Thursday, December 10, 2009

Hashgocha fraud


********************************************************************************************************The Hashgocha was given for a nut company, then the oil company doctored it for their own.

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Extra Virgin Olive Oil-is only a label

POMACE OLIVE OIL IS MOST PROBABLY THE MOST RELIABLE FOR NOT BEING ADULTERATED, besides being the cheapest also.

By Reed Fujii-Record Staff Writer-December 06, 2009 12:00 AM

Establishing national quality standards and educating consumers about the advantages of top-quality, extra virgin olive oil will go a long way to ensure a growing market for California oil, said Joe Bozzano of Bozzano Olive Ranch in Stockton.

"We're still competing against the influx of imported oils from Europe that are being labeled the same as ours," he said.
"The overwhelming majority of that European oil ... is adulterated and, quite frankly, isn't extra virgin olive oil but gets the extra virgin label slapped on it anyway.
"We need to get the playing field leveled," Bozzano said. "On the consumer level, we need the education out there so the consumer knows when they buy something that is labeled extra virgin, it really is extra virgin."

The center's efforts should also benefit California long-standing table olive industry.

Contact reporter Reed Fujii at (209) 546-8253 or rfujii@recordnet.com.

Friday, December 04, 2009

Shatnez




כנס חירום בנושא שעטנז ייערך בקרוב

כנס חירום שיעסוק בנושא התפשטות בעיית השעטנז ייערך בתקופה הקרובה, לאור ריבוי מקרי גילוי שעטנז אצל אנשים חרדים יראי ה' המקפידים על קלה כחמורה.
ירוחם שמואלביץ י"ז בכסלו התש"ע 02:29
חשיפה: כנס חירום שיעסוק בנושא התפשטות בעיית השעטנז ייערך בתקופה הקרובה, לאור ריבוי מקרי גילוי שעטנז אצל אנשים חרדים יראי ה' המקפידים על קלה כחמורה.

בכנס המיוחד אותו מארגנת הרבנות הראשית בהוראת הרב הראשי הגר"י מצגר שליט"א, יעסקו בהתפשטות הבעיה בארץ ובעולם וכן האפשרויות השונות להתמודד עם הבעיה ברמה הארצית, מתוך רצון להביא את דבר המכשלה וחומרתה לתודעת הציבור, על מנת שיוכל להתמודד עימה כיאות ובדרך מסודרת.

ללדעת.נט נודע כי הוראתו של הרב מצגר באה לאור מספר מקרים שאירעו בחודשים האחרונים בתוככי המגזר החרדי, כאשר אנשים לבשו שעטנז לאחר שחשבו כי קניית הבגד במקום חרדי, מהווה פטור מבדיקת שעטנז. כך למשל היה מקרה של אברך שתיקן את טליתו אצל חייט במרכז ירושלים, ורק כעבור מספר חודשים התברר כי בטלית הצמר השתמש החייט בטלאי מפשתן לתיקון הקרע. מקרה נוסף שאירע לאחרונה הוא של מכירת סוודרים של ילדים מתוצרת חוץ, ברחוב גאולה בירושלים וברחוב רבי עקיבא בבני ברק, כשהתברר כי הבד עשוי מצמר ואילו התפירות נעשו בחוט חיזוק של פשתן. מקרה חמור וקשה שהתגלה לפני מספר ימים, היה כאשר מעבדה ניידת הוזמנה לישיבה למתחזקים ברמת בית שמש ומצאה כי ל 30% - מהבחורים היה שעטנז בבגדיהם, ביניהם חליפות מתוצרת חוץ ממספר חברות ידועות וכן חליפה שנתפרה בארץ ע"י חייט.

בעקבות זאת הוחלט כאמור על קיומו של כנס חרום שיעסוק בנושא השעטנז, בו ינסו לעלות פתרונות, כשכבר כעת נערכים לקראת הקמת מערך מעבדתי שיוכל לתת מענה לכלל הפונים, תוך הקפדה על כך שאלו אשר יעסקו בתחום' יעברו הכשרה
מתאימה והסמכה על מנת להסדיר את הנושא מחד ולמנוע הקמת מעבדות פיקטיביות
ONE SHOULD ONLY USE A SHATNEZ LABORATORY THAT CERTIFIED BY THE INTERNATIONAL SHATNEZ TESTERS ORGANIZATION.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

ניקור according to all accepted מנהגים


Many are very concerned about the current status of ניקור in the USA. May we acept in the broad sense, the מנהגי ניקור that was being utilized in certain specific areas of Europe as the standard for everyone in the USA? There are the מנהגי ארץ ישראל which was set up by Reb Yeshuah Leib among others.

