The Inquisitr website reports today (June 21, 2012) that a class-action lawsuit has been filed against ConAgra Foods Inc., alleging that its hot dogs and other meat products sold under the Hebrew National brand are not actually kosher.
In the lawsuit -- which was filed by eleven individual consumers in May in Dakota County District Court of Minnesota -- the plaintiffs claim that employees with AER, a watchdog of kosher slaughtering services, witnessed procedures at slaughterhouses that rendered the meat being processed unkosher.
"Hebrew National products are not made from 100 percent kosher beef as defined by the most stringent Jews who follow Orthodox Jewish Law," the lawsuit reads. It continues, "The food processing plants which Defendant purchases their meat from, including those in Dakota County Minnesota, fail to adhere to the kosher standards in numerous respects."
The plaintiffs are seeking unspecified damages and an injunction against further mislabeling. The suit additionally seeks class-action status for U.S. purchasers of Hebrew National products over the last four years, and alleges negligence and violations of state consumer fraud laws.