The KAJ Hashgocho has released a letter on Wednesday warning people of a bug infestation in all raisins, and therefore may not be used. Additionally, the Nirbater Rov released a letter last week which warned people about the “worldwide” bug infestation in all raisins.
The Nirbater Rov wrote that consumers who purchased “Mishpacha” brand raisins, may return the product to the store at which they purchased it for a full refund.
Due to bug infestation, no raisins of any brand or hashgocha may be used at the present time weather eaten plain or used in cooking or baking.
Any products that have already been baked or cooked with raisins may be used.
The Rabbinate is aware of the inconvenience involved. In the near future, raisins under our supervision will be checked for infestation and will be indicated as such. We anticipate that other hashgachos will be doing the same. The Rabbinate will notify the public when this has been achieved.
2 Shevat 5769
NOTE: YWN is simply publicizing the above alert, and is no way stating Psak Halachah. We suggest that people consult with their local Rov regarding this issue.
(Berel Septimus – YWN)