Kosher Meat Prices Level off

Kosher meat prices, which reached an all-time high in New York during the recent federal meat price freeze, appear to have peaked, the Metropolitan New York Coordinating Council on Jewish Poverty, reported today.

Jerome M, Becker, coordinating council president, also reported that, in some instances, those prices have dropped slightly from their record high levels. Prices of kosher meat rose from 20 to 30 percent above pre-freeze prices during the freeze, which was lifted Sept. 10.

On Manhattan’s Lower East Side, however, prices were reported largely unchanged from their high point three weeks ago. Butchers in the Bronx reported a one cent a pound drop in all categories from the August peak prices, Becker said.

Sources in Kew Gardens in Queens, which has a large proportion of Orthodox Jews, said prices were holding steady at their August highs. Brooklyn butchers said that was true also in that borough. In Far Rockaway, in Queens, butchers reported a slight drop in the price of chicken and prices steady for kosher meats.

Butchers throughout the New York area said there was a plentiful supply of kosher meat for the High Holy Days but said they did not expect any sharp decline in prices from current high levels.

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