Wednesday, February 09, 2011
GEFEN: Will they make a recall on their sardines? It's a challenge that may affect all of Kenover Passover.
Don't use any sardines at this time!
Rav Wosner's psak is clear, if it's in the kishkes and in the flesh it may not be used. The food in the intestines of fish are usually 6-7% of the weight of the fish. Rabeinu Tam & the Rambam say that the digestion period of fishe is 24 hours. So the sardines are "ossur" because they were cooked with the kishkes, so removing them now is too late.
The following kashrus alert is from the OU on January 11, 2010.
"We have been contacted by a number of consumers noticing the presence of “shrimp” in sardines. This is actually krill, a small shrimp-like crustacean, which is a common source of feed for sardines. Krill is normally digested prior to processing and should not be found in canned sardines, even sardines which contain the stomach. This year, many factors (e.g., size of fish, warmer water temperatures, methods of fishing, etc.) combined to create a very unusual fishing year and an increase in sardines containing undigested krill in their stomachs.
This issue is not one of quality, species substitution or adulteration of any sort: rather an unexpected and previously unforeseen occurrence, which now requires our attention.
While the presence of undigested krill is a rare occurrence, and fluctuates seasonally, all sardines should be inspected prior to consumption or remove the stomach to eliminate any concern. Skinless and boneless sardines are not affected, as their stomachs have been removed."
The previous alert can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A3321