The Orthodox Union, conscious of challenges today’s consumers are faced with when it comes to keeping kosher, announced today the release of the second edition of The OU Guide to Checking Fruits, Vegetables and Berries, a comprehensive guide designed to promote awareness in areas of insect infestation in fruits, vegetables, and berries.
The consumption of insects is prohibited by Biblical law and the Guide describes how to look for them and, where possible, to remove them.
Consumers will benefit from the expanded and revised edition which now includes an updated halachic introduction, rewritten standards for bagged salads and fresh strawberries, color photos of commonly found insects, a quick reference chart and more.
“The OU has continuously striven throughout the years to educate and direct the public regarding insects in produce. We are very excited about the Guide’s second edition, which we hope will further promote public awareness in this area,” declared Dr. Simcha Katz, Commission Chair of OU Kosher.
The Guide is being made available in Jewish bookstores nationwide (distributed by ArtScroll), and by the OU at 212-613-8385.