Tuesday, May 31, 2011

J & R and R & S (brown bros.) PRODUCE- distributer are machshil harabim

J & R Distributors, and R & S (brown bros.) distribute prechecked vegetables. When certifiers have their mashgiach check the produce in the warehouse and find it infested, they do not allow their yellow stickers to be affixed.

J&R and R7S (Brown Bros.) takes the infested produced and affixes other kosher certifiers stickers (usually green). J&R and R&S knowlingly knows that he is putting on kosher certification on infested produce.

Therefore "al pi halacha" it's not permitted to purchase any product from J&R or R&S produce, as he is a "hoi'tzei-neveilah-mitachas-yudoi".

The VAAD of 5 Towns is aware of it and they unjustly allow J&R & R&S to continue to deceive klal yisroel, they are a party to the crime.

KAJ & R' Gruber & % Town Vaad are also allowing this to go on & are a party to the crime.

make ammends


The Brick!

The Brick!!!!

A young and successful executive was traveling down a neighborhood street, going a bit too fast in his new Jaguar. He was watching for kids darting out from between parked cars and slowed down when he thought he saw something. As his car passed, no children appeared. Instead, a brick smashed into the Jag's side door!

Monday, May 30, 2011

Change takes courage

Is all PAPAYA orlah?

All commercially grown Papaya are from trees that are less than 36 months (3 years), therefore they would be Orlah. Vadai-Orlah is ossur even out of eretz yisroel.
There are many or rather mojority of the poiskim say the brucha on papaya is not "ha'eitz" but a Ho'adamah. Orlah is only by a Ha'eitz.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

In politics; each one is trying to have his oponent tripped up.

Just a story on the circle of fate...At the 1994 annual awards dinner given for Forensic Science, AAFS resident Dr. Don Harper Mills astounded his audience with the legal complications of a bizarre death. Here is the story:

Tests Reveal Mislabeling of Fish is common.

May 26, 2011-Tests Reveal Mislabeling of Fish-By ELISABETH ROSENTHAL

Scientists aiming their gene sequencers at commercial seafood are discovering rampant labeling fraud in supermarket coolers and restaurant tables: cheap fish is often substituted for expensive fillets, and overfished species are passed off as fish whose numbers are plentiful.

Yellowtail stands in for mahi-mahi. Nile perch is labeled as shark, and tilapia may be the Meryl Streep of seafood, capable of playing almost any role.

Wisotsky tea-Is it playing "Russian roulette".

Wisotksy tea makes some of their teas with a Bdatz Mehadrin standard, others without the Bdatz Mehadrin certification.

There are a few serious concerns, a) the identical tea can be with or without the Bdatz Mehadrin certification. b) The Bdatz Mehadrin logo is only on the outsided celophane wrapping, once that's off "you can't know what you have.

Both of the issues are unacceptable to the kosher consumer.

 You should write to Wistosky tea at

Olive oil adulteration, again & again.

Now imagine a dark underworld of foreign intrigue -- a world where suspicious characters traffic in goods "guaranteed 100 percent pure," and where customs agents stake out exotic ports of call, waiting to seize rusty container ships full of contraband booty.

But this isn't a bad remake of "Scarface." The substance in question? Olive oil, where stories of bribery, raids, seizures and arrests are making headlines all over the world.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

OK- "It's lean times, we need the income"- re: cholov stam (akum) Hashgochas

In a phone call I made to Reb Don Yoel Levy some time ago re: the cholov treif issue, Rabbi don Yoel Levy said that he spoke to Reb Zalman Nechemia Goldberg, Shlita & he asked him if it's only 1-2% incident can he rely on each bottle on safek? Reb zalman Nechemia replied "yes".

I Told Reb Don Yoel,  first of all, it's 4-8% but that's irrelevant as shishim is 1.66...% & Reb Don Yoel were you ever on a commercial farm, don't you see that it all goes into "holding tanks"? If there is no shishim in toto "which there defintly isn't" it's all Ossur without a safek. Reb Don Yoel said "OH!, I didn't realize that, Let me call you back soon. It's over 5 years and I'm still waiting for the call back.
BTW- The OK still certifies cholov treif as kosher because the procedured cows are not removed.

I discussed this matter with Rav Shmuel Wosner, Shlita and he said " It's cholov treifah". I spoke with Rav Eliyashev Shlita re: the issues He also said that he has gone through the issue thoroughly and concluded it's Cholov treif. He said further that one may not rely on the "Heter" that a Ruv in America wrote as it's not based on the correct facts nor on the Halacha, therefore it's not a psak only a heter that has no basis and should not be relied upon.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Monsey, update

One of the recommended stores in Monsey was Rockland Kosher "Shoppers Haven". There has been some changes, as the one we relied upon is not there anymore.
The following is not another choice.
Monsey Kosher Plaza- Does not cut, grind or process Bais Yosef seperate, therefore it's not an option.
Ask for Alle "North American only" or Solomon's- If you're makpid on Bais Yosef, make sure it's marked Bais Yosef.
Or Continetal (satmar) from Canada [Bais yosef]

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Frozen Spinach, should you use it? No!

Re: Frozen Spinach & infestation. The only time spinach is at a lowlevel of infestation is when the weather is cool & dry. That is usually in late March (in NJ). After that, it's just too late in the season. This year the NJ Spinach was picked the for the kosher market in May & June. The question is just how badly infested was the product.

From a practical point of view, it's not a clean product that one should consider using it, regardless of the name on the package.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Should one rely on the following Organization?

