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The following Yoshon information regarding is from the the Rabbi Yoseph Herman on August 13, 2013.

START OF THE CHODOSH SEASON

According to this week’s report from the US Department of Agriculture, the delayed start of the harvest of the Chodosh crops is finally in full swing. Based on these reports, I will recommend the following cutoffs for the forthcoming Chodosh season:

Freshly baked items using spring wheat, including breads, challahs, bagels, rolls, pizza and some cakes and cookies may be Chodosh in the Midwest after the PURCHASE DATE of Aug 18. Elsewhere in the US, this date would be Aug 25. Packaged foods from spring wheat may be Chodosh after the PACKING date of Aug 18, or the PURCHASE date of Sept 1.

Noodles and pasta may be Chodosh after the PACKING date of Aug 25 and the PURCHASE date of Sept 8.

Barley, such as pearled barley, may be Chodosh after the PACKING date of Aug 18 and PURCHASE date of Sept 1.

Oats: According to the O-U all oats used in cereals may have a Chodosh PACKING date of Sept 1 or later, PURCHASE DATE of Sept 15 or later. The oats in General Mills cereals, such as the oats in Cheerios, this Chodosh PACKING date is Oct 1 or later, PURCHASE DATE of Oct 15 or later. (These dates may be revised to a later time in the future. These dates also apply for General Mills cereals sold under the Nestle label in Israel.) This includes all oats used in both cold cereals that one eats with cold milk or hot cereals such as cooked oatmeal. The O-U advisory does not apply to oats used in other products such as oat flour used in cookies. For such non-cereal products our recommended oats cutoff is the PACKING date of Aug 4 and the PURCHASE date of Aug 28.


The following Yoshon information regarding is from the the Rabbi Yoseph Herman on July 31, 2013.

"The tentative Chodosh starting dates are Aug 2 for oats and Aug 16 for spring wheat and barley. These are PACKING dates, items packed on or after this date may be Chodosh. These dates are about 1 week later than usual, reflecting the delay in harvest this year. We expect to be able to finalize these dates next week. For oats products, the following information was supplied by the O-U: All oats in cereals made by General Mills, such as Cheerios, are Yoshon up to the packing date of at least Sept 30. Oats in Quaker cereals will be Yoshon at least up to the packing date of Aug 31. This includes Quaker and Mother's oatmeal and other hot oats cereals from these companies. No further information iis available yet for other products."


The following Yoshon information regarding is from the the Rabbi Yoseph Herman on July 17, 2013.

"The first traces of the start of the Chodosh oats harvest have been issued by the US Dep't of Agriculture. My early estimate is that the oats could be a problem of Chodosh as early as the packing date of Jul 26, wheat as early as Aug 9 (these were the dates last year). When final dates are determined I will issue an update. Meanwhile, this is an early warning. For the next week or two it is definitely safe to store purchase and store items of importance to you without the need to worry about any Chodosh."

The Chodosh season is around the corner. According to the latest update July 31, 2013 is the cutoff date .

The following Yoshon information regarding is from the the Rabbinical Council of CA on July 17, 2013.

Please remember that not only wheat, but also, Barley, Spelt, Oats, Rye need to be Yoshon.
Likewise, baking aids such as Caravan , Puratos and others that contain any of the above (wheat , …) must be set aside just like the wheat etc.
Please note that Passover will be a month later this year so you need to order for 9 months.


The following Yoshon information regarding is from the the Rabbi Yoseph Herman on July 10, 2013.

"Based on the weekly reports sent out by the US Dep't of Agriculture, and other sources, we expect the Chodosh harvest to start maybe as early as end of July and the new spring wheat perhaps the first week of August. These dates are consistent with most earlier years. The recommended Chodosh cutoff dates would be about 7-10 days after the confirmed start of the first harvests."

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