By Lisa M. Keefe
“Friends, family and supporters of Agriprocessors and the Rubashkin family” are behind a new Web site, Agrifacts.info, which says it provides the general public with information about the company that allows the reader to decipher fact from fiction and encourages an educated opinion on the matter.
The home page says, “This site cites real people, real facts, and accurate information about Iowa’s Agriprocessors.”
In May, the Agriprocessors plant in Postville, Iowa was raided by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agents. Nearly 400 employees were detained as undocumented workers; most pleaded guilty to identity theft and fraud and are serving a short prison sentence before being deported. Several hundred more never returned to work after the raid. In August, the state of Iowa alleged several child labor law violations at the plant.
The company has since named a new CEO Bernard S. Feldman and hired a New York public relations firm.
Saying that the media has been “flexible with the facts” and the evidence has been “distorted,” the site promises to post testimonials from people who “live and work” in Postville.