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This month in Shufersal…

  

EXPOSED: Misrad HaBriut exposes unsanitary conditions at Rami Levy, Shufersal, and Mega BaIr

Food Safety Week continues with surprise visits to supermarkets Rami Levy in Jerusalem, Mega BaIr and Shufersal in Tel Aviv.  What they found was not so appealing.  Check out the video on Mako- Arutz 2 or on Misrad HaBriut’s Facebook page.

If you can’t understand the Hebrew, here is a quick summary of what they found:

  1. Shufersal (Ben Yehuda Street, Tel Aviv)- expired chicken for sale, selling prepared ground meat (it is only supposed to be ground in front of the customer), unclean refrigerators.
  2. Mega Ba’Ir (LaGuardia Street, Tel Aviv)– hasn’t fixed deficiencies noted on previous unsatisfactory inspections, very unsanitary conditions, food not being stored at the proper temperatures.  They will be called in for a hearing in Misrad HaBriut.
  3. Rami Levy (Beit HaDfus Street, Jerusalem)– cleaner than the other two stores but stored food on the floors and  had mold on the walls in the warehouse.

ארגזי מזון בתנאי תברואה ירודים

During the inspections, samples were taken of the ground meat for microbiological analysis.  The ground chicken from Shufersal and Rami Levy had Salmonella growing and the ground beef from Mega Ba’Ir had a high general bacterial count as well as coliform bacteria– a sign of fecal contamination.

Rami Levy’s response: The deficiencies were apparently due to the pressure of the holidays.  The deficiencies noted in the inspection report were corrected immediately.

Mega BaIr’s response: The report speaks of a specific problem in only one store.  A follow-up inspection by Misrad HaBriut showed that most of the deficiencies were corrected.  Regarding the bacterial testing, that is to be expected in a raw product that must be cooked before eating- it does not affect the quality or safety of the product.

Shufersal’s response: We feel that preserving the quality of our products is of the utmost importance.  We therefore strictly supervise each store to ensure that they comply with Misrad HaBriut’s standards.  We will review the inspection report and correct any deficiency that needs to be corrected.

 

 

Rami Levy is the cheapest for Pesach shopping throughout Israel

Yediot Achronot published an article this Friday comparing prices for various Pesach items in different supermarkets in various cities.  Unfortunately, I don’t have the full article- just a few photographs from Rami Levy’s Facebook page– but here are the results (from the cheapest to the most expensive):

Greater Gush Dan (48 products):

  1. Rami Levy, Mitcham Ayalon- 476.30 shekels
  2. Osher Ad, Mitcham Ayalon- 599.20 shekels
  3. YOU, Yigal Alon 73, Yad Eliyahu- 611.15 shekels
  4. Victory, Derech Shlomo 44, Tel Aviv- 622 shekels
  5. Shufersal Deal, Azrielli Tel Aviv- 640.01 shekels

Modiin (56 products):

  1. Rami Levy, Yishpru- 665.20 shekels
  2. Yaynot Bitan, Yishpru- 821.30 shekels
  3. Shufersal Deal, Yishpru- 879.01 shekels
  4. YOU, Malibu Center- 912.50 shekels

Haifa (57 products):

  1. Rami Levy, Chalutzei HaTaasia 73, Kiryat Haim- 709.70 shekels
  2. Yochannof, HaHaroshet 10, Hutzot HaMifratz- 850.30 shekels
  3. YOU, Priman 8, Mitcham Kastra- 892.10 shekels
  4. Osher Ad, HaNes Mular, Kiryat Bialik- 896.20 shekels
  5. Shufersal Deal, Kenyon HaYesod 20, Kiryat Ata- 914.21 shekels

Jerusalem (36 products):

  1. Rami Levy, Beit HaDfus 13- 423.10 shekels
  2. Osher Ad, Kenyon Hadar- 504.60 shekels
  3. Shufersal Deal, Kanfei Nesharim 24- 539.95 shekels
  4. Zol u’B’gadol, Romema- 578.30 shekels

 

Free matzah- just like the old country

Remember when we used to get a 5 pound package of matzah with our Pesach shopping?  This year two stores are offering a free matzah deal:

  • Shufersal Deal/Deal Extra/Online– use your Shufersal credit card to purchase 150 shekels worth of wine and you can get a 2.5 kg box of regular matzah for free. Limit 2 matzot per credit card. Does not include boutique wines (over 100 shekels), sweet wines, Tirosh and grape juice.  Double discounts apply.  Expires 3 April 2015.
  • YOU– YOU members that spend 500 shekels at one time will receive a 1 kg package of matzah for free.  Double discounts do not apply.

They aren’t the best deals, but they do bring back memories!

Shufersal Pesach deals- expire 13 April 2015

Here are pictures of the latest deals in Shufersal.  The Pesach products are coming out in full force now so watch the prices go up.  For example, last week Shufersal brand KLP shoko powder was 8.90 shekels, this week it is 9.90 shekels.  As requested by a reader, I have tried to photograph the actual hashgacha and I am trying to emphasize kitniyot-free products.

Sanfrost vegetables are almost all KLP- they have different statuses regarding shmitah so check that as well.These new diet puddings didn’t make it until Pesach.  Kitniyot.Kitniyot and Gebrahkts free.Kitniyot and Gebrahkts free.All of the standard Ashkenazi cookies- but with kitniyot.  Let the buyer beware.  (The TamTams are not KLP)This shouldn’t have kitniyot but it doesn’t say yes or no.Kitniyot.Kitniyot.Kitniyot.No Kitniyot!No Kitniyot!No Kitniyot!Again, shouldn’t have kitniyot but it doesn’t say either way.No Kitniyot!Unfortunately, only the giant bag was KLP.  Maybe the smaller ones will be in stock later on.  No KLP cat food at that time.No kitniyot or gebrahkts.No kitniyot.Kitniyot.Sorry, can’t tell if it has kitniyot or not.No kitniyot or gebrahkts!

