Kosher certification group accuses JetBlue of selling food with fake kosher label

  • Kof-K claims to have never certified any of JetBlue’s products
  • Or gave the airline permission to use its trademark

(Reuters) – A kosher certification group sued JetBlue Airways Corp in federal court in New Jersey on Thursday, alleging that JetBlue unlawfully used its trademarks to advertise food it had not certified.

According to court caseNew York-based JetBlue sells an artichoke snack it claims is certified by Kof-K Kosher Supervision without the group’s consent.

Kof-K never certified any of JetBlue’s products as kosher or gave the airline permission to use its trademarks, according to the lawsuit.

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A JetBlue spokesperson said Friday the airline was investigating the allegations. A lawyer for Kof-K declined to comment.

Kosher foods are prepared in accordance with strict Jewish dietary laws. Kof-K, based in Teaneck, New Jersey, certifies kosher products in the United States and around the world.

A JetBlue menu lists the artichoke snacks in its “Mediterranean-Inspired Snack Box” as “kosher certified by KOF-K Kosher Supervision.” The menu also features several other snacks that he says have been certified kosher by other groups.

The company that makes the artichoke snacks, Elma Farms, was not named in the lawsuit.

Kof-K accused JetBlue of infringing and diluting the trademarks registered in its name and the logo it uses to mark when a product has been certified (the logo does not appear on a document submitted as an exhibit) . He also said JetBlue engaged in consumer fraud under New Jersey law.

Kof-K sought an undetermined amount of damages and asked the court to force the airline to remove the snacks and stop using its trademarks.

The case is Kof-K Kosher Supervision v. JetBlue Airways Corp, US District Court for the District of New Jersey, No. 2:22-cv-04200.

For Kof-K: Richard Elem of the law firm Jan Meyer & Associates

For JetBlue: not available

(NOTE: This story has been updated to clarify Kof-K’s claims and add a comment from JetBlue.)

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