Shortage of Hydroponically Grown Greens

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.

6 Comments

  • Levi Bookin
    July 9, 2012 - 18:44 | Permalink

    “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.”

    What?

  • yechiel-admin
    July 9, 2012 - 21:07 | Permalink

    I do not understand your surprise.

    This refers to the leafy green variety of vegetables which are viewed as ‘infested’ from a halachic perspective, hence the need for the controlled supervised so-called ‘gush katif’ variety.

    Nothing new here other than the news of the shortage.

  • David
    July 9, 2012 - 23:07 | Permalink

    I understand Levin Bookin’s question.
    There can be something that has mehadrin kashrut supervision but it is absolutely forbidden to use it. So why does it have supervision?

  • M.T. Weinberg
    July 10, 2012 - 01:06 | Permalink

    And for those who eat organic produce due to health issues? I find it hard to believe that it is forbidden. Of course, the greens have to be soaked in soapy water and checked just like we did previously before we had Gush Katif produce.

    There are establishments that have a Badatz Belz hashgacha on all their organic produce.

  • Ben Waxman
    July 10, 2012 - 08:19 | Permalink

    How can the rabbinate forbid something that Jews have been eating for thousands of years??

  • Simon
    July 10, 2012 - 18:11 | Permalink

    I think they mean that supervised establishments can’t use normal greens.

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