מנהגי פוילען אשכנז, ספרד וכדומה were some of the accepted minhagim for the majority of those currently residing in the USA.

May one accept or even certify a nikur that is not all encompassing of all of the accepted minhugim? NO!
The מנהגי סאטמר, ציילעם, פעסט, אונגארן were not the same as all of the other countries. When Glatt started in the USA, the only ones that ate glatt were the ones from אונגארן. Now in the USA all of the ones that use glatt are from all the other countries that had different minhagim in nikkur.

There is no justification for the purveyors of glatt & their certifiers to accept a ניקור that does not encompass all of the מנהגים. It is interesting to note that the Satmar butcher stores (who are the only ones that perhaps could have accepted that nikur), yet they do not accept the ניקור אונגארן.

Therefore the parts that are may have an issue of Nikur chelev are;
short plate,
back ribs,
breast,
chopped meat,
skirt steak,
hangers,
Tenderline,
(ox-tail).
Rib eye steak
Rib roast large end
Back ribs
Rib eye
Cholent meat
The parts that don't have a chelev issue are;
chuck eye roast,
French roast
arm pot roast,
cross rib pot roast,
blade roast,
7-bone pot roast,
flanken style ribs,
short ribs,
boneless shouldr pot,
boneless top blade steak,
Brisket,
neck,
shoulder,
shank,
arm,
chop meat/cholent meat from these cuts.
The "Shimon Mendelowitz" nikkur encompasses all of the accepted Minhagim.
Rockland Kosher aka Shoppers Haven's nikur encompasses all the minhagim.
Can any the certifiers justify utilizing minugim in Nikkur that was not accepted in the Countries that all of the consumers originate from?

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

KASHRUS ALERT- BARLEY




ALL BARLEY must be checked for infestation prior to use, even when kept in freezer. Barley must be checked in HOT tap water.

by Kosher Consumers Union, Inc

Friday, November 13, 2009

PRINGLES -Kashrus Alert?


All Kashrus certifiers do (must) check & approve ALL labels prior to printing.

PRINGLES-including the barbecue POTATO CRISP HAS AN "OU" without a DAIRY DESIGNATION

In Hebrew lettering it lists the product as "cholv akum (Treif) from milk powder.

THE "OU" SAYS IT"S PARVE, THE HEBREW is a MISLABELING.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

BEWARE: Lakewood's Kimball Medical Center may disregard Dietary requirements


















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Lakewoods Kimball Medical Center (KMC) [while being in compliance with NJ law] may completely disregard the kosher dietary requirements of those patients observing kosher dietary laws.

Any patient that has any diet may not rely on KMC's staff for adherence to those requirements, as long as is not in violation of State or Federal Law.

Before placing a patient in a hospital, one must be aware of their adherance to the patients diet.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

The Elephant & the Jewish Problem

The Elephant & the Jewish Problem


WHY DON'T YOU VOTE??????


Re:Hamodia’s invitation to readers “Why Don’t You Vote?”

Some of the Hamodia’s reader’s responses were;
“Years ago I believed that my voice was heard by voting so I took the time to vote. But not anymore.”
“But there are practical issues that should be addressed and are avoided in favor of some individuals’ interest.”

“Will voting for……help? I doubt it. Taxes are on a straight-forward trajectory-they go up and do not come down”.

“Politicians promise things that they have no intention of delivering-so why bother voting”.

“Higher taxes, less services, Ticket blitzes, no serious cost cutting measures”.

“The lack of good candidates is glaring”. “Voting does not bring you any tangible good”.

“I truly believe the political system is so corrupt that involving oneself in politics (besides corrupting the individual) is probably useless in the large scheme of things”.

Who stands to gain from your vote? Some individual(s)but at a dear cost to the ציבור at large, etc. שב ואל תעשה-אל תלכו להבחירות If you are interested in the benefit of the ציבור stay in the Bais Medrash & learn.

Reb Chaim Shmulevitz, OB”M says by Dovid Hamelech, Noson Hanovoi…..the Oshir & the poor man’s keves….”why did Dovid pasken BAR-MISAH? Far genaiva, kumt misah?
Oif’dem-chesh’bon-fun-yenem, kumt-misah.
Mordechai Hatzadik after the episode with haman…Mordechai Hatzadik & Esther Hamalkah were at the highest positions attainable in Government. What did Mordechai do to be able to help “Klal-Yisroel”? He dropped it all & went to learn in the Bais Medrash….Chazal say if there is a Gezeirah R”L “צאו והפגינו” in the middle of the night…But to be on the Bimah? Is not the Derech Hatorah.

