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The Higher Authority called into question...

Good morning, Netizens...


First, a bit of case law:


The case is Wallace et al v. ConAgra Foods Inc, U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, No. 12-01354.


Now mind you, I have always wondered about the advertising for Hebrew National Hot Dog brand. I have always wondered whether they truly had a rabbi standing at the head of the manufacturing lines, sniffing/tasting the hot dogs coming down the line to make certain they are kosher. Well, apparently as reported last week by American Jewish World, a publication based in Minnesota, other people are questioning the veracity of the advertising too.


According to the complaint, Omaha, Nebraska-based ConAgra marks Hebrew National packages with a "Triangle K" symbol, and represents that the contents are kosher "as defined by the most stringent Jews who follow Orthodox Jewish law."


ConAgra has long used the slogan "we answer to a higher authority" to promote Hebrew National products. It is possible but I wonder if we haven't discovered the higher authority of which they have spoken. It is possible the higher authority is the gawdalmighty dollar, not God Almighty.


The plaintiffs are seeking unspecified damages and an injunction against further mislabeling. Their lawsuit 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. Requests for comment from the “Higher Authority” however went unanswered.



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