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CHOMETZ may be purchased immediately after Pesach at the following stores in the Detroit area, except for Dunkin Donuts (10 & Greenfield) where chometz should not be bought until 10:30 PM, due to the Halachic requirement of “bichdei sh’yaasu”.

All K-COR certified establishments
Aldi
Busch’s Fresh Food Market
Costco
CVS
Dollar Tree Stores
Family Dollar Stores
GFS (Gordon Food Service)
Joe Randazzo’s Fruit Market
K-Mart
Meijer
Nutrifoods
One Stop Kosher Market
Plum Market
Rite Aid
Save-A-Lot (11 & Greenfield)
Sam’s Club Warehouse
Superior Kosher Meats
Trader Joe’s
Wal-Mart
Walgreens
Westborn
Whole Foods

It is advisable to wait two weeks after Pesach (May 12) before buying “pure” chometz products (e.g., bread, grain cereals, pasta, cookies and pretzels) at Jewish-owned stores that do not observe Pesach, even if they made a Mechiras Chometz before Pesach, due to the possibility that new chometz was received during Pesach. This includes Restaurant Depot, Johnny Pomodoro’s Fresh Market, and Natural Food Patch. It is permitted to purchase most other products immediately after Pesach, including pearled raw barley, dry cake mixes, flour (without malted barley), glue, all kitniyos, ketchup, mayonnaise, medicines, mustard, vinegar, vitamin tablets, baker’s yeast, and yeast extract.
Buying chometz from Kroger and Target in the Detroit area after Pesach involves Halachic uncertainty. Although these stores are owned by non-Jews, there is a possibility that they are supplied by privately-owned Jewish food distributor C&S, and the chometz sold after Pesach may have been in the possession of C&S during Pesach. Since it is difficult to gather precise information, it is commendable to wait two weeks after Pesach (May 12), before buying “pure” chometz items from these stores.

THE FOLLOWING PRODUCTS NOT BEARING PESACH CERTIFICATION were for a brief time mistakenly placed in the Pesach section at One Stop Kosher Food Market. Please check every label of your purchases:
• Gefen Roasted Garlic Pasta Sauce
• Mehadrin Vanilla Yogurt – 32 oz.
• Mehadrin Greek Cheese Snack
• Lieber’s Apple Sauce (regular) – 48 oz.
• Lieber’s Apple Sauce – Unsweetened – 46 oz.
• Ta’amti Spanish Eggplant

The K-COR certified “PRE-CHECKED ROMAINE LETTUCE” in 8 oz. containers at One Stop Kosher is not certified for Pesach, due to the proximity of the bakery to the lettuce preparation area. The Pre-Checked Romaine Lettuce that will be available during Chol Hamoed will be certified for Pesach, and will state so on the label. – POS’TIV brand romaine lettuce is certified for Pesach, and will be arriving at One Stop on Thursday, April 18.

PRE-WASHED PACKAGED ICEBERG LETTUCE SALAD and COLESLAW require Pesach approval due to the citric or lactic acid that may be used in the washing process. The following Pesach certified brands are available locally with a P after the Kosher symbol (next to the date code):
• Dole – with OK-P
• Fresh Express – with Star-K-P
• Little Salad Bar (Aldi) – with OK-P
• Kroger brand (Kroger) – with OK-P

SONNY & JOE’S TAHINI DIP: A special Pesach / Kitniyos production of Sonny & Joe’s Tahini Dip was produced for Sefardim, and should bear an OU sticker stating, “approved for those who eat kitniyos on Passover”. Some of these containers were mistakenly labeled with a plain OU-P Kosher for Passover sticker without specifying that the product is kitniyos.

BIANCO AZZURO MOSCATO WINE is labeled with a plain OU and it is not certified for Pesach. Even the bottles that have the letters “OUP” as part of the production code are not certified for Pesach.

NATUREMADE MELATONIN: Pesach Guides, including Star-K / Rabbi Bess lists, indicate that NatureMade Melatonin is chometz free. Please note that this refers only to NatureMade Melatonin swallow tablets. Naturemade also makes a product called “VitaMelts Sleep” Fast Dissolve tablets made with melatonin, which contains chometz and should not be used on Pesach.