The Bitul Torah, etc that the “בחירות” (voting) cause…Don’t vote on the local election, remain in the Bais medrash & add quality time to shmiras sedorim.


Why the Elephant? The elephant was trained his whole life that the small rope tied to his leg makes him immobile, It’s all a bluff by the masters. One good “Schlep” and you are free. Stay in the Bais Medrash.

Yudel Shain

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Fish Filets frozen-Only with a "SKIN-TAB" regardless of the hashgocha


DAGIM'S PRODUCTS-Questionable kashrus reliability
All of DAGIM's full page ads can't make it kosher.
http://www.kashrut.com/articles/fish_species/

Dear kosher Certifiers;

All Filet fish require simonim or seals put on in the presence of a qualified mashgiach that is present & checked the fish for "kaskasim".

Some will leave on a skin-tab. The filets that don't have skintabs, should have the


1- inside bag sealed with a choisim.


2) the outside retail box must have the ends sealed with a choisim on both ends (glue or scotch tape itself is not suffecient). Some had a choisim on the tab ends of the outside box, but the inside plastic had no choisim.

The ones on the shelf including especially the ones from China should be removed as they should be declared non-kosher (unless one can explain the rational in Halacha "why not"?)

DAGIM does NOT meet the required criterea of kashrus reliability.

Monday, October 12, 2009

*How common is "slotting-fees" aka payoffs in kosher?

In the Supermarket chains there is what is commonly known as "slotting fees", which is a fee charged to get your product on the limited shelve space.

In kosher it is almost becoming the same, just the only major difference is, now it's the kosher certifiers are out there looking for "slotting fees" if you want your meat to be "approved".

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Shatnez???? yes-can't rely on them

All of the reliable shatnez labs are affialiated with the International Association of shatnez Labs
The following ones are not reliable at all.



G & G CLOTHING
Including All of their branches
Borough Park, Williamsburg, Monsey, Monroe, Hungary, etc
must recheck all of their clothing
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EMPORIO clothing

The RIGHT PLACE Boro Park

MONSEY SHATNEZ TEST CENTER

203 LEE AVENUE & their sample takers

GELB the tester from 203 Lee Ave (do not confuse with the reliable tester Sasson Gelb)

Copy express-Yankel Weinberger
Mishpat Sholom certified labs

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

RAISINS? the problem is still there.


This years crop was stored too long so the raisins are infested.
BEWARE: The same brand may have some that are not infested & some that are infested.
If you don't know how to check them - 24 hours in water, strain water, check water, etc "it takes expertise to check".
The new crop of raisins should be out right after Succos. Make sure to check the dates on the boxes.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Sample Shatnez testing? 203 Lee Ave & Monsey test center UNACCEPTABLE!

Rav Wosner says, shoulder pads must be checked:
NEWS Rabbonim Say Sample Shatnez Testing Not Enough-by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Gedolei horo'oh are warning the public that shatnez has been found in numerous series of imported suits, many of which originate in China, Eastern Europe and Turkey, where wool and linen fibers are often found in combination. An expert told us that factories in these countries sometimes use remnants that they acquire and thus small amounts of clothing can have problems which would not show up if only a sample is tested.

With growing awareness of the prohibition increasing demand for clothing items free of shatnez is leading importers and suppliers from the general population to be more selective in choosing which products to import. A number of clothing providers are sending every single item, rather than just a few samples, to a shatnez laboratory for testing.

According to an open letter by HaRav Shmuel Halevi Wosner and HaRav Nissim Karelitz, clothing manufactured in various corners of the globe for consumers everywhere winds up in Israel, where sellers often rely on sample checks and testing by unauthorized labs. In some cases they even attach a tag with the words "Naki mishatnez" ("free of shatnez"), misleading the consumer public into thinking the item has been properly checked.

HaRav Wosner and HaRav Karelitz write that unless a given article of clothing bears a tag from an authorized shatnez lab reading "Naki michashash shatnez" it should not be worn, regardless of the seller's promise it does not contain shatnez.

