Rising prices

South Florida style.

With the country’s largest processing plant in bankruptcy, local kosher butchers say they have less on their shelves and prices are going up.

“We don’t have the depth and the variety. And like now, I want to make stuffed cabbage, and I can’t get ground beef,” said Danny Wasserman, owner of Mary L’s in Lauderhill.

Agriprocessors Inc.’s kosher meatpacking plant in Iowa has struggled to survive since May, when immigration agents arrested almost 400 workers.

Local butchers are buying from smaller places that “don’t have the extensive range of product,” Wasserman said.

“It’s a big problem,” said Gil Ribak, owner of Aroma Kosher Market, in Cooper City.

I always knew there would be consequences from illegal immigrant crackdowns. The combination of bankruptcy and short supply of kosher meats just wasn’t something I was expecting.

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