BABY / CHILDREN PRODUCTS:. For the convenience of our readers, we list here a summary of some commonly used Baby / Children products approved for Pesach by Rabbi Bess / Star-K:
Advil Infants’ Drops – Dye-Free White Grape
Advil Children’s Suspension – all flavors
Bayer Children’s Aspirin
Motrin Infants’ Drops – Dye-Free Berry
Motrin Children’s Suspension – Bubble Gum
Tylenol Infants’ Oral Suspension – Grape
Tylenol Children’s Suspension – Cherry
Tylenol Children’s Cold + Flu Oral Suspension
Benadryl Children’s Allergy Dye-Free Liquid – Bubble Gum
Benadryl Children’s Allergy Chewables
Miralax Powder

*We recommend using Tanimura & Antle (Aldi) dated 4/4/19 or 4/9/19.

Many other brands are currently highly infested. If using other brands, repeat steps 2-4.

The Vaad Harabbonim presents the online PesachGram.

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A PDF version of the PesachGram is also available for view and download:

PesachGram PDF

2019-3-22 Kashrus Alerts PDF available for download.

GEFEN YELLOW POPCORN KERNELS with Best By dates of 12/10/20, 12/17/20 and 12/24/20 have been found to be infested, and should not be used.

TAKAOKAYA SUSHI NORI is certified Kosher only when bearing the Star-K symbol. Some packages are not certified and have the Star-K covered by a sticker, due to infestation. All brands of nori require reliable certification due to serious infestation issues, and also due to a concern of being processed on non-Kosher
equipment.

BELL PEPPERS FROM ISRAEL (red, orange and yellow) are being sold locally at Kroger, Trader Joe’s, Holiday Market and other stores, and require taking of Terumos and Maaseros. The brands include Gilad, NatureFresh, MOR, Pero Family Farms, and other brands, both regular and organic. Check the fine print on the package, or the sticker on each individual pepper, for the country of origin.

BETTER MADE ORIGINAL POTATO CHIPS in 10 oz. bags with a Use By date of 10 AUG 2019, and a Lot # of 62090431442 thru 62090431520 or 85100431442 thru 85100431520, may actually contain Cheddar and Sour Cream Potato Chips, which contain dairy ingredients. They may be returned to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Better Made Snack Foods at 313-925-4774.

WEGMANS SEA SALT & CRACKED PEPPER FLAVORED KETTLE COOKED POTATO CHIPS contains whey, a dairy ingredient, as listed in the ingredients and allergens statements, and is certified OU Dairy. Some bags mistakenly bear a plain OU symbol without the D.

BOULEVARD BREWERY BEERS: The Vaad HaKashruth of Greater Kansas City has announced that effective immediately, all beers from Boulevard Brewery should be considered Dairy Equipment, even if the Kashrus logo on the label does not state DE.

SHINER BREWER’S PRIDE ROSÉ PALE ALE, a new limited edition product from Spoetzl Brewery, is brewed with grape must and is not Kosher. All other Shiner beers remain K-COR certified.

OUR HOUSE brand CANNED SWEET POTATOES in #10 cans (industrial size) bear an unauthorized stamped Star-K.  This product is not certified. All canned vegetable products, both consumer and industrial, require reliable certification due to the common industry practice of producing non-Kosher products on the same equipment.

PILLSBURY UNBLEACHED ALL PURPOSE FLOUR in 5 lb. bags with Best If Used By dates of APR 19 2020 and APR 20 2020 have been recalled due to possible Salmonella contamination. Details are available at https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls/ucm633320.htm or at 800-767-4466.
The FDA and CDC remind consumers that flour is not a “ready to eat” ingredient. Flour is made from wheat that is grown outdoors where bacteria are often present, and flour is typically not treated to kill bacteria during the normal milling process. Anything made with flour must be cooked or baked before eating. Salmonella is killed by heat through baking, frying, sautéing or boiling products made with flour. All surfaces, hands and utensils should be properly cleaned after contact with flour or dough.

2019-3-22 Vaad Measles Notice PDF available for download.”

2019-3-22 Hatzalah Measles Notice PDF available for download.”

