Tuesday, February 28, 2012

What are the qualifications of a mashgiach for infestation?

I have been checking for infestation for 12 years, I rarely find anything. When I do find it's an aphid, some thrips no mites & no miners. Going through the motions, doesn't qualify. If one knows a little more than others doesn't either qualify. There must be zero tollerance- NO INSECTS at all after checking.

I had many others check my product after I checked & they NEVER found anything after my checking. if the others were qualified checkers, then it shows that the mashgiach is qualified.

Anyone that checks by soaking, etc the vegies or fruit  then checking the water is not qualified [test were made & they missed many of the insects].

Monday, February 27, 2012

"Steaming" is used to inactivate lipolytic enzymes in oats which causes bitterness

"Steaming" is used to inactivate lipolytic enzymes in oats which causes bitterness, which may be a serious question of Chometz or that it's not acceptable for matzohs. https://www.doria.fi/bitstream/handle/10024/4320/roleofhe.pdf

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Imagine a Shabbos spirit without, Yated, Hamodia, Mishpacha, Der yid, Ami, etc


After much thought and contemplating we finally did it. We did not buy any of the frum weeklies , newspapers or magazines etc. It was a shabbos with no Yated Ne"eman or Hamodia no Mishpacha, Bina or Ami magazine not even the new issue o Zman or occasional other Jewish newspaper. Its not about the money or the $25 saved rather it was just spending shabbos like it used to be when there was only one paper.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

How can one know or be $ure?

How can one know or be sure that donations funneled through Tzedokah mail Organizations, etc, e.g. Stam Gemach Tzedokah Funds, are fully alocated & given to the intended? Are there audits, controls, checks & balances etc?

Before sending your check to one of these Tzedokah Organizations, verify the checks & balances, you might be surprised-especially if only a single individual is in full charge no matter how frum & erlich he seems to be.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Kashrus Alert:

Reb Yudel, shop rite in Lakewood has a sale on McCain frozen french fries and potatoes. The bags are all together in a chest freezer near the kosher experience.
Not all of the bags have an OU. People were buying different varieties only to realize and some have not that many bags do not have a OU.
The smiles shaped potatoes do not have a OU.

Lakewood's (gullible) consumers still shop at NPGS's CO-OP- WHY?

NPGS's CO-Op will;
Sell outdated expired products at the same price as fresh
Sell to Sfardim-"non-bais yosef" Meat that Sfardim may not consume. Their entire bais yosef is unreliable at all. (Sketched?)
Fool the consumer in every way.
Will sell infested products, allegedly checked by unqualified individuals.
Will sell items received in legally questionable methods.
Pretends to care about kashrus issues, when in fact they only care about the dollar.

Shake down kosher vendors, claiming it's a kashrus issue.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012


Please be advised that we have discovered some infestation on table grapes from Peru and Chile.

We have found a particular species of mites that are very small (about half of a millimeter) and hard to detect. While both factual and halachic research is ongoing we advise that grapes from Peru and Chile be washed carefully and thoroughly by using a strong stream of water.

Large clusters should be divided into smaller clusters so that the water can reach all surfaces of the grape.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Do you have a Tzedokah "ISHUR"?

Tomchei Tzedakah just received a call from someone in Lakewood: $7300 was withdrawn from his account - this past Motzoei Shabbos he had written a much smaller check to someone that had come to his door and the check had been altered and cashed. We then received another call with almost the exact same story - this time for $8700.

At this point we have very little additional information and are investigating. Please check your bank accounts and take whatever precautions you can.

Please feel free to email us at TomcheiTzedakah@gmail.com or call us at 732-367-7770 or at 848-210-5188 if you have any information that may be useful or if you have also been victimized.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

A Mashgiach's nightmare in Long island

A Mashgiach's nightmare in Long island. A private hashgocha was hired to oversee a wedding in a Long Island Synagogue that was under a Hashgocha from Brooklyn. The mashgiach sent in a list of requirements to the non-Jewish owned caterer a month prior to the affair. The mashgiach was somewhat surprised not to receive a call re: some of the requirements.

The SCOOP & Voice of Lakewood's Rabonim approve of advertising "Treif" eateries?

Others are pulling their ads from the voice & the SCOOP-WHY not "U"?
The Voice of Lakewood's Rabonim and the Lakewood -SCOOP approve of advertising "Treif" eateries? Therefore; Don't advertise, don't read, discard & protest.
We wrote to them, they said their Rabonim.....
There is no "cholo-stam" anymore. Since the Veternerian procedures all non-cholv yisroel is "CHOEV-TREIF". Per the piskei Rav eliyashev, Rav Wosner & all othe gedolie Haposkim. The mere fact that others are consuming Cholov Treif & think it's Cholov stam doesn't change the fact nor the severity of the "issur". 

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Don't rely on "Quality Farmers Market" Lakewood/Howell

Kashrus Alert: The "Quality Farmers Market" Lakewood / Howell, NJ  refuses to abide by the kashrus guidelines of their
Hashgocha Satmar Dayan Klein

Therefore don't rely on anything as being under the hashgocha.

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Alert: Daily halacha email re: tu-bi'shvat should not be relied upon!

1 big fish was caught-the rest are still out there

Seafood Company Fined $1M Tue, 02/07/2012 - 12:53pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a Torrance, Calif.-based seafood corporation has been ordered to pay $1 million in fines and community service donations for falsely labeling frozen catfish fillets as grouper.

Saturday, February 04, 2012

Only properly trained individuals are qualified to check for infestation-don't try it.

Mishnah Berurah in Hilchos Morer brings the Shu"t Chasam Sofer (130+-) that one must have "anushim-mi'yu'chudim-mi'su'yomim" with very good eyesight to inspect the lettuce, otherwise one may not use lettuce for morer.

Rav Shmuel Wosner, shlita says the chasam sofer is referring to special individuals that are experienced & it's known that they can find all of the camouflaged insects. 

Who's Platters are good? Nuts Galore! (Papaya is a "Ho'adamah")

Papaya is a "Ho'adamah", those that make a Ho'eitz are eating "ORLAH" r"l.

OH NUTS, Klein's natural, Hershels, Gold Nut, Yumtees- dried fruits, may contain infested fruits

Now that Grapes also have insects, you can't dry & make raisins at all.
It's a well known fact that raspberries, blackberries, dried figs, dried dates, raisins are infested, yet "Oh nuts" has all of them. We don't think that a kosher consumer may even purchase any item in such an establishment.

Klein's Naturals, Gold Nut, Yumtees, Hershels, Rockland Kosher OK, Hisachdus has many of those infested items as well, a kosher consumer should patronize the ones that don't sell infested products.

Friday, February 03, 2012

Beware: Flower arangements insects may fall on table food

Perhaps the Cellophane may be used to prevent the insects from getting into the food. Some may be crawling,

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Jolly rancher Stix - Kosher Status: Not kosher.


JOLLY RANCHER STIX Candy offers a blast of apple flavor in long-lasting stick form. View Nutrition Info ... Enjoy the classic fruity flavor of cherry JOLLY RANCHER Candy in a long-lasting stick form. ... Kosher Status: Not kosher.