Wednesday, April 24, 2013
They have no viable solutions to implement.
They feel with the right "PR", they could continue in the inter agency rivalry, and continue the cover-ups.
There is no reliable system of having properly trained individuals for infestation issues.
LA Rabonim say "we can't afford it, it's expensive, the consumer wants to eat, the food service establishments don't want limitations as "vegies are the in thing"
Monday, April 22, 2013
Friday, April 19, 2013
Kosher taste Brand
Bodek Garni bags
All of them are worst than Treif, Chazir, etc
January 25, 2012 By Jonah Lowenfeld- LA Jewish times.
Can we afford kosher lettuce?
Rabbi Vann of the RCC of Calif.
Yossi Asyag is an entrepreneur trying to grow bug-free kosher vegetables.
On a Monday morning in November, two men sat on the edge of a field in Carpinteria, 85 miles north of Los Angeles. The older one, middle-aged, wiry and bareheaded, had the face of someone who has served in the military, worked in agriculture or, in his case, both. Alongside him was a younger man who wore a black kippah and looked, from his complexion, like he spends his days indoors.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Monday, April 15, 2013
Due in no small part to the recent controversy at Agri Processors slaughterhouse.There has been a lot of talk of late about how Glatt kosher meat is produced. Yet for all the sensational headlines about whether the standards of kashrut are being met, little attention has been paid to how those standards are actually determined.
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Saturday, April 13, 2013
All of the ingredients for a full blown kashrus scandal are in place, it's still brewing. Keep tuned to here.
Friday, April 12, 2013
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Some of the following information was gathered from various articles in print, including the LA Jewish times reporter Jonah Lowenfeld.
The response was “Finkel is an erlich religious person, says a daf yomi shiur, is the Baal-koreh, etc & therefore they decided to refuse to listen to Yehuda Shain’s proofs. BTW, Atrium never used any of Shevach’s meat after that. BTW- Mr. Finkel was the president of the elementary school where both the Rav Hamachshir and his mashgiach were Hebrew teachers. Finkel decided how much of a raise they should get and they are his kosher certifier as well.
There are Kashrus scandals going on right now, re: meat distribution, Bais Yosef standard, Infestation checking by unqualified certifiers & Mashgichim, Non-Observant (michaleli shabbos) Mashgichim, etc
What was the rush? Most kosher consumers had done their passover purchase of meat & poultry at the time it was revealed the scandal. What was the rush to find a purchaser? A few weeks down it could have been bought at a fire sale price. No reason to reward the owner with making anything more than fire sale dollars.
There are other kosher distributors in the LA area. They may be certified by RCC's competition, is that the reason for the rush?
The Halachic ruling of not requiring to kosherize the utensils is very questionable at best based on the facts that could have been known at the time. see
The RCC claims they are a not making any profit with their certification. Therefore it would be beneficial to hand over the reins (at no charge) to another agency that subscribes to the motto of חשדהו וחשדהו especially when there were many red flags that should have been picked up.
The RCC says they will bring in outsiders to do a forensic accounting to see who's at fault. The RCC is going to bring in the OU where Rabbi Belsky is the prominent halacha authority, & he is the father in law of Rechnitz the purchaser. The RCC says they'll also bring a chasidesh one to investigate.
When one wants to be successful in kashrus certification, he must be very observant in
נטילת ידיים "where one hand washes ther other hand"
LA kosher consumers may not rely on their certifiers re: checking for infestation of fruits & Vegetables.
The LA certifiers don't have properly trained mashgichim for infestation. The food-service establihments don't even have a light box, which is a basic necessaty. They say they can't afford it.
If that's the case they should close up, rather than allowing to serve infessted fruits & vegetables.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Tuesday, April 09, 2013
That may be the answer to many of the questions raised in the latest LA Doheny scandal.
Romaine Hearts have the leaves still attached, they are not washed as individual leaves. The Mashgiach said he observes the hearts as they travel on a belt through some sprayers and then it's packed. He was asked but they are infested, you can only see one side of one leaf. He said talk to the certifying agency "I'm doing what i was told to do.
There were numerous certifiers utilizing that slaughterhouse in the west. One of the certifiers were notified & they said the recently dicontinued the use of that slaughterhouse because of kashrus issues. The LA certifier responded "My Mashgichim are of a caliber that nothing can be pulled over them, and as far as I'm concerned nothing is going on and I'm going to ignore it".
The third certifier, sent down 2 extra people from NY to ascertain the issues, they had a hard time locating the shocking of the animal after shechita. A worker finally showed them where it's being done. They marked all of the days carcasses as treif.
Monday, April 08, 2013
'Tis the Season- California celery have leaf miners. Out of 2 cases of celery there were 85 stalks with leaf miners. The Leaf miners are found in the outer darker green stalks. Their tell tale trails is a somewhat wavy translucent trail.
Update: Blueberries were found to be infested regardless from what part of the USA or Canada they originate from. We recently checked with a company that produces Blueberry filling with a hashgocha their process. They use "wild blueberries" ( Cultivated blueberries have somewhat less infestation). They have the Mashgiach check them for infestation (and never found any blueberries that are infested). They cook it with water for a while then add the thickening agent. We were not able to justify using the Blueberry filling.
There was a large fish monger operation in the Boston area under a Hashgocha, but did not have a mashgiach on premises. The Certifier was questioned "how do certify a skinless fish operation without a mashgiach on premises"? He responded that he visits a few times a year and he has a special battery operated WAND that he passes over the tanks of fish, if there are any non kosher fish IT BEEPS!
He was asked how do you know it works? He responded "it never beeped"!!!
Sunday, April 07, 2013
DOHENY Scandal--Guest Post- Halachic Questions- Must everyone kosherize their utensils? The RCC Certifier, should they continue?
to have been from the majority. But once we knew that the unauthorized product was there, all of the stock took on the halachik status of “safek”, i.e. being of doubtful kashrut, and therefore cannot be used.