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2018-6-28 Kashrus Alerts PDF available for download.

7-ELEVEN SLURPEES: The COR of Greater Detroit (Vaad Harabbonim) recommends that slurpees be bought only at stores that have store-level Kashrus supervision of their slurpees, to be assured that the syrup box that feeds the machine is actually Kosher and pareve. The flavor cards on the machine cannot be relied upon, even if they bear a Kosher symbol, because stores sometimes use syrups that do not correspond with the brand or variety posted on the machine. [Just recently, due to a syrup shortage, some 7-Elevens brought in non-certified generic brands of syrups, but still had the brand name flavor cards posted on the machines.] In addition, when changing flavors, stores generally do not clean the machine in-between, and during the transition there can be a significant mixture of flavors, one of which may be non-Kosher or dairy.

The COR provides supervision for slurpees at five local 7-Eleven stores, but only for the machine(s) specified on the COR certificate posted at each location, as follows:

• Lincoln & Greenfield: all three machines.
• 11 & Coolidge, 13 & Greenfield, 11 & Lahser, and 12 bet. Greenfield & Coolidge: only the left machine.

If one is in an area where no supervised stores are available, the COR recommends that the consumer request permission to inspect the label on the syrup box, and then check a reliable list of Kosher slurpees to verify the product’s Kashrus status. [The list is necessary because most Kosher slurpees do not bear a Kashrus symbol on the syrup box.] A list of Kosher slurpees from the Chicago Rabbinical Council is available at http://www.crcweb.org/slurpee_list.php

(Note: The box of syrup that feeds the machine is generally located in the back of the store, in an area that is off limits to non-employees, and cannot be entered without express permission from the store manager.)

New FRUITWORKS CAPTAIN CRUNCH BERRY FREEZE FCB slurpee syrup is Kosher and pareve. The name on the syrup box label should be inspected, as explained above.

THE ICEE MACHINE at Shell (10 & Greenfield) is now under supervision of the COR of Greater Detroit and is certified Kosher.

New CRUSH WATERMELON SODA is Kosher.

KONA ICE TRUCKS are not OU certified. Some trucks mistakenly display an OU symbol.

KEEBLER TOASTEDS CRACKERS in all varieties bear an OK-D due to dairy ingredients.

GOLIGHTLY SUGAR FREE HARD CANDY JUST CHOCOLATES (BONUS 10% MORE) packages sold at Dollar Tree stores have been mistakenly labeled Kof-K DE. In fact, this product contains butter, as listed in the ingredients, and is certified Kof-K Dairy.

SAN PAOLO brand CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES and CRANBERRY COOKIES are certified by COR [Canada] and are sold in the U.S. These products are dairy, but inadvertently were labelled without a dairy designation.

MEIJER DILL PICKLE FLAVORED POTATO CHIPS is certified OU Pareve and bears a plain OU. However, a limited amount of this product was mistakenly produced using undeclared Kosher dairy ingredients. The dairy product was packed in 9.5 ounce bags with UPC # 719283594365 and ‘Sell By’ dates between 07/16/18 and 08/13/18, and has been recalled.

SECOND NATURE – COCONUT ALMOND MEDLEY is OU-D certified due to dairy equipment. Packages currently in stores have a plain OU printed on the bag, plus an OU-D next to the Best By date that is either stickered or ink-jetted onto the bag.

CHEF’S QUALITY MULTI GRAIN TORTILLA WRAPS sold at Restaurant Depot mistakenly state “OU Pas Yisroel” on some bags. This product is OU certified, but is not Pas Yisroel.

STONE HOUSE BREAD products are not under Orthodox supervision and are not recommended.

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PASKESZ has suspended distribution of its SOUR WORX! XTREME SOUR CANDY due to reports of irritation to children’s mouths. See https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-QPV7f4PCT5M/Wxq1pJKni2I/AAAAAAAAJ4Y/TPrP2qCQKDMaRXCJTq8_ey0-vGYKdubmQCLcBGAs/s1600/79.jpg

All KELLOGG’S HONEY SMACKS CEREAL, regardless of package size or Best If Used By date, has been recalled because it has been linked to a multistate outbreak of Salmonella infections. Details are available at https://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/mbandaka-06-18/index.html or 800-962-1413.

