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Price regulated foods- update 1 October 2015

Bread and salt prices have been updated effective 1 October 2015:


שם המצרך ותיאורו

משקל ואריזה לצרכן בש”ח כולל מע”מ

(אחיד  (כהה

כיכר 750 גרם



כיכר 750 גרם


חלה או מאפה שמרים כיכר 500 גרם


אחיד (כהה) פרוס וארוז

כיכר 750 גרם


לבן פרוס וארוז

כיכר 500 גרם



שם המצרך ותיאורו

משקל ואריזה לצרכן בש”ח כולל מע”מ

מלח מטבח רגיל, מלח מטבח  מעולה,

1 ק”ג


מלח שולחן מעולה ומלח שולחן מעולה גס 1 ק”ג


To see a list of all foods regulated by Misrad HaCalcala click here.

To see a list of all foods regulated by Misrad HaChaklaut click here.

To file a complaint regarding price-regulated foods, click here.

Egg prices are going down!

The Ministry of Agriculture has announced the new lowered price of eggs that come under price regulation, which includes a package of 12 “regular” eggs (not omega, organic, or free range):

Egg weight (grams) Egg size New price (inc. Ma’am) Old price (inc.Ma’am) New price in Eilat (inc. Ma’am) Old price in EIlat (inc. Ma’am)
over 73 grams  XL 13.20 13.60 11.20 11.50
63-73 grams  L 12.10 12.50 10.25 10.60
53-63 grams  M 11.20 11.50 9.50 9.75

***In the interest of public health, consumers are advised to only purchase eggs in closed packages.

Don’t worry, your eyes aren’t tricking you- the new price is only 3% lower than the previous price, which is similar to the last price adjustment in November 2013, which was lowered 3.3%.

Source: Misrad HaChaklaut


Celiac-friendly foods to come under price regulation?

The Minister of Health Yael German has proposed to include gluten free foods in the basket of price-controlled foods.  “We are speaking of a relatively large population, and the food that they are required to eat carries a high price”, she said.  While waiting for the Finance Minister Yair Lapid’s response, she has created an inter-ministerial committee to discuss other options to support people with celiac disease.   Some of the options include direct financial assistance to those suffering from celiac disease or subsidizing gluten-free products.

Last week approximately 500 people protested outside the government meeting to require prices to be lowered for gluten-free products.

Not everyone is happy with Yael German’s proposal.  Some are afraid that if gluten-free products become price controlled, there won’t be any incentive for manufacturers to produce gluten-free foods and there will be much less of a variety or those that are made will be of lower quality.  They feel that providing financial assistance directly to those with the disease is a better option.

What do you think?  Will gluten-free factories shut down if they can’t earn a huge profit or is it an idle threat?

Celiac families- what would help you more- money in your pocket or cheaper food?

If you have an idea that would ease the financial burden for those with celiac disease, contact Misrad HaBriut with your idea.  The committee is headed by Professor Itamar Grotto.  Leave a message with the moked with his name and your idea.  Go to the Misrad HaBriut web site for information how to contact the moked. (English)

Source: Yisrael HaYom

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Gevina levana- only for poor people?

There is an interesting editorial on Ynet regarding the inclusion of gevina levana into the list of price-regulated products.  The author says that regulating the price of gevina levana turns it into a cheap product, which is a product that only poor people would eat, and therefore” regular” people will now purchase the specialty gevina levana products instead.  This is what happened with bread, eggs and milk.

So who does price regulation help?  The manufacturers, because now consumers purchase a more expensive product.  Not the consumers, who on average spend 40 shekels per month on gevina levana.  They would see a 20% price reduction which translates to a savings of 8 shekels per month.

In addition, by regulating the price of gevina levana, there is no incentive for the supermarkets to offer a variety of brands, which will also hurt the consumer and push out the small dairies, which fought tooth and nail for years to get a market share.

This editorial struck me as very sad.  Where has this superiority complex come from, that we can’t be seen buying price-regulated products?  He states that it is the middle class that won’t purchase products which have a reputation as “poor people food”.  How did that happen? I would say that I am middle class, and I love the fact that I can go into any super fancy supermarket and purchase these products and not worry about how expensive they are.  Am I hanging out with the wrong crowd?  Have values degenerated so much that people judge you on your cheese product?  Seriously, people, if it is that important, take it out of the container, hide it in the bottom of your trash can and serve it in a fancy dish!   Blaming the manufacturers for price regulation is just illogical.  Price regulation is here to support the people who need support and allowing these products to be stigmatized just shows how spoiled we are becoming as a nation.

The US controls the prices of many agricultural products as well, including dairy products.  There, however, the prices are artificially elevated to support the farmer.  The price of milk in the US is still less than the price in Israel, although that is emphatically denied by the Milk Board, which states that products aren’t compared properly (bag vs. carton) and that sales tax should not be included.

How do you feel about price-regulated products?  Do you purchase them or do you prefer the specialty products?


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