Monday, December 5, 2005
It don't smell fresh
Anyone else out there see the posters all over the frum NY neighborhoods concerning the prohibition on produce from "Fresh Express"? Do you see a problem with it? I do.
1) One day a gentleman in Israel, who purports to be an "expert on insects in food" decides that the insect-removing process is not to his satisfaction. The fact that these products have Rabbinic supervision and are deemed to be insect-free by the supervising Rabbi did not concern him. He decided it isn't to his liking, and that's final. According to my sources he has written many books on this matter, and he basically prohibits the consumption of most fruits and vegetables because of insects.
2) The next thing we know, there are posters up with tens of Rabbonim signed on, that these products are no good. All Rabbis probably based their words on the testimony of the afore-mentioned "expert". I doubt that most of these Rabbonim have any knowledge of the insect-removing process, and I'm sure that most of them would not take him seriously due to his outward appearance and background, וד"ל
3) Interestingly enough, days later a little poster from the makers of "Bodek" appears claiming that their product is not included in the "ban' since they do not use lettuce and some other veggie. You might say that they're just trying to save their own collective hides, or you might not.
Is that the way to go about it? is it OK to destroy somebody's livelihood and lots of jobs due to shaky research and questionable Rabbinics?
DO THE SUPERVISORS LOSE THEIR CREDIBILITY NOW?!