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Archive for the month “February, 2015”

Coupon for free YOLO pudding- expires 2 May 2015

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New Mega Ba’Internet customers- 2 months free

If you haven’t tried online shopping at Mega, here is a good opportunity- two months free delivery.  Use coupon code “first”.  To start shopping, click here.

Tara Moo no sugar added shoko coupon- expires 1 Oct 2015

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New discount supermarket chain- COST

Have you heard about the new discount supermarket chain COST where everything is sold at cost? There are only three stores right now in Kfar Saba, Petach Tikvah and Afula but hopefully they will open more.

Here are some of the current deals as of 9 February:

  • HaShahar chocolate spread- 1kg- 19.70 shekels
  • Canola oil- 1 litre- 5.50 shekels
  • Bissli up to 70 grams (not including Extra)- 2.90 shekels
  • Pompadour green tea- 8.90 shekels
  • Maadanot potato/cheese bourekas- 800 grams- 13.80 shekels
  • Tara 1% milk- 1 litre carton- 4.50 shekels
  • Toilet Duck gel- 7.70 shekels
  • Sano Pisgah bleach- 4 litres- 7.70 shekels
  • Tomer peeled chestnuts- 100 grams- 3.60 shekels
  • Wilifood Persian rice- 1 kg- 4.20 shekels

For more information, go to their Facebook page.

Palestinian boycott of Israeli products started today

It is ironic- all around the world, there are BDSers who refuse to buy Israeli products because they don’t believe in Israel.  The Palestinians, however, have always purchased Israeli milk and other products from companies such as Osem, Tnuva, Prigat and more.  In fact, there is a commercial for a supermarket in Gaza that features Israeli products- some with Arabic and some with Hebrew on it.

Last week, however, things began to change.  Israel decided to withhold tax revenues that were supposed to be transferred to the PA in response to the PA’s application to join the Hague International Criminal Court.  The ICC prosecutes genocide and war crimes.  The December revenues amounted to approximately $127 million.  In response to Israel’s response, the PA (without Abu Mazen) announced that they will forbid the entry of products from six Israeli companies: Osem, Tnuva, Strauss, Prigat, and Yafora (Schwepps, RC Cola, Ein Gedi, Mei Eden, Spring, and more) into the PA.  Retailers have two weeks to exhaust their stocks.  After that, the products are to be either returned or destroyed.  The ban is to continue until Israel releases the tax revenues.

How effective this ban will be is not clear.  Tnuva sells only 3% of its production- approximately 200-250 million shekels- to the PA, mostly basic dairy products.  Osem sells less than 2%, or 70 million shekels.  Strauss sells even less- mainly ice cream and puddings.  One of these companies’ managers told the Marker that the products they sell in the “reshut” are very basic products with a very low price tag because the area is not wealthy.  The profit margin in the reshut is much lower than Israel.  The only people who will get hurt by the ban are the consumers, who won’t be able to get alternative products locally.

The retailers are also upset because while their shelves will be empty of basic necessities, people can go to a Rami Levy store close to the reshut and buy whatever they want.  The retailers also are worried about a black market that might pop up in response to the demand from the people.  The consumers will be forced to pay higher prices that they cannot afford to do for smuggled products that might not be kept at the proper temperature.

What do you think?  Was Israel justified in withholding tax revenues?  Is the PA justified in boycotting Israeli products? Who is going to win this battle?  Should there be an Israeli response to the boycott which is in response to Israel withholding tax revenues in response to the PA applying to join the ICC? And of course, the most important question- does this mean prices will increase here???

Sources: The Marker and Reuters

ANOTHER RECALL: Hod Hefer frozen spicy hot dogs

Hod Hefer is having a run of (very) bad luck.  In November they had an ammonia leak where a firefighter died.  In January two of their workers were hospitalized with suspicion of avian influenza after handling turkey from an infected farm.  Now they are recalling their spicy frankfurters (נקניקיות חריפות) because of Listeria monocytogenes.

Here are the details:

  • “Spicy Chicken Frankfurters” -“נקניקיות עוף חריפות”
  • Bar code: 7290002686194
  • Frozen
  • 400 gram packages
  • Manufacturing date: 28 Jan 2015
  • Expiration date: 28 Jan 2016

Consumers are asked to refrain from eating this product and to return it to the store from which it was purchased to receive a replacement product.  If you have any questions, please call 04-6349889.