TISHA B’AV & YOM KIPPUR ALERT: TOMS SHOES canvas and material styles contain a suede leather insole, which may not be worn on Tisha B’Av and Yom Kippur. Only Toms special “Vegan” line of shoes are free of leather.

UPDATE: QUICKEN LOANS INSTITUTES HETER ISKA, resolving Ribbis concern. See details at http://agudathisrael.org/agudah-rabbanim-quicken-loans-institutes-heter-iska-resolving-halachic-concern/?cat=news and https://drive.google.com/file/d/1P6tx_iFOBB7gLrywNPLv4Qi-c9MuRDRe/view

2018-5-28 Kashrus Alerts PDF available for download.

New CANADA DRY “GINGER ALE and LEMONADE” soda is Kosher.

TRAVERSE CITY WHISKEY CO. products are no longer certified by the Chicago Rabbinical Council as of March 26, 2018, and are not recommended even when bearing the cRc symbol. Only products purchased before March 26 are certified Kosher when bearing the cRc symbol.

TREE TOP CRANBERRY JUICE COCKTAIL will no longer be OU certified due to a formula change, and will not bear the OU symbol. Always check every label for Kashrus marking.

PURE GREEN GRAPESHOT JUICE, distributed by Pure Green in the New York area, bears an unauthorized Star-K and is being recalled. This product contains grape juice and is not Kosher.

BAGELS SOLD AT MEIJER near the in-store bakery are apparently coming from different suppliers. Some state on the plastic bag itself “OK Kosher Pareve Pas Yisroel” (and in small letters, “Mfg. by Always Bagels, Inc., Lebanon, PA”), and these are acceptable. Some bags, however, even of the same varieties, do not bear any wording, and those should not be considered Kosher.

POST ORIGINAL SHREDDED WHEAT SPOON SIZE CEREAL is no longer OU certified due to changes in production, and no longer bears the OU symbol. Old boxes still bearing an OU are certified. Post’s Big Biscuit Shredded Wheat and Wheat ‘N Bran Shredded Wheat cereals are not affected by these changes, and will continue to be OU certified when bearing the OU symbol.

KROGER GREEK YOGURTS and KROGER FROZEN YOGURTS are OU Dairy certified when bearing an OU-D. Some of the Greek yogurts (Plain and Blended Nonfat) mistakenly bear a plain OU without the D.
— Other types of Kroger yogurts are not OU certified and contain gelatin.

POPCORNERS SPICY QUESO Popped-Corn Snack contains dairy ingredients, as indicated in the ingredients and allergen statements, and is certified OU-D. Some labels mistakenly bear a plain OU without the D.

Some 220 g bags of FRITO LAY RUFFLES REGULAR POTATO CHIPS sold in Ontario, Canada were mistakenly filled with Sour Cream ‘N Onion potato chips, which are certified COR [Canada] Dairy. The incorrectly filled bags bear the expiration date JL 17 and lot code 6081 13249, and are being recalled. Other lot numbers are not affected.

CAPPIELLO FRESH MOZZARELLA CHEESE is normally OU-D certified. The certified product bears an OU-D symbol and states Schenectady, NY, Plant #36-3893 on the label. However, for about two months Cappiello will make a non-certified Fresh Mozzarella Cheese at another facility. The non-certified cheese does not bear an OU-D, and does not state Schenectady, NY, Plant #36-3893 on the label. Consumers should check each label very carefully before purchasing this product.

CARROTS from BALDOR SPECIALTY FOODS, BRONX, NY were certified until recently by OK certification. Since Baldor is now receiving carrots from Israel, the OK will not be certifying Baldor’s carrots for the foreseeable future.

KITCHENAID REFRIGERATORS SABBATH MODE ALERT: In certain models of KitchenAid refrigerators with a Star-K certified Sabbath Mode, after a power failure the refrigerator recovers, but is not in Sabbath Mode. Even if the display reads “SAB”, a light turns on when the door is opened. The models that are affected are KRFF507ESS, KRFF507EBL, KRFF507EWH, and KRFF707ESS. If you have one of these models, please email info@star-k.org (preferred) or call the Star-K (410-484-4110) with your specific model and serial number (found on a sticker on right interior wall of the refrigerator). The manufacturer is working on a solution and the Star-K will update you when a fix becomes available.

