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9 Shevat 5765 - January 19, 2005 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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Restraining Order Prohibits Distribution of Products Bearing False Kashrus Mehadrin Label

By A. Cohen

For the first time ever in the State of Israel, the Tel Aviv District court has issued a restraining order prohibiting the distribution of food products bearing false mehadrin kashrus labeling. The restraining order came in response to a request submitted by the Badatz Mehadrin of Rechovot.

The court order was issued by Judge Yehuda Zeft against Pri Nir, a company based in Northern Israel that manufactures products such as tomato sauce, olives, canned peas and canned peas and carrots, all labeled "Badatz Mehadrin" although the factory lost its kashrus certificate long ago.

In submitting their request for a restraining order, Attorneys Vaturi Tzvi and Avraham Lavi claimed that Pri Nir deceived the public through misrepresentation.

The restraining order includes the appointment of Attorney Avrohom Lavi as the vested authority to enter Pri Nir premises to search for and confiscate products sold with the Badatz Mehadrin seal, as well as all the other means the company employs to produce the fake products or assist in their distribution, including stamps, stickers, etc., as well as a list of the customers to whom products with the fake seal were sold.

The court briefed Israel Police on how to carry out the court order.

In their request for the restraining order, Attorneys Vaturi and Lavi related the chain of events over the past year-and-a- half since the kashrus certificate was rescinded. Despite repeated warnings, they said, the Pri Nir factory continued to distribute products with Badatz Mehadrin labeling. As a result, notices were printed in newspapers several times, but Pri Nir continued to distribute the mislabeled products in grocery stores.

The attorneys claimed that the company's conduct represents a severe violation of the Kashrus Fraud Law and consumer laws and as such they asked the court to issue an immediate restraining order in absentia.


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