The Chief Rabbinate of Israel has issued an alert ahead of Pesach, warning consumers that while people are diligent in removing chametz and seeing to other yomtov needs, many are unaware that the so-called insect-free greens may by a far cry from claims made by the growing number of companies.
Testing was conducted before yomtov, under the direction of Tzfas Chief Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu Shlita, who stands in charge of this department in the Chief Rabbinate of Israel. The testing appears to address lettuce and celery (Karpas).
Following is a translation of the Hebrew document released by the Rabbanut. It divides the greens into three categories;
1. Should soak in soapy water and follow instructions on package:
2. Must be soaked in soapy water before use:
3. Soak in soapy water and check each leaf separately against the sun:
The attached list has been issued after blind testing for the Israel Chief Rabbinate’s Kashrut enforcement dept by three separate labs.
Should soak in soapy water and follow instructions on package:
Cohen Mann Farm
Must be soaked in soapy water before use:
Yarok min HaTeva
Katif Haaretz HaTova
Soak in soapy water and check each leaf separately again the sun:
Y. Yevulei Katif
YKM (Yerek Katif Mehadrin)
The Rabbinate states that none of the above should be taken to mean that any of the companies listed should be avoided.
Pesach Kasher, Samayach and bug-free!
(Yechiel Spira – Jerusalem Kosher News, www.jerusalemkoshernews.com)