Railroad asks for rabbis help after tank car derailment

Posted: Friday, March 07, 2003

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) When a train derailed in northwestern Minnesota, the Canadian Pacific Railway called a rabbi for help.

A tank car in the Feb. 8 accident in Karlstad contained 185,000 pounds of kosher canola oil, and a rabbi was needed to help workers recover the load without violating Jewish dietary laws.

The rabbi was asked to certify as kosher a food-grade pump and hoses before a crew used them to transfer the oil into another kosher tank car.

The oil, which had been bound for a distributor on the West Coast, was then reprocessed.

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