa dina, or even simple Jewish or secular business ethics does, at least on a spiritual level, have an affect.” On the flip side, another reader wrote: “I am sure that Agriprocessors will get its act together and improve dramatically on compliance issues. They are needed and should not be hung. No one stopped flying the airlines when they were found to be in non-compliance. Unfortunately in the Agriprocessors case, there is a much broader agenda, including embarrassing Orthodox Jews.”