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June 19, 2012 12:30 pm

Hebrew National Meat Provider AER Hits Jewish World Editor With Lawsuit Threat

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Hebrew National Hot Dogs. Photo: ingoodfaithblog.com.

A new twist has emerged to the saga of whether or not Hebrew National hot dogs are actually kosher.  AER Services Inc. supplies kosher meat to ConAgra, which owns Hebrew National, has said that it intends to sue Mordecai Specktor and the American Jewish World for what it claims is a failure to “validate the false accusations and allegations that were made against AER”, according to papers seen by The Algemeiner.

The original lawsuit, filed against ConAgra Foods, claims that once management at AER was made aware of concerns by employees that their processes were not producing kosher meat, nothing was done to “correct the transgressions”, therefore ConAgra was passing off non-kosher hotdogs as kosher ones.

“Rather, the persons making the complaints were terminated or otherwise threatened with adverse retaliation, such as job transfers to other facilities or states,” the complaint reads.  “In turn, non-kosher meat was delivered to ConAgra and packaged, labeled and sold to the public [including the plaintiffs in the lawsuit] as strictly 100% kosher.”

Speaking to The Algemeiner, Mordecai Specktor said he’s been handed papers by attorneys representing AER but his reporting is accurate.

“We stand by the story, the story is truthful,” he said.

The American Jewish World, which is currently in its centennial year, represents the Jewish community of Minnesota.

“We’ve been hearing from people inside AER for nearly two years,” Specktor said, noting that employees have complained about non-kosher practices occurring at AERI well before any lawsuits were filed.

When reached by The Algemeiner, AER responded briefly, saying “the lawsuit speaks for itself”.  “We don’t have any further comment.”

UPDATE:  Mordecai Specktor, Editor of the American Jewish World, has notified The Algemeiner that the threatened lawsuit has not as of June 20th been filed by AER Services Inc.

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