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I suppose not illegal but oy-vey

So the product has the word Kosher on its label, no hechsher symbol or statement.
sunfood perhaps it really is. but mulberries tend to be buggy, so really should have hechsher. What makes the situation worse is that many of Sunfood’s products DO have a hechsher along with the word Kosher, and how many consumers will just see the word Kosher and not look specifically for the hechsher.

 

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Passed Bread – how does this work?

Maybe someone will tell me that it doesn’t.  I saw this among many in a grocery story on April 16th. Based on the date of the plastic ‘clinch plastic tab’ (not shown in photo)
bread
the bread was baked on April 11. How then is there a hechsher on the bag? How is it possible that any hashgacha was going on the first days of Pesach? How likely is it that the bakers knew that no mashgiach was going to be there?

Yet there it is , the bread in a bag with a hechsher on it. Which tells me that these bags are not kept in a secure place.

Is it halachically permissible to make money on Pesach from actual Chometz?

Another packaging worry

yes, it is ice cream and not meat. but still – it would seem that this product is put together at a plant that does multiple brands and products.

smore-icecream

the package is not a tamper-proof box.  more worryingly, the actual products do not have an identifying label. it is just a plain whitish color. That is the “block” that is on top of the box. So I am not sure there is even one valid “sign” for the items.

Aside from kashrus, as a regular consumer, I’d be a bit worried that the icecream sandwich was actually supposed to be in that box or did the packaging plant make any mistakes in assigning sandwiches to boxes.

 

Wine labels

Why can’t wine labeling be done in a proper manner to let people know all they should need to know?

recanti

I think -OK- is doing it in an extremely bad manner.castel

With the Recanti , a consumer is forced to look at the back label as there is no supervision information on the front. Still, the information about Shmita should have been made to stand out. And is this mevushal or not.?
The Blanc du Castel label is made worse by the supervision information on the front label but not the information that the wine is not mevushal. But with the front label information, how many will check the back label?

Meal Mart puzzle

I can not figure out what the 2 simanym are for frozen mealmart chopped meat.

seems to be just one piece of plastic wrapped around. So it is not the packaging. I presume the label saying it is MealMart with the kashrus symbols. but what is the 2nd? the packaging does not say what to look for.

 

Wrapping up airline food

Got an explanation from multiple sources that the double wrapping kosher airline food gets is not a Halacha or something requested by supervising agencies.

Meat items do require the double wrapping as part of the symonym (read the labels). For hot food items, a double wrapping while the food is heated up is required. However, all the other double wrappings are there because the airline wants them.

 

Teuda – worth the paper?

Are teuda’s important? required? Here we have a teuda that frustrates and confuses me.

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This photo was taken towards the end of February 2017. I smudged some of the photo as some of my comments are not specific to this teuda or agency.

First off, why is this still up? Worse, it was posted in a place that would be more likely seen than the correct current teuda. To me, this shows at best sloppiness on the part of the agency and its mashgiach, which only makes me wonder if they could miss this what else are they missing. It also shows that community members don’t bother to look at things closely, even basic documentation.

Next: the “Mashgiach T’midi” claim. There isn’t unless one gets really expansive with what the term means.
there is not a religious Jew there all the time, when there is such a person there quite often they are employees of the store and there is rarely such a person around the deli area in question. In this case that is important because it is not a section that is “behind a counter” and requires a person to service you. Quite the opposite, it is in the middle of the general shopping area. In fact the first time I went looking for this section I missed it since the endcap was for Boar’s Head meats and condiments.

Next: “each package containing meat must be completely closed with two kosher seals bearing reliable kosher supervision.” The sticking point is the “reliable” clause. How am I supposed to know who is “reliable”? Isn’t it part of the job of the agency to ensure that such items that are not of “reliable” supervision are kept out of this section?

Next: the term “seals”. What is meant by that? Labels that are stuck on or printed on anywhere or labels that are sticky and placed in such a manner that it is evident if they were tampered with?

That is enough for now. There are (at least) a couple of more items to discuss but I don’t want to pile on in one shot. And as I said, some of the mentioned items above are not unique to this situation and agency.

Frozen meat package

  • package is glued very cheaply. so cheap that the package is not tamper-proof.
  • the package has no description of what the 2 signs to look for are
  • there is a sticker on the inside. it has logos of supervising agencies. the sticker is not placed so that it would serve as tamper-evidence.
  • the sticker inside does not say what the product is.

 

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Photo was taken in the store’s frozen section.

Another problem – no Kosher consumer complained about this to the store management.

Blintzes come in tamer-proof packaging, why doesn’t meat?

 

 

First blog post

In my past I was a Mashgiach a few times. For personal setups, local Rabbi’s and national supervising agencies.

The experience was not a religiously uplifting experience. The personal setups worked out best , as the person was hiring for the job to be done well. So questions and concerns were addressed one way or another.

The ones for the public though … Often it was not with what I was instructed but with what I noticed other agencies doing. The stories I have told and can still tell.

A few weeks ago I was in a supermarket and being bored while waiting for an inquiry to be answered wandered over to the Kosher section. Wow, some of the things surprised me that struck me as the nonsense I thought was gotten rid of years ago.

A couple of weeks ago I went to another place and happened to pass by the Frozen Kosher section. That was the impetus to start this up.

so some blog entries will be forthcoming showing and asking.