A recent Kashrus report was just released by the following group;
ימי הספירה שנת תשע"א לפ"ק-"ױ"ל ע"י חבורת לחקר הכשרות-מאנסי, נ.י

We don't know who they are, therefore we can't know the extent of their knowledge in kashrus and can't give any credence to their conclusions.
 From what we read of their report (between the lines), we were not impressed, each one should draw their own conclusions.

From a comment-Anonymous said...
In Eretz Yisroel they do an annual opinion poll in the reliable kashrus organizations.
They ask a few thousand people, who's your first, second & third choice in deciding who's kashrus you'll buy. They publish those results. That's what these Monsey people should have done.

Shibolim Mini Matza "michshul".

The Shibolim Mini Matza "michshul" is actually matzah "ashirah", it's made with juice. There was a small sticker on the bottom indicating that it's only for those that may eat "ashirah". Shibolim is a Kenover Company.

Shop Rite "Pesach" Matzos, what are the issues?

Shop Rite "Pesach" Matzos, what are the  issues?
It has hashgochas from some Israeli locals. It does not have anything pertaining to the issues of Chalah, Tevel, etc.
The issue with pesach machine matzos. Where were they during pesach? was it sold with the chometz? was it at a jewish distributor that doesn't sell his chometz.Therefore prior to using them ascertain all of the relevant facts.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Shoichtim & Mashgichim & U.S. Cattle Inspectors Leave Mexico Amid Drug War

Shoichtim, Mashgichim & U.S. Cattle Inspectors Leave Mexico Amid Drug War

LAREDO, Texas (AP) — Wearing a grey-felt cowboy hat, long-sleeve ivory-colored shirt and freshly laundered jeans, Dr. Arnoldo Gutierrez begins his daily rounds by walking into a dusty pen baking in the South Texas heat.

For years, these inspections have been conducted before cattle cross the border, but the war raging among drug cartels in Mexico has prompted the U.S. to move some of its operations north. The change, instituted over the past year at three of the 11 ports along the U.S.-Mexico border, is drawing concern from some cattle raisers, who fear infections long eradicated in the U.S. but still showing up in Mexico will spread before inspection.
Federal authorities say the cartel violence necessitated the change, and they have implemented safeguards to ensure that rejected cattle reaching the U.S. won't prompt any outbreaks. "I think it's fair to say that the facilities located in Mexico presented a wide variety of risks and threats, and our employees did not feel safe going to those facilities every day," said U.S. Agriculture Department spokeswoman Lyndsay Cole.

Meat roll netting, what are the issues?

Meat roll netting, what are the issues?
Glycerol is used to grease the threads, which may be from animal origin.
Oleic acid and or cassein which are from dairy.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Some "heimish" Bakeries in the New York Metro area use the same oven for Dairy & Parve.

Some Heimish Bakeries in the New York Metro area use the same oven for Dairy & Parve. The so called kashering in between (must first be cleaned from the cheese, etc) is not done by a mashgiach or hashgocha. It's suffecient just to "bren-ois-abisul".

Therefore others only use their chalas & request for their simchas to use only items baked in the chalah oven, etc.

Some of the issues are; The glazing, glazing pastry brush, the milchig trays, utensils, where do they wash the dairy utensils, etc.

Minhag Amerika

Minhag Amerika

"Kashrus today is power and money. And unfortunately, it's extremely competitive. Instead of people working together to improve kashrus, everybody tries to get business.......any way shape or ...."

"Politically correct" has gradually become a synonym for hypocrisy and cowardice.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Norman's Feta Cheese

Norman's Feta Cheese is also under the Nirbarter Hashgocha even though it does not appear on the current packaging. They are using up some old packaging.

Sunday, May 08, 2011

Hamodia's tiny disclaimer "re: issur di'oiraisa" is unacceptable

Hamodia's tiny disclaimer
"re: issur di'oiraisa"
is unacceptable.

Those Fresh Strawberries are all ossur.
All Strawberries are infested including long stem, Driscoll, Jumbos, beauties, etc
We can't believe that Hamodia should allow such a food article in their May 4th, 2011 issue.

Friday, May 06, 2011

Which facts are true? you decide!

Do they allow all experts to visit their facility? No.
Do they allow all Rabbonim to visit their facilities? No.
Is everything grown in greenhouses insect free? No.
Are all of Eden's products grown in hothouses? No.
They are using spinach not grown in hot houses, are they checking every one? No.
Do their Strawberries grow in hot houses? No.
Do they have "20-insect-expert mashgichim"?
Are there 20 insect expert mashgichim anywhere? No.
Are hothouses an "insect free" enviroment? No
Bertram owns "Eden" and "B'Tam" brands-908-862-8200
Shmuel Dovid Edelstein is employed by Bertram takes care of hiring Mashgichim, setting up the productions, etc
KAJ- Rabbi Moshe Edelstein-845-425-9089
Nirbarter Rav-718-851-1221

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Mothers & Heimish pesach margarines-are they the same?

Mothers & Heimish pesach margarines-are they the same?

No they are not, what's the difference?

The Heimish brands have more water, higher price.

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

BEWARE: Don't buy anything with this kashrus sticker

Even the STAR-K pulled their hashgocha because of infestation.

Don't buy anything distributed by "RS" which is Mr. BROWN.

nor anything from J&R.

Nor with the YOKA or RAPAPORT stickers.

Monday, May 02, 2011

Fish sticks?

Fish sticks are usually made from minced "pollock-fish". Pollock fish is infested with the anisakis worms. Minced is not ground, therefore no brand should be used. That include the brands that have a designated fryer.
BTW- The brand with the designated fryer was not a new fryer, but was kashered.