4 Nissan 5772
March 27, 2012
The following information is taken from Chief Rabbinate of Israel Kashrus Enforcement Division update 015 dated 4 Nissan 5772, March 27, 2012. I have selected some of the update for translation. See the original Hebrew document for the complete update. A link appears following the English translation.
1. Sukkat Rachamim Hand Shmurah Matzot
500 gram boxes of the Sukkat Rachamim hand shmurah matzot are advertised as under the supervision of Rabbi Moshe Havlin (Chief Rabbi of Kiryat Gat), Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu, Rabbi Avraham Shapira, and Rabbi Ovadia Yosef.
These matzot are being marketed in the north. Rabbi Havlin states he does not give hashgacha to the matzah bakery despite the claim. Rabbi Yaakov Shapira and Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu add they have not given permission for the use of their father’s names.
The bakery responds by explaining there were a few old cartons that still have Rabbi Havlin’s name on them and they were used, assuring the Rabbinate the new boxes do not have his name on them.
The notification ends by explaining this alert only pertains to the matzot in the old boxes and not the matzot being sold in the new boxes without Rabbi Havlin’s name.
JKN: There is no mention as to the validity of Rabbi Yosef’s name on the boxes. It is somewhat unclear regarding the status of the new matzot in boxes without Rabbi Havlin’s name as to who gives hashgacha, perhaps Rabbi O. Yosef but this appears ambiguous to me.
2. Lechem Eretz Brand Honey
Honey jarred under the Lechem Eretz brand name claims supervision from the Tel Aviv Rabbinate. In reality, the product is not supervised by the agency.
3. Bogus Pesach Cookies
Consumers must verify the kashrut integrity of Pesach cookies. There are bakeries making nut, coconut and other ‘Pesach’ cookies using chametz vessels, chametz ovens and in some cases, chametz ingredients.
One must verify the hashgacha before making a purchase.
4. Baby Formula (Similac and Isomil)
These baby formulas being imported for Pesach must bear an OU-d and one should realize their dairy status as well as being kitniot. There is no import permit from the Chief Rabbinate for cans of the product without a kosher for Passover certification.
It is prohibited for stores to affix labels to the product without authorization and supervision.
5. Check the Rice
A hashgacha from a reputable hashgacha on rice for Pesach in no way alleviates one’s responsibility for checking the rice prior to yomtov three times. The hashgacha covers the kosher integrity and has nothing to do with the possible presence of chametz among the grains of rice.
6. Questions Regarding Pharmaceuticals
Readers seeking information regarding pharmaceuticals for Pesach may call Rabbi Menachem Rosenberg Shlita.
This free service will operate from 10 Nissan (April 2, 2012) until Sunday, 13 Nissan (April 5, 2012) during the hours of 17:00-21:00. On motzei Shabbos from an hour after Shabbos until 23:00.
One may call the following numbers: 077-729-2896, 03-908-7421, 08-949-4743, 04-984-7972, 02-571-3285.
7. Pet Food
Some pet foods may contain chametz so you are urged to buy a product that has Chief Rabbinate approval with the assurance it is chametz free.
8. Blue Stamp on Meats
The blue ink stamp found at times on pieces of meat contains kitniot. As such, those who are stringent in avoiding kitniot should remove the ink prior to cooking. One may cut it away before cooking.
9. Red Paprika
At times, this spice is sold without indicating it contains kitniot. Some types of the spice contain a kitniot oil and this may not be indicated on the product label.
10. Olive Oil Concerns
Nothing new here: Bogus olive oils, diluted oils, oils sold as “mixed” oils contain other items and at times, these items include kitniot and say Kosher for Passover but make no mention of the kitniot. The label may still indicate it is pure. As such, a good hechsher is required. Unfortunately, in some case, the hechsher appearing on the bottle is also bogus.
11. Red Lentils
The Chief Rabbinate has learned many imported red lentils contain citric acid and oil which may not only be kitniot, but non kosher. Therefore, people who eat the lentils on yomtov should avoid this product as well.
Click on the hyperlink for the Hebrew update: 015d7a9d7a2d791