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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:

PesachGram PDF

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.

Voluntary Recall Notice

Posted on Friday, November 10, 2017

Empire Kosher® is committed to producing the highest quality products and our top priority is the safety of our consumers. Unfortunately, due to an equipment malfunction certain of our boneless chicken breast products have the potential to contain a piece of extraneous material contamination [broken metal]. Out of an abundance of caution we are issuing a voluntary recall for five products with identified sell by dates manufactured in one of our facilities (USDA-FSIS Establishment P-1015). There have been no reports of illness or injury associated with this issue.

The affected lots of Empire Kosher® Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast were distributed to select Costco, select Trader Joe’s, and select Wegmans stores only.  No other retailers received these products.

The affected products and ‘Sell By Dates’ dates that are being recalled are:

Customer Hain Item # Product Description Size Sell By date
Costco EKP46375 Empire Kosher® Chicken Boneless Breast Cutlet Chill Pack 4 – 5.25 lbs 11/14/2017
Trader Joe’s EKP92615 Empire Kosher® Chicken [Breast] Cutlet Chill Pack 1 – 1.25 lbs 11/17/2017
Wegmans EKP7888 Empire Kosher® Chicken [Breast] Cutlet Chill Pack 1 – 1.25 lbs 11/16/2017
EKP7598 Empire Kosher® Chicken [Breast] Cutlet Chill Pack 2.5 lbs 11/16/2017
EKP7488 Empire Kosher® Thin Sliced Boneless Chicken Breasts 1 – 1.25 lbs 11/16/2017

If you have product that is a part of this voluntary recall, we apologize for any inconvenience and concern that this may have caused you.  We are available to assist you at 1-800-570-5718 MondayThursday 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM and Friday 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM.   During this time, we can arrange to send you a refund or a coupon for product replacement and instructions to discard the product.