Rice & Legumes Infestation Alert

9 Cheshvan 5773
October 13, 2013

The following alert pertaining to bug/insect infestation in rice and legumes was released by Badatz Eida Chareidit, Jerusalem today.

During this season in which insect infestation is on the rise, one must be particularly careful regarding legumes, rice, seeds & nuts (pitzuchim), spices and the like.

In inspections conducted of late we found a high level of infestation in rice and therefore, we are once again publishing our instructions for checking.

1. One should use a pasta strainer to strain a quarter of a kilogram of [uncooked] rice. (The holes in such a strainer are 1.6mm, less than a grain of rice).
2. Move the colander around well, agitating the rice while holding it over a white piece of paper. This permits looking down at the paper to see if insects are present. We are dealing with numerous types, which are grey, clear or white in color, and range from 1mm to 2-3mm in length.
3. Even if nothing is detected, one should then spread the grains of rice on the white background and check between the grains of rice as well.

Regarding the vacuum packaged rice and legumes under the hashgacha, for as long as the integrity of the vacuum is intact, there is no fear for the product has undergone rigorous cleaning and inspection.


  • SoraLeah Leschen
    October 13, 2013 - 08:57 | Permalink

    I have recently noticed also in packaged whole wheat berries that there are often tiny beige colored insects that look like lice. I have never noticed these before and am not sure exactly how to avoid them. Where or how else can we buy whole wheat? And if the package is infested it appears that there is not any way to clean or use these grains. How frustrating!!!

  • Nisson
    October 13, 2013 - 09:25 | Permalink

    your translation over THE white background does not seem correct. That would mean to use the same white sheet that you sifted above….

  • Jay Levinson
    October 13, 2013 - 11:26 | Permalink

    Does the instruction to check for infestation apply to Israel only, or is there a similar need for checking abroad? (e.g., USA, UK).

  • October 13, 2013 - 12:16 | Permalink

    Unless stated otherwise, I operate on the assumption that an alert by an Israel kashrus organization pertains to products in Israel, or manufactured in Israel and shipped abroad. One is advised to check with kashrus organizations in one’s country for local information.

  • Ben
    October 14, 2013 - 05:05 | Permalink

    My wife recenly found worms in the rice from uncle ben’s in the usa

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