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Rabbi Levertov blowtorching the plant in 2003.  Now it's closed due to health violations.
Rabbi Levertov blowtorching the plant in 2003. Now it's closed due to health violations.

Story 2.0: kosher plant closed for lack of cleanliness

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Last Friday, state agriculture agents shut down the kosher cheese plant in Ogdensburg. Agents seized more than 25,000 pounds of cheese deemed unfit for human consumption because of high bacteria levels. The agency is trying to find out where that cheese was sold. The plant was run by a California company, Ahava, which filed for bankruptcy. But it's owned by the city of Ogdensburg, after its former owner failed to pay water and sewer bills. The city wants to give the plant a new life, so it can save its 80 jobs and milk contracts for farmers. For our Story 2.0 series, David Sommerstein reports on the plant's history, and its future.

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