Customers claim Hebrew National isn’t kosher

Posted at 1:55 PM, Jun 19, 2012
and last updated 2012-06-19 13:55:15-04

MINNESOTA (WTVR) - The makers of Hebrew National hot dogs are being sued by customers who claim the product is not actually kosher,  as advertised.

The lawsuit alleges that ConAgra, the company that owns Hebrew National, knew that some of their plants were not processing meat in a kosher manner, and did nothing to remedy the problem.

According to Reuters, eleven individual consumers filed their complaint in May in Minnesota state court. ConAgra moved the case this month to a federal court in St. Paul.

The lawsuit alleges that a contractor hired by ConAgra, AES Services Inc, fell short of the standard required to label the food as kosher. The plaintiffs claim that ConAgra was made aware of this, and took no action. They say the company continued to charge premium prices for their products.

The plaintiffs are seeking unspecified damages and an injunction against further mislabeling, according to Reuters.

Kosher foods must adhere to a set of Jewish dietary laws. Among them, certain directions for how animals must be slaughtered.

Hebrew National has long used the slogan "we answer to a high authority," to promote its  kosher ties.