In light of the recent spread of measles in our community, each and every individual is halachically obligated to take the necessary precautions to protect one’s self and family, and to prevent the spread of the disease to others.

Due to the outbreak, the Michigan Department of Health has issued updated vaccination guidelines. Every member of the community should follow those guidelines to ensure that they are fully vaccinated.

If you are experiencing any symptoms of the measles, as described by the Oakland County Health Division notice, you are halachically required to STAY HOME and immediately contact your health care provider for further instructions. It is absolutely forbidden for anyone experiencing symptoms to go out (even to Shul), and expose others and place them at risk.

May Hashem grant each and every member of the community health, strength and blessings.

2019-3-3 Kashrus Alerts PDF available for download.

MANY PRODUCTS ARE MADE IN ASSORTED VARIETIES, and they may not all have the same Kosher status. Some may be Pareve, some
Dairy, some Meat, and some non-Kosher. This can cause mistakes, and the consumer must be very vigilant in checking every label for its
correct status. Following are some common examples:
TABATCHNICK SOUPS and BROTHS: Many are Star-K Pareve, some are Star-D Dairy (not Cholov Yisroel), and some are Star-K Meat.
Note that New England Potato Soup is dairy and bears Star-D Dairy, while Old Fashioned Potato Soup is pareve. Note also that
Frenchman’s Onion Soup and Wilderness Wild Rice Soup contain meat and bear Star-K Meat, even though there is no hint of meat in
their names.
IMAGINE ORGANIC SOUPS and BROTHS: Some are OU Pareve, some are OU Meat, and many are not Kosher. Note that “Kosher Free
Range Chicken Broth” is Kosher and bears OU Meat, while regular “Free Range Chicken Broth” is not Kosher.
NEAR EAST RICE MIXES and COUSCOUS MIXES: Most are plain OU (i.e. Pareve), some are OU-D (Dairy), and some are OU Meat or
OU-M (= Meat). Note that Pearled Couscous Basil & Herb contains dairy ingredients and bears OU-D.
LIPTON RECIPE SECRETS SOUP MIXES (in Onion, Vegetable and Ranch varieties) and LIPTON SOUP SECRETS NOODLE SOUP – CHICKEN
FLAVOR are produced in both Israel and the U.S. The Israel product says “Kosher” in large letters on the front and bears an OU symbol,
and “OU Meat” on the Noodle variety. The U.S. product is not Kosher and bears no Kosher marking. At some stores the Kosher and
non-Kosher versions may both be found on the same shelves. Check every box carefully.
The MK SYMBOL on SEASON’S CHOICE frozen BROCCOLI FLORETS and CALIFORNIA MEDLEY sold at Aldi, and on TRADER JOE’S
ORGANIC OLIVE OIL SPRAY, is an MK in a circle and the word Kosher in Hebrew and English inside the circle, to the right of the K. This is
not the MK symbol of Montreal or Manchester, but is from Monterrey, Mexico, and is not recommended.
HURST’S HAMBEENS BEAN SOUP mixes bear an OK symbol on the bag, and contain seasoning packets labeled as Beef Flavor, Ham
Flavor, Bacon Flavor, etc. Similarly, OUR FAMILY 16 BEAN SOUP MIX bears an OU on the bag, and contains a Ham Seasoning packet.
Although the packets do not bear a Kosher symbol, they are nevertheless certified Kosher and Pareve, despite their non-Kosher
sounding names.
CHAI TEA LATTE SIGNS AT 7-ELEVEN STORES on the hot beverage dispenser machine bear an unauthorized OK symbol. The OK
does not certify any 7-Eleven retail locations or products prepared on premises. (We have covered up the OK symbol at the four local
7-Eleven stores that are K-COR certified for Kosher slurpees.)
J. HIGGS brand CORNIES CHILI CHEESE FLAVORED CORN CHIPS sold at Save-A-Lot bears an unauthorized Kof-K symbol on some bags.
This product is not Kof-K certified. J. Higgs brand Cornies in Original and Dippin’ varieties, however, are certified Kosher Pareve when
bearing the Kof-K symbol.
GREAT VALUE “LIGHT” CRANBERRY JUICE COCKTAIL sold at Walmart bears an unauthorized OU symbol on some containers. This
product contains grape juice and is not OU certified. Regular and Diet Great Value Cranberry Juice Cocktail drinks, however, are OU
certified when bearing the OU symbol.
MIA PIZZA CRUSTS KITS are currently not certified as Kosher, due to a change in the production process, and no longer bear the MK
[Montreal] symbol.
SAMUEL ADAMS CHOCOLATE BOCK BEER is now Star-D Dairy certified (not Cholov Yisroel) and will bear the Star-D symbol. Bottles
bearing old labels that do not bear any symbol are also Kosher Dairy. This beer contains dairy ingredients and should not be consumed
with meat or after eating meat. Chocolate Bock is currently included in a Samuel Adams Winter Classics Variety Pack, which contains
other Star-K certified beers that are pareve.
MOCHA MIX ORIGINAL NON-DAIRY COFFEE CREAMER in the past was certified OK Pareve, and older containers that still state
OK Pareve are pareve. This product is now under OU supervision, and new containers are labeled OU-D due to dairy equipment,
because of the company’s desire to produce the product on a dairy production line. The OU-D labeled product may be eaten after meat,
but may not be cooked or eaten with meat. The company may reconsider its decision, based on consumer response, and consumers
who wish the product to remain pareve can contact the company at http://bayvalleyfoods.com/contact_us.php or 800-236-1119.
BACHMAN TWIST PRETZELS are certified OU Pareve. However, some 10 oz. bags with UPC # 0-77817-10580-8 and expiration date
code JUL2219 9 ED mistakenly contain Butter Twist Pretzels that are dairy, and have therefore been recalled. Details are available at
http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm632095.htm or 800-367-7629.
LIDL brand WHITE BEAN NACHO BEAN CHIPS was mistakenly labeled as Kof-K Pareve on some bags. In fact, this product contains dairy
ingredients and is certified as Kof-K Dairy.
THE FRESH MARKET brand PANCAKE & WAFFLE MIX in Buttermilk, Multigrain and Wild Blueberry flavors bears an unauthorized Star-K
symbol. These products are actually Kosher Dairy, not Cholov Yisroel.
SHATNEZ ALERT – A number of UGG FOOTWEAR PRODUCTS have been found to contain shatnez. It is recommended that all
Ugg footwear (shoe, slippers, boots) be tested for Shatnez at a qualified Shatnez laboratory.
PRODUCT RECALL – Three additional lots of INFANTS’ IBUPROFEN CONCENTRATED ORAL SUSPENSION Berry Flavor/Dye-Free under
the brand names CVS Health [CVS stores], Equate [Walmart] and Family Wellness [Family Dollar], have been added to the December recall, due
to potential higher concentrations of ibuprofen that may cause injury to infants. Details are available at
https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm630112.htm or 732-940-0358.

