Kosher Class Action Lawsuit?

Ha’aretz reports:

A woman and her daughter petitioned the Tel Aviv District Court Monday to recognize a suit they were filing against Elite-Strauss and the Israeli Chief Rabbinate as a class action. The two, residents of Givat Shmuel, keep kosher.

The grounds for the suit are a claim that some of the company’s products – including Milki and Daniella dairy desserts and Ski whipped cream cheese – contain imported gelatin produced from beef bones. According to this claim, the animals from which the gelatin was produced were not certified as kosher.

However, the Chief Rabbinate had marked the products in question as kosher.…

I wonder if consumers would have grounds for a class action against Rubashkin and the OU, KAJ, UMK, etc. No one buying Rubashkin expected to be eating animals whose throats were ripped out with meat hooks. It seems as if the rabbinic imprimaturs intentionally mislead consumers – Jewish and non-Jewish alike. Perhaps some bright young attorney would like to give this case a try …

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5 responses to “Kosher Class Action Lawsuit?

  1. Anonymous

    Both ideas are frivolous. First, the Rabbinate considers this Gelatin Kosher al pi din. Thsi is a long standing disagreement in Halacha. Elo velo are Divrei Elo Chaim.

    Second, the OU only certifies Kashrut, nothing else. A law suit claiming anything else would get tossed, and the stupid young lawyer could be subject to sanctions. But if you are so convinced, why not become the named lead plaintiff. Then you could take the risk of paying the court costs when the suit is dismissed.

    Third, class action suits are complicated and expensive actions. Are you willing to put up the money to finance the lawsuit?

  2. Anonymous

    Shmarya, you should sue Chabad for convincing you to become frum. Since it didn’t work out for you, you could sue them for all those years you wasted trying to be a chasid. You could claim that if you didn’t become lubavitch you might have gotten married, and you might not be such a cynical bastard. Theres a whole bunch of stuff you could sue for. you should go for it

  3. Neo-Conservaguy

    People are far more strict about gelatin these days, much like other areas of kashruth (e.g. cheese, glatt, yashan bugs). I think many Jews today that call themselves Orthodox would be shocked to learn what some of the leading rabbis of that movement ate 50 years ago.

    Also, I’ve we’ve seen in various discussions on kashruth, there are many vegetarian kosher Jews these days; they would reject the animal gelatin on those grounds as well. Personally, I love kosher marshmallows made with fish-based gelatin. Yum.

    Some of the meat that came from Postville was clearly, literally treif. Not just ethically problematic, but treif – torn before the animal was even halachicly dead due to poor schita. How any kosher Jew can convince themselves otherwise is a mystery to me. Vast production quantity at high rate by greedy people lends itself to these problems in any animal slaughter situation. If we don’t acknowledge the problem, it is less likely it will be fixed, despite the OU’s claims to the contrary (“There was no problem but we’ve made several changes”).

  4. noclue

    The charge that meat was trief is serious assuming that the meat was sold as kosher and did not get tossed onto the treif pile. I have never heard that there was a kasrut problem and I believe the changes referred to the cruelty charges. Any proof either way? I can not believe the OU would allow treif to go under its hasgacha without proof.

  5. Neo-Conservaguy

    The kashruth issue is whether the proper cuts were made; the anecdotal evidence in the PETA video is that the cuts were not being made sufficiently deep to also sever the primary arteries and veins, hence the animals took many minutes to bleed out rather than the half minute max it should take with proper schita, and were staggering around the killing floor. Conjecture for why the cuts were not effective included the general issue of the high rate of slaughter at the plant, and the issue of whether the schochtim were concerned about nicking the knife on the upside-down pen utilized and therefore made “lighter” cuts.

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