Friday, December 19, 2014

Lawsuit Against Hebrew National Dismissed In State Court With No Appeal Filed

American Jewish World reported yesterday on the end of the long-running lawsuit against ConAgra Foods challenging the adequacy of its standards for kosher slaughter of the beef used in manufacturing Hebrew National hot dogs.  As previously reported, in April the U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals remanded the case to state court.  Then, in a little noticed October 6 opinion (reported on at the time by American Jewish World), a Minnesota state court judge dismissed the case, saying that a civil court cannot make a judgement about whether religious standards for kosher slaughter have been met.  He added:
At bottom, the ultimate remedy for those who feel they don’t have confidence in the degree of kashrut observed in the production of [Hebrew National] products is not to purchase them.
Now the time for appeal of that dismissal has run with no appeal being filed.