A former controller at an Iowa kosher meatpacking plant says former manager Sholom Rubashkin didn't want underage workers in the slaughterhouse.

Toby Bensasson testified Friday during Rubashkin's trial in Black Hawk County.

Rubashkin is charged with 83 counts of child labor violations.

Bensasson testified that the company would lose its insurance coverage if underage workers were found at the plant.

He says he once kicked out a girl who was under 18 after being alerted by a human resources employee. Bensasson says that when he told Rubashkin, Rubashkin responded by saying: "Very good. We can't have minors."

The trial resumed Friday after being delayed several days because Rubashkin was hospitalized with a skin infection on his arm and because of a Jewish holiday.

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