CHODOSH BULLETIN-24 JUL 12

CHODOSH BULLETIN-24 JUL 12
From the Guide to Chodosh-Y. Herman

PROGRESS OF THE HARVEST OF THE CHODOSH CROPS-UPDATE

The US Department of Agriculture ( USDA) releases their weekly report on crop progress on Monday of each week. The following are the revised Chodosh starting dates based on the latest USDA report of 24 Jul 12. The date given below for oats is final, the wheat and barley dates may still be revised as more data comes in.

In the list below, the “Packing date” indicates all packaged goods that were packed before that date should be Yoshon. Starting with the “Packing date” and later, they may be Chodosh. The “Purchase date” is the first date for which we feel it may no longer be safe to purchase the foods without checking for dating codes. We also give the first recommended date to stop purchasing freshly baked items produced at the local bakeries.

One can tell when the package was packed using the dating code printed on the package. Dating codes are listed each year in the Guide to Chodosh for a large number of products. However, we are not able to publish the Guide until the mashgichim update their Yoshon hashgocho information for the new season. This is the problem this year, as it has been the problem in all previous years. Based on previous experience, that does not occur until a few weeks after the vacation season is over at the end of August. Meanwhile we will do our best to bridge the data gap as well as we can with updates such as this to be sent out by email, recorded on the Hot Line, and mailed by US mail to the list of paid subscribers. (See below how one can become a paid subscriber to the printed reports. Reports sent by email are free of charge.) Those who have last year’s Guide may try to recalculate the codes given there for individual products to the current year and cutoff packing date. A copy of last year’s last Guide is still available by sending email to chodosh@sefer.com. If you do use that old Guide, remember that it has not been updated. It should only be used for package code guidance.

LIST OF CHODOSH DATES:

. We expect the Chodosh grain to start appearing in products as follows:
· Oats products packed or produced as of Jul 26 may contain Chodosh. If purchased after Aug 9 package codes should be checked. However a later date is applicable for the oats in cereals made by General Mills, Quaker and Mail-O-Meal, as noted below.

· SPRING WHEAT: Packaged foods that contain spring wheat may contain Chodosh if packed or produced as of Aug 8. If purchased after Aug 23 package codes should be checked. Items containing wheat, wheat germ or wheat starch may be Chodosh after this date unless it is known that the wheat is Yoshon. Examples of foods that are from winter wheat and are Yoshon are matzos and gefilte fish (Note: Some gefilte fish may use ground up bread crumbs instead of matzo meal. The only such brand we have found so far A&B was using only Yoshon bread crumbs.).

· FRESHLY BAKED bakery or store-produced items including breads, chalahs, rolls, bagels, many cakes and cookies, and pizza may be Chodosh as of the baking date of Aug 8 in the mid-West USA and as of Aug 25 if made elsewhere in the USA.

· NOODLES AND PASTA may be Chodosh as of the packing date of Aug 22. If purchased after Sept 7, package codes should be checked.

· BARLEY: pearled barley or barley in cereals may be Chodosh as of the packing date of Aug 15. If purchased after Sept 1, package codes should be checked. Last year, Dependable, Eden, Gefen, and Mishpacha barley was Yoshon the whole season. We expect this to continue.

· BARLEY MALT (also listed in the ingredients as “malt”) may be Chodosh as of the packing date of Dec 15. Package codes should be checked after the purchase date of Jan 15 for beer and March 15 for malt in other products.

YET ONE (LAST?) CORRECTION ON THE OATS SITUATION

I had stated on several occasions that according to the crop progress reports issued by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), about 2 days before pesach 55% of the oats crop was already planted. Therefore, if one holds halachically that crops that took root 2 days before pesach are Yoshon (3 days before the second day of pesach), then this year oats grown in the US would be majority Yoshon. However, new data was brought to my attention by Reb Arye Leib Schreiber that totally does away with the entire question of whether a crop has to be planted 3 days or two weeks before the 2nd day of pesach to be Yoshon. I originally published the estimate based on the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) that indicated that this year about 55% of the oats crop was planted after the 3-day date. However, Reb Arye Leib Schreiber sent me documentation that shows the early average planting date of the USDA was skewed by the fact that it included the very early planting dates of states such as Texas and California. It turns out that most of the oats harvested in those states are used for animal feed only. Oats used for human consumption come primarily from the upper Mid-West states where the planting is later. Indeed, following the suggestion of Reb Arye Leib Schreiber I took the animal-feeds out of the calculations and came up the revised estimate. Namely approximately 31% of the oats were planted before the latest, 3-day before 2nd day of pesach date. Therefore, the final conclusions are that all of the Chodosh USA spring crops, oats, spring wheat and barley were certainly mostly Chodosh when planted.
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FOLLOWING AS OF 11 JUL 12

SPECIFIC BRANDS OF OATS CEREALS

The O-U had estimated that at least up to a packing date of Sept 15, all oats in cereals made be General Mills, Quaker and Malt-O-Meal use Yoshon oats. Note of caution, this only applies to the oats in these cereals. Those cereals that have wheat products in the list of ingredients may be Chodosh from the earlier wheat date given above.
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Chodosh telephone Hot Line 718-305-5133,

email yherman@earthlink.net 
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The price for 1 Guide booklet (only 1 published this year) and update supplements is $16 to be mailed to an address in the USA, $18.50 to Canada and Mexico, and $22 to Israel and other overseas addresses.

· By Credit Card (preferred). Either call 845-356-9348, or fax in your name, address, your phone number, and your credit card number and expiration date to 845-746-4205.

· Mail your order with a check for $16, $18.50 or $22, to Project Chodosh, PO Box 150088, Kew Gardens, NY 11415. Be sure to include your full name, address and phone number.

 

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