Saturday, December 31, 2011

Does the falseclaims act apply to Lakewood?

The False Claims Act-Whistleblower, Qui Tam

On behalf of its clients, Whistleblower, Qui Tam & False Claims Act Group utilizes the federal False Claims Act to seek legal redress against companies who have defrauded the federal or state government through any number of fraudulent schemes.

Successful whistleblower actions under the False Claims Act generally entitle the whistleblower to a reward ranging between 15% and 30% of the Government's overall recovery.

http://www.falseclaimsact.com/sfca_New_Jersey.php

According to the rema in shulchan oruch, Cedarbridge Corp owners are considered "moisirim". R"L

Public Notice

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Bottecilli extra virgin Olive oil inferior product?

Bottecilli extra virgin Olive oil inferior product?
When one called the Company to complain that there are pieces & impurities, the 68 oz Bottecelli company said we know the problem. The Bottecelli company sent a small 16 oz bottle instead of replacing the same 68 oz size.

With all of the publicity of extra virgin olive oil adulteration, it seems pennies saved in making good on an inferior product may cast a question mark on the purity of certain olive oils.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The Voice of Lakewood magazine approves of "treif" recipes?

Cheese-kosher certifier Reliable? NO!


The International Organizational Hashgochas don't rely on him either. (besides the Star-k)The mere fact that the Pomegranate store carries this & other questionable kashrus items doesn't justify an educated kosher consumer to purchase them.
Both brothers are not reliable in kashrus R"L.


Shabbos mode appliances are not shabbos friendly "Ossur"

Kosher slaughter ban fails to win majority in Dutch Senate as government proposes compromise

Kosher slaughter ban fails to win majority in Dutch Senate as government proposes compromise

An update Re: more whiskeys coming under kosher certification

Published on The Jewish Week (http://www.thejewishweek.com)Tuesday, December 13, 2011 Gamliel Kronemer Koval’s Chicago Whiskey is best served chilled or over ice. As the weather grows brisk, a sampling of micro-distillery whiskey. Special To The Jewish Week

Whiskey — wherever it is made, and in whatever style — is a great beverage for the winter. Just a few sips can warm the gullet, and take a bit of the chill off the coldest of winter nights.
All whiskeys were once almost universally considered kosher. But in the last few decades the kashrut of whiskey has come up for debate.

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Party-Planners, can a hashgocha control them? We doubt it.

Kashrus Scandal:

Party planners are never under any Hashgocha

Party-Planners- Can a hashgocha control them? We doubt it.
 
They bring anything & everything from literally anyplace.
 
Rented equipment:
Pop corn machines- others may use butter & then used for fleishig party.
Chocolate machine- was used with dairy chocolate then used for fleishig affair.
Hot-dog machine- used for any brand hot dogs previously.
 
Candies, cakes, etc from anyplace.
Dishes, utensils from anyplace.
 
Reb Dovid Feinstein, Shlita said "A party planner on a shabbos event without chilul shabbos?, I don't think it can happen".
 
All Party-Planners must be under a strong Hashgocha, or don't use them.

Israeli brands olive oil fraud

http://couponingintheholyland.wordpress.com/2011/12/04/the-olive-oil-that-wasnt/

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

A frum mother of 4 children, read the article & respond in kind.

http://moriyasplace.blogspot.com/2011/06/in-defense-of-wendy-runge.html

Consumer Reports Raises Questions About Some Fish Oil Brands

Consumer Reports Raises Questions About Some Fish Oil Brands
[most soft gel caps are not kosher]

December 7, 2011 - YONKERS, N.Y. (PRNewswire-USNewswire) — In lab tests of 15 top-selling brands of fish oil supplements, Consumer Reports found that five fell a bit short on quality. Fish oil supplements have become wildly popular, with consumers taking them to treat a long list of ailments including menstrual cramps, heart disease, asthma, bipolar disorder, high blood pressure, depression, psoriasis, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and pregnancy complications.

The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil

December 7, 2011-Olive Oil’s Growers, Chemists, Cooks and CrooksBy DWIGHT GARNER

EXTRA VIRGINITY -The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil

By Tom Mueller - Illustrated. 238 pages. W. W. Norton & Company. $25.95.

A few pages into Tom Mueller’s new book, “Extra Virginity,” there’s a funny moment when an olive oil expert holds up a bottle that’s covered with dubious claims: “100 percent Italian,” “cold-pressed,” “extra virgin.”

