Chief Rabbinate Kashrut Update 011

March 5, 2009
9 Adar 5769

The Chief Rabbinate Fraud Division has learned that a quantity of ‘sodium cyclamate 13’ with a fraudulent certification has been introduced into the market and is being used in some food manufacturing factories. Inspectors raided the importers warehouse and found the suspected product, bearing an unauthorized certification from the London Bet Din. It also states Kosher for Passover, once again claiming certification from the London Bet Din.

The London Bet Din reports that it hasn’t granted certification to the Golden Sary Co LTD in Indonesia since 2005, and therefore the K-LBD is fraudulent. The item did not receive approval of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel. 

A police complaint has been filed against the appropriate people. Notification is being made to factories to avoid use of the non-certified ingredient. (see photo of item 1 in PDF Hebrew update)

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Acting on intelligence information, Chief Rabbinate inspectors working in concert with Ministry of Agriculture and VAT inspectors raided a northern freezer warehouse, suspecting to find treif (non-kosher) meat. Inspectors did indeed find an unspecified quantity of non-kosher meat which was confiscated. (See photo of item 2 in PDF Hebrew update.

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Cookies under the label “Ugiot Mizrachi Shel’i (product code 6223001856795) were being distributed in southern Israel. They are reportedly made in Egypt under the supervision of the Ukrainian Rabbinate and authorized for import by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel. An investigation reveals there is no import label on the product, and the fraud division states it cannot be manufactured in Egypt with Ukrainian Rabbinate supervision. Stores are instructed to remove the item from shelves.  (See photo item 3 in PDF Hebrew update/ right side)

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WARNING: The Bet Oron Hotel (04-830-7444) in the Carmel Coast Regional Council advertises as kosher and kosher for Passover. It does not have any certification whatsoever. (See photo item 4 in PDF Hebrew update/left side).

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A surprise inspection of the Onot Yisrael Company in Ramat HaSharon (03-547-4446 or 054-729-6264) revealed the company presents itself as kosher but does not have any supervision whatsoever. It once had mashgichim but they no longer work there after major kashrut deficiencies were detected in the food manufacturing operation. As a result, there is no supervision regarding the separation of tithes and the issue of bug infestation inspections. The products from this company should not be used or sold. (See photo item 5 in PDF Hebrew update/right side)

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WARNING: Super Deal Chicken Broth (product code 071262042190) marketed by Tabachnek, USA, never received authorization from Chief Rabbinate of Israel for importation. It is also noteworthy that it is different than the customary chicken broth in Israel, which is generally parve. This item is MEAT and it bears the supervision of the American Kaf-K. The Chief Rabbinate requests the item not be sold since it is meat and may lead to confusion in the marketplace. (See photo item 6 in PDF Hebrew update/left side).

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WARNING: The Pargiot – Me’tam Grill Restaurant at 23 Carlebach Street in Tel Aviv (03-562-1007) advertises itself as Kosher under the Tel Aviv Rabbinate. The restaurant is open on Shabbos and has no supervision. Action is being taken against the restaurant. (See photo item 7 in PDF Hebrew update/right side).

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Packaged under the name Carmel Medallion bittersweet chocolate (62%) with dried fruit (product code 7290011163198), manufactured under the name De Karina is marked mehadrin, under the supervision of Golan Heights Rabbinate, the OK and Badatz Igud HaRabbonim Manchester. It has been learned the labeling is incorrect and the chocolate is milk chocolate, DAIRY. (see photo item 8 in PDF Hebrew update/left side).

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The Rechovot Chief Rabbinate reports the Gan City Catering Hall located at 1 Derech HaYam Street in the American City complex has a regular kosher supervision, not “mehadrin glatt” as per the erroneous advertisements of the hall. (See photo item 9 in PDF Hebrew update/ right side).

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Whole grain bread from the Navat Chita company, producing ‘light whole wheat multi- grain bread’ is advertised as kosher under the Rechovot Rabbinate. The Rechovot Rabbinate reports this is not the case and the claim is fraudulent.

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While the Rabbinate report fails to mention the name of the butcher shop in the Ramot area of Jerusalem, it does report that a store without a Rabbanut supervision advertises mehadrin “badatz” chickens, while in actuality, the chickens come from a source that is not ‘badatz mehadrin’ at all. The store does not have an Jerusalem Rabbinate supervision. The kashrut inspectors also cite they believe the butcher made an incision in the drumstick to give the appearance the chickens are ‘badatz mehadrin’ and underwent the ‘tzomet ha’gidim’ tendon inspection, which they did not. Consumers are urged not to patronize butcher shops without proper supervision, even those which may be located in religious neighborhoods.

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The next issue address “Otzar Beit Din” wines from shmitah year. The matter is far too complicated to address in this forum. Those who understand know the precautions that must be taken and the Chief Rabbinate advisees one must be certain of the source of such wine prior to purchase.

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For information pertaining to dates of shmitah fruits, one may find information provided by Dr. Sachs at http://www.daat.ac.il/daat/shmita/sikumim/kdusha.htm  (Page in Hebrew)

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THE FOLLOWING MAKE FALSE CLAIMS OF BEING KOSHER – OR HAVE LOST THEIR KASHRUT SUPERVISION.

1.    Binyamina – Crunchypen Café: 24 HaAtzma’ut Street
2.    Binyamina – Givinat Shomron Factory Outlet: 14 Ha’ikar Street
3.    Maale Yosef – Moroccan Fantasy: under the management of Lior Najar located in Moshav Husan.
4.    Tel Aviv – Polrin Shwarma at 75 Ibin Givrol Street. (He lost his supervision but refuses to forfeit the certificate).

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Rabbi Yaakov Sabag
Chief of Kashrut Division

Rabbi Rafi Yochai
Chief of National Kashrut Fraud Prevention

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It is the top file for now.

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One comment

  • Milhouse
    April 28, 2009 - 18:04 | Permalink

    CHICKEN SOUP

    The kaf-K is at least as reliable as any Rabbanut supervision. Why should anyone care that it doesn’t have Rabbanut approval? As for this “request” that it not be sold in Israel just because it’s meat, what nonsense. Does Osem not make both parve and meat chicken soup powders? This is a new product, and the label says quite openly that it’s meat; that’s precisely why people buy it rather than a fake pareve broth. If someone couldn’t be bothered to read the label, how do they know it’s kosher at all?

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