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Kosher vendor suing Mets

(JTA) — A kosher-food vendor is suing the New York Mets baseball team.

Kosher Sports Inc., the owner of three stands at Citi Field that sell hot dogs, sausages, knishes, hamburgers, beer and other food, claims that it has lost a half-million dollars in profits because the team does not permit it to sell food on Friday nights and Saturday afternoons, the New York Post reported Sunday.

The vendor claims in its lawsuit, which seeks $1 million in compensation, that it received permission from kosher-certifying authorities to open the stands to sell food items on the Sabbath.

But Rabbi Shmuel Heinemann, who oversees kashrut for the Kosher Sports company, told the Post that he did not give the company permission to make sales on Shabbat. If such sales took place, the rabbi said, the stands could not be kosher. 

The Englewood, N.J.-based company filed the lawsuit last week in Brooklyn federal court. The company signed a 10-year deal with the Mets last year, according to the Post.

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