Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Strawberries-What's the options?

Strawberries- options?
Nice fresh large firm strawberries e.g. Driscoll brand, cut off green top, peel & eat.
Get the frozen with a reliable hashgocha, puree or cook...then use.

All kosher certified Sun dried tomatoes "infested"

All of the Sun dried tomatoes with hashgochas were found to be "infested"  with Thrips, Mites, etc . Most of them are from Turkey.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Shabbos Mode appliances- Not Kosher! It's an issur of Gramah at least


Kosherswitch:Falsely indicating that Rav Moshe Sternbuch endorses product-Shabbos- Mode appliances have the same switch.
A company selling grama switch for Shabbos is claiming an endorsement from Rav Moshe Sternbuch. HaGaon R’ Moishe Sternbuch shlit’aChief Rabbi/Ra'avad of the Eidah HaChareidis Yerushalayim. “Not gramma, better than gramma; Brocha that you should get the good to stay good, and get the bad to become good!” (1/5/2010 at his home)

I received the following letter from Rav Sternbuch's gabbai

I asked the Rav about this, he told me that he was asked about it, he wrote a letter via Rabbi Sigler on the issue, the Rav holds that it is not only chilul shaboss, but "akiras shaboss" to use this switch, the rav asked for his opinion to be publicized since he has been asked recently about this from numerous sources. Posted by Daas Torah at 7:55 PM

http://matzav.com/clients/matzav/Oven.pdf
It all started a number of years back on "Mesifta-Di'rakiah" [short-wave-radio]. Rabbi Moshe Heineman stated that on Shabbos in a Shul one may "ki'lachar-yad" turn on or off the alarm on shabbos.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Thrips are being found in ONIONS

ONIONS have thrips. Thrips are being found now in onions. Must cut off from both top & bottom 3/8 " and check for non firm onion as they are more p[rone. Also the ones with double set of rings are alsommore prone to infestation.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

POM-Pomegranate Juice

Judge: POM Deceptively Marketed Pomegranate Juice Tue, 05/22/2012 - 8:50am

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal administrative judge ruled Monday that POM Wonderful used deceptive advertising when claiming that its pomegranate juice could treat or prevent heart disease, prostate cancer and other illnesses.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Ultrasonic cleaning for vegetables?

There was an article recently re: Ultrasonic cleaning for infestation.

RICE DREAM????????























----- Original Message -----
From: Katzenstein, Howard -To: 'halacha@yeshivanet.com'
Sent: Friday, April 30, 2010 9:48 AM-Subject: FW: Rice Dream

Rice Dream is produced with hashgacha temedis. When kashering is done on a ben yomo, it undergoes two kasherings with a dovor hapogem. Cold product that is put in holding tank generally do not hold product for 24 hrs, which would result in kavush. in case a holding tank is used for non-kosher for more than 24hrs, it is kashered by extensive spray ball heat which our Poskim accept as hagala

Orthodox Union –

"Heksher Zedek" not kosher certification

Kosher consumers are being asked to spread the word that the symbol, which resembles a kaleidoscopic view of a Star of David, has no bearing on a product’s kosher status.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Thursday, May 10, 2012

New York Kosher Label Act Is Constitutional, Court Says

New York Kosher Label Act Is Constitutional, Court Says-By Bob Van Voris - May 10, 2012

A New York law regulating the marketing and labeling of kosher food doesn’t violate the U.S. Constitution, a federal appeals court ruled, rejecting a First Amendment challenge.

A three-judge panel of the court in New York today affirmed a lower-court ruling that upheld the law, which replaced an earlier version the court overturned in 2002. The appeals court said the Kosher Law Protection Act of 2004 doesn’t violate First Amendment provisions restricting laws relating to religion.

Re: pre-checked vegetables

There is a recent new company with pre-washed vegetables "Kleen farm". They use market produce "not green-house" grown. They do a washing under the supervision of a mashgiach, who checks a relatively small amount of samples to ascertain if the washing is working.

Kleen Farm may be the solution to the many if not most foodservice establishments that don't have trained expert mashgichim for checking infestation. It just doesn't compare to the trained expert on site mashgiach or to the positive system which starts with green house grown product. 

Numerous food service establishments that have been using the greenhouse grown & superior inspection " Positive" brand have recently opted (or were instructed) to use the kleen-farm brand. Prior to using a food service establishment ascertain what they are using in their menu. 

Friday, May 04, 2012

Public opinion & politics

A recent report in The Wall Street Journal illustrates

"how public opinion can be misled and manipulated by agenda-driven politics".


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HlQJD3UWLY&feature=youtube_gdata_player





Tuesday, May 01, 2012

The AIDAH Yerushalem tread$ on new turf

מאושר  APPROVED !????

When a product does not meet the strict guidelines of the Aidah, but there are leniencies that can be relied upon, etc it becomes מאושר approved not under the Hashgocha per se.

e.g. Frozen checked strawberries from China, the Aidah will not certify it for home use, but for commercial use (food service / bakeries) it will most likely be baked or cooked so it will be nisrasek....it becomes approved.

Let's see how many hundreds of items may fall into the new category. Will they be "mi'asher", bitul bi'shishim, kitnious she'nish'tanu, linas lai'lah, aino ben yomoi, pas palter, etc?

Kashrus alert: Livers in plastic bags in ducks, turkey, chicken

Kashrus alert: Livers in plastic bags in ducks, turkey, chicken become "kovush" and you can't even broil them-you must dispose of them.

The livers are not yet broiled (kashered), hence kovush makes them "ossur".