Friday, July 31, 2009

תולעים בדגים


הרב משה ויא מנחם אב תשס"ט
מח"ס בדיקת המזון כהלכה
תולעים בדגים
בספרי ההלכה מבדילים בין שני סוגי תולעים בדגים:
1. תולעים הנמצאות על עור הדג מבחוץ, בתוך הראש או בחלל הבטן- שהן אסורות היות והן באו אל הדג
מבחוץ, (מהמים).
2. תולעים הנמצאות בתוך בשר הדג או בין העור לבשר- שהן מותרות מעיקר הדין, היות והן נולדו בתוך הדג
עצמו, (ראה ביאור מפורט בספר בדיקת המזון כהלכה, כרך א, חלק ההלכה, פרק ג, סעיף ו).
יש מגדולי פוסקי זמננו החוששים לגבי סוג מסויים של תולעים (תולעי אניזקיס), שמא תולעים אלו באו
מבחוץ ולכן דעתם שיש לחוש ולאוסרם גם כשהם בתוך בשר הדג.
דגי ים
1. נגיעות חיצונית
ברוב דגי הים לא מצויה נגיעות חיצונית, בדרך כלל.
בדג סלמון וסול מהולנד מצויים לעיתים טפילים חומים על העור ("כיני סלמון"). הם ניכרים היטב וקל להסירם
בשפשוף.
בדג אדום (רוטברש) מצויה נגיעות שקשה להסירה ולכן מומלץ לא להשתמש בו.
2. נגיעות בחלל הבטן
בדגי ים, שלמים או פרוסים, [כגון: בקלה, הליבוט, הרינג (מטיאס- דג מלוח שלם), מקרל, מוסאר (מהים),
רוטברש (דג אדום), טונה, קוד, פלמידה, פרידה, זהבון (פולוק), סלמון אמריקאי, ווייטפיש, אנשובי, ועוד] מצויות תולעים בחלל
הבטן.
לאחר ניקוי הדג יש להתבונן היטב בדופן הפנימית של חלל הבטן ולאורך השדרה (העצם המרכזית) אם
ישנן תולעים דקיקות, הנראות כנחשים קטנים המפותלים סביב עצמם.
במידה ונמצאו תולעים, יש לשפשף היטב את פנים חלל הבטן בסכין, לשטוף שטיפה חזקה, לבדוק ולוודא
שכל התולעים הוסרו.
פילה דגי ים (נתחי בשר הדג ללא עצמות וללא דפנות הבטן), בדרך כלל לא מצויות בפילה - תולעים שהיו בחלל הבטן, טוב
להתבונן אם נותרו תולעים ולהסירן.
3. נגיעות בתוך בשר הדג
ברוב דגי הים מצויות תולעים שונות בתוך בשר הדג. תולעים אלו מותרות מעיקר הדין כמבואר לעיל. לשיטת
החוששים לאסור תולעי אניזקיס הנמצאים בבשר הדג, יש להשתמש רק בדגים שלא מצויה בהם נגיעות זו,
המשווקים תחת השגחה מעולה, המתמצאת בנושא תולעי דגים, היות ואין דרך בטוחה להסיר את כל
התולעים המצויות בתוך בשר דגי הים.
דגים שלא מצויה נגיעות בתוך בשרם
דגי מאכל השייכים לקבוצה זו הם:
נסיכת הנילוס, סלמון הגדל בכלובי ים (מנורבגיה ומצ'ילה), ברבוניה, דניס, לברק (מכלובי ים), סרדיני ים, לוקוס ("יפו פיש"),
קורבינה וטונה (רק הבשר הבהיר ללא צדי הבטן, כגון נתחי טונה קפואה וטונה בקופסאות שימורים).
סול הגדל בכלובים (מהולנד), פילה מרלוזה-בקלה (מארגנטינה) – רק המשווקים תחת השגחה מעולה.
וכן דגי בריכות כגון: קרפיון, כסיף, אמנון, פורל, בורי ועוד. (ראה להלן תיאור נגיעותם החיצונית של דגי
