This comprehensive work discusses the important Kosher issue of insect infestation in the foods we eat and how to properly prepare those foods. The Orthodox Union is proud to present the third edition of this publication to the kosher consuming community, as part of its project to promote public awareness in the area of insect infestation in fruits, vegetables, and berries.
The cRc is continuing conducting an intense review of its policy regarding insect infestation in fruits and vegetables. Although the policy may still change in the future, the following is the current cRc position on the proper checking and use of various fresh, frozen and canned fruits and vegetables. It is impossible to cover all of the different varieties, so if a particular product is not found on this list, please call the cRc office. Rabbi Dovid Cohen discusses the size required to consider a bug assur in this series of three shiurim.
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.