5 Adar 1 5771
February 9, 2011
The following alerts were taken from the latest update released by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel Kashrut Enforcement Division, Rabbi Rafi Yochai, bulletin number 010, 29 Shevat 5771 (February 3, 2011).
1. Yerek Mivtachim L’Mehadrin: This product is sold as one of the many so-called ‘Gush Katif’ brand greens, promising to be insect free, under the supervision of Rabbi Shmuel Shukrin of the Eshkol Regional Council. The rabbi mentioned stopped giving a hechsher months ago and the hechsher printed on the company’s packages is a fraud.
2. The Midgan Company continues packaging its products with a label claiming a hechsher from Rabbi Asher Gabbai of the Gilboa Council. The rav stopped giving a hechsher months ago and kashrus claims appearing on products today are fraudulent.
3. Choshen olives in glass jars marked “under the supervision of Chug Chatam Sofer Petach Tikvah and Chief Rabbinate National Kashrus Division” were packed without supervision, apparently due to a misunderstanding. The company has since requested kashrus supervision from the Rabbinate of Kiryat Malachi. As such, only jars bearing the supervision of the latter should be used. The jars under Chatam Sofer and Rabbinate National Kashrus should not be used.
4. Philadelphia Cream Cheese – The update states the Chief Rabbinate has not approved this item, which is found in supermarkets with an OK-D hechsher, and therefore, it may not be used in businesses with a Rabbinate hechsher.
JKN explains: The Chief Rabbinate does not permit items with liquid chalav akum milk, which is the case with this cream cheese. Similar products with chalav akum milk powder are acceptable to the Chief Rabbinate and may qualify for an import permit.
5. The Nazareth Illit Rabbinate reports that Big Hamburger Restaurant (Merkaz Chani Center) and Taboon Bakery (Kikar Magen David Adom Center) advertise as under the local rabbinate, but this is not the case. They have no hechsher from the rabbanut.
6. The Chief Rabbinate requests that produce sections in stores with a hechsher display an alert for consumers from the local rabbinate regarding the sale of non-monitored greens, lettuce, parsley, dill, celery, spinach, cabbage, scallions and many other such items being sold.
Too many people remain unaware of the insect infestation issue, and as such, the Rabbinate if requesting an alert in those sections in which such items are sold, especially concerned with stores in which “Gush Katif” and non Gush-Katif” produce are sold one alongside the other.