Chief Rabbinate Update – 14/2010

2 Nissan 5770 – March 17, 2010
chief-rabbinate-of-israel1Chief Rabbinate of Israel
Fraud Division
Kashrut Alert – 14

28 Adar 5770
March 14, 2010

Alert pertaining to Pasta d’Oro (spaghetti, rigatoni, spiral pasta – barcodes 5948935002605 and 5948935001714) are marked as “Kosher for Passover for those who eat kitniot”. It displays kashrut from the “OK” and “Badatz Chug Chatam Sofer Petach Tikvah”, labeled kosher parve by both.

In addition, there is a label affixed to the product with a hechsher from Badatz Beit Yosef kosher for Passover for those who eat kitniot, approved by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel.

The Chief Rabbinate reports it only grants certification for the product during the year, not on Pessach. The other kashrut organizations concur, that their supervision is NOT for Pesach.

The Chief Rabbinate reminds consumers all inherently chametz products must display a package change for the holiday. This would include rolls, cakes, wafers, pasta, soup nuts (almonds) and the like. (See photo in original Hebrew documents, item 1 right side).

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Lia Handmade Elegant Chocolate is not longer under the supervision of the Petach Tikvah Rabbanut despite the fact the company continues advertising itself as such, as per the website. The company shows kosher certificates from the Badatz Beit Yosef as well, both not valid. (See photo in original Hebrew document item 2 left side).

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Afula residents – Recently, a flyer advertising “The Burekas and Ice Cream” in the Yuklar area of the city, located at 9 Chativah Street, claims to be “kosher mehadrin”. The Afula Rabbinate has not given the store a kosher certificate and therefore assumes no responsibility for the kashrut in that location. (See original Hebrew document, item 3, right side).

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The Beit Shemesh Rabbinate has not given  a kosher certification to “Chaim Tovim” which is distributing soup nuts (almonds) and cakes as kosher for Passover.

The items are sold under the label “Afikoman” but the company did not implement wrapping/packaging changes as required by law [to differentiate between goods for during the year and the Passover holiday]. The Chief Rabbinate therefore does not permit using the item until further notice. (See original Hebrew document, item 4, left side).

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Korel light tuna flakes in oil, barcode 7290000306056, produced by Aneka, is certified by the OU. The item was not approved by the Chief Rabbinate for import, and they suspect it may be ‘bishul akum’ and therefore, should be removed from shelves. (See original Hebrew document, item 5, left side)

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The Gan Yavne Rabbinate does not give kashrut supervision to ‘Mitbach Shel Aliza’ (Aliza’s Kitchen), located at 15 Gan Yochanan Street. The company does however advertise itself as kosher.

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Experts regarding latex disposable gloves report that the gloves commonly used in food stores around the country contain a starch and therefore, only approved gloves should be used for Pesach (Passover).
 

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Rabbi Yaakov Sabag
Chief of Kashrut Division
Rabbi Rafi Yochai
Chief of National Kashrut Fraud Prevention

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