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Things to be Aware of When Purchasing Produce


Produce is often coated with non-kosher substances (waxes that are animal-based). This is true for most vegetables that have smooth skins such as tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, zucchini, apples, pears, rutabagas, etc. In the USA, the law states that stores are supposed to put up a sign to inform customers when something has been coated, however very few stores do so. In the USA, Whole Foods Markets are very good about putting up signs informing their customers about any coatings on their produce. In Israel, produce coatings are generally not a problem (especially considering the Rabbanite prohibition of Basar beHalav) - however, one should check produce to see if it has been coated. In general, it is best to stick with organically grown produce. Leafy vegetables, broccoli, cauliflower, potatoes, onions, scallions, and the like are not coated. In the USA, a good place to obtain produce is from a CSA (Community Supported Agricultre).