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OU Kosher Answers Your Questions For Pesach 2014

OU Kosher Answers Your Questions For Pesach 2014
The questions below are answered by Rabbi Tzvi Nussbaum, the voice of OU Kosher’s Consumer Hotline; the Webbe Rebbe; and Rabbi Eli Eleff, rabbinic coordinator and consumer relations administrator. Rabbi Moshe Zywica, OU Kosher executive rabbinic coordinator, supervises the OU Consumer Relations Department. Q: Do raw nuts require certification for Passover? A: Raw nuts in their shell do not require Passover certification. Shelled nuts that list BHA or BHT (preservatives) in the ...
(2 opinions  |   April 01 )

A Consumer's Guide to Kosher Beer

A Consumer's Guide to Kosher Beer
[by Rabbi Akiva Niehaus - cRc] One of the most common, and likely the cheapest, alcoholic beverages you will find in the market is beer. Beer comes in numerous varieties, ranging from the classic IPA to the spiced Belgium beers, and there is something for everyone. When it comes to the kashrus of beer, there is a lot of confusion, with the consumer left wondering what may or may not be consumed. Let us take a fresh look and resolve the enigma. Before deciding the kashrus of any food item, ...
(3 opinions  |   March 14 )

Zoglovek Veggie Hot Dogs Product Recall

Zoglovek Veggie Hot Dogs Product Recall
An important announcement for the chareidi tzibur in Eretz Yisrael since the tzibur buys many of the Zoglovek vegetarian products. The company announced on Tuesday evening 25 Adar I 5774 that it is recalling vegetarian hot dogs (barcode 7290006739636) in 2.4 kilogram bags with the manufacture code 4002 and a ‘best used by date’ of 02.01.2015. A soft red nylon is inside a small number of packaged, the result of a packaging malfunction. Anyone that may have purchased the product may phone ...
(1 opinions  |   February 25 )

Rabbi Aaron Metzger Named Head of Kosher Law Enforcement in New York State

Rabbi Aaron Metzger Named Head of Kosher Law Enforcement in New York State
The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets has named Rabbi Aaron Metzger of Monsey, NY as the new head of the Kosher Law Enforcement Division. In a statement, the Department noted: “As part of his duties, he will work to protect consumers by ensuring compliance with the certification, record keeping and signage requirements relating to kosher food, and maintaining the Department’s online kosher databases. He will also serve as a representative of the Department during meetings ...
(3 opinions  |   January 13 )

RCC's 'Unparalleled Review and Transparency' Leads to New Era of Kashrus Standards in California

RCC's 'Unparalleled Review and Transparency' Leads to New Era of Kashrus Standards in California
Los Angeles - Leading national kashrus officials have showered high praise on the Rabbinical Council of California (RCC) for implementing tough kashrus standards in the community following last year’s kashrus breach at a local meat market. In a letter, Rabbi Yaakov Luban, Executive Rabbinic Coordinator for the Orthodox Union, notes that “the high level of transparency and review (by the RCC) is unparalleled by any other supervisor agency that I am familiar with.” Rabbi Luban, under the ...
(Add your opinion  |   January 06 )

R' Kanievsky Shlita Heads New Badatz STaM

R' Kanievsky Shlita Heads New Badatz STaM
The Badatz New Hod V’Hadar for Inyanei STaM was launched this week, receiving a bracha and guidance from HaGaon HaRav Chaim Kanievsky Shlita. In light of a growing number of painful stories surrounding STaM, the decision was made to launch this new body that will supervise the STaM industry in line with the piskei halacha of the Mishnah Brura and the Chazon Ish ZY”A. The badatz will of course work to eliminate unacceptable practices while simultaneously seeking to increase the level of ...
(Add your opinion  |   December 10 )

Kashrus Removed from Argaman Hall in Givat Shaul

Kashrus Removed from Argaman Hall in Givat Shaul
The Jerusalem Rabbinate and Badatz Bnei Tzion have removed their hashgacha from the Argaman Hall on Beit HaDfus Street in the Givat Shaul area of Yerushalayim after meat presumed to be treif was found on premises. To read the entire article (YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)
(Add your opinion  |   December 06 )

Eida Chareidis Rice/Legumes Infestation Alert

Eida Chareidis Rice/Legumes Infestation Alert
The Badatz Eida Chareidis of Yerushalayim released an alert pertaining to rice, legumes, seeds and nuts during this high insect infestation season. The alert was released on Sunday, 9 Cheshvan 5774. Follow the link to view the alert released by Jerusalem Kosher News.   (YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)
(Add your opinion  |   October 13 )

Chief Rabbinate of Israel Alert Regarding Imported Rice

Chief Rabbinate of Israel Alert Regarding Imported Rice
The spokesman for the Chief Rabbinate of Israel on Sunday, 11 Tishrei 5774 published an alert pertaining to insect infestation in imported rice. According to the alert, tons of imported rice containing insects has been distributed nationwide and the presence of insects has been confirmed by inspectors in different areas. A preliminary investigation leads the experts to point to improper storage as the cause. The Chief Rabbinate instructs mashgichim nationwide to be increasingly vigilant ...
(Add your opinion  |   September 16 )

