Mehadrin Kosher Poultry Salmonella Problem
Update 7-15-11 9:15 am CDT – Mehadrin passed its next test. Here are the more recent results, which again show a period of two failures in a row, follwed by a third acceptible test:
MVP Kosher Poultry, the parent company of Mehadin and Vineland (as exclusively reported here in January) also rehired 35 workers Mehadrin illegally fired and paid the workers for scheduled bathroom breaks Mehadrin withheld from them:
The chicken-packers downed tools after management declined to meet with them to discuss the cancelled breaks, which had "resulted in longer, grueling work shifts," according to the workers' lawyers, Arthur Read and Matthew Stark Rubin, of the nonprofit law firm Friends of Farmworkers Inc., Philadelphia, and paralegal Sol Maria Rivera.
The employer, Mehadrin Kosher Poultry LLC, later went out of business on the site. New operator MVP Kosher Foods agreed to the settlement, which ends the worker's complaint of unfair labor practices. MVP and its law firm didn't immediately respond to calls seeking comment.
As I exclusively reported in January, a Long Island businessman with no previous kosher slaughter experience purchased Vineland Kosher Poultry and Mehadrin Kosher Poultry.
Only Vineland's brand was purchased, though. Its production was shifted to the Mehadrin plant, which the businessman did purchase.
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[Hat Tip: Mobius.]