בריכות, על עור הדג ובראש). יש לקנות דגים אלו תחת השגחה מהודרת.
הערה: קיימות שתי שיטות של השגחה על דגים, בנוגע לתולעים שבבשר הדג:
1. השגחה המתירה רק דגים שלא מצויות תולעים בבשרם.
2. השגחה המתירה דגים שבבשרם מצויות תולעים, שעברו עיבוד בסין שם הוצאו התולעים מהדגים ע"י
פועלים מקומיים בפעולה ידנית שיעילותה אינה מוחלטת.
בניקוי זה מסולקות רוב התולעים אך לא כולן.
4. ביצי דגי ים
מצויה בהן נגיעות רבה וראוי לא להשתמש בהן, כגון: ביצי דג מלוח, בקלה ועוד.
ביצי דגי סלמון הגדלים בכלובי ים ( נורבגיה) נקיים מנגיעות.
5. ראשי דגי ים
בדגי ים בדרך כלל לא מצויה נגיעות בתוך הראש.
בראש דג סלמון עלולה להימצא "כינת סלמון", יש לחצות את הראש, להסיר את הזימים ולבדוק היטב.
דגי בריכות
1. דגי בריכות
בדגי בריכות (קרפיון, כסיף, בורי, אמנון, בס, מוסאר, סרדיני כינרת, אדמונית, אמור) עלולה להימצא לעתים נגיעות של תולעים
לבנות או אפורות ("לרניאה") על העור. תולעים אלו ניכרות על ידי פצע אדום שהן גורמות על עור הדג ממנו יוצא כעין חוט
אפור, יש להסיר את האיזור הנגוע. (לרניאה צעירה- קשה להבחין בה).
בדגי בריכות הנ"ל מומלץ להשתמש רק בדגים המשווקים תחת השגחה מהודרת.
2. דג קרפיון
עלול להיות נגוע מאוד בטפילים המצויים בבריכות בעיקר ב"ארגולוס" (טפיל קטן שצבעו שקוף וקשה להבחין
בו). הטפילים נדבקים על עור הדג ובתוך הראש.
מגדלי הדגים צריכים לבצע טיפולים מיוחדים להרחקת הטפילים. בחלק ממרכזי השיווק קיימת השגחה
שמתפקידה לוודא שהטיפול נעשה כראוי. אם הדג נקנה בחנות הנמצאת תחת השגחה מהודרת, אפשר
להסתפק בשטיפה טובה של הדג לפני השימוש.
דג הנקנה במקום שאין בו השגחה וכן דג מהכינרת או דגים המגיעים מתים לחנות:
אין לאכול את ראשם, צריך לשפשף היטב בסכין את כל שטח עור הדג ולשטוף היטב.
עדיף להקפיא את הדג לפני פעולת הניקוי הנ"ל. (ההקפאה מרפה את אחיזת הטפילים וכך קל יותר
להרחיקם). אם מסירים את העור, הדג מותר באכילה גם ללא פעולת הניקוי הנ"ל.
נגיעות זו עלולה להימצא גם בדג אמור וכסיף.
3. דג אמנון (מושט)
דג אמנון המגיע מנוקה וקפוא (מסין) בחזקת נקי.
4. דג פורל
דג פורל מקומי (מארץ ישראל) בחזקת נקי. בדג פורל מיובא קפוא מצויים לעיתים טפילים חומים על עור הדג
(כיני סלמון) הניכרים היטב וניתנים להסרה בשפשוף (ראה דגי ים- נגיעות חיצונית).
5. ביצי דגי בריכות
בביצי דגי בריכות לא מצויה נגיעות.
6. ראשי דגי בריכות
בדגי קרפיון, בורי, כסיף, בס עלולים להימצא טפילי ארגולוס או לרניאה בראש, מומלץ להשתמש רק בראשי
דגים המשווקים תחת השגחה מהודרת.
מותר לשכפל ולהפיץ את הדף כולו בתנאי שלא יוכנס בו כל שינוי

