27 Cheshvan 5771
November 4, 2010
Israel: All Cheerios products sold in Israel under the General Mills/Nestle label have a Chodosh Code of Aug 16 11. (Anything earlier would be yoshon).
Nature Valley Granola bars sold in Israel with Hebrew Lettering and an O-U symbol are Yoshon with codes of 8/21/11 or earlier.
Cheerios, Honey Nut Cheerios, Multi Nut Cheerios sold in Eretz Yisroel — the cutoff date is August 16/20/11. (Anything earlier would be yoshon).
NOTE: Regarding the Honey Nut Cheerios sold in Israel with a date of August 23rd, seven days after the cutoff date – it should be okay according to Rav Herman.
JKN ADDS: According to Rabbi Chaim Lasri Shlita, who heads the Chief Rabbinate Import Division, all Cheerios and other products exhibiting an import label stating “with approval of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel” are yoshon only, since the Chief Rabbinate does not permit importing chodosh.
He adds that if one wishes to be absolutely certain, one will verify the integrity of the import label with the importer.
Rabbi Yaakov Charlop, the rav of Osem adds that all imports by his company are also yoshon.