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.