We are currently revising our site to make it even easier to use. As we switch from the old system to the new, you may see some small differences, but all of the original information is there, plus more on the new system. Products not yet updated will be on the old system as shown below. All products to be updated as of this new season will have the new system, which we will show later. Once all products have been updated that we have info on, we will start to switch the remaining non-updated products to the new system as well. The new system that we are moving to is pretty self-explanatory.
It is no secret, but Yoshon.com is currently in the process of developing a Yoshon.com app that will enable people to scan the UPC barcode of a product in the store to get the yoshon information on it, as long as it's is a product in our vast database. This development process takes much time and research. We are happy to report that we finally got the funding for this project, and we hope that it will be implemented by the next Chodosh season, if not earlier. It is all a part of The Yoshon Network Inc.'s commitment to making the mitzvah of keeping yoshon as easy as possible.
THE MAIN SYSTEM
Yoshon.com contains far more information than just Date Codes! It shows sample pictures of products, to help you know what to look for. It has an example of the Hechsher found on the package, and it tells which of the 5 Grains are in the product ingredients. All this is listed in a tab called "Additional Info" on any given product page. Any time there is new information on a product, it will be updated ASAP. The latest time of update will appear under the product's title where it says, "Additional Information Updated On: [Whatever Date]..." .
The instructions for using our site are as follows:
1. Do a Search: Type your search term or item in the "Search" box, and hit "Enter".
2. Find Your Product: When an entry's product image shows up, click on "Read More" or the product image. (If a product is not found, we don't have any information on it.)
3. Scroll to View the Information: (Pick whether you have a computer or mobile device, as they differ slightly.)
Computers: Scroll down slightly, and to the right of the picture will be "Description" (shows the Hechsher) and "Additional Info".
Mobile Devices: Scroll down until after the brand name logo of the product. It will then show "Description", then "Additional Info".
THE OLD SYSTEM
4. Look Up Date Codes and Yoshon Status: Click on "Additional Info", and it will show you the Date Code or if the product is Yoshon. It shows many other things as well. (See below.)
Where to Find It:
When you click on "Description", you will see the Hechsher found on the product.
When you click on "Additional Info", you will see items in the following order:
Date Code: (If there is a Packing Date Code, it is usually explained how to calculate the code. If it is dated with a "Best By" Date, it will be Yoshon only before that date.)
- OR -
Status: (Tells whether a product is Yoshon or Chodosh. It will often stipulate that the word "Yoshon" must be printed on the package in
order to be considered Yoshon.)
Shelf Life: (If applicable. Sometimes this info is provided to us, sometimes not. If we have a Shelf Life it will be provided, as this can help determine the status of a product.)
Designation: (Parve, Pas Yisroel, Dairy, Cholov Yisroel, Glatt Kosher Meat, etc.)
Grain Ingredient: (Wheat, Oats, Barley, Spelt, Rye, Barley Malt, or No problematic ingredients.)
Hechsher: (One or more)
Yoshon Hashgacha: (If applicable)
THE NEW SYSTEM
Date Codes and Status are no longer in "Additional Info", but displayed under the product's name. Other features are:
1. Brand with Product Name, or a general description if there are multiple products in the entry.
2. Location Made will be directly afterward in parenthesis (Where it was made if in another country besides the USA, or a city that is important to know).
3. Status or Date Code
4. Updated As Of: (The date in which the product's info was last updated. This picture showed the last update from Guide to Chodosh was August 30, 2018).
5. Multiple Products List (if applicable, when there are two or more products in this entry which have the same exact information except UPC).
6. Notes: (Any important notes).
New Additional Information
Grain Ingredient: Problematic ingredients if any.
Shelf Life: If known it is listed.
Designation: Any special designations (Parve, Dairy, Cholov Yisroel or Stam, Glatt Kosher Meat, Kosher for Pesach, Pas Yisroel, etc.).
Hechsher: Listed agency (its picture can still be found in "Description" above if needed).
Yoshon Hashgacha: Rabbi or agency (if applicable).
UPC Barcode: If known, the UPC of the product will appear here.
Update Source: This is where The Yoshon Network Inc. has gotten information for the last update on the product. Usually for the USA most info is from the Guide to Chodosh. We also get info from COR or MK of Canada , UOS of South Africa, Kedassia of the UK, other reliable kashrut agencies, and occasionally info from reputable companies with reliable mashgichim. Less often, some research is done by TYNI itself. If it has originally Guide to Chodosh, then TYNI research, it means that the original information came from Guide to Chodosh, but may not have been kept current and dropped out of the Guide, so TYNI looked into it and got the current info.
Why a Different Product Can Be Displayed in a Specific Search
A Word About "Like-Kind" Products: Often, a brand has similar products with the exact same grain ingredients having the same Date Code will be listed together under one product (as shown in note 5 above of the new system). A good example is pasta (shown below). If you searched for a certain brand of pasta in Spaghetti, it may come up as the same brand, but showing a picture of Tricolor Penne. This is due to brands having multiple pasta shapes, but all share the same ingredients and Date Codes. When there are a great variety of shapes, all these "like-kind" products will be listed, so that if one of them are searched for it will come up. Any products with different ingredients or different Date Codes are always entered separately. The same thing holds true for other products such as cereals. They may not have the same exact ingredients, but if they share the same problematic grain ingredients and Date Code, they may be listed together. This is true for Yoshon items or items with No problematic ingredients as well.
Yoshon.com: If there are any questions about our site, please contact us at Info@YoshonNetwork.org.
Halachic/Yoshon Questions: If you have Halachic questions about products or don't see a product on our site, please contact Project Chodosh at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Specific Product Questions: If you have questions about a certain product, or know of a product made by a certain company, go to the Menu and click on "Brands". (For mobile devices, click on the box with the lines in the upper right corner to view the menu.) The "Brands" page shows a carousel of brand logos in alphabetical order. Click on the logo you need, and it will take you to that brand's website (if there is one). If you are looking at a certain product, you can also click on the brand's logo to go to their site. Usually a site will have their current contact information on a Contact Brand/Manufacturer page.