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Jerusalem - Israeli Health Ministry Rules Heinz Can't Use The Term 'Ketchup'; Must Label Product 'Tomato Seasoning'

Published on: August 24, 2015 09:00 PM
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Jerusalem - Based on a petition from Israeli food manufacturer and ketchup competitor, Osem, the Health Ministry has ruled that the American-based H. J. Heinz Company must change its labeling to “Tomato Seasoning” for products sold in Israel.

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HAARETZ.com (http://bit.ly/1EfpLDZ) reports that Osem’s challenge stated that Heniz’s product does not sufficiently meet the Standards Institute of Israel’s guidelines for how much tomato paste a product must contain in order to qualify as ‘ketchup.’

The Ministry agreed and ruled that Heinz must now change its Hebrew labeling to read ‘Tomato Seasoning.’

However, Diplomat, the importer which handles Heinz products in Israel, will be filing its own petition asking that the Israeli definition of ketchup be changed to accommodate Heinz’s product.

According to sources, Diplomat’s petition has the backing of the Health Ministry’s food division to reduce the standard for tamato paste from 10% to 6%.


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 Aug 24, 2015 at 09:41 PM Anonymous Says:

It doesn't matter whether its 10 percent or 99 percent tomato paste. The Heinz ketchup doesn't have Chassideshe hashgacha and without that gold standard of kashruth, the 99 percent of shomrei torah umitzos in EY will not use this product with the chulent and hot dogs.

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 Aug 24, 2015 at 09:48 PM HankM Says:

Heniz's? Tamato? Who checks these things, don't you use a spell checker?

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 Aug 24, 2015 at 10:09 PM OyGevald Says:

They'll have to shmear him.

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 Aug 24, 2015 at 10:14 PM cyrano Says:

Hah, John Kerry, Israel gets its last licks in. Put that on your spaghetti and eat it.

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 Aug 24, 2015 at 10:14 PM daheck Says:

seriously? wow thats bold..

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 Aug 25, 2015 at 12:56 AM MyThreeCents Says:

Heinz is synonymous with ketchup. everything thing else is just imitation!

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 Aug 25, 2015 at 01:05 AM Der Boomer Says:

Call the Heinz ketchup what you want. There ain't no Ketchup like it and Osem better figure out their formula.

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 Aug 25, 2015 at 04:06 AM cwolfs Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

It doesn't matter whether its 10 percent or 99 percent tomato paste. The Heinz ketchup doesn't have Chassideshe hashgacha and without that gold standard of kashruth, the 99 percent of shomrei torah umitzos in EY will not use this product with the chulent and hot dogs.

If MK (aka Rav Usher Westheim) isn't chassidish enough for you....then who IS?

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 Aug 25, 2015 at 04:21 AM chicagomaven Says:

At least they don't consider it a vegetable like the school systems here in the US did.

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 Aug 25, 2015 at 08:15 AM Heinz is #1 Says:

They have nothing better to do than worry about the percentage of tomato there is in Heinz ketchup? I"m sorry, but Heinz means ketchup and it's the only one I will buy (except on Pesach). Let Osem, Gefen, Lieber's and those other companies come up with something that remotely tastes like Heinz.

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 Aug 25, 2015 at 08:46 AM c Says:

That's pretty comical. It is kind of disturbing to know the there is so little actual tomato in ketchup, but that's the way it tastes best so u can't say it's not ketchup.

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 Aug 25, 2015 at 08:48 AM favish Says:

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HankM Says:

Heniz's? Tamato? Who checks these things, don't you use a spell checker?

#2 We are not havin' here a spellin' b. As long as we understand the thought conveyed (Konvayd is good enough for me

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 Aug 25, 2015 at 08:55 AM Anonymous Says:

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cwolfs Says:

If MK (aka Rav Usher Westheim) isn't chassidish enough for you....then who IS?

Not sure where your from but Rav Usher, shlita, is Litvish.....next question??

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 Aug 25, 2015 at 01:24 PM whatsmyusername Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

It doesn't matter whether its 10 percent or 99 percent tomato paste. The Heinz ketchup doesn't have Chassideshe hashgacha and without that gold standard of kashruth, the 99 percent of shomrei torah umitzos in EY will not use this product with the chulent and hot dogs.

Rav Rubin is chassidish and gives them the hashgocha in Israel, you need to get your act facts straight

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 Aug 25, 2015 at 02:04 PM cwolfs Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Not sure where your from but Rav Usher, shlita, is Litvish.....next question??

If he is litvish to you then I think you don't know what a litvak is. Not that he is chassidish, but his hechsher is accepted as a chassidish hechsher. At least by those chassidim who really know kashrus and rav westheim. And for those who dismiss it, while you got no clue. (speaking as someone involved in reliable chassidish kashrus)

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 Aug 25, 2015 at 02:14 PM Anonymous Says:

What a laugh. Looks like someone in Israel is bored in his office.

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 Aug 25, 2015 at 03:10 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

It doesn't matter whether its 10 percent or 99 percent tomato paste. The Heinz ketchup doesn't have Chassideshe hashgacha and without that gold standard of kashruth, the 99 percent of shomrei torah umitzos in EY will not use this product with the chulent and hot dogs.

Sorry but it is not the gold standard. How many chassidishe companies have gotten into trouble with their kashrus? In their legal dealings? If I cant trust them to follow the simple legal rules, how can I trust them about something so much more important and complicated. Like KASHRUS???

Chasidish or Litvish. Both are just generalizations and categories. Don't label them all in one giant pot.

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