Rav Mantel: Alei Katif Veggies Under Our Hashgacha Are Insect-Free

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rav-yisroel-mantel-1[Click here to view the letter.] The following letter was released by Rav Yisroel Mantel, mara d’asra of K’hal Adath Jeshurun:

This is to confirm that vegetables and herbs marketed under the brand name “Chaslat – Alei-Katif” are under our hashgachah and supervised by our mashgichim in accordance with instructions issued by agricultural expert advisors. This year’s products are the same as those produced and sold in prior years.

Our hashgachah is responsible for ascertaining that there is no infestation in the product of the type which would not be removed by washing and rinsing.  Accordingly, the consumer should meticulously follow the instructions printed on the bag.

It should be noted that I, myself, will be using this product this Pesach after following the instructions printed on the bag.

Under no circumstances should one purchase Romaine lettuce which does not have a reliable hashgachah.  It is almost impossible for Romaine lettuce not to have infestation of the type that does not come off with rinsing and washing.

We wish all a kosher and happy Pesach.

Rav Yisroel N. Mantel
Rav of K’hal Adath Jeshurun

P.S. Consumers should under no circumstances buy Romaine lettuce which does not have a hashgachah. It is almost impossible for Romaine lettuce not to have infestation of the type that do not come off with rinsing and washing, for which an expert in this particular field is needed to be able to find them.

י’ ניסן תשע”ג לפ”ק

הננו לאשר בזה כי הירקות הנמכרים תחת השם חסלט-עלי קטיף עומדים תחת השגחתנו בפיקוח משגיחים והדרכת מומחים, ושנה זו, כשנים הקודמות.

ההשגחה אחראית לוודא שלא יימצאו שום חרקים שאינם יורדים ע”י שטיפה ורחיצה במי-סבון, ולכן יש להקפיד בדייקנות על שמירת ההוראות הנדפסות על שקי האריזה.

למותר להגיד, שאנו כשלעצמנו נשתמש בעלי קטיף הנ”ל לחג הפסח הבע”ל אחר מילוי ההוראות שעל שקי האריזה.

ובעה”ח בברכת חג כשר ושמח.

ישראל נ. הלוי מנטל

רב דק”ק קהל עדת ישורון

נ.ב. אין לקנות בשום אופן Romaine Lettuce מן השוק, כי כמעט מן הנמנע הוא שלא יהיה עליהם חרקים שאינם יורדים ע”י שטיפה, וצריכים מומחיות יתירה לבודקם, ולכך צריכים מומחה הרגיל באומנות בדיקה זו

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5 COMMENTS

  1. Dear Matzav staff, Please clarify the headline. Rav Mandel says that the hechsher attests that there are no bugs “of the type that would not be removed by washing.” That means the romaine lettuce under their hashgucha REQUIRES WASHING and therefore cannot be considered “insect-free”. He tells you to follow the instructions on the bag, which specifically tells consumers to wash before eating. chag kasher vsamayach.

  2. There is a letter from Rav Goldmintzer the Av Beis Din of Skver who also gives hasgacha on this product and it states that they in fact found infestation of thrips and that you must check the lettuce before use.

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