Monday, May 28, 2007

HERBS & SPICES & INFESTATION-alert




Herbs & spices do get infested during the growing period. Those not sold as fresh, go through a drying stage. There are many different types of drying process, e.g. air drying, sun drying, oven dried, spray dryer, freeze dried etc.

There is a big difference as to which system is being utilized. "Chazal" say that an insect after 12 months is completly disentegrated and it isn't any more a "beri'yah".

The drying process that is commonly used is not air-drying for 12 months, so why may we use the herbs & spices? because others are of the opinion that commercial dryers, ovens etc dries the product just as well as a 12 month air dried product.

It was discovered recently that in order to preserve flavor, aroma, color etc they air-dry the herbs & spices therefore we can't use them unless we ascertain that it has been 12 months since harvest.

We understand that some Kashrus certifiers in Eretz Yisroel do indeed wait 12 months before putting on their Hashgocha.

Call the kosher certifier to ascertain the method used for drying. Each company & each product may be done different.


LISTED ARE SOME CERTIFIERS OF HERBS & SPICES


"OU" 212-613-8241


Kof-K- 201-837-0500


"OK" 718-756-7500


Star-k- 410-484-4110


Nirbarter Rav 718-851-1221


Hisachdus-718-384-6765


B. Gruber -845-425-7516


Volover Rav-718-436-4685


Weismandel-845-371-5802