Saturday, December 28, 2013

SHATNEZ fraud IN MONSEY?-YES! (It's worse than you think!) Lakewood Branch???

Update: This was reconfirmed

Background: Monsey shatnez test center is unqualified to test, and they put on non-shatnez labels on clothing that have shatnez. R"L = All clothing must be rechecked!

SHATNEZ TESTING: The Monsey Shatnez Test Center does testing in Monsey, Queens, Englewood & other areas as well.

Monday, December 23, 2013

UPDATED: Lakewood: The causes of our Jewish teen at risk!

The "wanna-be's in kashrus are the causes of our "teens at risk"

The VOICE, another misleading [BMG's KCL] Kashrus article. 

Correction: Note: The article was written by KCL's Rabbi Weisner, not by Rabbi Berman
Should not be removed from the stem (as stated in the article) to wash as the insects may penetrate into the cavity left by the stem. NOTE: As stated in article "rub with your fingers while rinsing" that's when they are going to be going into the cavity left by the removed stem.

The correct method as was explained by the experts on Bedikas Tola'im including Rav Moshe Vaye, Rav Goldstein, Rav Einhorn, Rav Shternfeld  etc.  Separate the grapes into smaller clusters, soak in a soapy solution for a few minutes. Do the soaking in a soapy solution 3 times and rinsing very well in between the soakings and rubbing the grapes with your fingers. Then separate the grapes from the stem and rinse & rub each one.

All Raisins are to be considered infested, regardless if they are black, yellow, etc. They are very hard and time consuming to check. Most of the raisins with Hashgochas are also infested. There was production of Raisins done in California under the Aida's hashgocha (Rav Shternfeld) that was free from insects. Only those raisins are acceptable. Raisin bran cereals should not be used. Craisins are cranberries and are not infested. Most currants are also a smaller type of raisin which may have the same issues as the larger raisins.

The Zante currants are not a raisin at all. Raisins grow on vines and are sweet, while Zante currants grow on bushes and are tart. They are not infested.

Strawberries: Strawberries, including the long stem strawberries may have thrips, mites, worms, etc. The thrips may hide under the seeds, therefore all of the washing can't assure you that the strawberry is clean. Therefore the safest method is to remove with a sharp knife the green leaves on top with a thin sliver of the fruit. Then peel the strawberry. Others may dip the peeled strawberry in chocolate.

Frozen, dried strawberries even with hashgochas were checked in a laboratory and found to contain insects. Therefore if one wants to use frozen strawberries with the hashgocha, they should first "puree" or cook them. As per Rav Moshe Vaye and other experts.  Preserves and jam have pieces and should not be used. Yogurts and Lebens that have real fruit, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, etc should not be used

The Shulchan Aruch rules that a father must prevent even an infant from eating non-kosher food, because it will harm him when he grows up …and causing him to have bad character.

The Kli Yakar writes, with regard to the damage caused by eating forbidden foods; “defile the pure soul, dull the mind, & promote the trait of cruelty”.

The Chasam Sofer writes most of the apikursis is sparked by eating forbidden foods. The Divrei Chaim also says something similar many communities almost abandoned Yidishkeit  because of  the masses that consumed non-kosher food. They then fell prey to foreign ideologies and ultimately were lost to the holy Jewish nation
.Reb Shraga Feivel Mendelowitz, Z”L says
I accuse!
The very great Rabbis, Roshei Yeshiva, Rabei-im & Menhalim etc. don’t you see what has become of your youth? Don’t you know that Jewish children have become tramps, gamblers, gangsters, candidates for the electric chair, and all kinds of “ist’s” only because they have been raised on Non-kosher food R”L, yet you sleep, but how much longer?

Friday, December 20, 2013

UPDATED: Vegetable checking & cleaning Guide

We received a sheef of pages to look over, edit, add, remove, etc re: vegetable checking & cleaning.
It's far from all reviewed and corrected but it's a start. Comments appreciated. send an email for a copy.
Subject line "vegetable guide".

NOTE: Thank you for contacting Green Giant with your inquiry.  Broccoli Slaw does not contain the broccoli florets, it is shredded vegetable stems.  There are floret pieces & other non acceptable items.

Update: Even the Commercial orange juice may contain "scale insects". 

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Alert: Pineapples are infested?

Alert: Pineapples are infested with small worms, mites etc. on the crown leaves, Therefore they should not be used even for garnishing.

The Brown parts left over after peeling should be removed completely. Those brown parts are actually pineapple flowers that closed up as the fruit was growing and there may be mites, etc inside.

Garlic infestation

Monday, December 16, 2013

Update: Fresh Blueberries at Ateres Avrhom- Shocked?

Fresh Blueberries were served yesterday at Ateres Avrhom-????
Blueberries, realistically can't be checked & cleaned. They have thrips, scale insects, etc on the outside & magots in the inside.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

UPDATE: Kashrus Alert- Baldor brussel sprouts infested. "OK" Certified

The OK put out a notice that their certified products are indeed infested and they don't have properly trained mashgichim for infestaion. 

Note: The product was not pulled from the shelves at all.

"8" insects in one small bag? shocking!  "OK" certified!

With finding constantly infested product in the market with various kashrus certifiers, it becomes  very worrisome.

The issue is most mashgichim were not trained properly.

The reason the mashgichim aren't trained properly is because the kosher certifiers themselves had no practical training, so how can they set guidelines, let alone to train others.

Don't eat any vegetables that require Bedikas, unless the mashgiach was properly trained by an expert.

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Kashrus Alert: Gelbsteins Bakery uses "Blueberries".

Kashrus Alert: Gelbsteins Bakery uses "Blueberries".
It's a well known fact that all blueberries are infested. (Organic, Cultivated, Frozen, etc including Bodek's).

Hashgochas?  "Trust me, I'm a Rabbi". Insects are not kosher? I didn't know.

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Adulterated foods- Olive oil, Honey, etc

A European Union report said that olive oil, fish and organic food are the foods that are most likely to be fraudulent. 

The other foods that are likely to be fraudulent are milk, grains, honey and maple syrup, coffee and tea, spices, wine, and certain fruit juices.

The previous alert can be cited with the URL:

Sunday, December 01, 2013