Source: Misrad HaBriut

Listeriosis, a serious infection usually caused by eating food contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes, is an important public health problem. The disease primarily affects older adults, pregnant women, newborns, and adults with weakened immune systems. However, rarely, persons without these risk factors can also be affected. The risk may be reduced by recommendations for safe food preparation, consumption, and storage.  For more information, go to the CDC web site.

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Pesach deals at Rami Levy- ENDS TODAY 9 Feb 2015

I finally got my Rami Levy credit card in the mail this week with some pretty awesome coupons so I decided to break it in and  do some Purim shopping.  These are the coupons I received- how about you?

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While I was in the store, I did notice some attractive products for Purim (8 Elite chocolate bars for 32 shekels for example), what really got me excited was their sales on KLP products.

For example:

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This product wasn’t on sale but I had a coupon for it from Rami Levy:

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This wasn’t on sale either but I noticed it already had a KLP label:

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This also wasn’t on sale but it reminds me to make an important point- if you are shopping for Pesach, make sure each product has KLP certification on it!  You don’t wan’t to put away a product for no reason.

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All of these products have no kitniyot.

So if you have some free time today, go to Rami Levy and get your Pesach shopping started!

Milkys found not to have real chocolate

Two class action lawsuits have been settled today against Strauss, stating that they cannot label Milky as “chocolate” if the ingredients do not include chocolate as defined by Israeli Standard 36.

According to Israeli Standard 1145, if the name of a food “shows off”a certain ingredient or if there is a picture of that ingredient, the manufacturer must list the percentage of that ingredient in the list of ingredients.  In addition, the Standard says that the name of a food must be accurate and able to be proven.  Therefore only if there is chocolate as defined by the Israeli Standard in the ingredients can you write that the product has chocolate in it.  Otherwise you have to write “chocolate flavor-בטעם שוקולד”.

This is the current Milky label:

הכיתוב הישן. מילקי שוקולד (ובקטן: "בטעם שוקולד") (צילום: אדר טל)

(הכיתוב הישן. מילקי שוקולד (ובקטן: “בטעם שוקולד”) (צילום: אדר טל

 

As you can see, it does says b’taam shokolad, but only under the large words “Shokolad”.

This is the new label:

הכיתוב החדש: כיתוב עקבי: "בטעם שוקולד" (צילום: עידו ארז)

(הכיתוב החדש: כיתוב עקבי: “בטעם שוקולד” (צילום: עידו ארז

Here there is no gigantic “Shokolad”,only the words “b’taam shokolad” the same size as the rest of the labeling.

Strauss’s punishment from the court was having to change the label and to donate 300,000 shekels worth of dairy products to charitable organizations- specifically HaEmek hospital or an equivalent organization that has no previous connection with Strauss.

What do you think of this lawsuit?  Ridiculous or righteous?  Before you answer, take a look at another very famous “chocolate” item:

Wait- that isn’t Hershey’s CHOCOLATE syrup, it is Hershey’s syrup with “genuine chocolate flavor”.

So Israel apparently isn’t the only country who distinguishes between real chocolate and chocolate flavor.  The “punishment” as it is ends up being relatively free advertising for the Strauss so I don’t think they will be too distressed over this verdict.

In other frivolous chocolate lawsuit news, a court ruled that Osem, General Mills, Vita, and Maimons can still call their product “kadoorei shokolad- כדורי שוקולד” and not “kadoorim b’taam shokolad- כדורים בטעם שוקולד”.  Thank goodness for that!

Source: Ynet, Ynet, GAIN Report, Israel Standard Institute Amendment 6 and 7

Pizza Hut coupon for Rami Levy club members

2 More Recalls: “HaTikvah” and “Yisragal” fish products

In addition to the two recalls reported this week, HaTikvah Smoked Fish and Yisragal are announcing another recall of the following products due to the suspected presence of Listeria monocytogenes:

“HaTikvah”:

Filet Matias in Oil, 480 grams, expiration dates between 7 Mar 2015 and 9 April 2015

“Yisragal”:

  1. Fillet Herring in Vacuum, manufactured 26 Jan 2015, expiration date 13 March 2015
  2. Matias-Style Fillet Herring, manufactured 26 Jan 2015, expiration date 3 March 2015

The public is advised not to consume these products and to return them to the store where they were purchased for a refund.

Listeriosis, a serious infection usually caused by eating food contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes, is an important public health problem. The disease primarily affects older adults, pregnant women, newborns, and adults with weakened immune systems. However, rarely, persons without these risk factors can also be affected. The risk may be reduced by recommendations for safe food preparation, consumption, and storage.  For more information, go to the CDC web site.

Source: Misrad HaBriut (HaTikvah) (Yisragal)

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