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Endive

All types except Belgian

Checking Instructions

Please note the following regarding all Star-K insect checking instructions: When applicable, guidelines apply to produce grown and purchased in the United States. Checking procedures in other countries may be different.

Leaf by Leaf Inspection - Low Volume

Preparation (Optional)

We recommend separating leaves and soaking in water prior to checking, preferably with mild soap or special veggie wash (such as Tsunami 100).

Note: When using soap, use only a food grade cleanser that meets all federal, state, and local regulations. The water should have enough soap to make it feel slippery. Wash thoroughly with clean water before checking to remove any soap residue.

Check

  1. Make a complete leaf by leaf inspection, checking both sides of the leaf.
  2. Note: Leafy vegetable inspection is greatly enhanced when vegetables are placed over a light box. Therefore, all Star-K caterers and restaurants are required to use a light box during vegetable inspection.

  3. Wash off any insects prior to use.

Chazaka Check - High Volume (More than three heads from one source)

  1. Remove and discard outer leaves.
  2. Separate leaves of three heads of the vegetable.
  3. Do NOT wash leaves.
  4. Make a complete leaf by leaf inspection of the three heads, checking both sides of each leaf.
  5. Note: Leafy vegetable inspection is greatly enhanced when vegetables are placed over a light box. Therefore, all Star-K caterers and restaurants are required to use a light box during vegetable inspection.

  6. If one bug is found in the test heads, all the produce in the consignment must be checked leaf by leaf.
  7. If no bugs are found, the rest of the shipment from the same consignment does not require checking and may be used after pulling off the outer leaves of the heads of the remaining consignment.

Insect Pictures

Lettuce with aphids on a lightbox
Lettuce with an aphid on a lightbox
Closeup of aphids
Aphids next to a nickel for size comparison
Adult thrip
Young thrip
Fly
Insect eggs

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