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.
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
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 refers 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.
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
year's harvest appears to be twenty percent lower than last year
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