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Insect free vegetables are oversprayed with poisons




Kosher Laws - Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger Photo: Dudi Vaaknin

Veggies' kashrut may be revoked for over-sprayingChief Rabbi Yona Metzger undertakes unprecedented initiative to withdraw kosher authorization from fruit and vegetable growers who use dangerous pesticides even if their use may not represent actual breach of


The Chief Rabbinate is embarking on a new initiative to revoke kosher certificates from fruit and vegetable growers who overuse pesticides, according to a new effort pushed through by Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger.
The rabbi intends to convene a meeting of the rabbinate's kashrut committee to discuss the issue. Metzger plans on meeting relevant officials in the health and agriculture ministries ahead of the meeting. If the initiative is authorized, it will be the first time the Chief Rabbinate stipulates conditions not directly related to kosher laws for the issuance of a kosher certificate.

In recent weeks, the Chief Rabbinate has been waging a battle against a number of vegetable growers who grow insect-less leafy vegetables, a condition that gains them a higher level of kashrut.

According to Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, chairman of the Chief Rabbinate's committee on the kashrut of leafy vegetables, some of the growers prevent the presence of insects on their produce by "spraying insecticides in insane quantities," instead of using tailored growing methods.


Within the context of his efforts to fight the phenomenon of over-spraying pesticides, Rabbi Eliyahu met with Chief Rabbi Metzger on Monday to reiterate to him that such behavior is not only inefficient in keeping pests away, but also endangers the consumer. He explained that the pesticides do not reach all areas of the fruits and vegetables on which they are sprayed, such that the presence of insects remains high. He emphasized that the sprays are toxic chemicals that are not removed by standard household washing.
In response, Metzger said that he has recently been looking into the option of removing the kosher certificates of companies and farmers who attempt to battle insects with over-spraying or use of forbidden chemicals instead of growing their produce in greenhouses or other various techniques that effectively treat the problem.
The chief rabbi added that he intends to pass a decision on the issue through the Chief Rabbinate's kashrut committee, but emphasized that he first will consult with the relevant officials in the health and agriculture ministries. The Chief Rabbinates has already established a team to examine the issue together with the government ministries and to put together new kashrut protocols.

The Rabbinate will discuss with the health and agriculture ministries the option of gaining up-to-date access to statistics on the quantities and types of insecticides being used during each harvest.
Rabbi Metzger is confident that the extended stipulations for obtaining a kosher certificate will stand up in the High Court. He has emphasized that he is aware that the move is unprecedented, but believes that it will authorized because of the health hazards involved in eating fruits and vegetables that have been over-sprayed, making the issue "a purely halachic consideration."
"Such fruits truly endanger those who eat them. You cannot grant kashrut to poison," he said.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Frozen brocolli, cauliflower, etc [hot house grown]


We aren't discussing at this time the unreliable claims of frozen vegetables free of any insect infestation.
The amount of poisons that are on those vegetables R"L is staggerring. The FDA doesn't monitor it when ikt comes into the USA, as it's a finished product. The funny part is people are eating it because of the "health-bebnefits". What we really have is neshoma poisonous insects & bodily poisons.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

SNAPPLE-Should one rely on the kashrus standard?




We understand that Snapple is produced in many different plants. Some or most of the plants also produce non-kosher and or dairy. The products are pasteurized on hot equipment. Kashering is done by company CIP records not with a mashgiach, etc.


There has been more kashrus mishaps than can or should be acceptable to the kosher consumer.We only know about the ones that were caught & publicized. It seems that the kosher certifier has lost complete control of kosher at Snapple. BEWARE!
SNAPPLE! TIME TO CHANGE CERTIFIERS!

Thursday, June 04, 2009

The ROCKLIN-STETSON "CAP" is SHATNEZ




Bs’d

INTERNATIONAL HEADQUARTERS OF PROFESSIONAL SHATNEZ LABORATORIES
Yosef Sayagh 661 7th Street, Lakewood NJ 08701 (732) 364 7056 E-mail mailto:shatnezhedqtrs@yeshivanet.com-%20Editor: R’ Yosef Stolz (Los Angeles, CA)

Men’s “Rocklin by Stetson” Cap- June ‘09

Bencraft Hatters of Williamsburg is currently selling a men’s “Rocklin by Stetson” cap (Germany) whose contents label reads: 50% Wool 50% Linen.

Description: It is woven in a basket weave pattern [2 X 2]. Two threads going in one direction are off-white (one wool and the other one linen). The two threads going in the other direction are black (one wool and the other one linen).

Precautionary measure: With a 2 X 2 basket weave it is possible to come to an inaccurate conclusion about the composition of a fabric.

How could that happen? If only one thread from each pair is pulled and tested, one could end up with a linen thread in both directions and a determination that the fabric is pure linen.

This could of happened especially with this particular cap being that each thread pair seemed similar in both color and appearance.

In conclusion: When one is checking a 2 X 2 basket weave pattern for shatnez, it isn’t sufficient to test one thread in each direction; both threads going in both directions must be tested, even if they seem similar both in color and in appearance.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

THRIPS IN ONIONS-tis the season





Thrips are being found in regular onions. This particular brand was CAVALARO's Goshen, NY.

Monday, May 25, 2009

strawberry insects video









http://www.veoh.com/collection/allothers/watch/v15037797bzWKgQFT#watch%3Dv15037796ZXKcyQfk

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Shechita Certifiers?











There are some new shechita certifiers appearing on the market that we can't recomend.
Rabbi Meshulem Nusen Spiegel-
Rabbi Yechiel Steinmetz- Solomons Beef
Rabbi Yechiel Babad-Natural kosher poultry.
CRC-Chicago
Rabbi Teichmam
MEHADRIN is producing in different plants-ONLY SOME OF THEM ARE ACCEPTABLE- BEWARE!
The Chaburah brand of poultry has woken up and is finaly being replaced by the Kiryas Joel Poultry.
The Chaburah name belongs to Empire poultry, they can still use it as they please.
מיוחד is a new one on the market for poultry (at this time).