2019-1-30 Kashrus Alerts PDF available for download.

MANDARINS FROM ISRAEL are now being sold at local stores (including AMC/Mehadrin brand 5 lb. bags at Costco, and Jaffa brand 5 lb. boxes at Plum Market), and state on the label “Produce of Israel”. They require taking of Terumos and Maaseros (without a bracha).

OREO SANDWICH COOKIES: The OU has again updated its information, as of January 8, regarding the dairy status of OU-D Oreo cookies. Three more items have been added to the dairy equipment list. For the convenience of our readers, the entire list is quoted here:

“At the present time the following Oreo Sandwich Cookies do not contain dairy ingredients, though they are manufactured on dairy equipment:

• Original Oreo Sandwich Cookies
• Oreo Double Stuf Sandwich Cookies
• Oreo Original Mega Stuf Sandwich Cookies
• Mini Original Oreo Sandwich Cookies
• Chocolate Oreo Sandwich Cookies
• Golden Oreo Sandwich Cookies
• Golden Oreo Double Stuf Sandwich Cookies
• Golden Oreo Mega Stuf Sandwich Cookies
• Triple Double Oreo Sandwich Cookies
• Oreo Thins Sandwich Cookies**
• Oreo Cinnamon Bun Sandwich Cookies
• Oreo Lemon Sandwich Cookies
• Oreo Mint Creme Sandwich Cookies
• Oreo Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies
• Oreo Red Velvet Sandwich Cookies
• Winter Oreo Sandwich Cookies

