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Dear Brethren, we all know to be very careful about the foods we eat, but the following are downright sneaky. 

Let's start with the most innocent of foods, fruits and vegetables. No chance these could be unclean, right?

That's what I thought. 

 Tomatoes, apples, pears, citrus fruits of all kinds, eggplant, peppers, and others are almost always coated with shellac. Now, just what is shellac?

Shellac is a resin secreted by the female Lac insect to form a cocoon, on trees in the forests of India and Thailand. Thousands of these tiny insects colonize branches of suitable host trees and secrete the resin.

The lac insect, Kerria lacca, is definitely unclean.

Okay, so they coat our apples with secretions from an unclean bug, what next?

 Lac resin goes by other names as well. They include, but are not limited to, Confectioner's Glaze, Pharmaceutical Glaze, and Resinous Food Glaze. This means that many candies and vitamin tablets are coated with the same unclean substance.

Check jelly beans, chocolate covered nuts and fruits, and various other "treats" carefully.

Now, many of us enjoy a nice glass of wine on a Sabbath, New Moon or other Feast Day. 

Isinglass is a substance obtained from the swimbladders of Beluga sturgeon; used mainly for the clarification of wine and beer, it is a form of collagen. 

Gelatin is also used in the clarification of wine and beer.

There are some clean wines available. Kosher wines, such as Mogen David and Manischewitz are clean. 

Yellowtail brand red wines are clean, BUT ONLY THE REDS.

Yet another unclean ingredient is known as carmine, cochineal, and carminic acid. It is a red dye used in some candy, fruit juices, soft drinks, and some fruit products. In comes fom an unclean insect called the cochineal insect. More information is here.


Let us always remember to read labels, and if ever in doubt contact the manufacturer for more information.