7 Nissan 5772
March 30, 2012
The following contains ‘fine tuning’ and corrections if you will from officials in the Kashrus Department of Tnuva. They too follow JKN and requested that I publish this towards getting the most accurate message out to the public as possible.
Since this is my goal, it is a win/win situation.
Once again, I would like to use this forum to express my hakoras hatov to the Tnuva kashrus team, rabbonim who take the time out to assist me in getting the correct message out during the busiest period of the year – before Pesach.
1) Tnuva dairy products that say כשר לפסח have no kitniot, including regular kosher products. A product only contains kitniot if it says כשר לפסח-קיטניות.
2) Vaadat Mehadrin products that are Kasher L’pesach Mehadrin do not say כשר לפסח מהדרין. Both Eida Chareidit and Vaadat Mehadrin products are certified for Pesach by each organization respectively when the appropriate kosher symbols of each organization are there and the words כשר לפסח ערב פסח appear. כשר לפסח ערב פסח is the wording for Pesach Mehadrin.
3) I apologize if this point was not made clear, and it appears it was not. The mehadrin hechsher is just that, and as such, all surgical procedures performed on Tnuva cows are done under rabbinical supervision. These mashgichim are specially trained for the job. Tnuva will not permit ‘any’ mashgiach to supervise, but only those who are trained to understand what they are watching. If for any reason the mashgiach feels the kosher integrity of the cow was compromised as a result of the invasive procedure, that cow is removed from the herd.
I would like to add the following in response to some of the comments posted to date. I say this after having confirmed with Tnuva Kashrut officials.
There are regular, non-announced mashgiach visits to Jewish-non-religious-owned farms. While there is no constant supervision, the visits conform with demands of the rabbonim of the Vaad Mehadrin, which Rabbi Mordechai Gross Shlita explained operates in accordance with Halachic directives of Maran Posek HaDor HaGaon HaRav Yosef Sholom Elyashiv Shlita and HaGaon HaRav Shmuel Halevy Wosner Shlita.
Regarding the visits of mashgichim and other factors pertaining to the milk certified by the Eida Chareidit, they adhere to the Halachic rulings of the Eida rabbonim.
EGGS and STAMPS for PESACH
Some consumers are careful not to purchase eggs with the familiar reddish stamps for Pesach since this ink, which is partially absorbed into the egg, may contain chametz. Actually, it usually does.
Unfortunately, some unscrupulous individuals use this stringency to take advantage of unsuspecting consumers, selling unmarked eggs that may be of a lower grade, not fresh eggs or even eggs that were not monitored and hence, may compromise one’s health. Remember, eggs are commonly smuggled in from PA (Palestinian Authority) autonomous areas and many are not fit for human consumption, possibly due to lack of refrigeration, too old or other maladies.
In addition, since eggs lack the size designation, some vendors may sell smaller eggs at the price of a larger size.
Tnuva undertook the challenge to protect the consumer and adhere to the stringencies of Pesach, working hand-and-hand with the Badatz Eida Chareidit, a non-chametz ink was created. It is considerably more expensive to use, and that is why it is limited to Pesach special edition eggs. These eggs are marked “K. L’pesach” and adhere to the stringencies and assure shoppers there are no health risks involved. Mashgichim of the Eida Chareidit are present to observe the sorting and stamping of all these eggs.
In addition, the ink from these eggs usually dissolves during cooking towards alleviating any fears of opening such eggs on shabbos or yomtov.
Interestingly, the one component of this ink that some may deem worrisome is alcohol, and this dissolves immediately after the stamp is affixed to the eggs. Nevertheless, in this case, all components of the special ink are kosher for Passover to alleviate all fears.
QUESTIONS – CONTACT INFORMATION for TNUVA
Those with questions may contact Tnuva at 1-800-666-244 or fax (dairy line) 08-683-2030 or (Rav’s office) 03-699-3431.
Those wishing to email may use firstname.lastname@example.org to reach Rabbi Ze’ev Whitman (Hebrew).
Some Pesach Links of Interest
Remember, one should not wait until the last moment and then run to a rav. Consult with your physician and then your rabbi. DO NOT stop taking any prescription medication without consulting with a physician. Pesach [and adhering to Halacha year round] is not about jeopardizing one’s health.