Click here to view directions for the Thrip Cloth method

The cost of the Thrip Cloth is $5.00 + 1.20 S&H

To order a Thrip Cloth:

Click here to contact the STAR-K

 or

Send $5.00 per cloth plus $1.20 S&H to

STAR-K Kosher Certification
Att: Janine Chapman
122 Slade Avenue, Suite 300
Baltimore, MD 21208

Once Payment is received the Thrip Cloth(s) will be sent out.

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LED light
40X magnification suitable for helping with bug checking
25mm precision ground lenses
Color corrected and optically corrected lenses for a non-distorted view
Made of plastic and chrome-plated metal with glass lenses
Includes storage case and battery.
The cost of the loupe is $7.50 + S&H

To order a loupe click here

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Wash produce well. (Note: Use warm water for broccoli and cauliflower.)
Prepare a basin with water and a non-bleach and non-toxic dishwasher
detergent solution. The
water should feel slippery.
Agitate the produce in the solution for 15 seconds. (Note: For broccoli and
cauliflower, soak for 30
seconds BEFORE agitating.)
Remove the produce from the basin and shake off excess water over the basin.
Pour water through the thrip cloth.
Check the thrip cloth over a light box for any insects.
If insects are found, repeat steps 1-6. This can be done up to three
times.
If insects are still found on the third try, the produce should not be used.

Note: If one does not have a thrip cloth, the water may be checked for
infestation by placing a white basin over a light box.

To order a Thrip Cloth click here
or
Send $5.00 per thrip cloth plus $1.20 S&H to

STAR-K Kosher Certification
Att: Janine Chapman
122 […]

fluorescent light
plug in
safe to use with wet produce

flip out stand
easy storage

Only $45.00 for consumers & $47.00 for food establishments.

Light boxes can be picked up at the Star-K corporate offices or shipped
for an additional $10.00 charge.

Please send your check to:

Star-K Kosher Certification, 122 Slade Avenue, Suite 300, Baltimore MD 21208 ATT: Lightbox.

Please add your telephone number when mailing in your check. We will ship out your lightbox via UPS
upon receipt of your check.

To order a light box click here

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As we sit down to enjoy a crisp, green salad or prepare to garnish a dish with a fresh sprig of parsley, probably the last thing on our minds at that time is insects. But insects should actually be foremost on our minds, as the act of eating insects, as we shall explain here, violates a very serious set of prohibitions. Let’s start from the beginning.

The Torah expressly forbids Jews from eating insects (tolayim). In Leviticus 11:41, we are told, “And every swarming thing that swarms upon the earth is a detestable thing; it shall not be eaten.” Any food known to be subject to insect infestation, therefore, cannot be eaten until the insects have been removed.

But what if you’re not sure? What is the status of a food item that is only suspected of containing an insect? Are you obligated to check the item to determine the presence of an insect, or can […]