Yoshon.com attempts to make it easy for people to keep yoshon no matter where they are in the world. With this in mind, we offer some tips and suggestions for how to determine the yoshon status of products in different areas of the world.
In the USA:
Use our site as-is. Most of the products featured on our site are made in the "Good Old USA". People in the USA must check all the Date Codes on our site or in the Guide to Chodosh, or make sure that an item has "Yoshon" printed on the package. For more information on reading Date Codes, visit our "Date Codes Explained" page.
If products are made in another country, it will be listed in its title or a subtitle when it is clicked on. If a plant in a specific city or state is imperative to a product's yoshon status, it will be also be listed in its title or a subtitle. If any item is imported from Israel and has a reliable hechsher, it is automatically yoshon.
Two major kashrut agencies report yoshon updates. We feature these products on our site as well. Although Canada is just above the USA, its crops follow different dates. Any items made in Canada and imported, must still follow the Canadian date. Any products imported to Canada from the USA must still follow the generally earlier US Date Codes.
Canadian hechshers often have a number within them to identify plant or company. This also helps with finding out yoshon information. The Canadian agencies often include these company numbers within the hechsher along with the date codes in their reports.
Most often, date codes will be the Packing Date- year number first, followed by a Julian date. There may be a plant code listed within the series of numbers. Sometimes products will follow the BB or Best By Dates with a plant number. Check on the updates for Canadian products to see what these numbers are.
In Great Britain:
Most of the products made in Great Britain, more specifically England, are yoshon. They are commonly imported to Israel. Make sure there is a reliable hechsher.
Anything made in Israel with reliable hashgacha is automatically yoshon. It is very important that people who are living in or visiting Israel to know that all products imported from other countries are not necessarily yoshon. This is especially true of US products. These product Date Codes must be looked up just as if a person were living in the USA.
Most countries have kashrut agencies, which can be contacted for information on yoshon. There are a list of contacts on our Yoshon Contacts page. If it is known, that a product is Yoshon from another country, our site will list it. Unfortunately, most information from other countries is unknown and not reported on our site. Additionally, crops have different growing seasons in different parts of the world, so one country's general date codes are not usually good for another's.
We hope this helps to explain a few differences for countries around the world.