Consumers of Hebrew National meat products are suing its manufacturer, ConAgra Foods, for allegedly using non-kosher beef in the production of the brand's widely recognized comestibles.
In a complaint filed last month in Minnesota, eleven consumers collectively claim that ConAgra's meat processing services provider AER is not supplying ConAgra with strictly kosher meat. Additionally, employees who complained about the practice were either silenced or fired, and supervisors "did little or nothing" about it.
Failed Messiah has listed the extensive kosher violations allegedly made by AER. They include the selection of "unclean and unhealthy animals," and an improper method of slaughter.
The plaintiffs say ConAgra is knowingly mislabeling Hebrew National products with the "Triangle K" symbol in order to charge premium prices. They demand an unspecified amount in damages as well as an injunction to prevent ConAgra from continuing to use the kosher label.
A ConAgra rep refused to comment on the litigation, but said the company "stand[s] behind the quality of Hebrew National and its kosher status." AER similarly denied any malfeasance, calling the allegations "completely and utterly false."
Triangle K has released its own statement blasting the "outrageously false and defamatory allegations" made in the lawsuit, and threatening to countersue the "anonymous detractors."