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The following updated shmitta information is from cRc on June 22, 2015.

The produce being sold at City Fresh, 3201 W Devon Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, is once again being certified by the cRc as being free of all Shemittah concerns.
This certification runs through Pesach 5776, April 2016.

The following shmitta information is from information from a reader on June 2, 2015.

Dorot Farms Carrots from Israel have been seen at Price Rite (in Stoughton, MA). Consumers should check the origin of all produce that they purchase.
From a reader: These products are certifiedby the Shderot rabbinate and are sold under a heter mechira.
There are different opionions as to whether you can rely on heter mehira. Please check with your rabbi.

The following shmitta information is from the Star-K Keeping You Kurrent for May, 2015.

Carrots & Peppers from Israel- Please be aware that carrots (e.g., Dorot Farms brand), peppers, and other vegetables from Israel are consistently being sold in the Baltimore area at produce markets in our neighborhoods. The labels on the packages state "Product of Israel:. From the numerous inquiries we have received, it is apparent that many consumers are unaware of this when shopping.
These vegetables were grown during the shmittah year and may not be eaten . Furthermore, they may not be thrown out and require special handling. If you bought these products, please contact your local Orthodox rabbi for further guidance. Seven Mile Market in Baltimore is monitored by STAR-K, and produce sold there does not have this issue.

All citrus fruits from Israel are still from the 6th year, which means that terumos and ma’asros need to be taken. Some fruits (e.g., peaches, nectarines, cherries, lichi, grapes, figs, apples and apricots) from Israel are from the shmitta crop, which means that they need to be eaten with special care (see our articles).

The following shmitta alert is from the cRc on for May 29, 2015.

The produce being sold at City Fresh, 3201 W Devon Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, is no longer being certified by the cRc as being free of all Shemittah concerns.

From the Kashrut.com editor: Informatioon on Shmitta can be found at http://www.kashrut.com/consumer/vegetables/#SCHMITTA including links to charts with timing of when fruits achieve shmitta status.
Information of terumos and maasros can be found at www.kashrut.com/consumer/vegetables/#TITHING.

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