October 31, 2012
Please be advised that COR Mashgichim have found instances of infestation of small worms both off-white and black in barley. Other organizations (CRC and Star-K) have sent out alerts to their respective communities reporting similar findings.
We are advising that, until further notice, barley be checked prior to use by spreading it out on a white piece of paper or other surface. Look for insects amongst and in between the grains.
Alternatively, barley can be soaked in water for 15-20 minutes and agitated. Let the water settle and check if any worms or insects rise to the top of the water.
We would like to give credit to our colleagues a the CRC in Chicago for an extensive alert which can be found here:
And a video demonstration which can be viewed here: