Beware of ‘Product of Israel’ Fruits Being Sold in Lakewood

peppersPHOTOS: Readers have notified TLS of at least two local stores selling fruits which are products of Israel. The NJ Farm Market on Route 9, as well as Costco, are currently carrying fruits which are products of Israel, readers say.

These peppers were sold in the NJ Farm Market on Route 9, and the pictured clementines were sold in Costco, readers say.

clem“Besides all the ingredients and processing concerns which surround the kosher consumer, additional kashrus requirements apply to foods grown, produced, or imported from Israel,” Star-K writes. “A consumer must be sure that terumos and ma’asros have been properly separated before eating, and that the fruits do not come from trees that are orla or neta revai or shmitta.” [TLS]


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  1. You are correct. And you can rely on the Rabbanut. But this site caters to people in Lakewood and they take the most stringent possible view. Don’t worry its not to far away that produce grown in America will need a rabbinic supervision as well, just like bottled spring water. And the worst of it is, the populace will follow blindly…….

  2. Many people mistakenly believe that the Chief Rabbinate of Israel separates terumah and ma’aser from all produce exported to America. Our office clarified this matter with the Rabbanut and, regrettably, this is presently not the case. Of course, if the produce is a packaged item which bears reliable supervision, one need not be concerned with tevel;
    however, in the absence of supervision, the consumer must separate terumah and ma’ aser himself.


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