Today, we have some food news. But, for once, it’s not GOOD food news. We talk about a shortage that could effect some of the Good Humor ice cream products. AND – now Hebrew National Dogs may not even be KOSHER! WE SMELL LAWSUIT!
Add this to the list of things we used to do all the time as kids that have now been totally RUINED. The ice cream man could run out of Good Humor bars. The company is suffering from a supply shortage and doesn’t have enough ice cream to fill all the trucks. Specifically, kids might not be able to buy Toasted Almond, Candy Center Crunch, or Chocolate Eclairs. The company said that part of the problem is that we had an unusually warm spring. That led to a spike in sales as people ate the ice cream bars they THOUGHT would last into summer. They also closed a manufacturing plant. The shortage doesn’t affect the products they sell in stores, just the ones they use to supply the ice cream trucks . . . and they think they should have their supply back up to normal levels by the end of July.
Hebrew National claims their hot dogs are certified kosher, quote, “as defined by the most stringent Jews who follow Orthodox Jewish law.” Their slogan is, quote, “We answer to a higher authority,” which probably isn’t referring to U.S. Federal court . . . but that’s where they’ve ended up. Eleven plaintiffs are suing Hebrew National, because they don’t think their hot dogs are really kosher. The suit claims they didn’t inspect the cows thoroughly enough . . . and they didn’t slaughter them properly. If it’s true, it means Hebrew National mislabeled their kosher dogs, and it could open them up to a class-action lawsuit from anyone who bought hot dogs within the last four years. The suit claims that Hebrew National FIRED or transferred employees who knew the company was cutting corners and complained to the rabbis who certified the hot dogs.
SPEAKING OF HOT DOGS:
Apparently, July is National Hot Dog Month. I hate to sound like a cynic, but that sounds like a made-up holiday. Like “Auto Safety Month” or “Columbus Day.” We’ve got the results here from a survey on Americans’ favorite hot dog toppings. And our top four are still VERY OLD SCHOOL. Mustard came in first followed by ketchup, onions, and relish. Chili was fifth and especially big in the South. That was followed by sauerkraut, which is biggest in the Northeast . . . cheese, which is biggest in the West . . . and pickles, which are biggest in the Midwest. Tomatoes came in last place. The survey also found only 9% of Americans say they never buy hot dogs.