Chodosh Update - IMPORTANT CHANGE THIS YEAR

| |

1) IMPORTANT CHANGE REGARDING MALT

Over the past several decades the Guide to Chodosh has stated that barley malt is Yoshon up to at least the manufacturing date of December 15. This was based on information gathered from many malt producers and is still the practice at some. Now at least one major producer of malt informed us that they will start using Chodosh barley to produce their malt by October 15! While products using this malt will not reach the consumers for some time, this is a warning to manufacturers of Yoshon products and mashgichim. Please note that the CHODOSH DATE RECOMMENDED BY THE GUIDE TO CHODOSH FOR MALT HAS CHANGED FROM DECEMBER 15 TO OCTOBER 15. This affects cereals and other items using malt. It also affects beer from barley malt (most beers are from barley malt.)

2. THE CHODOSH SEASON IS IN FULL SWING

By now all products using spring wheat, oats or barley must be checked to make sure that they are Yoshon. This includes freshly baked items from bakeries, pizza shops and bagel shops that should have hashgocho for Yoshon. It also includes packaged items. These should only be assumed to be Yoshon if there is Yoshon hashgocho on the package, or by confirming with dating codes that the item was manufactured before the cutoff date.

3. PUBLICATION DATE FOR THE GUIDE TO CHODOSH

We are still hoping to get the publication of the Guide completed by. Rosh Hashanah. We will send out a new email bulletin when the Guide becomes ready. Meanwhile, we recommend that you use last year's issue of the Guide for dating code information. For most products, adding one year to the dates and codes given should provide the correct code. To download last year's Guide, send email to chodosh@sefer.org.

4. DUPLICATION OF THE LAST CHODOSH BULLETIN

We duplicate below the bulletin we sent out on 12 Aug 14. This should still be valid. Note that for Cheerios cereals the oats will become Chodosh starting a packing date of Oct 20. Those types of Cheerios that have WHEAT GERM in the ingredients, may be Chodosh as of the packing date of Aug 18 (date on the box would be Aug 25 15.)

Source: Rabbi Y. Herman - Guide to Chodosh