OUR FAMILY brand WHOLE POTATOES and SLICED POTATOES, in 15 oz. cans with an off-white color label, no longer bear an OU and should not be used. Some were mistakenly sold at One Stop Kosher Food Market. Older cans with blue-green labels that bear an OU are acceptable.

FRESH EXPRESS “SHREDS” ICEBERG – Finely Shredded Iceberg Lettuce is not certified Kosher, and does not bear a Star-K symbol. (This is not sold at One Stop.)

TORTILLA CHIP MILK ALLERGEN RECALL: Utz Quality Foods is voluntarily recalling select expiration dates of some Golden Flake, Good Health, Utz and Weis brands of Tortilla Chip items due to potential contamination of undeclared milk allergen. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk may risk a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. Details are available at https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls/ucm606576.htm or 800-367-7629.

2018-4-27 Kashrus Alerts PDF available for download.

PRINGLES POTATO CRISPS: All seasoned varieties of Pringles that in the past were certified plain OU [pareve] are now changing to OU-D. Those that state milk, whey or lactose in their ingredient listing will be real dairy. If none of those ingredients are listed, the OU-D designation is due only to dairy equipment. (This is true even though the allergen statement after the ingredient listing states “Contains Milk & Wheat Ingredients”.) Older cans that still bear a plain OU are pareve. Each can should be checked carefully to determine its correct status.

When checking the ingredients, be aware that seasoned varieties now divide the ingredient listing into two paragraphs, “Ingredients” and “Contains 2% Or Less Of”. Some varieties list dairy only at the end of the second paragraph, e.g. BBQ [whey] and Honey Mustard [lactose].

The “Original” (unseasoned) varieties – regular, Lightly Salted and Reduced Fat – will remain plain OU [pareve].

ORRI MANDARINS and CLEMENTINES FROM ISRAEL in bags are being sold locally at Costco, Kroger, etc., and state on the label “Product of Israel”. The Jaffa brand at Costco currently bears an OU on the sticker label, and the OU has confirmed that this is authorized and includes the taking of Terumos and Maaseros. The Wespak brand at Costco, and the PCN brand at Kroger, do not bear certification, and require taking of Terumos and Maaseros by the consumer.

ROMAINE LETTUCE: Kosher Gardens / Pos’tiv, Bodek and Andy Boy brands have released statements that their romaine lettuce products are not from Arizona, and are therefore not involved in the E. coli outbreak that has been linked to the Yuma, Arizona region. (Andy Boy is currently the brand that is washed and checked by the COR Mashgiach for the certified containers of romaine lettuce sold at One Stop Kosher Food Market.)

NEW SLURPEE SYRUPS: The following new Slurpee FCB syrups are Kosher and pareve.

[Please note that this information is for the benefit of Kashrus Supervisors and consumers who inspect (with permission of store management) the labels on the 2.5 / 5 gal. bag-in-boxes of syrups in the back of the store, which feed the slurpee machines. The flavor cards posted on the slurpee machines in front cannot be relied upon to determine the Kosher status of the slurpee, because they often do not correspond with the brand and variety of the syrup that is actually feeding the machine.]

• FANTA SUGAR FREE LEMONADE FCB
• FAYGO GRAPE FCB – with HKA symbol
• MONSTER MUTANT RED DAWN FCB – for Slurpee use only
• SNAPPLE KIWI STRAWBERRY FCB- with OK symbol

365 brand FROZEN BERRY BLEND sold at Whole Foods bears an unauthorized OU, and has concerns of insect infestation.

NATURAL EARTH BROWN SUSHI RICE has had reports of infestation in some bags, which was caused by improper storage in some regions. In consultation with the Star-K, Natural Earth is recalling this product. Consumers should either check the rice prior to use, or they may return it.

SOUTHERN GROVE DRIED PHILIPPINE MANGO sold at Aldi no longer bears an OU.