[** Note: We have confirmed with the OU that “Oreo Thins Sandwich Cookies” in the above list also includes the following varieties:

• Oreo Thins Chocolate Creme Chocolate Sandwich Cookies
• Oreo Thins Golden Sandwich Cookies
• Oreo Thins Lemon Creme Sandwich Cookies
• Oreo Thins Mint Creme Chocolate Sandwich Cookies
• Oreo Thins Bites Chocolate Sandwich Cookies (only regular; not “Fudge Dipped”)

We have also confirmed that Oreo Limited Edition “The Most Stuf” Chocolate Sandwich Cookies are dairy equipment.]

The equipment is not necessarily cleaned before the production of these cookies, and there may be a small amount of dairy residue present. Nonetheless, the dairy component would be minimal, and from a Halachic perspective, the dairy residue is nullified (botel bishishim) and of no consequence. The bottom line of all this is that these cookies may be consumed after meat and poultry, but not simultaneously.

Please bear in mind that the manufacturer may choose in the future to reformulate these products and add dairy ingredients. Since these products already bear OUD symbols, formulation changes would not be reflected in the OUD logo. As such, we recommend that consumers check regularly with our office to confirm the status of these items.”

New OREO CHOCOLATE CANDY BARS in several varieties are manufactured in Europe, and are not certified Kosher and do not bear an OU symbol.

AGED CHEESE: The following items at JERUSALEM PIZZA contain aged cheese, which requires a six hour waiting period before eating meat: Bread Sticks (“Jerusalem Bread”), Cheese Sticks, Italian Bread, Eggplant Parmesan, “Chicken” Parmesan, Caesar Salad, and Caesar Wrap.

ASSURED brand VITAMIN C SUPPLEMENT DROPS sold at Dollar Tree stores, which currently bears a plain OU, is Kosher but is produced on dairy equipment. Future productions may not bear any OU symbol; check each label.

DAVE’S SWEET TOOTH TOFFEE in all flavors contains dairy ingredients, as listed in the ingredient statement, but mistakenly does not state Dairy on older packaging. Newer packaging bears the K-COR Dairy symbol.

CLANCY’S WAVY POTATO CHIPS (unseasoned) in 10 oz. bags (UPC# 0 41498 16306 8) with a Best If Used By date code of FEB 22 19 1A6, sold at Aldi, bears a plain OU but may mistakenly contain dairy Sour Cream & Onion seasoning. This product has been recalled, and may be returned to Aldi for a full refund. Details are available at https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm629293.htm

CAMPBELL’S SLOW COOKER BUFFALO CHICKEN SAUCE that bears a plain OU is Kosher, but contains dairy ingredients, as listed in the ingredient statement. . [The OU alert regarding “Slow Cooker Buffalo Wing Sauce” actually refers to this product.] Please be aware that previous versions of this product did not bear an OU, including some that list chicken stock and chicken fat in the ingredients, and they have been found still on store shelves. In addition, future productions may not bear any OU symbol. Every package should be checked.

TRADER JOE’S PITA CHIPS with the Wisconsin Kosher symbol was mistakenly labeled “Pas Yisroel.” This product is Kosher but is not Pas Yisroel.

SHOPRITE TRADING COMPANY brand WHITE SPARKLING GRAPE JUICE and RED SPARKLING GRAPE JUICE mistakenly bear the OU symbol. These products are not certified and are being withdrawn from the market.

NOOSA YOGHURT is no longer OU certified due to a recent ingredient change. Containers still bearing the OU-D symbol were produced before this change. Containers bearing a KD are not recommended. Stores currently have a mixture of OU-D and KD containers; please check each container carefully.

PRODUCT RECALL

GOLD MEDAL UNBLEACHED ALL PURPOSE FLOUR in 5 lb. bags (UPC# 0-16000-19610-0) with a Better If Used By date of 20APR2020KC has been recalled due to potential presence of Salmonella contamination. Consumers who have had to discard products covered by this recall may contact General Mills Consumer Relations at 1-800-230-8103 or visit www.generalmills.com/flour for a replacement coupon. This recall affects only this one date code of Gold Medal Unbleached Flour 5 lb. bags. All other types of Gold Medal Flour are not affected by this recall.

