Plaintiffs allege Hebrew National’s hot dogs aren’t kosher
A class action lawsuit has been
filed against Hebrew National,
claiming its produce is not
100 percent kosher.
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Hebrew National, a manufacturer of kosher foods, has found itself in the midst of a lawsuit alleging that its produce is not 100 percent kosher.
The lawsuit has gained class action status as 11 customers filed suit in May. The plaintiffs allege that ConAgra Foods – the parent company of Hebrew National – has sold products, such as hot dogs, with the false claim of being completely kosher, according to Time Magazine.
Based on court papers, the meat processing and slaughtering procedures performed by ConAgra Foods have made the meat un-kosher. The plaintiffs claim that management at Hebrew National fired or transferred employees who complained about the non-kosher products.
In particular, the partner firm AER Services Inc. did not meet the requirements needed to classify the food as kosher, which includes slaughtering the animal in a ceremonial fashion and avoiding mixing the products with non-kosher foods such as shellfish or pork. The plaintiffs seek unspecified damages and a court order mandating the end of further mislabeling.
"This is an invisible fraud," Hart Robinovitch, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, told Reuters. "How does a consumer who thinks he is buying kosher meat really know he is buying kosher meat? It's a very, very difficult thing for a consumer to detect, unless someone investigates."
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