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 in the Guide to Chodosh or on our site are made in the USA, so people in the USA must check all the Date Codes, 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. 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.
In the United Kingdom
Many of the products made in the UK, more specifically England, are yoshon. They are commonly imported to Israel. Make sure there is a reliable hechsher.
Anything under the hashgacha of:
Kedassia of London,
Rabbi O.Y. Westheim of Manchester,
or Rabbi Schneebalg of Edgeware, UK
are always yoshon, no matter where they are made.
Anything made in Israel with reliable hashgacha is automatically yoshon. It is very important for 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 products’ Date Codes must be looked up just as if the person were living in the USA themselves.
Some reliable hechsherim to look for are:
Rabbi Moshe Landau of B’nei Brak,
Badatz Beit Yosef,
Chug Chatam Sofer of B’nai Brak,
and perhaps one the most well-known is the Eida Hacheiridis Badatz of Yerushalayim.