Troubled Agriprocessors appoints new CEO

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Troubled meatpacking company Agriprocessors has hired a New York attorney to be its new chief executive officer.

Bernard Feldman will take the helm of the nation's largest kosher meatpacking operation at a time when the company is fighting thousands of state charges alleging child labor law violations at its plant in Postville, Iowa.

Feldman specializes in the reorganization of companies.

A federal raid May 12 led to the arrest of 389 people on immigration charges. Company officials say Feldman's first task is restoring the plant to pre-May 12 production levels.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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