OK Kosher Warns small insects found in the cashews
The OK Kosher Certification has issued a Kashrus alert for cashews, advising consumers to be extra vigilant when eating them due to worms • Full Story
The OK Kosher Tolaim Committee has been finding insects and worms in cashews. Consumers should split them open and give a cursory inspection. The issue is typically found when there are holes. Consumers should be extra vigilant, they advised.
Just minutes after being warned about possible bugs in Cashews, a Yungerman was shocked to find two bugs in his nut. The Yungerman, eating Cashews in Kollel this morning, was approached by another Yungerman who told him to be aware of the possibility of bugs in Cashews. The Yungerman acknowledgd that, and then proceeded to check each Cashew. Approximately 15 Cashews later, the Yungerman found two bugs-one live and one dead in his Cashew.
Although in general cashews do not contain worms or insects, at times worms or other insects can be found. No statistics have been gathered indicating whether insect presence in cashews are a Miut HaMatzui that halachically requires cashews to be checked for insects. Since the frequency of insects in cashews is yet to be clearly determined, we can only offer some general guidelines that can indicate signs of insect presence.
1. Shriveled appearance of the nuts and discolorations such as black dots on cashews can indicate that there are worms in them.
2. Visible holes in cashews can also be a sign of insect presence.
3. In either case, the halves of the cashew should be separated and examined for the presence of small insects or worms.
4. A healthy-looking cashew that is completely closed and looks fresh is free from a חשש of insects.