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THIS SECTION IS FOR NEWS AND INTERESTING STORIES RELATED TO FOOD, NUTRITION AND FOOD PROCESSING. THEY ARE NOT NECESSARILY RELATED TO KOSHER BUT MAY BE OF INTEREST TO THE KOSHER CONSUMER, MANUFACTURER OR MASHGIACH.

FYI - SUKKOS 5777

October 10, 2016: From the Star-K:

Please note that schach mats are certified by the Star-K only when the letter of certification is attached, and require placement according to the instructions in the letter. Click here to view letter.
Click here for information on the proper storage of schach to avoid infestation.

Please note that if you have an oven with Sabbath Mode, the Sabbath Mode features do not in any way circumvent the regular restrictions involved in food preparation on Shabbos Kodesh. The laws of Bishul, Havarah, Shehiyah and Chazarah must still be observed even when using a Sabbath Mode oven. See memo regarding oven use on Shabbos .


cRc Hadassim Alert Click here.


Information on Schach from Home Depot from the Atlanta Kashruth Commission:

  • The Home Depot is selling 6 feet X 16 feet variety with the UPC Code 48037 06164 model Model # 0406164 marked as having a natural finish. This is available online at: here
  • A second variety is 6 feet X 16 feet with the Backyard X-Scapes brand name, UPC code 71746 00530 marked as being Natural "peeled" Reed Fencing, Model Model # HDD-BIN-RF01. This is available online at here
    These varieties may be used as schach only if:
    • The reeds are placed perpendicular to the schach support‐beams rather than parallel to the beams.
    • A piece of wood or some other piece of kosher schach should be placed on top of the fencing, so that the fencing is secure enough to not blow off during Succos. [This extra piece of wood should not be nailed or otherwise fastened to the schach, and it should be placed perpendicular to the reeds.] This condition applies to all lightweight schach including mats.
    • As with all schach, the schach‐portions of the mat must be thick enough that they provide more shaded area than open space [In this context, there is reason to assume that broken reeds do not “count” towards the calculation of shaded areas.] It may be necessary to place a double layer of mats in order to accomplish this.

    For more information please contact the CRC at: 773-465-3900 OR crcweb.org

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