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New York - Kashrus Agencies Taking China Scandal Recalls Very Serious, Will Require New Proof From Factories On Safety

Published on: October 1, 2008 11:21 PM
By: Kosher Today
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New York - Major kashrus agencies in the U.S. are moving swiftly to assuage fears that kosher products will be laced with some of the toxins that have made nearly 50,000 Chinese children ill.

The agencies that certify several hundred Chinese companies are planning to require proof of verified safety programs at each of the plants, according to Rabbi Moshe Elefant, Chief Operating Officer of the Kashrus Division of the Orthodox Union (OU).

KosherToday has learned that the agencies, including the Star-K of Baltimore, that certify many companies in China, will also require kosher certification for imported Category I (no kosher certification required) ingredients, despite the fact they would not require certification in the U.S. or from other countries.

The key culprit in the tainted Chinese dairy products is melamine, the same banned substance that caused last year’s scare over toothpaste, seafood and dumplings, and was blamed for the tainted pet food that killed dogs and cats in the U.S. Kosher sources in the U.S. are confident that the U.S. regulatory agencies including the FDA “will nip any problem in the bud” before recalls become necessary. The European Union has banned Chinese baby food that contains any traces of milk and many countries throughout the world are taking steps to keep the Chinese products out.

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 Oct 01, 2008 at 11:27 PM Brooklyn Rabbi Says:

i find it very interesting how the kashrus agencies are moving so quickly when i is not a KOSHER issue but when it came to RUBASHKIN they were taking thier jolly old time

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 Oct 01, 2008 at 11:38 PM mnacheo Says:

this is ou

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 Oct 01, 2008 at 11:43 PM Oy Gevald Says:

Brooklyn Rabbi, that's a funny observation. The recall applies to products one would actually put in their mouths not knowing it wasn't good for you. The other is, well you get it. Right?

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 Oct 02, 2008 at 12:30 AM rebbetzin hockstein Says:

FYI: I was told by some of the men in the family that saw it that there was a note on the bulletin board in our local shul indicating that some ices purchased at Wegman's contain dairy ingredients from China and not to eat them, as they may contain melamine.

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 Oct 02, 2008 at 03:02 AM Anonymous Says:

This is just the tip of the iceburg when it comes to tainted food coming from that part of the world. It is very difficult to do proper supervision when there is a very severe language barrier and there is a motivation to turn a profit no matter what.

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 Oct 02, 2008 at 01:55 AM Brooklyn Rabbi...Not Says:

Reply to #1  
Brooklyn Rabbi Says:

i find it very interesting how the kashrus agencies are moving so quickly when i is not a KOSHER issue but when it came to RUBASHKIN they were taking thier jolly old time

You're mixing apples with oranges. With regards to Rubashkin's there was never any questions regarding the safety of their products or their kashrus status (as stated explicitly by Rabbi Weissmandel, OU and KAJ ) . Thank You !!

btw. It is really getting tiresome this infatuation with Rubashkin's it's time to get a life.

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 Oct 02, 2008 at 01:49 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Brooklyn Rabbi Says:

i find it very interesting how the kashrus agencies are moving so quickly when i is not a KOSHER issue but when it came to RUBASHKIN they were taking thier jolly old time

Rubashkins was NOT a kosher issue...

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 Oct 02, 2008 at 01:45 AM Hock Ah Cheinik Says:

If the kashrus agencies would be doing their intended job correctly in the first place there would be no need for this action. It is also my humble opinion that no Chinese mfg. at least not at this time can't be trusted with only spot checking - yotze v'nichnos

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 Oct 02, 2008 at 10:07 AM Oy Gevald Says:

Reply to #6  
Brooklyn Rabbi...Not Says:

You're mixing apples with oranges. With regards to Rubashkin's there was never any questions regarding the safety of their products or their kashrus status (as stated explicitly by Rabbi Weissmandel, OU and KAJ ) . Thank You !!

btw. It is really getting tiresome this infatuation with Rubashkin's it's time to get a life.

Hmmm. So it is when you're tired of all this "knocking" that you bring in new Management and hope the problems "go away"!?!

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 Oct 02, 2008 at 06:25 PM Anonymous Says:

Category one or group 1 products are ingredientsthat do not need a hechsher. So the OU is going to cash in on the milk issue not by stopping to certify milk but by collecting money on the products that do not need a hechsher!

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 Oct 02, 2008 at 06:54 PM robroy560 Says:

Reply to #1  
Brooklyn Rabbi Says:

i find it very interesting how the kashrus agencies are moving so quickly when i is not a KOSHER issue but when it came to RUBASHKIN they were taking thier jolly old time

Eating Chinese garbage is dangerous to your health. I don't care how high-end the hashgacha is, if it's made in China it doesn't come in my house.

Rubashkin is more of a moral and ethical issue vs. a health problem.

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