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Do serious kashrus breaches by one affect the other?




We think it definitely does!
NOTE: Pictures are for demonstration purposes only.
It's alledged that at the Rosenblatt lamb שחיטה of 200 per hour, they were working with 1 שוחט בודק and 1 משגיח CRC/ OU of a caliber which we will leave out.
It's further alledged that they were doing some 200 lamb per hour, just about all were Glatt, no בדיקת חוץ, etc. Oh some of the recognizable faults also were the מקום שחיטה would make it a נבילה.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

EMPORIO with SHATNEZ certified by 203 Lee Ave as "non-shatnez"




This Consumer alert of finding shatnez in checked clothing, is all too common with clothing checked by affiliates of 203 Lee Ave, Brooklyn, NY Labs and the Monsey Shatnez test center. Both of them are certified by Bais-Din Mishpat Sholom


NOTE: Educated consumers use only Shatnez Labs that are affiliated with the International Organization of Professional Shatnez Laboratories.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

High rate of Assimilation- WHY?







Rav Shlomo Zalman Aurbach, OB"M told me that the reason of the high rate of assimilation is because as of the kulos & heterim of de americaner Rabonim in "bihul-akum und Yayin-nesech" halachos- I asked perhaps the Heteirim are acceptable? Reb Shlomo Zalman, responded it can't be-As CHAZAL said........otherwise we wouldn't have the high rate of assimilation.

He said "if we eliminate a bishul akum in New York, it will eliminate an intermarriage in Pariz.

BTW- Many sefardi communities do not allow for any geirus (conversions).

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Ahava Dairy




Lawsuit seeks control of plant KOSHER DAIRY: Owners say they were denied access to facility by Ahava

By STEVE VIRKLER TIMES STAFF WRITER WEDNESDAY, JULY 22, 2009

NEW BREMEN — A legal battle has begun over control of the kosher dairy plant on Route 812 in the town of New Bremen. FJB LLC and Toobro NY LLC, which began operating the Lewis County Dairy Corp. plant in March, last week filed a lawsuit in state Supreme Court claiming they were unlawfully evicted from the plant by Ahava of California. However, Albany attorney Jeffrey S. Baker, who is representing FJB and Toobro, said the action shouldn't affect the approximately 50 people who work at the kosher plant, which produces bottled milk, cheese, yogurt and ice cream that are sold in New York City.


"This is essentially a fight over who has management control," Mr. Baker said. "It's not the intention of my clients to put people out of work or affect the local dairy industry."
Toobro, owned by Menachem and Schneur Bistritzky, in February purchased the assets of Ahava Entities, including the New Bremen facility and a kosher plant on Main Street in Ogdensburg, through two financial institutions that had liens on Ahava through Chapter 7 bankruptcy of that company's owner, Moise A. Banayan. The Ogdensburg plant is not involved in the current dispute. The Bistritzkys, who also own FJB, also received 20 trade names and trademarks in the deal, according to their lawsuit.

However, the suit claims Mr. Banayan "fraudulently transferred" many assets to other companies under his control and that Ahava of California — operated by Mr. Banayan and his brother, Fariborz, but not included in the Ahava assets — occupied the New Bremen plant through a lease agreement with Lewis County Dairy from August 2007. Toobro reached a five-year agreement with Ahava of California to lease the New Bremen and Ogdensburg plants for $30,000 per month, plus property taxes and all other operating expenses, according to court documents. On June 28, New York City attorney Leo L. Esses, representing Ahava of California, by letter instructed plant employees not to allow access to the Bistritzkys, the lawsuit claims.
Mr. Esses couldn't be reached for comment Tuesday.

Toobro has since regained control of plant operations through a temporary court order, Mr. Baker said.
The lawsuit claims Toobro was not given notice of any alleged default in the lease agreement or evicted through proper procedure, despite the company having "invested significant funds into the dairy manufacturing and distributing business, including payment of rent." It also claims Ahava of California had "unauthorized dominion" over equipment, books and records owned by Toobro during the alleged eviction.
Toobro is seeking permanent restoration of control of the facility, reimbursement of lease payments during the alleged eviction period and damages for lost profits, depreciation of the value of kosher products and interference with business relationships.

The next court appearance before Judge Joseph D. McGuire was scheduled for July 30, but Mr. Baker said it has been switched to July 31 because the first date falls on Jewish holiday Tish'a B'Av.

Friday, April 17, 2009

שבת pump-pot * The Shabbos Hot-Plate- Labriute self heat meals



Some Shabbos pump-pots advertise, does not require טבילה. It's based on the premise that some of the parts, a איד has a שותפות and the workers are paid some of their wages by the איד.

