The Retail Kosher Meat Code Authority yesterday took steps to avert a city-wide strike threatened by more than 5,000 kosher meat retailers in protest against recent rises of from fifty to one hundred per cent in wholesale meat prices.
Acting on the complaint of butcher federation locals throughout the city that high wholesale prices, which reached an eight-year peak this week, have cut off the retailers’ profit and are threatening them with imminent ruin, the Code Authority launched an exhaustive investigation into the situation.
A shutdown of city-wide magnitude, David S. Andron, counsel to the Code Authority, explained, would completely deprive the kosher-buying public of its meat supply.
MEAT SUPPLY CURTAILED
The Code Authority, determined to prevent such a contingency if possible, prevailed upon butcher federation executives to postpone strike action pending completion of its investigation. A preliminary survey revealed that last summer’s drought, coupled with recent abnormal weather conditions, has curtailed the meat supply to the point where the demand has boosted prices to the present high levels.
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