Pesach sales at Shufersal- expire 9 Mar 2015- 13 April 2015

I didn’t have much time to go through all of the sale items, but here is a sampling of what I did find.  I find that once the KLP aisle is created, the prices on these items start to go up.  Get them now while the prices are low.

These are gone before you know it in the store so I bought four boxes.

Sales on Chanukah essentials

Happy Chanukah!!

If you need to replenish your supplies, here are some of the current sales on Chanukah essentials:

Chetzi Chinam

Clik bags- 3 for 10 shekels (limit 2 purchases) (for playing dreidel)

BB pretzels/dakim dakim- 5 shekels

Tomatoes, red/white potatoes, carrots, fennel, beets- 2.90 shekels/kg

Red/yellow/green/Naharia peppers, green spicy peppers, eggplant, sweet potato, kohlrabi- 3.90 shekels/kg

Expires 19 Dec 2014.

Rami Levy

Osem self-rising flour- 5.90 shekels

Shufersal Deal

Sufganiot- 6 for 10 shekels

Mini sufganiot- 8 for 10 shekels

Donuts- 3 for 10 shekels

Fancy sufganiot- 3.90 shekels each.

Expires 28 Dec 2014.

Shufersal Sheli

White potatoes, white cabbage, onion, beets, kohlrabi, carrots and fennel- 2.90 shekels/kg

Expires 19 Dec 2014.

Victory

Canola oil (1 litre)- 3 for 19.90 shekels (expires 19 Dec 2014)

BB pretzels/dakim dakim- 2 for 14.80 shekels (expires 26 Dec 2014)

Yaynot Bitan

Sufganiot- 1 shekel each.  Maximum 10 sufganiot per purchase.

Expires 27 Dec 2014.  To find a store near you, click here.

You

Small sufganiot- 1 shekel each.

A package of latkes/levivot- 10 shekels.

Carmit chocolate coins- 3 for 14 shekels

Carmit Chanukah gift package- 2 for 14 shekels

Mega canola oil (1 litre)- 3 for 18 shekels

Osem self-rising flour- 5 shekels (limit 1)

Onion, white potatoes,and white cabbage- 1.90 shekels/kg (limit 6 kg)

Expires 22 Dec 2014.

(If a store isn’t listed, I didn’t see any Chanukah-specific sales)

New Shufersal brand diapers- boon or bust?

In an effort to increase sales after their 156 million shekel loss last quarter as well as the lowering/cancellation of import taxes on many food products, Shufersal has been increasing the number of generic products that they sell.  Diapers are the newest addition to the lineup.  As you can see below, the price can’t be beat- especially compared to premium brands Huggies and Pampers.  As every parent knows, however, sometimes diapers can be too cheap- there are few things worse than a diaper that can’t hold in what it is meant to hold in.

 

Readers let us know- are these diapers worth the price or are they not really a bargain?

Five shekels groceries brought to you by Cofix

Not satisfied with creating a coffee revolution, Cofix founder Avi Katz will now be taking on supermarkets and food waste.  Starting in Tel Aviv in April, he plans to open 40-50 small (150-400 square meter) stores where every product will cost 5 shekels- meat, vegetables, canned foods, cleaning products, and even housewares.  It is not meant to be a full service supermarket but will have the basic items and is in negotiations with food manufacturers to produce a product that will be appropriate for his stores.  These products may be in smaller sizes which is something he feels is to be desired.  Too many people are tricked by promotions to buy large sizes and in bulk to save money but end up throwing the food out or it rots before they use it.  If people buy less up front and in sizes that are appropriate for them at that time, there is less waste and that means more money saved.   Israel leads all of the OECD countries in the amount of food waste that we produce- 350 shekels worth each month.

With Shufersal reporting losses and their increased marketing of the Shufersal brand as well as the supercofix announcement, it seems that businesses are starting to get the message that consumers are fed up with price gouging.  Let’s hope that all of the supermarkets will feel the need to compete with supercofix and bring lower prices for everyone.

Sources: Globes,Globes, and Yisrael HaYom

Dishwashing liquid Part 2: Behind the scenes

In response to my previous post about dishwashing liquid, I received a message from a reader who was also a a former employee of P&G.  He has graciously shared his insight with us.

“There are a few things that companies may use to trick people a bit when buying dish washing liquid.

First, all the companies here know that many Israelis check the active ingredient concentration level, so there is a desire to keep it as high as possible. But…the regulator only lets you put the active ingredient in multiples of four. So if you are just under 30%, for example, you are only allowed to mark 24%. The last time I checked Fairy a few years ago it was around 28% I think – in any event it was the highest in the market.

Another important factor is what is actually the active ingredient. At one point Shufersal’s own brand was offering a 36% concentration but the active ingredient offered a significantly weaker performance than that in Fairy.

Fairy’s company needs Fairy to be the best performing product on the market – this is the marketing strategy. So then the only question is whether or not it is worth paying a bit more for it. Based on all the R&D tests we did and also my own use, it definitely is – you do not need to use very much of it compared to the other products so it really does last around 150-200% longer than Palmolive and even more than own brand stuff.

I left the company to be a student but despite my limited funds still buy Fairy as I believe it is an economy. I promise that I have no current interest in the product beyond being a big fan!”

What do you think?  Any other Fairy fans out there?

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