Activists Demand Kosher Food Company Drop "Exploitive" Distributor
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Midtown protesters called on a kosher food giant to stand up for the rights of immigrant workers on Tuesday.
Workers, rabbis and community leaders rallied in front of Apax headquarters, the company that owns Tnuva Food Industries.
They demanded Tnuva stop using Flaum Appetizing as its distributor because of what they call "sweatshop practices" that exploit immigrant workers.
"Tnuva needs to find a socially responsible distributor to service its supermarket customers in New York City, and that's not Flaum," said Brandworkers Executive Director Daniel Gross.
"As an Orthodox Jew, the food that I eat needs to be kosher, it needs to be ritually fit. But it also needs to be 'yosher,' ethically fit," said Uri L'Tzedek founder Ari Hart. "And what's happened at Flaum Appetizing and Kosher Company is not yosher, it's not ethical."
Flaum Appetizing denies any unlawful labor practices.