Sunday, November 30, 2014

Monsey (of fame) does it again- KYO Restaurant caught in the act-

Monsey (of fame) does it again-  

KYO treif Restaurant caught in the act, "again".

Rabonim say,
The people must eat someplace.
Monsey shtut is also a place that it's  usually a
דבר שיש לו מתירין
Remember- the Monsey Shatnez scandal is still going on, it even spread to Lakewood. 

Saturday, November 29, 2014

CRC- Hisachdus kashrus standards are the same as the OK

Why doesn't the Hisachdus CRC allow Tropicana Orange juice?  because of the infestation.

We are sure we don't have to educate anyone to the OK standards.
In the OK's Kislev 5771 "chanukah", there is a letter from Rabbi Benyumin Aryeh Glick Executive Rabbinic Coordinator of the CRC Hisachdus  to the OK magazine Kosher spirit.

In the letter he praises the OK's kashrus standards, which he calls "perfect".
He also addresses that other hechsherim (Hechsherim are the heimish hashgochas, not kosher certifiers) can not or will not meet the OK's standards.

He also praises the Ok's stand on the story of the adulterated Shufra Pesach cocoa saga.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Kashrus Alert: Update: PINEAPPLE infested beyond the brown parts

Update: Kashrus Alert:

PINEAPPLE (Costa-Rica) was found to be infested with mealy bugs 

beyond the brown parts! 

Therefore at this time Pineapple should not be used including canned pineapple.

                                 Older alert on pineapple

Monday, November 17, 2014

5 Towns Caterer had a serious breach in his kashrus

5 Towns Caterer had a serious breach in his kashrus. The Owner called the 5 Town's Vaad Hakashrus's Administrator to advise him of the situation.

The 5 Town Vaad hakashrus Administrator told the caterer "ignore it, don't even respond".

Kosher consumers, It's time for a wake-up call- Don't bother to press snooze, The Vaad's Rabonim already pressed the snooze button.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Another letter about Lakewood restaurants

I saw the posted letter someone wrote about a Lakewood Restaurant “should I eat there”? I decided to pen my own letter on a similar topic about a Lakewood restaurant.

A little while back a schmaltzy fleishig restaurant opened in Lakewood. The owners were from the upper crust and heimish type of the Lakewood community.  It got off to a very slow start, prices were high, ambience was fair, staff was so so, etc. I am not going to address the purpose and the damage to mishpachas of such eateries in a kolel town of Lakewood. Wines on the menu can be up-to $140.00 or more a bottle.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Kashrus alert: Honeydew honey is not kosher- Some honey processors produce both in the same facility, and it is heated. Beware when buying honey, etc in health food stores.

Honeydew Honey- is not permitted, as it's an extraction from other insects, it does not become permitted just because the bee collected it.

"Honeydew" is a classification of honey that Bee Collecting Honeydew honey from Oak leafrefers to honey produced by honeybees collecting nectar that is exuded from another insect such as an aphid or scale insect. It is quite common in a number of countries and the best known is honeydew from the Black Forest in Germany. World wide honeydew can be referred to variously as "forest honey", "Pine honey", "Fir honey" etc. and may sometimes be referred to by the specific species of tree producing the honeydew. 

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

Saturday, November 01, 2014

olive oil shortage= adulteration fraud big time

Shortage of Olive Oil Predicted
This year's harvest appears to be twenty percent lower than last year
October 20, 2014
Harvest reports from the major olive growing areas around the world indicate a significantly smaller crop in 2014, and combined with the steady growth in demand for Extra Virgin Olive Oil, the news has experts expressing concern about a shortage of top quality olive oil. This year's harvest of 2.56 million tons appears to be about twenty percent lower than last year's, and more important, falls well below the 3 million tons consumed last year. 
 "As with all agricultural products, olives and olive oil are subject to the whims and vagaries of nature," says Ann Sievers of Il Fiorello Olive Oil Company, who makes olive oil for some of the top names in the Napa Valley. "Here in Northern California, there are many concerns not only about the size of the crop but also the constant issue of the olive fly. It looks like our harvest will be just a bit below last year."