Chief Rabbinate Kashrut Update 010

February 17, 2009
23 Tevet 5769

Pri Nir Company – Lower Galil – tomato products with a regular hechsher from shmitah year were erroneously labeled as mehadrin with a Rabbinate supervision in addition to Badatz Agudat Yisrael. It has been decided that all tomato products from the factory from here on are only regular and not mehadrin supervision. Restaurants and caterers are requested not to use any of the company’s products marked with a mehadrin label. 

Gold Frost Ltd from Yavne – Bulgarian cheese in olive oil and spices – product code 7290011615406, under the name “Kolios” and with a triangle K supervision (Rabbi Aryeh Ralbag) with the approval of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel. It appears the containers of cheese lack the proper markings of the mashgiach and therefore, there are fears the cheese is not kosher and should not be used. Rav Ralbag adds he does not undertake any responsibility for the packages that do not have his stamp of kashrut approval.

Natural Source 500mg vitamin C tablets bearing a BCK hecher (Rabbi Eli Landau) are fraudulently marked and do not have his supervision, nor does the product have the approval of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel. The product produced by Vita Health Canada contains non kosher ingredients. Anyone finding the product on store shelves is asked to contact BCK at 604-731-1803 or email

The Chief Rabbinate informs chain stores to only accept delivery of produce from recognized distributers and factories, presenting the appropriate bills of lading with accompanying letter of kosher certification. There are now strawberries and other products coming straight from growers, bypassing the system, eliminating the ability to verify the integrity of their kashrut.

With Adar rapidly approaching, the Purim hamentashen (oznei Haman) cakes will soon be seen in the marketplace. Purchasers must be certain to only buy products in sealed boxes with recognized known local rabbinate supervisions. Boxes with new or unknown supervisions should not be purchased, as is the case with unmarked bulk shipments. A warning is also issued for hamentashen selling at too low a price, which may signal a non-kosher item, non-Jewish baking, a dairy product, unsifted flour, dough used without separating challah, or non-kosher fillings. To avoid such obstacles, a valid legitimate bill of lading and appropriate kashrut certification must accompany every shipment.

PETACH TIKVAH: HaKohanim Shwarma – 22 Histadrut Street, advertises itself as glatt kosher under Petach Tikvah Rabbinate. The store has no supervision whatsoever.

HERZLIYA: Sim Sim Thai Box Restaurant, 56 Ben-Gurion Street – the local Rabbinate has revoked its supervision as of Feb 1, 2009.

UPPER NAZARETH: Lo Katchina Pizza on Shoshanim Street has lost its supervision.

Garin Tavlin Nuts, also on Shoshanim Street, lost its supervision.

NAHARIYA: The Park Plaza and Sole Marine Hotels no longer have a local rabbinate supervision.

CHIEF RABBINATE KASHRUT:  Beit HaKliya Zahti is not under the rabbinate nationwide supervision.

RISHON L’TZION: HaKol D’vash at 8 Rothschild Street. It advertises itself as kosher on its label but does not have any legal supervision.

Shvil HaDagin at 4 Rothschild Street. It advertises itself as kosher on its label but does not have any legal supervision.

YAHUD: 11 Sa’adya Chatucha Street – its packaging states kosher but it does not have any supervision from the local rabbinate.

TEL AVIV: Tike Tezi, 15 Aliya Street (at the corner of 54 Luwinsky) advertises itself as kosher. It does not have supervision from the rabbinate but displays other certificates.

In the Maariv Building at 53 Menachem Begin Street: The “Catering” operation advertises as kosher but lacks any supervision from the Rabbinate.

The Pargiot Metamei HaGrill Restaurant, 23 Carlebach Street. The Tel Aviv Rabbinate revoked its supervision.

Bar Kokis, 31 Sheirit Yisrael Street, The Tel Aviv Rabbinate revoked its supervision.

Ta’ami Restaurant, HaSharon Street, an adjoining door, without any marking, has baked good under the label Gidron, displaying a photocopy of the Petach Tikvah Rabbinate when in actuality, it does not have any supervision.

The Mesech Helman Company – Rabbi Tzuri Ne’eman Shlita wishes to inform consumers that he gives the supervision along with the Brener Regional Rabbinate.

The original PDF Hebrew file may be found on the Jerusalem Kosher News group website in the “File” section at

Rabbi Yaakov Sabag
Chief of Kashrut Division

Rabbi Rafi Yochai
Chief of National Kashrut Fraud Prevention

For questions, or comments please send me an email at . I will do my best to respond.

Yechiel Spira

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