Can the Shabbos-Hot plate be used? Some poiskim are not comfortable.
Can the La-Briut self heat meals be heated on shabbos/Yom-tov?

Friday, April 03, 2009

SHATNEZ ALERT EMPORIO


STRAWBERRIES








Strawberries are infested with tiny insects that cannot be removed with water or pesticide, and are therefore forbidden according to halacha, The Torah and Land Institute has announced after a series of laboratory tests.

Rabbi Yehuda Amichai, who heads the institute, told Ynet that "it used to be enough to take the green leaves off of the strawberry and wash it with soap, but today the bugs stick to the dots on the fruit, and emerge even after a good washing".

He said strawberries that had been sprayed with pesticide were not safe either. "In the end they also have insects that won't come off, even if there are less," he said.

Chief Rabbi of Safed Shmuel Eliyahu ruled on the issue after consulting with a number of experts.
The solution, according to Amichai, is to either peel the skin from the fruit or to puree it in the blender. Although the puree will still have parts of insects, he explains, the halacha does not forbid their digestion.
But scientists and agriculturists are already working on a solution to the crisis, which includes the washing of strawberries in a large, Jacuzzi-like vat that eliminates the insects entirely. Rabbi Amichai said he hoped the method, still in preliminary stages of development, would work out.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

RESTAURANTS-CATERERS, Etc & Hashgochas




Does the Shwarma king incident surprise anyone? It is most probably more common than you think. Without a SYSTEM, you usually wouldn't catch it.

The "SYSTEM" is missing.
Trained Mashgichim?
Take control Mashgichim?
Full time Mashgichim.?
Mashgichim that check in every order?
In every Hashgocha there are 2 critereas- The Standard of kashrus, The System implemented to uphold those standards.
Many of the blaring headlines "Treif found at this establishment", etc is in most part caused that the critere not in place NO-System.

Many Hashgochas try to have a high standard ( we don't use these products, etc) but their "system" or rather lack of it .........will either not catch the problem or inspite of no-system, the "treif" gets caught.
The Organizational Hashgochas always insist on a full time trained Mashgiach, who also checks in the products, etc. On the other hand, the higher standard Hashgochas at times rely on non-trained part time frum worker as being their eyes. A video camera that you need a technician to review the film is in essence a farce.

As we said previously on the kashrus hot-line "A heimishe hashgocha on a caterer or restaurant withou an OU also, is not reliable" as there is NO SYSTEM in place.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

RAISINS INFESTED-all are אסור prior to checking

U. S. Food and Drug Administration -RAISINS, GOLDEN

Insects and insect eggs(AOAC 969.42 & MPM-V76)

10 or more whole or equivalent insects and 35 Drosophila eggs per 8 oz.

DEFECT SOURCE: Post harvest and/or processing infestation
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ALL RAISINS ARE SUSPECT INCLUDING "raisin-bran", Dole, Sun-Maid, Etc & the Heimishe (whatever that means) SHOULD NOT BE USED AT THIS TIME. It does fluctuate by batches, so if Rav Vaye said about a Brand, it may be that specific box only.

NOTE: The major & minor kosher certifiers always considered raisins etc as a group # 1. [which means they don't require any hashgocha]
The certifiers are overlooking the issue of infestation. All Hashgocha contracts must require a Company Quality Control for infestation. This would include any item that may become infested, flour, strawberries, dried fruits, nuts, etc.
BTW-Rav Eliyashev, shlita told me that he disagrees with the concept of GROUP 1's.

JUST ABOUT ALL RAISINS ARE INFESTED with insects that are נראה לעין AND SHOULD NOT BE USED AT THIS TIME, INCLUDING ALL THOSE WITH A HASHGOCHA AS WELL.

Tests were done on the Dole and Sun-Maid brands as well. In a 15 oz package there were found in excess of 50 insects.

RF Insect infestation / DiseasesUnder appropriate temperature and humidity conditions, there is a risk of infestation by maggots, mites, cockroaches, moths (dried fruit moth, meal moth, tobacco moth), beetles (sap beetles, sawtoothed grain beetles and flour beetles), rats, mice and ants. Mite infestation may be determined by examination with a magnifying glass: mites may be distinguished from crystallized glucose because they are whitish, slow moving dots. Development from the egg to imago (sexually mature insect) takes approx. 10 days.A fumigation certificate must be provided. If infested by insects (mites, maggots etc.), raisins must be reconditioned by fumigation.