Would You Trade Your Soul for a Piece of Sole?

1 Nissan 5774
April 1, 2014

Permit me to begin with an explanation as to why there are numerous articles from Badatz Eida Chareidis and not other hashgachos. I will provide two responses;
1. The Eida is transparent; at least to the degree it publishes a wealth of information for the general public. Few of the other hashgachos in Israel can make the same claim. Hence the information is available.

2. The Eida is known as a leader in high-end kosher certification and by explaining to you, the reader, the standards and concerns of this hashgacha; it will provide you with a wealth of information that can assist you in becoming an educated empowered kosher consumer.

I personally believe most hashgachos do not want to put anything in writing for that demands accountability. I think the point has been made.

As explained on page 24 of the Eida Pascal 5774 Guide, if you buy sole fish certified by Badatz Eida Chareidis this time of year, you will find it is considerably higher priced than the same type of fish with a different hashgacha.

The reason is many hashgachos are bringing in the fish from China, and while the fish from that country is considerably less expensive, it is also considerably more infested. The Eida Chareidis uses sole from Holland, which is much cleaner and considerably more expensive. In addition, mashgichim conduct sample testing before the fish are used and if the level of infestation is determined to be too high, the fish are not accepted.


  • Rephoel
    April 2, 2014 - 13:49 | Permalink

    According to this explanation, why is it only “this time of year”?? It should be so year-round!

  • Ben Waxman
    April 3, 2014 - 08:12 | Permalink

    i don’t understand your implication. are you saying that only the eida chareidit ensures
    “infested free fish” and that other heksherim are allowing people to eat treif?

  • Anonymous
    April 3, 2014 - 14:42 | Permalink

    Some types of infestation are more common at certain times of year. It also may be that the same fish is imported from different places depending on the time of year. (These are just guesses.)

  • April 3, 2014 - 15:07 | Permalink

    Mr. Waxman, as always, your comments are appreciated. I pointed out that the information is translated from the Eida Pesach Guide.

    “As explained on page 24 of the Eida Pascal 5774 Guide,,,”

    I am not “saying” anything, rather conveying to the public what the Eida Chareidit says. We can all decide to accept or reject it but I will add;
    1. Infestation is a fact of life today in some fish
    2. Not all hashgachas are are good as others in detection and removal.

    This may or may not fit one’s hashkafa, but this too is a fact of life. Yes, some hashgachas are duping the public and sad as it sounds, it is true.

    This too is a fact of life. I simply try to increase awareness and provide information to permit readers to make decisions that are in line with their “kashrus comfort zone”.

    Thanks for writing

  • Shimon
    April 3, 2014 - 18:02 | Permalink

    I am by no means a kashrus expert, but I was under the impression that some “infestations” are considered to NOT be treif, according to various piskei halacha. What can you tell us about that?

  • Just a guy
    April 4, 2014 - 12:24 | Permalink

    As Shimon said, there are a lot of poskim who say bugs in the fish are ok for example
    rav Belsky and OU, other poskim like rav Elyoshiv, rav Wozner and more hold its ossur.
    The question is which hechsherim simply do not hold of bugs in the fish, and which hold,
    of those which hold there’s another question again, who does a good job
    (BTW Herring from the Eidah has very high infestation and the Eidah will agree, so check out).

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