The FDA and CDC remind consumers that flour is not a “ready to eat” ingredient. Flour is made from wheat that is grown outdoors where bacteria are often present, and flour is typically not treated to kill bacteria during the normal milling process. Anything made with flour must be cooked or baked before eating. Salmonella is killed by heat through baking, frying, sautéing or boiling products made with flour. All surfaces, hands and utensils should be properly cleaned after contact with flour or dough.

2018-12-31 Kashrus Alerts PDF available for download.

OREO SANDWICH COOKIES: The OU has recently published the following updated information regarding the dairy status of Oreo cookies. Five items have been added to the list:

“At the present time the following Oreo Sandwich Cookies do not contain dairy ingredients, though they are manufactured on dairy equipment:

• Original Oreo Sandwich Cookies
• Oreo Double Stuf Sandwich Cookies
• Oreo Original Mega Stuf Sandwich Cookies
• Mini Original Oreo Sandwich Cookies
• Chocolate Oreo Sandwich Cookies
• Golden Oreo Sandwich Cookies
• Triple Double Oreo Sandwich Cookies
• Oreo Thins Sandwich Cookies
• Oreo Cinnamon Bun Sandwich Cookies
• Oreo Lemon Sandwich Cookies
• Oreo Mint Creme Sandwich Cookies
• Oreo Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies
• Oreo Red Velvet Sandwich Cookies

The equipment is not necessarily cleaned before the production of these cookies, and there may be a small amount of dairy residue present. Nonetheless, the dairy component would be minimal, and from a Halachic perspective, the dairy residue is nullified (botel bishishim) and of no consequence. The bottom line of all this is that these cookies may be consumed after meat and poultry, but not simultaneously.

Please bear in mind that the manufacturer may choose in the future to reformulate these products and add dairy ingredients. Since these products already bear OUD symbols, formulation changes would not be reflected in the OUD logo. As such, we recommend that consumers check regularly with our office to confirm the status of these items.”

BIMBO BAKERIES, owner of many brands of bread and buns, including ARNOLD, BEEFSTEAK, BIMBO, BROWNBERRY, FREIHOFER’S, OROWEAT, SARA LEE, STROEHMANN and others, plus many regional supermarket / private label brands, has made a decision to remove Kosher certification from many of its products, in order to have the flexibility to produce them on non-certified factory lines. Therefore, many products that in the past bore the OU or Kof-K symbol no longer do, or will stop certification at some point in the future. Every package should be carefully checked for the symbol on every purchase. Consumers can voice their concerns to Bimbo at 800-984-0989.

No changes are planned at this time for Thomas and Entenmann’s products, or for Arnold Rye Bread and Levy’s Rye Bread. They continue to be certified as in the past, when bearing the OU symbol.

NIBBLES & NUTS GIFT BASKETS and TRAYS (Oak Park/Farmington Hills, MI) bear a sticker on some packages stating “All products in this box or basket are Kosher”. Please be aware that these baskets and trays have no Kosher certification and are prepared without any Kashrus supervision, and therefore should not be accepted as Kosher.

PITA CHIPS from SOPHIA’S BAKING CO. in 7 oz. clear plastic containers are not Kosher and do not bear the K-COR symbol. Only those Sophia’s products that bear the K-COR are Kosher (not Pas Yisroel).

DANNON YOGURT: Only a limited number of Dannon yogurt varieties are OU certified, when bearing the OU symbol. The products listed below are OU certified, but the OU symbol was mistakenly omitted. The OU is being ink-jetted as part of the date code of these certified products. This applies only to the UPC #’s listed below. There are very similar flavors of Dannon yogurt that are not OU certified that have different UPC numbers. Please check each container carefully.

• Single Serve Coffee (3663201374)
• Single Serve Vanilla (3663200101)
• Single Serve Plain (3663200100)
• Single Serve 4pk (3663201827)

GREENFIELD NOODLE CO. has exhausted its stock of Yoshon flour, and will now begin using Chodosh flour. New product will not state “Yoshon” next to the expiration date.

