Sunday, December 30, 2012

UPDATE: "The Rest of the Story" צומת הגידין

Reb Yudel,

Someone forwarded me this link. Did you see it?

Do you agree with the allegations?
Question: How does R' Aaron know what's going on by his brother's factories? Maybe you want to do a post about which factories do/don't check צומת הגידין? (Agri doesn't have any "Tzomes issues at this time)

The satmar Butcher on 82 Lee Ave is under the auspicies of Reb Zalman Leib's Rabonim. They get their poultry from Marvid (CRC-Hisachdus) and from Empire-Alle/Meal-mart (Nirbarter & OU).

The system of checking for tzomes hagidin at the Empire/Alle/Meal-mart in a nutshell, they check the first 100 or so & if there are less than 2-3% (shishim is 1.66%) of problems they don't check any other ones.
[Note: there is no bitul after the feathers are removed.] There were chickens checked in the case by the customer & there were "tzomes" problems.

That's in short the reason that Reb Ahron (Satmar-Monroe) claims that his brothers chicken are not properly checked for צומת הגידין

Therefore when purchasing poultry at the satmar butcher stores in Williamsburg, Borough Park, etc "specify-No Alle/mealmart, only Marvid".

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Still infested

Still infested:

Blueberries-Fresh, frozen, canned, processed, etc
Strawberries-Fresh, frozen, canned, processed, etc

All wild Salmon have the anisakis in the flesh, even the ones that claim to check & remove them-are only removing some of the larger ones only.

Chcking for infestation

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Restaurant under the Vaad of Queens-CHOLV-AKUM?

Restaurant under the Vaad of Queens serving  CHOLOV AKUM  items? SHOCKING?
Cholov Akum is TREIF milk, according to all of the Major Poiskim (Rav Eliyashev, Z"L, Rav Wosner, Shlita, etc) and of course the Shulchan Oruch- despite someone that has a half of a heter. 

Monday, December 24, 2012

RE: Wild salmon anisakis

It's a known fact that wild salmon have anisakis worms in their flesh. Only the farmed salmon does not have the worms in the flesh.

There is a store in Borough Park thsam is selling wild salmon from Norway & Scandanvia that they claim to check with a black-light. It's of interest that they claim they don't find any worms in the wild salmon.

There was an unreliable hashgocha that was certifying a large fish monger operation without an on-site mashgiach. He was asked how do you know they don't have non-kosher fish. He says he has a special electronic "wand" that he waves over the containers of fish & it beeps if there any non-kosher species.
He was asked how do you know it works? Well it never beeped. 

Don't purchase any fish in that type of store!

Even in China where they are in darkened room with black light, they only remove some of the larger worms, not all of them so it's still an infested fish & can't be eaten.

GMO Salmon may soon be in the market

Published: Dec. 22, 2012 at 1:44 PM GMO Salmon

WASHINGTON, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- WASHINGTON, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- The biotech industry said a U.S. government report on genetically engineered salmon would move the technology closer to the market. The Food and Drug Administration Friday released a draft report on so-called AquAdvantage salmon that concluded they were safe to eat and would not harm the environment.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Should we accept the (sub)standard? לטהר השרץ עם ק"ן טעמים UPDATE:

Bodek and the Kof-K use this unaccetable standard!
לטהר השרץ בק"ן וכו 

NOTE: We wrote to Hisachdus prior to posting , they did not care to respond, which is not unusual. They beleive they don't have to answer to the kosher consumers.

1-Certifier standards by Bodek-Only insects larger than 1.2 mm are forbidden (אסור) because anything smaller than 1.2 mm is not considered visible to the naked human eye.

The fallacy? The "series date" on the Unites States dollar is a mere "1 mm" and it can be seen very easily.  Check it out.

The Dollar denomination is more than 1.2 mm, that's what counts.

Optomotrists say that the naked human eye with 20/20 sight can see "0.3" mm from a distance of 12 inches.
"Milbin" aka mites, are less than 0.5 mm, and is brought in various halachas that they are forbidden insects.

Harav Moshe Vaye (the world's expert on insects) writes in his books on insects that 0.3 mm is definitly considered visible to the naked human eye. Rav Shlomo Zalman Aurebach, Z"L also said that much less than 0.5 mm is forbidden.

Bodek's certifiers standards are guided by the unrealisic 1.2 mm size. Therefore they are giving to the kosher consumer vegetables that are forbidden  אסור.

Hisachdus et al also accepts that anyone can be a mashgiach for infestation even if he doesn't have very good eyesight. The Chasam Sofer states clearly "excellent eyesight, special designated qualified individual". Hisachdus et al evidently disagrees.

A אדם בינוני with regular eyesight is not an acceptable mashgiach for infestation, which is the current standard by them.

You need a properly trained mumcha, excellent eyesight, יראת שמים , etc with proper standards not any 1.2 mm standards.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Brocolli-frozen & Fresh

Brocolli-Fresh, remove florets & dispose of, & they are generally clean from infestation. If being used for a salad or kugel, etc, should be peeled, if for a soup no need to peel.

Frozen- Eden brand- if used for cooking or baking only, not salads.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

ALL Cigarettes were "assered" by the Chofetz Chaim

Many people in Lakewood who bought cigarettes online some years ago are now being sent letters from the NJ Department of Taxation that they have to pay taxes on those purchases. Do you know of this? Is there a way to fight it? What should they do about it? Could you post about this?

Thank You

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Widespread Seafood Fraud In NYC

Some non-kosher fish is being substituted as well.
Tue, 12/11/2012 - 12:21pm
NEW YORK (Business Wire) — Oceana, the largest international advocacy group working solely to protect the world’s oceans, found 39 percent of seafood to be mislabeled in the New York City-area, according to a new report released today. DNA testing of 142 seafood samples from 81 retail outlets, including grocery stores, restaurants and sushi venues, confirmed that 56 samples were mislabeled according to United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines.

Saturday, December 01, 2012

Why " Smith Brothers" not "Ricola" cough drops?

The Ricola brand cough drops sometimes has a Hashgocha from a Rav in Switzerland, and at times does not have the hashgocha. Either way it's not to be relied upon.

The Smith Brothers cough drops OU certified (not D), is reliable.