“Not Kosher” Marking on Wine Label Covered with a Sticker

27 Teves 5774
December 30, 2013

The following information is a translation of the alert appearing in the Chief Rabbinate of Israel Kashrus Enforcement Unit update 007/5774. One may see the original Hebrew document on Google Docs along with other Chief Rabbinate alerts released in 5774.
JKN begins with a reminder which applies to imported products. The OU, OK and the other major hechsherim abroad concur, that one should see the kosher certification of a product on the product’s original label and one should not suffice with seeing it on the Hebrew label that is affixed to an imported item. The following explains why.

The label of a bottle of nesach (prohibited) Cava Wine has a sticker on it telling consumers they will receive 30 agorot for returning the empty bottle for recycling. If one removes that sticker one will see the words “not kosher” on the bottle’s label, in compliance with the law.

The law clearly states that items containing non kosher ingredients must mark the product as “not kosher”, which was done in this case, but those words were covered by an unscrupulous person.

In addition, the name of the importer, listed as “Euro Standard” in this case appears on the label as do the words “With permission by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel”, signaling the wine is indeed approved and kosher.


  • David
    December 31, 2013 - 00:49 | Permalink

    Could not find the original PDF of this alert on the link. I think, though “stam yainam” is the correct term that should be used for non-kosher wine. “Yayin Nesach” is wine that has definitely been offered to avoda zara (idol worshipping) and generally this is not the case.

    Of course, this does not detract from the severity of the issue.

  • A Mashgiach Who Cares
    December 31, 2013 - 02:19 | Permalink

    The Kashrus Enforcement Unit adds, that strong measures will be taken against the importer and distributor.

  • Jewish 1st
    December 31, 2013 - 17:56 | Permalink

    something is VERY wrong here

    the UPC # show it as made in israel

    the 1st 3 # many times tell the County of origin

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