Shaatnez Alert: Canvas Ugg Shoes

Shaatnez Alert: Canvas Ugg Shoes Linen has been found in CANVAS Ugg shoes that are listed as containing wool.  The vinyl and leather Uggs seem to be fine.  Footwear that contains a mixture of wool and linen normally lists the wool, but not the linen.  Federal regulations do not require the listing of thread and other … Continued

Sweet Peppers / Clementines

Presently Bell Peppers and Clementines from Eretz Yisroel are being sold in the Greater Philadelphia area.  Please check the country of origin of produce before buying.   Citrus, tomatoes, peppers, and herbs are commonly imported from Eretz Yisroel.  The seller is legally obligated to either mark the produce or to post the country of origin. … Continued

Temporary California Infestation Alert

The Kashrus agencies are finding that California leafy vegetables presently have a high level of infestation.  This is caused by recent climate conditions.  Extra care should be taken when cleaning and checking these vegetables.  It will be more difficult to find leafy vegetables with a reliable supervision during the next few weeks.

When Marror is Not Kosher

Most people are aware that Romaine lettuce (which many people use for Marror) must be insect free.   It may be purchased pre-washed and checked, or you may clean and wash it yourself.  Romaine lettuce hearts are relatively clean and not difficult to render insect-free.  I will include my suggestions for cleaning a few common … Continued

Wines, Beers, and other “Hard” Drinks

One of the especially satisfying aspects of my Kashrus work is seeing how the major Kashrus agencies pool their resources and expertise to serve the Kosher consumer.  The major Kashrus agencies belong to AKO, which is an umbrella Kashrus organization.  AKO promotes Kashrus by facilitating the cooperation of the major agencies and supporting the work … Continued

Pesach Information

1-  Many stores carry products with kitniyos (“legumes”) or egg matzah.  Please check ingredients and follow your custom.  These items are a great convenience for the days before Pesach, as you can give them to your children to eat and you don’t have to worry about them leaving the crumbs around the house.  Even those … Continued