Something Not Quite Kosher About ConAgra? Lawsuit Challenges Kosher Claim Of Hebrew National Dogs

ConAgra is facing a legal challenge over its claim that its popular Hebrew National hotdogs are kosher. Employees at the company’s third-party kosher certifier for ConAgra claim that they have witnessed serious breaches in kosher rules at the company’s meat plants.

Eleven consumers enlisted a Minnesota firm to bring the action for fraudulent mislabeling of food as kosher such as using the “Triangle K” on Hebrew National meats. One such violation is that animals for kosher meat cannot have dirty hides covered in mud, sand or stones. Moreover, the employees say that unhealthy animals are often slaughtered with the kosher certification company looking the other way.

The lawsuit clearly accuses the rabbinical oversight of the certifier as failing to properly monitor the process and hold the company to kosher standards. In that sense, it would seem an interesting variation of “agency capture” where government regulators become too identified with their regulated companies. Rabbi capture appears based on the same notions.

Source: CBS

48 thoughts on “Something Not Quite Kosher About ConAgra? Lawsuit Challenges Kosher Claim Of Hebrew National Dogs”

  1. @MikeSpindell – To be a Kosher dog, does a mohel have to cut off the tips of the dogs? Right on about HN being the best dog. And screw everything else, they do have to answer to a higher authority; my taste buds!

    @Idealist – Plumb, square and level is the way to go. My dad was considered a terrorist by the contractor who built our family’s home in 1963. My dad was a mechanical engineer, who would stop by the construction site several days a week, and leave a punch list for the builder to correct. When the house was sold a year ago, not one issue with the home (cracks, shifting, settling).

    1. junctionshamus,

      HN just knows how to make a good hotdog, for some the Kosher is merely the icing on the cake. No other Kosher hotdog that I’ve tasted compares to HN.

  2. idealist707 1, June 21, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    You’re not a carpenter, and neither am I. Ours was built by a pro. He came fussing because the house was not square.
    Kerstin shut him up with: “Most houses aren’t.”

    PS You should have not made it level, a certain drainage should be aided. Keeps the boards from drying out.
    There’s an optical illusion. It looks like it’s sloping off slightly to the back, but it isn’t.

  3. I used to buy organic, no-nitrites hot dogs from some farm in Oregon. They came frozen in a box, not terribly expensive. They were great! I haven’t seen that stuff on the East Coast but I’m sure it’s available somewhere.

  4. Hot dogs= CAFO meat, artificial flavors & colors, pink slime, meat glue, nitrates, msg, corn starch, HFCS, GMOs, salt water injections.

    hmm hmm good.

  5. Mike,

    “That’s the one part of your comment I disagree with. Hebrew National are the best tasting hot dogs.”

    That’s only because you haven’t had the hotdogs made from the beef raised by the fine folks at Snowy Creek Ranch. They’re twice as much, but do taste twice as good

    Hot dogs are weird for me, because even the really good ones just seem to be missing something.

  6. HotDog here. Sittin in for BarkinDog.
    They call me HotDog because I chase all the gal dogs. Not to be confused with HumpinDog who likes humanoid legs. I get to sing the Armour Hotdog Song, adapted for the dogpack, on dog birthdays. Here it is:

    Hot dogs, Armour Hot Dogs,
    What kind of dogs like Armour Hot Dogs?
    Fat dogs, skinny dogs, dogs who climb on rocks,
    All sorts of little dogs, even ones with Chicken pox,
    Like Hot Dog,
    Armour Hot Dogs,
    The dogs, real dogs, like,
    to bite!
    dunna dun uump.

    By the way, Kosher dog says he is partial to Armour Hot Dogs. I think that most of us are because that is the brand handed out at the dog birthday parties at the DWOPs events. DWOP, for the uninitiated, stands for Dogs With Out Papers. That is a group that helps us beat the system.

  7. Shano,

    You shock the hell out of me with the arsenic in chicken feed to get weight gain. Any limits?

    I’ve been a Omega 3 groupie for years. 20 to 1 is the usual American ratio between 6 and 3 accdg to the figures I have seen. I had no problem to holding it under 7 and ofter was down to 4 to 1 (6 to 3).

    Your political part was frightening too. It was the same on weed killers, except no effect on humans could be proven. Only livestock feeding on Roundup alfalfa. But now it is 2,4-D Agent Orange, which is a known carcubigeb since Vietnam days. How will that go?

    If most of the meat is contaminated with MRSA pathogens, how do we keep healthy. Cook well and don’t slick your fingers when preparing?

    Are you doing fish oil capsules or just eating more oily fish?

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