SCHWAN’S CHOCOLATE MARSHMALLOW RIPPLE and ROCKY ROAD ICE CREAMS contain gelatin and are not OU certified. A small quantity of these products may have been sold with an unauthorized OU symbol.

BEST CHOICE REFRIED BEANS in Traditional and Jalapeno varieties bear an unauthorized OU symbol on some labels. These products contain lard and are not Kosher.

STREIT’S DARK CHOCOLATE CARAMEL PECAN CLUSTERS contains dairy ingredients, but was mistakenly labeled as Kof-K Pareve. This product is dairy, not Cholov Yisroel.

KROGER RANCH FLAVORED TUNA contains milk, as indicated in the ingredients, but some labels mistakenly bear a plain OU symbol without the D.

RIBBIS ALERT – QUICKEN LOANS / ROCKET MORTGAGE: See an important Halachic alert from Agudath Israel’s Conference of Synagogue Rabbonim at http://www.hakhel.info/archivesPublicService/RibisNoticeQuickenAlert.pdf

March 29, 2018

THE FOLLOWING PRODUCTS that are not Kosher for Pesach were found mistakenly placed in the Pesach section at One Stop Kosher Food Market. Please check every label of your purchases:

  • TUV TAAM BEETS & HORSERADISH not bearing Pesach certification, in Classic, Extra Strength and Triple Strength varieties
  • NESCAFE TASTER’S CHOICE DECAF HOUSE BLEND INSTANT COFFEE

GEFEN PITTED MANZANILLA OLIVESthat have a Best Before date of Nov 22 19 on the side of the cap, state “Not for Passover Use” in English, but mistakenly state in Hebrew “Kosher l’Pesach”. These jars are not Kosher for Pesach.

Remember – check every label for Pesach certification!

 

The Vaad Harabbonim presents the online PesachGram.

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

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2018-2-27 Kashrus Alerts are available for download.

ADDITIONAL ALERT REGARDING FERRARA CANDY

FERRARA CANDY CO. – CHEWY LEMONHEAD FRUIT MIX CANDIES in a 5 Pack package is being sold locally at Dollar Tree and other stores with an unauthorized UMK symbol on the outside sticker label. The individual boxes themselves do not bear any Kosher marking, and they state “Product of Mexico”. These candies are not certified, and are produced in a non-Kosher facility.

The only Ferrara candies that remain under acceptable certification are Atomic Fireballs and Jawbreakers, and only when they bear the UMK symbol on each individual box.

Boxes of CHEWY LEMONHEAD candies that bear a UMK symbol on the individual box and also state “Product of U.S.A.” on the box, and do not state “Product of Mexico” in the ink jet code on the side of the box, are old product that was produced years ago under UMK certification and are Kosher. (The year of production can be determined from the first digit of the ink jet production code. 5 = 2015, 6 = 2016, etc.)

MEIJER brand CANOLA, CANOLA BLEND, CORN and VEGETABLE OILS used to bear an OU on their labels, but no longer do, and may have changed to a non-Kosher supplier. We are in the process of verifying their status.

JACK RABBIT BARLEY with code dates 06Jul18L and 22Sep18L has been found to be infested, and should not be used without checking the product thoroughly.  Each entire bag should be examined by placing a small pile of barley – about two ounces at a time – on a white paper plate (not plastic, which creates a shine) with a very good overhead light that illuminates the plate. Use a finger or a fork to drag a small amount of barley away from the pile, spreading that barley in a single layer. Visually inspect the spread-apart barley, looking for webbing, black insects and white or tan worms between or under the kernels. Repeat this until the entire pile has been checked. Then do the same for the rest of the barley in the package.

Consumers who store barley or other grains for extended amounts of time are advised to store these products in the refrigerator or freezer in order to prevent infestation.

BENECOL ORIGINAL SPREAD and BENECOL LIGHT SPREAD, which in the past were OU Pareve, have recently been reformulated with buttermilk and whey, and now bear OU-D.

BEST CHOICE REFRIED BEANS in Traditional and Jalapeno varieties bear an unauthorized OU symbol on some labels. These products contain lard and are not Kosher.