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Kashrus information on FRESH BOX FARMS Hydroponically Grown products

June 30, 2017 from the KVH

FRESH BOX FARMS PRODUCTS, Millis, MA are grown in a state of the art HYDROPONIC indoor facility.
Unlike other Kosher certified produce that requires washing and/or checking to remove natural occurring insect infestation, Fresh Box Farms has controls in place under strict KVH Kosher supervision that prevent any type of insect infestation.
As with any kosher product, always check to ensure the (KVH) kosher symbol is displayed
Please Note: Since this hydropnic produce is not grown in soil there are opinions that maintain that the blessing of בורא פרי האדמה is no longer applicable and שהכל נהיה בדברו should be recited instead.
Please consult with your personal Halachik authority to determine how to best proceed.
There is no Halachik need to wash and check the produce.
Fresh Box Farms products are currently available at:

  • The Butcherie-428 Harvard St, Brookline, MA
  • Zayde's Market- 15 Washington St, Canton, MA
  • Roche Bros. stores including: 1800 Centre St, West Roxbury, MA |70 Hastings St, Wellesley, MA | 25 Washington St, North Easton, MA
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Belgian Regional Parliament Passes Law Banning Kosher Slaughter

June 29, 2017: from the Algemeiner:

"The parliament in Flanders, the predominantly Flemish-speaking province of Belgium, voted by a near-unanimous majority to ban the ritual slaughter of animals on Wednesday."
"Only one deputy in the regional parliament voted against the measure, which will require animals slaughtered for human consumption to be stunned first — a rule that violates the religious laws for preparing both kosher and halal meat products."
"The vote comes one month after the same measure was passed by the parliament in Wallonia, the country’s French-speaking region."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W590

Food Poisoning Alert From Mayanei HaYeshua Hospital

June 19, 2017: from the YeshivaWorld:

"Mayanei HaYeshua Hospital in Bnei Brak on Monday morning 25 Sivan released a food poisoning alert after treating a number of patients suffering from salmonella as a result of easting infected tehina in different unconnected instances."
"In addition, there were several cases of extended families and community members who participated in the celebrations. The common denominator in all cases was that those who ate tehina (from a specific company) were ill and others were not harmed."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W589

‘Kosher' and non-kosher meat products made in same factory under Jerusalem Rabbinate supervision

June 19, 2017: from the Jerusalem Post:

The Bisan factory in the Atorot Industrial Zone in Jerusalem was found to be using non-kosher meat to make processed meat products such as sausages, salamis and cold cuts with a kashrut license from the Jerusalem Rabbinate."In addition, the kashrut inspector at the factory knew of this situation but continued to allow the factory to operate in this manner while granting it a kashrut license and failing to report the situation to the Jerusalem Rabbinate or the Chief Rabbinate."
"Furthermore, the inspector knew the factory had no designated kashrut supervisor from the Jerusalem Rabbinate, meaning that the plant was entirely without physical kashrut supervision for a period of at least 18 months."
"Kashrut supervisors are appointed by local rabbinates to be physically present at a food business for at least one hour a day, while kashrut inspectors oversee the correct functioning of numerous kashrut supervisors at numerous businesses."
The factory in question is the Bisan plant in the Atarot Industrial Zone in Jerusalem. Some of its products are marketed under the 'Beit Shean' brand, while other products simply bear the name 'Bisan.'"
A statement distributed by the Chief Rabbinate’s Kashrut Enforcement Division instructed consumers who are concerned about kashrut not to purchase the products and to report establishments that are selling them.
"According to one well-placed source, the factory was producing kosher products during one half of the week and nonkosher products during the other half. Therefore, the source said it was not yet clear if nonkosher meat was used in the products intended for the kosher market."
"According to the source in the Jerusalem Rabbinate, the situation was discovered when one of its kashrut supervisors noticed that Bisan products had a kashrut stamp when he knew for certain that no kashrut supervisor was working at the factory."
"He then informed a kashrut inspector he knew about the situation who, in turn, alerted the Chief Rabbinate’s unit for kashrut fraud, which, together with agents from the Health Ministry, raided the factory earlier this month and confiscated and destroyed 10 tons of poultry meat."
"Tens of thousands of counterfeit kashrut labels were also found and confiscated."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W588

Ingredient Kashrus alert on sugar from grapes

June 19, 2017: from the editor:

An Italian company, Naturalia Ingredients is producing sugar from grapes. This product would be stam yayin and would require kosher certification.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W587

6 Tons Of Black Market Veal And Lamb Apprehended In Time In Israel

June 15, 2017: from the YeshivaWorld:

"Six tons of veal & lamb was confiscated by inspectors in Israel, meat that was suspected to be severely tainted, lacking any veterinary or halachic supervision. It is believed the meat in question were slaughtered after they were poisoned."
"Border police moved in on Wednesday morning 20 Sivan in Tamra, in the Lower Galil. It is believed the meats were poisoned and then slaughtered. poisoned due to a dispute which is under investigation but the owner nevertheless planned to sell the meat, which needless to say is unfit for human consumption."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W586

The Kosher Stand at FLL Has Closed

June 14, 2017: from the Yeahthatskosher and the ORB:

The kiosk that provided kosher sandwiches in Terminal 3, JetBlue, at Fort Lauderdale airport, has closed. Please note, though, that the kiosk was never under the ORB's supervision. Their food products came pre-wrapped from an ORB-supervised facility.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W585

NY Court Upholds Kaparos As A Constitutionally Protected Religious Rite

June 7, 2017: from the Vosizneias

A Manhattan Appellate court affirmed a lower court’s decision that refused to ban live kaparos because of claims that it is cruel and unsanitary. "Supreme Court Justice Debra James ruled in 2015 that the Alliance to End Chickens as Kaparos did not present proof that the ritual was inhumane or a public nuisance."
"The Alliance to End Chickens as Kaparos vowed to continue the legal battle, noting that the fact that two out of five justices in the Appellate court disagreed with the ruling opened the door to escalating the case to the New York State Court of Appeals."

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Appliance Light Bulbs

June 7, 2017: from the Star-K

Please note for all STAR-K certified Sabbath Mode appliances, we strongly advise you not to replace the incandescent bulb that came with your appliance (refrigerator, oven) with the newer LED bulbs. The Sabbath Mode feature may not operate correctly with a bulb type that is different from the one supplied by the manufacturer.
>Contact STAR-K: info@star-k.org or call 410-484-4110.

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Shabbos/Yom Tov mode update on Classic Kitchen Pump Pots

June, 2017: from the cRc

We are happy to report that, in consultation with cRc, Classic Kitchen has redesigned their pump pots and urns so that all opinions will agree that cold water can be added on Yom Tov, when the device is in Shabbos/Yom Tov mode. The upgraded models can be identified by checking the “copyright date”; the upgraded models are copyright in 2016, while the older models will show an earlier year.

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