Hiddurim Alert from the Eida Chareidit

25 Tevet 5771
January 1, 2011
eida-chareidit3A warning bearing the signature of the Eida Chareidit was distributed in some religious Jerusalem neighborhoods on Friday afternoon.

The warning states that the Osher Ahd supermarket chain is selling Hiddurim brand meats bearing a sticker claiming a hechsher from the Eida Chareidit, when in fact, this is not the case. The notice adds there is a fear that the meats are actually treif, suggesting one consult with one’s rav regarding a need to kasher pots/utensils if one purchased and cooked such packages.

The notice speaks of packages with “Hiddurim” stickers, indicating the suspected fraudulent packages are not the standard factory packages. (JKN reminds consumers to STAY AWAY from stickers, which are too often unreliable and look for kashrus certifications on original factory packaging only).

There is a second notice, in the Shabbos HaMevaser, a “clarification”, stating Hiddurim is indeed under the Eida’s supervision providing the package bears the Eida logo along with the hologram.

Deliveries arriving at one’s home must be in sealed plastic bags with the badatz seal and plumbas, the clarification adds, in addition to a signed verification note from the mashgiach inside the sealed plastic bag.

That means, Hiddurim must have both labels with the Eida hechsher and a hologram, not one or the other. Deliveries that do not have the mashgiach’s verification inside the bag, along with the logo and plumba sealing the bag are not the responsibility of the Eida.

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6 Comments

  • Akiva
    January 2, 2011 - 10:00 | Permalink

    What the heck? A little explanation is required! Where Eida materials stolen? Is the company applying them wrong? Are there packages with one form and not the other? Does the company have CONSTANT supervision or not?

    In other words, what’s going on with this story?

  • Maya
    January 2, 2011 - 15:28 | Permalink

    What if the Eida Chareidis logo is printed on the package, but the hologram is a sticker? Does that mean it’s okay?

  • Mike
    January 2, 2011 - 17:06 | Permalink

    Yechiel, did you notice that the first of the two posters you displayed is not signed by the Eida? It is signed by the “Residents of Har Nof and Givat Shaul”. The only statement from the Eida you have shown us is the second notice which points out that only meat and poultry packaged by company under supervision with eida on the label and the hologram is approved by eida. Nothing new as far as I can see!
    It is the only other notice which alludes to some kashrut scandal.
    In your dicussion with the eida Rabbi did he confirm any kashrut irregularities and if so what?
    Please clarify this point for us.

  • Sara
    January 2, 2011 - 17:14 | Permalink

    I am horrified! I have been buying chicken from Asher Ad for months now!
    Please verify…
    a) For how long has the kashrus been compromised ie. If i last bought there 3 weeks ago is the situation the same?
    b) Is it a problem of Eida meat which was not supervised during packaging and once at the store or bogus meat without a hechsher which was packaged as if it was Eida?
    c) Is there a similar or the same problem with the chicken from other kashrus agencies bought from Osher Ad?
    Please help ASAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Samson
    January 5, 2011 - 10:49 | Permalink

    Called the eidah, they say if it has there hologram, nothing to worry about.

  • Tuvia
    January 14, 2011 - 15:57 | Permalink

    Hashem has brought all this to our attention so that we should stop eating meat or chicken or duck or turkey or lamb or pastrami or corned beef or salami. WE WANT VEGETARIANS NOW.

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