DRIED GOJI BERRIES: Kashrus Agencies and consumers have been finding a high number of insects in dried goji berries.
Until further notice, dried goji berries are not recommended, even when bearing Kosher certification.

PRODUCT RECALLS

Three lots of INFANTS’ IBUPROFEN CONCENTRATED ORAL SUSPENSION Berry Flavor/Dye-Free under the brand names CVS Health, Equate and Family Wellness, sold at CVS, Walmart and Family Dollar stores respectively, have been recalled due to potential higher concentrations of ibuprofen that may cause injury to infants. Details are available at https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm627780.htm or 732-940-0358.

INSPIRED ORGANICS brand of ALMOND BUTTER, PEANUT BUTTER, SUNFLOWER BUTTER and TAHINI BUTTER, distributed by Lipari Foods, Warren, MI, have been recalled due to potential contamination of Listeria monocytogenes. Details are available at https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm628989.htm or 800-729-3354.

ACHDUT, ACHVA, BARON’S, PEPPERWOOD, S&F and SOOM brands of TAHINI with lot numbers 18-097 to 18-141, or with expiration dates April 7 to May 21, 2020, have been recalled due to possible Salmonella contamination. For the Baron’s brand the recalled exp. date is 5/5/2021, and for Soom brand Chocolate Sweet Tahini Halva Spread it is 071318CH. Details are available at https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm626750.htm
and https://www.soomfoods.com/tahini-recall/soom-recall-statement-nov-28-2018/ or at 972-3-9068020.

BELL PEPPERS FROM ISRAEL (red, yellow and orange) are now being sold at many local stores (Meijer, Kroger, Trader Joe’s, Holiday Market, etc.) and require taking of Terumos and Maaseros. They include Sunset brand, Gilad, Arava, Field & Farm, Mor, NatureFresh Farms, Pero Family Farms, Mucci Farms, Glad and other brands of colored peppers, both regular and organic. Consumers should carefully check the fine print on the package, or the sticker on individual peppers sold loose, for the country of origin. The same brand may have some peppers from Israel and some from other countries, all in the same produce bin, so each package or pepper should be checked. Details of the tithing procedure can be found (courtesy of cRc Chicago) at http://kshr.us/cRcMaaser

One should always be careful when buying produce to check the sticker, bag label or original case for the country of origin. Some additional examples of Israeli produce commonly found in the U.S. include tomatoes, carrots, citrus fruit (oranges, grapefruit, lemons, mandarins, clementines and pomelos), persimmons (“Sharon Fruit”), mangos, dates, dill and parsley.

GENERAL MILLS new PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE BLASTED SHREDS shredded wheat cereal is not Kosher approved and does not bear an OU. (Cinnamon Toast Crunch Blasted Shreds, a discontinued variety, is also not approved.)

One 16 oz. can of BUSH’S BEST HONEY SWEET BAKED BEANS with no OU and containing bacon was mistakenly sold this week at One Stop Kosher Food Market and has not been accounted for. Please check your products.

Only Bush’s Best Vegetarian Baked Beans (labeled in Canada as “Sweet & Tangy Vegetarian Baked Beans “) is Kosher and bears the OU symbol. Always check the label of every can.

2018-11-28 Kashrus Alerts PDF available for download.

Mexican Coke and Pepsi information:

• COCA-COLA PRODUCTS FROM MEXICO, including Coca-Cola, Sprite, Fanta and Fresca products, are not OU certified and are not recommended.

• PEPSI PRODUCTS FROM MEXICO, including Pepsi, Mountain Dew (except Kickstart) and Mist Twist products, are Kosher. (Mountain Dew Kickstart energy drink is Kosher only when bearing the letters XG in the middle of the second line of the inkjet code on bottom of the can, or when bearing a reliable certification on the label.)

