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Kosher Boom Helps Cheese Plant Add Jobs

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The growing popularity of kosher foods - among Jews and non-Jews - is helping a North Country cheese plant add jobs. Kosher cheesemaker Primo Foods opened last winter in its Ogdensburg factory with 45 employees. Manager Debbie Mullaly told the Ogdensburg Journal the plant is now up 75 workers, with plans to have 230 people on the payroll by the end of 2006.

The word 'kosher' refers to ways to produce, prepare, and eat food according to Jewish law. The plant itself also had to be kosherized before it opened. A delegation of rabbis came to Ogdensburg in November 2003 to accomplish the task. It includes an ambitious regimen of steaming, scouring, and blowtorching. David Sommerstein reports.

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