A lawsuit brought against Hebrew National Hot Dogs alleging that the hot dogs are not 100% kosher was dismissed because the Judicial System does not interfere in cases involving issues of faith. The allegation stated that Hebrew National did not inspect and clean the animals and meat used in their hot dogs.
Judge dismisses kosher challenge
MINNEAPOLIS, Feb. 5 (UPI) — A federal judge in Minneapolis ruled Hebrew National should not face claims that its hot dogs are not 100 percent kosher, court officials said.
Courthouse News Service said Melvin Wallace led the federal class action and argued that ConAgra Foods did not inspect and clean the animals and meat used in the Hebrew National products to ensure the food is kosher.
U.S. District Court Judge Donovan Frank dismissed the case last week, agreeing with ConAgra that the establishment and free exercise clauses of the First Amendment prohibit the claims.
“Supreme Court precedent has firmly established the principal that civil courts may not be called upon to interpret doctrinal matters or tenets of faith,” Frank wrote.
But Frank did say in the ruling that he found the claims concerning.
“The court recognizes that its decision likely leaves consumers without a remedy — save opting not to purchase or ingest defendant’s Hebrew National products, or other products certified by Triangle K — should the allegations in the amended complaint prove true,” the ruling states.