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7. Stability of the product - test results of the shelf life of the product, or an announcement made by the manufacturer that the claimed shelf life was determined on the basis of stability tests.

D.  Pesticides and Other Contaminants

The Plant Protection and Inspection Services (P.P.I.S.) publishes the  “Israeli Directory of Pesticides” which lists pesticides registered in Israel under the Plant Protection Law of 1956, and the Regulation concerning the sale of pesticides, 1994. The latest English version was published in 1996. A new version of the law is currently under discussion.

Pesticides according to the Israeli law include Plant Growth Regulators, Defoliants, Adjuvants, Wound Sealing Materials and Plant Nutrients applied for specific, established mineral deficiencies, in addition to herbicides, fungicides and insecticides.

The directory includes a list of established National Maximum Residue Limits.  This list is based whenever appropriate on the Codex Alimentarius limits.  The system used for the pesticide compounds is according to the IUPAC nomenclature.

The Israeli office responsible for pesticides is the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Plant Protection and Inspection Services (PPIS), Pesticides Division.

Contact: Miriam Freund (Deputy Director), P.O. Box 78, Bet-Dagan 50250, Israel.

Tel: 972-3-968-1561, Fax: 972-3-9681582, Email: miriamf@moag.gov.il

E.  Other Regulations and Requirements

1. Kashrut

Any food marked with the word “kosher” shall also be marked with the name and location of the person certifying the kashrut or the registered mark in Israel of the organization certifying the kashrut.

It is recommended to add to the word “kosher” the words “meat” “dairy” or Passover” “donations and tithes have been set aside” “free from suspicion of  ‘orla’ or third year fruit”, “not from the Sabbatical year”, etc.  According to the nature of the matter and on the authority of the person certifying the Kashrut.

Meat products, including poultry meat, which are not “kosher”, non-kosher fish products and products made from non-kosher fish shall be marked with the words “non-kosher”.  It is illegal to import nonkosher meat, including poultry, to Israel.

The size of the letters in the word “kosher” shall not be smaller than the minimum size of letters of the name of the product as stipulated in Table 1 above.  The size of the letters denoting the name and location of the person giving the certification shall not be smaller than the minimum size of the letters of the name of the manufacturer as stipulated in table 1.

Similar products, produced by one manufacturer, some of which contain the kashrut certification as noted in paragraphs 12.1 and 12.2 of the Regulation and some of which do not carry this marking, shall have conspicuously different labels. This requirement does not apply to those products, which are marked “Kosher for Passover”.

As Israeli law stipulates that the council of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel is the sole authority responsible for determining whether a product is kosher, exporters of kosher products should

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