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:
A. Do a Search: Type your search term or item in the "Search" box, and click on "Search" or hit "Enter" on your keyboard. (You can also type in your product's entire UPC bar code number.)
B. 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.)
C. View the Main Information on the Product. The features of the product shown include: 1. Brand with Product Name or a general description for multiple products.
2. (Location Made) shows a location of origin if it's important to know. If a brand's products are made in multiple countries or exported, it's necessary info. No location listing means it's from the USA.
3. Yoshon Status or Date Code shows info needed to know for a product to be yoshon. The Date Code shown to the left is the best buy date on the package when it becomes chodosh, so in order for the product to be yoshon, it must be before this date. (The same goes for lot codes.) If an item is only yoshon with a certain lot number or date it will have "Only" listed with it.
4. Updated As Of: The green date is when the product's info was the date of the last reported update. This picture showed the last update was from the Guide to Chodosh, November 23, 2018).
5. Multiple Products List when there are two or more products in an entry with the same exact information except UPC).
6. Notes: Any important items concerning a specific products. Iy may or may not be regarding the date code, status.country of origin, infestation, or product recall.
Viewing Additional Information
Scroll down slightly to view Additional 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".
This shows a sample picture of the hechsher on the product. Sometimes, this can be a direct key as to knowing whether your item is yoshon or not.
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 its information for the last update on the product. Usually for the USA most info is from the Guide to Chodosh. We also get yoshon info from COR or MK of Canada , UOS of South Africa, Kedassia of the UK, other reliable kashrut agencies in the USA, 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). A good example is pasta (shown below). If you searched for a certain brand of pasta in Whole Wheat Spaghetti, it may come up as the same brand, but showing a picture of Whole Wheat Spaghetti. 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 email@example.com. The Yoshon Network Inc. does not answer Halachic questions. TYNI will answer basic questions only at Info@YoshonNetwork.org, or use the Chat function at the bottom right. Email is always the best way to contact us.
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.
It is no secret, but TYNI 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 its current yoshon information, as long as it's is a product in our vast and ever changing database. This development process takes much time and research. We are happy to report that we have finally received the grant funding needed 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.