CRC KASHRUS ALERT: BLUEBERY POLICY UPDATE

May 02, 2021 Kashrut

April 30, 2021

In recent weeks we have seen a significant increase in insect infestation of blueberries.   Accordingly, we recommend that the following procedure be done to all fresh blueberries until October 31, 2021.   

  • Prepare a quart-sized bowl of soapy water per pint of blueberries.
  • Soak and agitate the blueberries in the soapy water for 20-30 seconds.
  • Rinse blueberries in running water.

An exception to this is organic blueberries which should be washed and checked using the thrip-cloth method.  Additionally, U-pick blueberries should  be avoided as they are often infested with scale insects and other bugs. One should only use them if they were first checked for scales and other insects using a thrip cloth.