Time To Face The Issue: Yeshiva Bochur Arrested For DWI

http://www.theyeshivaworld.com/news/General+News/111330/Time-To-Face-The-Issue%3A-Yeshiva-Bochur-Arrested-For-DWI.html

All Schnapps should be banned at all weddings-The Misader Kidushin should insist on that standard, besides the fact that most of the Schnapps served does not have a hashgocha & may not be used.

Honey- What does honey consist of & are you getting all of it? NO!

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2011/11/tests-show-most-store-honey-isnt-honey/

Tilapia fillets skinless-Don't rely on the Hashgochas- Buy only with skin-tab

Tilapia fillets skinless-Don't rely on the Hashgochas-

Buy only with skin-tab "NO HASHGOCHA" at the

Washington Sea Food 52 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205-1202
Phone:(718) 875-2736

Another reason, one should insist on a "skin-tab" for frozen filet fish

UPDATE- We gave a hashgocha at a bar mitzvah this past week, we insisted on Tilapia with a skin-tab & NO Heimish HASHGOCHA on the box.

We wrote to Dagim, received No response nor acknowledgement.

TILAPIA fish-Frozen, skinless filet, with 2 prominent kosher certifiers
 International & Heimish Hashgochas.

Production date: "19 04 2011" (first day pesach?, ys)

Some of the production was done in June 2011, the prices are cheaper for April product. The importer is interested in $$$ bottom line. The Chinese took them knowingly for a ride.

The Mashgiach didn't "chap" the game, One supervised box for every 3-4 boxes from April that were unsupervised.

Monday, December 05, 2011

Old fashioned kitchen Latkes (pancakes)

Lakewood's Old fashioned kitchen Company's Latkes (pancakes) are yoshon & bishul Yisroel.

What's in your olive oil?

What's in Your Olive Oil? By Amy Zavatto -Published December 05, 2011 -FoxNews.com

Pretty bottles of olive oil make great holiday gifts, but what most of us who delight in drizzles of the golden liquid don’t realize is what’s in your bottle might not be what you expect—or want. And we’re not talkin’ fat.

China ISO food safety certifications double in last 12 months

http://www.foodproductiondaily.com/Quality-Safety/China-ISO-food-safety-certifications-double-in-12-months?utm_source=copyright&utm_medium=OnSite&utm_campaign=copyright

What is ISO?
http://www.iso.org/iso/about.htm
In general ISO certification in China is accomplished more through payment rather than performance,

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Lakewood's new 7-11, pick up an abundance of "yiras-shu'maiyim"

At the Coffee machine,they have opened bottles of milk which may not be used as milk requires a "choisem", See Y"D, 118

The microwave may not be used to heat-up soups as it's also used for treif. The Slurpee's are also a problem to use.
All the chazerei & shmutz they display & sell.
 Pick up an abundance of "yiras-shu'maiyim", so many have lost theirs over there already. 

May one Dunkin Donut"?

May one Dunkin Donut"? NO!
Not even with the hashgocha?
But something is Cholov Yisroel?
Who is their fulltime shomer shabbos mashgiach?
The other items are cholov yishmael which is really Cholov-Treif, Per Rav Eliyashev, Rav Wosner Shlita.

Mehadrin Company Dairy products

Mehadrin Company Dairy products recently changed their Hashgocha to Rav Shia Katz, Magrov. Mazel Tov to Rav Katz on the upcoming Chasunah.

Mehadrin has also changed their yogurt size from 8 oz to 7 oz, the price remained unchanged.

Meshichistim Shechita from Israel certified by a Rabbi Usher Ekstein

Israeli cold cuts & processed  meats are from Meshichistim Shechita from Israel certified by a Rabbi Usher Ekstein.

Rav Yosef Sholom Eliyashev, Shlita says that their wine & Shechita is "ossur".
Ke$ef mi'ta'hair.....????

Saturday, December 03, 2011

Kashrus Alert: Fresh & Easy cooking book has non-kosher recipes?

Kashrus Alert:
Fresh & Easy cooking book has non-kosher recipes?
An individual not being a trained expert in insect infestation is unqualified to check their own vegetables and herbs that may be infested.

Many of the recipes in the book use those non kosher vegetales & herbs. Therefore it is not recomended to use the book for any of their recipes.

Many of the recipes in the Hamodia & Yated have the same issues, it's best to discard the entire reci sections without reading them at all.

The truth behind the frozen "spinach" scandall.

The truth behind the frozen-spinach "shia'ruriah". Oh, you didn't even know that the consumers were fooled again. Spinach is an infested product in general. If it's picked in very cool dry weather e.g. early April, it may have a minimum infestation issue. This years production by the heimishe companys was done in late May, etc.

