Daily Archives: November 18, 2013

  • Rabbinate Battles 'Phony' Unkosher Olive Oils in Israel

    The Chief Rabbinate issues warnings on specific brands of olive oil that consumers should avoid, for kashrut and other reasons.

    It may come as a surprise to some, but olive oil can be “unkosher” – and the Chief Rabbinate, which has done extensive market research on the matter, has issued warnings on specific brands of olive oil meant for consumption and for lighting Hannukah candles. The brands (pictured below) are not just unkosher, according to Israel’s Chief Rabbinate, but in many cases are not even real olive oil.

    Whilst the laws of kashrut (kosher) are usually associated with meat and milk items, there are a number of halakhic (Jewish laws) guidelines concerning fruits and vegetables.

    Among the kashrut issues in olive oil: Orlah (the use of olives that grew on a tree that is three years old or younger), shmitta (olive oil from olives that were harvested in the seventh year, when regular farming work is no allowed), and tevel (use of olives that have not been tithed properly), all of which render the olive oil forbidden for use.

    In addition to the halakhic problems, many of the “bad” oils contain dangerous chemicals to make them look and smell like olive oil – although they are actually made from cheaper, inferior oils – and other “fillers,” cheating the consumer who thinks they are getting the “real thing.”

    Many of these products do bear a Rabbinate certification, but that certification was placed there illegally – making the producers of these oils subject to fraud laws, which the Rabbinate faithfully pursues, where possible.

    The Rabbinate is involved in numerous legal actions against the producers of these and other phony “kosher” products. Consumers who suspect that the product they are being offered is a phony are encouraged to contact the Rabbinate.

    “With more consumer awareness we can substantially limit the problem,” a Rabbinate spokesperson said.

    Among the signs that an olive oil is less than what it seems: Discoloring, a poorly designed label, a lack of contact information on the label, and an apparent “discount” price.

    By David Lev israelnationalnews

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  • Manny Rovithis honored by state Massachusetts House of Representatives for olive oil

    Angelo J. Puppolo Jr., D-Springfield, presented a special citation from the Massachusetts House of Representatives on Nov. 8 to local businessman Manny Rovithis, owner of Manny’s TV and Appliance, in recognition of his newest venture, Manny’s Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

    “Manny’s family-owned TV and appliance store has been a regional success story for more than 30 years and represents the strength and staying power of locally owned businesses in our area,” Puppolo said in a release. “Now he is applying his creativity, business expertise and knowledge of what goes into producing top quality olive oil into growing this new business which has already shown great promise.”

    Rovithis launched his olive oil business in September 2012 and, less than a year later, in April of this year, his cold-pressed, unfiltered, unblended, pure Greek extra-virgin olive was awarded a Silver Medal at The New York International Olive Oil Competition.

    The oil comes from Rovithis’ hometown on the Island of Crete in Greece, where his family owns many of the olive groves that were farmed by his ancestors and where, Rovithis says, the best olive oil in the world has been produced for thousands of years.

    On the futured picture Angelo J. Puppolo Jr. presents a special citation from the Massachusetts House of Representatives to local businessman Manny Rovithis, owner of Manny’s TV and Appliances, in recognition of his newest venture, Manny’s Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

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