On Wednesday, YWN published a press release from the STAR-K which stated that they tested “Chasalat Alei Katif” Romaine Lettuce from Israel and have found thrips to be present similar to regular Romaine Lettuce heads purchased in the marketplace.
The STAR-K proceeded to give instructions on how to properly wash lettuce to ensure there are no bugs.
For the sake of accuracy, please see the following two letters posted below, from the KAJ, and from the Chasalat-Alei Katif company, which state that there is no problem with the lettuce, and that it needs no checking.
Please note that YWN is in no way affiliated with the company, or any of the Kashrus agencies, and advises our readership to speak with your Rov to decide what should be done in your home.
The following is a letter from K’hal Adath Jeshurun, (Click on image to enlarge original):10 Nissan, 5773
This is to confirm that vegetables and herbs marketed under the brand name “Chaslat – Alei-Katif” are under our hashgocho and supervised by our mashgichim in accordance with instructions issued by agricultural expert advisors. This year’s products are the same as those produced and sold in prior years.
Our Hashgcha is responsible for ascertaining that there is no infestation in the product of the type which would not be removed by washing and rinsing. Accordingly, the consumer should meticulously follow the instructions printed on the bag.
It should be noted that I, myself, will be using this product this Pesach, after following the instructions printed on the bag.
Under no circumstances should one purchase Romaine lettuce which does not have a reliable hashgocho. It is almost impossible for Romaine lettuce not to have infestation of the type that does not come off with rinsing and washing.
We wish all a Kosher and Happy Pesach.
Rav Yisroel N. Mantel
Rav of K’hal Adath Jeshurun
P.S. Consumers should under no circumstances buy Romaine Lettuce which does not have a hashgohco. It is almost impossible for Romaine Lettuce not to have infestation of the type that do not come off with rinsing and washing, for which an expert in this particular field is needed to be able to find them.
י’ ניסן תשע”ג לפ”ק
הננו לאשר בזה כי הירקות הנמכרים תחת השם חסלט-עלי קטיף עומדים תחת השגחתנו בפיקוח משגיחים והדרכת מומחים, ושנה זו, כשנים הקודמות.
ההשגחה אחראית לוודא שלא יימצאו שום חרקים שאינם יורדים ע”י שטיפה ורחיצה במי-סבון, ולכן יש להקפיד בדייקנות על שמירת ההוראות הנדפסות על שקי האריזה.
למותר להגיד, שאנו כשלעצמנו נשתמש בעלי קטיף הנ”ל לחג הפסח הבע”ל אחר מילוי ההוראות שעל שקי האריזה.
ובעה”ח בברכת חג כשר ושמח.
ישראל נ. הלוי מנטל
רב דק”ק קהל עדת ישורון
נ.ב. אין לקנות בשום אופן Romaine Lettuce מן השוק, כי כמעט מן הנמנע הוא שלא יהיה עליהם חרקים שאינם יורדים ע”י שטיפה, וצריכים מומחיות יתירה לבודקם, ולכך צריכים מומחה הרגיל באומנות בדיקה זו
This product bears the Hechsher of the London Bais Din together with that if many other leading Kashrus authorities. Teh Hechsher testifies to the fact that the product does not require Bedikas Tolaim when washed in accordance with the instruction on the pack.
In response to claims that current batches do not reach the required standars, we have made extensive investgations and carried out careful examination of numerous samples, and can confirm that the product meets the high standards for which Chasalat Alei-Katif are renowned and following the appropiate rinsing can safely be used at the Seder ad throughout the year.
Dayan M. Gelley
To whom it may concern.
All Chasalat-Alei Katif produce, from all packaging used for export shipments to teh U.S.A., England, and France this pesach are approved by the Eida Charadi of Jerusalem as attached approval.
Rabbi Moshe Baranes
Director of Kashrut Dept.
(YWN World Headquarters – NYC)