19 Tammuz 5772
July 9, 2012
The following is taken from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel Update 024/2012.
Due to various issues pertaining to problems growing and high infestation detected in crops there is a shortage in the marketplace of hydroponically grown greens. The Chief Rabbinate issues a reminder that it is absolutely forbidden to use non-“gush katif” types of greens under any circumstances, and this includes regular and of course mehadrin supervisions.
The need for products grown under kashrus supervision to rule out insect infestation also applies to wild mushrooms (פטריות יער), raspberries, and green & white asparagus
The Chief Rabbinate adds that greens grown regularly (non-gush katif) must be marked/ highlighted “not inspected for insect infestation” and if trumos and ma’asros are taken (tithes) the word “kosher” cannot appear as part of the statement indicating tithing was done.
This is to avoid confusing the consumer who may be led to believe that if marked “kosher and tithed” it may include checking and cleaning for insect infestation when this is not the case.