R' Yaakov Meir Stern Shlita Warns of Forged Kashrus on 4 Minim

R' Yaakov Meir Stern Shlita Warns of Forged Kashrus on 4 Minim
HaGaon HaRav Yaakov Meir Stern Shlita, a member of the beis din of HaGaon HaRav Shmuel Halevy Wosner Shlita and a Vishnitzer dayan, has issued an alert regarding packages of the arba minim for Sukkos. The rav has learned that there are packages being sold in the marketplace bearing his kashrus when in fact they are forgeries. To read the entire article, please visit Jerusalem Kosher News. (YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)
(1 opinions  |   September 13 )

Unauthorized 'OK' Hashgacha on E Cigarette Refill

Following the publication of the study pertaining to the effectiveness of nicotine patches and e-cigarettes, YWN-ISRAEL adds a kashrus alert pertaining to refills for electronic cigarettes that carry an unauthorized OK hashgacha. (YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)
(Add your opinion  |   September 11 )

cRc Kosher: Top Ten Questions for August 2013

cRc Kosher: Top Ten Questions for August 2013
Q: Does toasted nori (seaweed) require a hechsher? A: No, toasted nori does not need a hechsher, but a cursory inspections against a light should be made to make sure there are no seahorses or mini-shrimp present. Q: Does whey powder require a hechsher? A: Yes, whey powder requires a hechsher. Q: What is the cRc’s policy regarding waiting 6 hours after hard cheese to eat meat? Does it make a difference if the cheese is melted? A: Some varieties of hard cheeses require one to ...
(Add your opinion  |   September 10 )

OU Kosher Experts Answer Rosh Hashana Questions

OU Kosher Experts Answer Rosh Hashana Questions
The questions below were answered by Rabbi Gavriel Price, rabbinic coordinator and ingredient specialist; and Rabbi Eli Gersten, rabbinic coordinator and halachic recorder. The responses were reviewed by Rabbi Yaakov Luban, OU Kosher executive rabbinic coordinator. Rabbi Moshe Zywica, OU Kosher executive rabbinic coordinator, supervises the OU Consumer Relations Department. HONEY There is a long-established minhag (custom) on Rosh Hashana night to dip an apple in honey (Shulchan Oruch OC: ...
(Add your opinion  |   September 04 )

sKs Kashrus Says No More Food from Egypt; Too Dangerous

sKs Kashrus Says No More Food from Egypt; Too Dangerous
Rabbi David Moskowitz heads the sKs Shatz kashrus supervision, which until recently did business in Egypt. The rav announced last week that as a result of the anarchy in that country, he cannot send mashgichim as in the past without fear for the lives. Hence he has stopped providing kosher supervision for items which in the past were exported from Egypt. The rabbi is quoted telling Arutz-7 News that if and when the situation calms down in Egypt, he will reconsider sending mashgichim to that ...
(3 opinions  |   August 27 )

Vista Restaurant in Ashkelon Nabbed Selling Treif

Vista Restaurant in Ashkelon Nabbed Selling Treif
The Vista Restaurant in Ashkelon was found to be selling treif meat. A mashgiach who was acting on a tip managed to catch the owner who was trying to pass off the treif as kosher. The hashgacha of the restaurant was revoked. The Chief Rabbinate of Israel warns that the store continues to advertise itself as kosher as is seen on its website. The Rabbinate is moving ahead with legal action against the owner of the store. (Jerusalem Kosher News for YWN Jerusalem)
(1 opinions  |   August 20 )

STAR-K Kosher Certification’s Year-Round Money Saving Tips and Strategies

STAR-K Kosher Certification’s Year-Round Money Saving Tips and Strategies
When we prepare to celebrate our freedom from Egyptian slavery on Pesach, the last thing we want to do is enslave ourselves to debt in paying for that eight-day celebration! Although the Gemorah states that when Hashem assigns a person’s livelihood on Rosh Hashanah for the coming year, He does not deduct Shabbos and Yom Tov expenses from the sum allocated, it is no mitzvah to spend money for those expenses, needlessly. With a little forethought and planning, you can implement some helpful ...
(3 opinions  |   August 20 )

cRc Kosher: Top Ten Questions for July 2013

cRc Kosher: Top Ten Questions for July 2013
Q: Does flavored beer need a hechsher? A: Yes, flavored beer requires a hechsher. Q: I recently acquired a basting brush whose bristles are made with pig hair. Are there any kashrus concerns? A: No, there are no restrictions on using pig hair, and the basting brush may be used. Q: Does brown sugar need a hechsher? A: In general, sugar, in all its forms (brown, granulated, powdered etc.) does not need a hechsher.  Some sugar does, however, require certification for Pesach. Q: ...
(3 opinions  |   August 06 )