Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Kashrut Alerts (in Israel)


How interesting... The Israeli Chief Rabbinate Kashrut division has issued the following Kashrut update.

1. Champaign Mushroom Pieces under the name "Kafri uBayti", barcode 7290003285129, imported to Israel by "Euro Standard" has an OU and Chief Rabbinate Hashgacha. This product does NOT have Chief Rabbinate hashgacha, and should be removed from all shelves and returned to the importer.

2. The "Neve Midbar" restaurant at the Dead Sea has a Kashrut Certificate (Teudat Kashrut) from the Badatz "NEzer HaHidur" organization, but no local rabbinate certification. In a check we performed, there were meats which were not Chalak, and meats with no certification at all. Be advised!

3. Iberian Airlines serves kosher meals from the "Mespool" company in Poland, which carries the Kashrut certification of the Badatz Johannesberg and "Nussbaum-Atlas Kosher". In a check with Rav Moshe Kurztag, head of the Johannesberg Beit Din, that this company in Poland is not under their certification since 2005. Be advised!

4. Imported Haagen Daaz ice cream products do not have the Chief Rabbinate Hashgacha because of "Cholov Akum". Mashgichim: Do not let these products onto premises you are responsible for.

5. Mentos fruit sucking candies, imported by "Parfetti Van Mila, Holand", importer license 4002-0722 claims to be "Kosher Lemehadrin" under the supervision of Rabbi Moshe Alon of France. Our investigation revealed that he did not give the hashgacha, nor is he authorized by the Chief Rabbinate to give Kashrut certification...

6. "Ginger" brand spices in Israel, claim to be under the supervision of the Rabbinical Municipal Council of Gan Rave, yet they are not.

7. After receving many complaints that the Isrotel hotel chain forces guests to leave on Shabbat, at 16:00. Be advised and check with the local Mashgiach that the Hotel respects the Shabbat; ie, mechanical locks, shabbat elevators, no electric eyes in bathrooms, etc.

8. Coffeeks instant coffee, barcode 7290003098996, claims to be Koshe under the hasgacha of R' Avraham Hochwald. It does not have his hasgacha. Be warned!

Also included is a list of restaurants in Israel that claim to be Kosher, but do not have certification...see the Hebrew document for all the details.




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4 comments:

tnspr569 said...

So does this mean that all those fruit Mentos we've been eating (with the Badatz Hatam Sofer hechsher on the packages) were treif?

Never a dull moment, it seems...

Anonymous said...

Shalom, to all. And for tnspr569: not treif, but tame.
I am currently working on a guidebook that lists preservatives, additives, fillers, and other noxious chemicals to our food. The guidebook is free of charge. As I do not have e-mail, I must mail it out regular mail.

The guidebook lists composition and sources, for instance: Carrageenan (used in ice cream) is manufactured from seaweed. Glazing on pastries (listed as cochineal extract)comes from an insect (which is tame). I also list where this information (for each chemical) was found, for you to cross-reference.

I will be finished, G-D willing, in about a month. If you wish it, I only ask you help me with postage and pages copied. Send your address, as I have no e-mail, and I will let you know how much it is to send to you. NOT ONE CENT FOR MYSELF do I wish except to help me copy it and send it to you. Here is my address:
Yeshayahu ben Avraham Galluzzo
988 Duvall Hwy
Pasadena, MD 21122
Chi mi tzion tay tsay tsoro. Shalom v'lachayim
Yesha Galluzzo

yaak said...

I just noticed that Mashgihim in Israel now need a Hechsher.

See here

The back of the hill said...

5. Mentos fruit sucking candies, imported by "Parfetti Van Mila, Holand", importer license 4002-0722 claims to be "Kosher Lemehadrin" under the supervision of Rabbi Moshe Alon of France. Our investigation revealed that he did not give the hashgacha, nor is he authorized by the Chief Rabbinate to give Kashrut certification...

Why would a product made in the Netherlands have a hashgacha from a Tzarfati?

I would respectfully suggest that any questions about the kashrus acceptability of Dutch products be addressed to rav Binyomin Jacobs in the Hague (Chief rabbi of the Netherlands), or rav Aryeh Ralbag of Young Israel of Avenue K in New York, who is the Chief Rabbi of Amsterdam.

Additionally, if you wish to speak to someone in Israel about Dutch-Jewish matters, you might consider contacting rav Nathan Lopes Cardozo at the Cardozo Academy at 7 Cassuto Street, Jerusalem 96433. Telephone: 02-652 4053.

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