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Israeli Carrots Information

Israeli carrots are now being sold in stores outside of Israel. These products require tithing to be used. Kashrut.com has links to information from various agencies about this at www.kashrut.com/consumer/vegetables/#TITHING.

May 13, 2016: From the OU Halacha Yomis:
May I presently buy Israeli carrots after the recent Shmita year? (A consumer’s question)
A. Israeli carrots currently being sold in the U.S. (May 2016) at this point can be assumed to no longer be peiros shevi’is and may be purchased lichatchila. In fact, purchasing Israeli products is commendable as it benefits the Israeli economy. However, if the carrots do not have a reliable kosher certification, one must separate the relevant tithes (Terumos and Ma’aseros). This year is the first year of the shemita cycle. This means that ma’aser sheini must be separated. The ma’aser sheini portion can be redeemed by transferring its kedusha (elevated status) to a coin. Even a nickel may be used, provided the ma'aser sheini portion (approximately 9% of the package of carrots) is worth more than a peruta, approximately 3 or 4 cents.

May 16, 2016 -From the MK: Please be advised that carrots and other produce grown in Israel are now being sold in stores. Due to the special halachot which apply to these products, consumers are asked to contact their rabbi as to how these items may be used.

May 15, 2016 - Hisachdus Harabonim Di’Lakewood Kashrus alert: There are currently Israeli carrots being sold in Williamsburg, Borough Park, Monsey, and Lakewood among other areas. Tilths must be separated.Hisachdus Harabonim Di’Lakewood Kashrus alert: There are currently Israeli carrots being sold in Williamsburg, Borough Park, Monsey, and Lakewood among other areas. Tilths must be separated.


Hevel Maon Carrots, Hevel Maon Enterprises, Israel have an Unauthorized OU

May 11, 2016 from the OU:
The Orthodox Union does not certify Hevel Maon Carrots. This product is being sold in the USA with an unauthorized OU symbol. Corrective actions are being implemented.

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