Tuesday, November 11, 2014

UPDATE: Infestation Update:

Orange Juice, All- infested with scale insects.
Mango, mango Juice, cut-up mango- infested with scale insects [including from Mexico, Brazil]

Avacado- infested with Scale insects.
SunDried Tomatoes All- Infested, especially the ones w/ Hashgocha.

Blueberries- fresh, frozen, dried, filling, yogurts, etc: infested with scale insects & maggots-DO NOT USE even with Hashgocha. "BMG's KCL allows bakeries & others to use infested blueberries, raisins, strawberries, sun-dried tomatoes, infested orange juice, etc.

Strawberies- Fresh- very infested- Cut off green top with a very thin sliver of fruit, peel strawberry so all seeds are removed, rinse, no further checking necessary-
Frozen strawberries-with hashgocha- puree very fine or cook.

Raspberries, Blackberries, Mullberries- too infested, do not use.
Scallions- Check for leaf miners, slice open lengthwise including ALL tubers, wash with soap & winter, rinse.
Celery- lately has been found to have many leaf miners, which can be identified by their wavy translucent trails.

Chives- infested. Use only the specially grown ones, and wash well. Unless you have BMG's KCL, they allow the use of infested chives.
Grapes- Break into small clusters, soak in soapy solution & rinse (soak & rinse 3 times), the wash & rub each grape to remove the scale insects.
Corn on the cob- Infested with thrips, remove kernels, rinse.

Raisins- Are infested, to check them, soak for 24 hours, strain water into a fine mesh cloth, check cloth on a light box. Be familiar with the insects appearance. This includes Raisin bran cereals.
Dried figs- very infested with camouflaged insects, requires checking by an expert or by properly trained individual. Fresh figs- very hard to check.

Bodek Garni bags- are unacceptable, as the holes are way too large and fully grown insects go right through.
Corn on the cob-Infested, fresh or frozen- must de-rkenelize, rinse, eat. canned frozen, fresh kernels are generally clean.
All "cod-liver" are infested w/ anisakis


Anonymous said...

Regarding scallions you forgot to mention that you need to check for leaf miners.

Trrrust me azoy vee in kashrus said...


"yeshivishe" psak said...

Big poskim hold it is assur to sell any kind treif so who is cRc Chicago being somech on?


But there’s one little-known quirk at Wrigley that appears to be fading away as the ballpark, which celebrated its 100th anniversary last month, enters its second century: the numerous Orthodox Jewish vendors who sell food and drinks in the stands.

Years back, when the hot dog buns apparently carried dairy ingredients, Orthodox vendors often debated whether selling franks violated the Jewish law prohibiting profiting from the sale of food that mixes meat and dairy, even if the meat isn’t kosher.

Rabbi Sholem Fishbane, kashrut administrator at the Chicago Rabbinical Council, says he fielded this question from a vendor’s mother not long ago. The prohibition, he says, applies only to foods in which the dairy and meat have been cooked together, so ballpark franks are OK (as long as you’re not selling them to a Jew).

Anonymous said...

How is it that sundried tomatoes under hashgocho are even more infested than with no hashgocho?

Al kol ponim it's a scandal that Rav Binyomin Gruber is allowing the ones from Star K.

Kashrus alert said...


thinking of opening a store said...

Its strange that Reb Yudel is the expert on
Kashrus and has NO real Hashgachas.
The whole frum world should be 'chaleshing' to take you as their hashgacha for their stores and what not not!?!?!?!?!?

Whats the root of this issue???

berrymen said...

Saskatoon is a commercial variety of the wild juneberry.

Whats the bug situation on these berries?

Anonymous said...

What's going on with Vaad of Kiryas Yoel?

Simply Sushi has just opened a new concession inside Butter Blend restaurant on Bakerstown Rd in KJ where they are serving California roll made from pollock fish, a min that attracts anisakis.

Anonymous said...

A few doors away from Butter Blend is Health Mart supermarket. They are importing take out from Monsey under Weissmandl's hashgocho that they repackage, remove Weissmandl's symbol which they replace with the symbol of the Kiryas Yoel Vaad. I asked someone who works at the Monsey store if KJ Vaad is actually supervising the food in any way. He said to the best of his knowledge not. If true this is a scandal because the Satmar oylam, just like much of the Lakewood oylam, does not eat from Weissmandl's hashgocho.

No Kidding! said...


Secular journalist says he doesn't understand how hashgochos are able to maintain kashrus standards in China

Anonymous said...

KCL is really the best hashgocha from the owners point of view (I hope you understand me).I am an owner, I know. Just make sure your financial relationship with them is current or even a few days ahead.

From the customers point of view, the KCL is not a hashgocha if kashrus is your forte.

Anonymous said...

I have been finding that fresh corn on the Cobb is infested with many very small aphids. I don't know if there enter the cracks or holes between the kernels. But there are so many found on the kernels surface. I see them sold in hemishe store fully loaded with aphids. Any ideas rabbi yudel?