BELL PEPPERS FROM ISRAEL (red, yellow and orange) will soon begin appearing in U.S. stores, and will require taking of Terumos and Maaseros. Consumers should carefully check the fine print on the package, or the sticker on individual peppers sold loose, for the country of origin. Often the same brand has some peppers from Israel and some from other locations, so each individual package or pepper should be checked. Details of the tithing procedure can be found (courtesy of cRc Chicago) at http://kshr.us/cRcMaaser

One should always be careful when buying produce to check the sticker, bag label or original case for the country of origin. Some additional examples of Israeli produce commonly found in the U.S. include tomatoes, carrots, citrus fruit (oranges, grapefruit, lemons, mandarins, clementines and pomelos), persimmons (“Sharon Fruit”), mangos, dates, dill and parsley.

TRADER JOE’S ROASTED GORGONZOLA CRACKERS bears an OU-D, and lists animal rennet in the ingredients. The OU has informed us that this product is Kosher and does not contain animal rennet; the listing is in error.

RICOLA COUGH / THROAT DROPS: Only the following five varieties are recommended by the cRc (Chicago Rabbinical Council). They do not require a certification sticker: Honey Herb, Lemon Mint – regular and Sugar Free, Mountain Herb – Sugar Free, and Natural Herb (Original). — Please note that this does not include Ricola Swiss Herbal Sweets.

UNGER’S BARLEY, CHICKPEAS & BEANS: Unger’s has issued a notice regarding infestation found in certain batches of these products. It is posted on the K-COR website at http://cordetroit.com/

GORDON CHOICE FRUIT COCKTAIL IN EXTRA LIGHT SYRUP (UPC# 093901225306) and GORDON CHOICE FRUIT COCKTAIL IN PEAR JUICE (UPC# 093901610232) in #10 foodservice size cans, distributed by Gordon Food Service, mistakenly bear an OU symbol on the outer case. The individual cans do not bear an OU (but bear a different symbol), and contain carmine, an insect derivative, as listed in the ingredients. These products are not OU certified. — Please note that Gordon Choice Mixed Fruit in Light Syrup (UPC#093901118264) and Gordon Choice Mixed Fruit in Pear Juice (UPC #093901610348) are OU certified and correctly bear the OU symbol on the cans.

CONCORD GRAPE JUICE CONCENTRATE and WHITE GRAPE JUICE CONCENTRATE distributed by Coloma Frozen Foods Inc., Coloma Michigan, bear an unauthorized cRc symbol on the label. These items are not certified Kosher.

CHESHNI FOODS PRODUCTS are neither OU nor Star-K certified. Some Cheshni Foods products, including black olives, dried fruit, tea biscuits and others, bear an unauthorized OU or Star-K symbol.

“LUCKY LEAF PREMIUM CARAMEL APPLE FRUIT FILLING OR TOPPING” in 9.5 lb. foodservice size pails contains dairy ingredients, as listed on the label, but mistakenly bears a plain OU without a D on some labels. — Please note that the 21 oz. retail size can of “Lucky Leaf Premium Caramel Apple Fruit Filling & Topping” does not contain dairy ingredients, and is correctly labeled with a plain OU.

BENTON’S SKELETON CHOCOLATE COOKIE KIT, sold at Aldi in the U.S., mistakenly bears a COR (Canada) symbol without a Dairy designation. This product is certified Dairy.

WILD COAST FRUIT CO. Dark Chocolate Blueberries and Dark Chocolate Cranberries mistakenly bear the Kosher Check Pareve logo. They are certified as Dairy. Consumers finding this product are asked to contact BC (British Columbia) Kosher at 604- 731-1803 or at info@koshercheck.org

RACCONTO PASTA SAUCES have OU certification on several, but not all, varieties; check each label. Note that the Vodka variety contains cream and states OU Dairy.

DUNCAN HINES is recalling certain batches of its Classic Butter Golden, Classic White, Classic Yellow and Signature Confetti Cake cake mixes with Best If Used By dates ranging from March 7 through March 13, 2019, due to possible salmonella contamination. Details are available at https://www.prnewswire.com/news/Conagra+Brands or 888-299-7646.

BARCELONA NUT CO. is recalling certain batches of its Roasted and Salted Pistachios (in-shell) with expiration dates ranging from 9/17 through 10/10/2019, due to possible salmonella contamination. Details are available from michelleo@barcelonanut.com (e-mail) or 443.552.5366.