The Kosher certifiers didn't realize all these years that the processor doesn't have filters for the recirculated processing water which is full of insects. They wanted cancel their orders, the company didn't agree. The companies sold the infested goods to commercial foodservice clients, and the consumers eat it.

Thursday, December 01, 2011

May one say "Korbonos, etc" before sunrise?

Ki'Vasikin minyan, must say it after davening.
Others must wait till after sunrise, which is now about 7:00 AM. See the shulchan oruch & mishnah Berurah.

Drinks, ices, etc w/ Grape should NOT be used unless

Drinks, ices, etc w/ Grape should NOT be used unless you can ascertain the source & hashgocha if it's acceptable to you. Not all Grape derivatives would be acceptable even with a hashgocha. Fierce Grape by Gatorade, we don't know what the grape derivative source is being used.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

FDA apple juice arsenic guidelines expected

By Mark Astley, 29-Nov-2011-The US Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) could be poised to perform a U-turn on levels of arsenic in apple juice through the development of new guidelines - a letter sent to consumer groups has revealed.

In the letter sent to the Empire State Consumer Project and the Food and Water Watch, the authority said they would be collecting all relevant information before evaluating the best course of action.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

DNA-certified seafood in restaurants ?

Restaurants around the world will soon use new DNA technology to assure patrons they are being served the genuine fish fillet or caviar they ordered, rather than inferior substitutes, an expert in genetic identification says.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

The status of the Chazir (Cham'zir)

Sometime after Mashiach comes, the "chazir" will be permitted to eat.
The question is, will the chazir become a "maaleh-gairah" or the current chazir will become permitted?

Logic says it will become a "maaleh-gairah", as todays chazir to be permitted, we don't have to wait for mashiach, enough Rabonim have permitted chazir or treif in one way or another.
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4152397,00.html

Rav Elyashiv On Speaking On The Phone & Driving

Maran Posek HaDor HaGaon HaRav Yosef Sholom Elyashiv Shlita was asked by rabbonim affiliated with the Chafetz Chaim road safety organization regarding a driver who speaks on a cell phone while operating a motor vehicle, Kikar Shabbat reports. The Rav was asked if such a person is classified as a ‘rodef’.

According to the report, the posek hador ruled that such a person “Is not exactly a rodef, but close to being one”.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Dependable's "SIFTED-FLOUR" does have infestation

Cole slaw cabbage V bagged shredded cabbage (infestation)

For their Cole slaw they do a spot check of a few outside leaves of the cabbage-they don't even wash rinse it. Who's going to find the insects in the finished cole slaw with mayonaise, etc.
When they sell shredded cabbage, they also wash rinse it. May one rely on such a system? Ask Hisachdus re: Flaums products.

Corn on the cob-infested? ALL!

Corn on the cob-infested? ALL!
That's correct, you must remove all of the kernels, rinse & then use.
All of the "corn on the cobs" in the market even with hashgochas can't be used due to infestation.

We are surprised & shocked to find the Golden-Flow brand Corn-on-the-cob with Hishachdus hashgocha.
The thrips hide beneath the kernels.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Dried fruits / fruit mixes

There are an array of infested dried fruits and dried fruit mixes on the market.
The raisins - black or yellow frm whatever country are infested to some degree that makes the inacceptable, including the ones with a hashgocha.

All dried figs are infested including the ones with hashgochas.

There were recent letters from the Nirbarter, Volover and Hisachdus banning all raisins, yet you can find loads of raisin products at "Klein's Naturals", Oh nuts, etc.

Klein's natural has Hisachdus hashgocha, yet they did not remove the Hashgocha.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Olive oil adulteration


The industry association of South African olive oil producers, has decided to support the adoption of the same olive oil standard recently put into place in Australia.

Andries Rabie, Chairman of the South African Olive Industry Association (SA Olive), said the government in South Africa had established a committee to consider the recommendation.



Thursday, November 10, 2011

In a kosher Shechita an enviroment of intimidation, harrassment, bullying,etc affects the kashrus.

 In a kosher Shechita an enviroment of intimidation, harrassment, bullying,etc affects the kashrus.

Are "U" comfortable eating from a Shechita that the shoichtim / mashgichim, etc must endure intimidation, harrassment, bullying from their kosher supervisor. There are 3 kosher poultry shecitas in Pensylvania, check them all out & come to your own conclussion. It may glare at you.

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Expired & spoiled food items, how common is it?

From an EMAIL;
(Please post without my name as a subject that I would be interested in seeing others comment on).

I am wondering about whether a grocery store must Halachically inform buyers when a product they are selling is potentially spoiled and certainly not up to accepted norms for sale, i.e. near or beyond the expiration date. This has happened to me several times at one store in town, and I really think something should be done about it.

I am talking about NPGS putting out of date items for sale without any notification that they are expired or worse, spoiled. In this case, I purchased some oatmeal packets in a Quaker box - it was on sale for a dollar off, not quite a great bargain, but I figured, why not? In this case, the expiration date is embossed on the box and hard to read on a good day, much less so in that dark store.

I come home and now see that the product expiration date is September 2011. Not only is it EXPIRED, but most normal stores have the same item with expiration dates in 2013. And by the way, their regular price at Shoprite is the same as NPGS's price on sale! I really think it is disgusting to do business this way, especially since I now have to go back to the store for a refund.

Shouldn't consumers have the right to expect what they purchase is in the normal range for freshness? Should we be expected to check every item for a date, when in normal circumstances, such as in a regular supermarket, you would never think of doing this?

Thursday, November 03, 2011

From "Good Shabbos everyone"

From: gs@notspeeding.com-
 Sent: 11/3/2011 6:06:27 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time

Good Shabbos Everyone- Parshas Lech-Lecha 5772

Good Shabbos Everyone. One day, several years ago, Reb Mordechai Shain was passing the corner of Main and Maple streets in Monsey, New York, on a Friday afternoon when he spotted a family sitting on the front steps of the Yeshivah Spring Valley.

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Grape seed extracts has its kashrus issues

http://www.nutraingredients.com/Industry/Indena-grape-seed-extracts-earn-kosher-certification
 Indena grape seed extracts earn kosher certification-02-Nov-2011
Italian botanical extracts leader, Indena, has earned "LBD" kosher certification for its range of polyphenol-rich grape seed extracts from the largest kosher agency in Europe, as the market for kosher products expands. The certification took several years to achieve and included, “extensive site inspections by Rabbi Akiva Padwa”, director of certification at the UK-based kosher agency, KLBD. The review included, “the entire process from harvest, through preparation of the seeds to the extraction of the polyphenols.”
“We were delighted to go through the auditing process because KLBD is recognised by our customers as an international kosher agency,” said Christian Artaria, marketing director and head of functional food development at Indena. Certification is opening up markets and helping to make business easier.”

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Nonprofits join forces to tackle botanical adulteration

Nonprofits join forces to tackle botanical adulteration - By Elaine Watson, 03-Nov-2011

Three leading not-for-profit organizations have joined forces to create an education program to help the dietary supplements trade wise up to the tricks used by unscrupulous suppliers to adulterate botanicals.

In Kashrus we must be able to "Track from Farm to Fork"

Ambitious European Project Traces Food from Farm to Fork


More than a dozen colleges and companies have joined a consortium under the guidance of the University of Wolverhampton, to pilot RFID technology as it tracks the movements of fish, wine, cheese through production and on to retailers.

Oct. 28, 2011—A European project overseen by the University of Wolverhampton and a consortium of universities, technical institutes and commercial entities is determining how radio frequency identification technology can benefit the perishable-goods supply chain. The project, known as Farm to Fork (F2F), was launched last year, with half of its funding provided by the European Commission's ICT Policy Support Program—aimed at stimulating innovation and competitiveness—which includes a half-dozen pilots throughout Europe to track fish, wine and cheese through the production process and on to stores.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Botei Dinim & Toi'anim these days-enlighten yourself

Ami Magazine interviews Rabbi Hershel Schachter.

Q & A with Rav Hershel Schachter
Rabbi Hershel Schachter is a rosh yeshiva at Yeshivas Rabbenu Isaac Elchonon, one of the main halachic consultants for the Orthodox Union, and a renowned posek, marbitz Torah and author of sefarim. He is a passionate advocate for reforming the present bais din system.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Safety Of Food Ingredients

Report: Industry Determines Safety Of Food Ingredients- Associated Press- October 27, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Thousands of ingredients that go into food have been classified as safe by private industry alone, without any U.S. government oversight, according to a new report published Wednesday. 

 
Since the early 1960's, private companies and industry trade associations have determined at least 3,000 ingredients are safe, with no federal scrutiny, the study found. The ingredients include everything from artificially synthesized chemicals used in chewing gum to grape seed extract used in cheese and instant coffee.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Oilve Oil- "liquid gold" or adulterated?

Olive oil, or "liquid gold," has been produced in California since well before the 49ers arrived. Yet as of now, only 2 percent of olive oil consumed in the U.S. is produced here. The California Olive Oil Council and its members are looking to change that.