Beware of ‘Product of Israel’ Vegetables being Sold in Lakewood

carrots ilPHOTO: Readers have notified TLS of another local store carrying produce from Israel, which carries additional Halachic stringencies than standard produce due to the Halachos of Trumos and Ma’asros.

The latest store found to carry the Israeli produce, was Shoprite, readers have advised TLS.

Readers have also previously advised TLS that the NJ Farm Market on Route 9, as well as Costco both carry products of Israel.

“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.”


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  1. Shoprite has been carrying Dorot Farms carrots (produce of Israel) since the middle of the winter. At Keren Hamasros, we have clarified that those specific carrots had Terumah and Maasros separated from them (they have the Ishur of Rav Efrati). This is unique, as almost all produce imported from Israel DOES NOT have Terumah and Maaser separated, and it is up to the consumer to separate their own Terumah and Maaser. For assistance in separating Terumah and Maaser contact Keren Hamasros (732) 901-9246.

  2. Does anyone know is it an inyan to take off maesors and trump chutz laratez and if so
    Wouldn’t it be cool if we could also do those mitzvos here and instead of avoiding the israeli produce be mekadesh them
    I’d love to hear more on this subject
    Especially with shmiita year coming up

  3. The less fruits and vegetables travel the more nutrients therein. If we go to the local farms to get straight off the farms then we will know for sure they are not from Eretz Hakodesh. (Tastes way better anyhow freshly picked)

  4. Mark, contact Keren Hamaisros for more information. Also a lot of Israeli produce is shipped to other countries an marked as grown in the country that sells it to the US. Ask Keren Hamaisros about that too. They provide a wonderful service .

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