Chief Rabbinate Kashrut Update 013

March 22, 2009
26 Adar 5769

(Alert number 12 is directed as professionals in the Israel kashrut industry, giving operational guidelines for Passover preparations. Therefore, it was not translated and distributed).

In a raid conducted by inspectors in the Rechovot area, a number of establishments were found to be displaying unauthorized kashrut certificates, advertising themselves as kosher without having legitimate recognized kashrut certificates from an approved agency. The bogus certificates include Rabbi Menashe Belker, from Lod and Rabbi Avraham Etzraff – Keter Ladud. The certificates were confiscated by police. (See photo of item 1 in PDF Hebrew original.


5 kilogram bags of Orez Yarden rice, distributed by Yossi Yisraeli LTD advertises itself as kosher under the supervision of Haifa Rabbinate. Haifa Rabbinical officials report the claim is untrue and the product has not received supervision for a number of years. (See photo of item 2 in PDF Hebrew original).


Heineken beer distributed by Tempo in Israel is imported with the approval of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel, and carries supervision from the Netanya Rabbinate. Bottles have been found without the rabbinate’s approval or any kosher supervision – prompting officials to warn consumers and caterers to be certain they only acquire approved bottles, which can only be obtained from the sole importer, Tempo (See photo of item 3 in PDF Hebrew original).


Munches coated peanuts, product code 72900011237288 and Munches peanuts product code 7290001237264 are labeled “kosher for Passover – kitniot” when in actuality, they contain chametz and are forbidden for Passover use. (See photo of item 4 in PDF Hebrew original)


Dr. Pet cat food contains actual chametz and therefore, may not be used for Passover despite the fact the product has a label which reads “no chametz”. The rabbinate takes this opportunity to remain the consumer public that when shopping for Passover, it is not enough for a product to state kosher for Passover, but this must be accompanied by documentation from a legitimate supervising agency. (no photo accompaniment).

According to the Chof Carmel Rabbinate, the Chof Dor vacation resort has lost its kashrut certification. The decision to revoke the certification resulted from “gross violations of prohibitions pertaining to the separation of meat and milk, cooking on Shabbat and cooking without a mashgiach present”. The resort managers are refusing to forfeit the kashrut certificate, which may still be on display. (no applicable photo).


Shemen Zayit Katit pure olive oil, product code 7290001855157, is reported to contain soy oil as per Health Ministry officials. The product also states it is under the supervision of the Kochav Yair Rabbinate and Badatz Nachlat Yitzchak [a bogus agency]. The Chief Rabbinate states one may not grant a kashrut to a firm defrauding the consumer as per the appropriate laws, 195 and 1145. (See photo of item 7 of original Hebrew PDF document).


The Chatzor HaGlilit Rabbinate reports the supervision of the Americana Restaurant, located at Machanayim Jct., has been revoked after it was learned to be operating on Shabbat. (no applicable photo)


In the 5769 London kashrut publication pertaining to Irish whiskey, mention is made pertaining to concerns regarding contamination with non-kosher wine or other ingredients. Therefore, one should only use such products if they bear a legitimate kashrut certification. Therefore, Jameson, Bushmills, and Paddy brands MUST contain a kashrut certification or may not be used. In addition, Absolut Vodka, Smirnoff Vodka, Smirnoff Ice Vodka must also have kashrut certification. If the mentioned brands lack certification, they may not be used in kosher affairs. (see photo 9 of original Hebrew PDF document)


The Palace Hotel located at 33 Gad Michnas Street in Netanya advertises being under the Netanya Rabbinate’s supervision but this is not so. (no photo)


A reminder is issued regarding pirate schita, the illegal slaughter of animals in unauthorized slaughter house. An authorized slaughter house must have a chief rabbinical figure, as well as mashgichim, and the presence of a kashrut official at all times, not just during actual slaughter. As such, one should only accept fresh meat from a known authorized slaughter house with meat bearing proper kosher labels and markings. In addition, the meat must be accompanied by the appropriate documentation attesting to the nikur (de-veining) and koshering process of the delivery.

**It is advised to by animal feed before Pesach since grains of wheat may be mixed into the corn feed despite all efforts to prevent such a situation.

**Many pet foods may contain actual chametz and are therefore, prohibited on Pesach.

**Some of the ink used to mark beef contains corn elements and therefore, those stringent to avoid such derivatives on Passover should remove the stamp before preparing the meat.

**Many olive oils contain other mixtures, yet state “kosher for Passover” without carrying a warning “only for those who eat kitniot”. Sometimes, the kashrut claim may be fraudulent as well. The best indicator of olive oils containing soy oil is the price, usually selling for NIS 10 for 630cc, a price too low for true olive oil. In addition, some red paprika with oil may contain soya oil, a warning for those who may not eat kitniot.

**Some grains of wheat or barely may have been mixed into corn kernels which are no longer detectable once ground. Therefore, these items should be cooked, fried, and prepared in whatever fashion prior to the holiday so if this is the case, the minute chametz particles will have been voided before the chag.

**Most red lentils imported to Israel contain vegetable oil and citric acid originating from chametz. Therefore, even those who eat kitniot should not use red lentils on Pesach.

**Once certain areas of food preparation plants are prepared for Pesach, others from different [not yet prepared areas] should not be permitted entry, paying attention to their garments. Those employees and visitors wishing to enter kosher for Passover areas should be compelled to change aprons and outer garments, gloves, hats and shoe coverings. Special attention must be paid to workers, to prevent them from moving knives and other utensils from one area to another.

**Coconut, peanut, walnut and almond cookies do at times contain matzah meal and therefore, one should read labels if one is stringent and does not use products with matzah meal (shrurya – gebrochs). One must also make certain that such cookies are indeed kosher for Passover.

Rabbi Yaakov Sabag
Chief of Kashrut Division

Rabbi Rafi Yochai
Chief of National Kashrut Fraud Prevention


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  • Milhouse
    April 28, 2009 - 17:48 | Permalink

    CAT FOOD: This ignores an open din in shulchan aruch. Those cat foods that contain chametz do so only as a minor ingredient; the primary ingredient in all cat food is meat. Cat food is not eaten by normal people. Therefore there is NO REASON AT ALL not to use it on Pesach, even if it contains wheat or barley.

  • Milhouse
    April 28, 2009 - 17:56 | Permalink


    This is seriously deficient. To start with, there is no such thing as “Smirnoff Ice Vodka”; whichever Rabbanut flunky wrote this alert made no effort to ascertain his facts, and thus has no credibility.

    As for Irish whiskey, yes, one must know that a brand is kosher before using it (unlike whiskey from most countries, which can be presumed kosher unless known not to be). But there is no need for a certification on the label. That is just a made-up requirement of the Rabbanut, with no basis in halacha. If a particular brand is kosher then it’s kosher; there is no Irish distillery that makes both kosher and treif runs of the same whiskey. Paddy and Jameson’s are both definitely kosher; I’m not sure about Bushmills, but the company’s web site says it’s certified by the Irish Chief Rabbinate, and I see no reason to doubt it.

  • Milhouse
    April 28, 2009 - 17:59 | Permalink


    More nonsense. Almost all beer is kosher. Heineken in particular is known to be kosher, whether it has anything on the label to say so or not. Who gave the Rabbinate the right to “warn consumers and caterers to be certain they only acquire approved bottles”? Are “approved” bottles any more kosher than “unapproved” ones, or are they just part of the Full-Employment-For-Mashgichim industry?

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