Monday, July 18, 2011
A little knowledge in kashrus can be very dangerous! May NOT use J&R produce at all!
The Vaad advises that there is a report of very high infestation in fresh red cabbage. Small white insects can only be detected if the cabbage is opened on top of a light box. This is extremely tedious and impractical.
The following sources are acceptable to be used: Bodek Cabbage, Postiv Cabbage, Dole Red Cabbage with the Star-K, and Dole Red Cabbage with a KAJ sticker.
Red cabbage from whole heads may not be used until the end of August. END of article
Note: The bugs don't know when August ends, nor can they read "insect-free"
Red cabbage always had an insect issue albeit less then the green or white cabbage.
Radicchio, scallions, dried figs, strawberries even frozen, raisins, frisee, fresh corn on the cob, arugala, watercress, fresh herbs are all infested.
The issue is that Mashgichim in general and some of the so called experts are not trained properly to check for infestation. A little knowledge can be very dangerous. Knowing somewhat more than others doesn't make one a renowned expert.
The J &R distributors and R&S BROWN BROS. that distribute the dole product with Star-k, KAJ, Gruber, Shutz, Rappaport, etc certified product is being machshil the tzibur.
When a KAJ, Gruber mashgiach checks a minute amount of samples on the Dole and finds it infested, he doesn’t put the yellow KAJ-Gruber stickers. J&R puts on the other stickers, Rapport, Shutz, etc knowing full well that it’s infested.
Therefore according to Halacha “hoitzei-neveilah-mitachas-yudoi” one may not purchase ANY product through J&R, or R&S as they are machshil the Tzibur.The ONLY reliable system in checking for infestation is called the “Postive-system”.
One does not need a light box to see the insects, but it does help. They can be seen by the naked eye, but it’s easier on a light box. See Mishnah berurah (pesach) bring the Chasam sofer “You must use MUMCHIM to inspect vegetables or don’t use the vegetables” end of quote. The Chasam Sofer said this every year in his Shabbos Hagodol drasha.The mumchias is to be able to see infestation even though it's camouflaged.
Bodek relies on mathematical cheshbonos which is good for acturary type of calculations, but in insects people want actually clean without cheshbonos.