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In addition to the Pesach Updates, there are two Kashrus Alerts:

FRUIT FROM ISRAEL is being sold locally, and requires taking of Terumos and Maaseros. This includes Clementines at Costco and Noah’s (BAGU brand 5 lb. bag, and JAFFA brand 3 lb. bag; stickers on the bags state Product of Israel) and Sharon Fruit Persimmons at Joe Randazzo’s.

RECANATI and TISHBI WINES of 2015 VINTAGE are Shemitah products, and therefore do not bear an OU and are not recommended. They have been found recently in the Kosher wine sections of local stores.

NON-PESACH VERSIONS OF THE FOLLOWING PRODUCTS have been found mistakenly placed in the Pesach section at One Stop Kosher Food Market. Please check every label of your purchases:

  • Meal Mart Chopped Beef Liver Spread
  • Mehadrin Greek Yogurt – Cappuccino
  • Bloom’s Potato Stix – 1 oz. – regular and Bar-B-Q
  • Achla and Miki brands of dips contain kitniyos and were for a short time not in the separate “Kitniyos” section.

Many mix-ups have occurred at other stores; check each product carefully. (Some examples: Schick’s Chocolate Babka [chometz] in Costco’s Passover section [see picture to the right]; Tabatchnick Chicken Broth without Pesach marking in Kroger’s Passover section, etc. etc.)

KITNIYOS PRODUCTS: Even those who eat kitniyos should check each label for a reliable Pesach certification, since the standard accepted certifications on these products usually state on the label that they do not include Pesach.

B’GAN frozen CAPRI BLEND vegetable mix is erroneously marked as Kosher for Pesach on the back of the package. This product contains green beans, which are kitniyos and should only be eaten by those who eat kitniyos on Pesach.

PRE-CHECKED ROMAINE LETTUCE packages sold at One Stop with K-COR certification are not acceptable for Pesach, due to the presence of chometz in the area where they are prepared.

HARVARD ROW KOSHER MEAT MARKET in W. Bloomfield, which is K-COR certified year-round as a non-Mehadrin and non-Glatt facility, is not certified for Pesach for any prepared foods, regardless of when they are purchased. All prepared foods there should be considered chometz and may not be eaten on Pesach.

 

The Vaad Harabbonim presents the online PesachGram.

Click on the online PesachGram to the left for full screen view.

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

PesachGram PDF

LA FE brand SEASONED SPANISH STYLE YELLOW RICE, which was distributed today at Mrs. Schwab’s Garage Kosher Food Pantry, bears an unauthorized OU and contains non-Kosher chicken fat. Please alert anyone who may have received this product.

KASHRUS ALERTS

All ZEMAN’S and BAKE STATION BAKERIES products are Yoshon, except for those listed on the exception lists posted in the stores. All products are Pas Yisroel and under strict supervision of the Vaad Harabbonim.

ONE STOP’S FRESH BAKERY DEPT. products that are sold loose, or repackaged with a One Stop label, are Pas Yisroel and Yoshon, except for hamburger rolls and hot dog rolls, which are Pas Yisroel but are not Yoshon. – Items sold in their original factory packaging are Pas Yisroel or Yoshon only when stated so on the label.

“FRESH THYME FARMERS MARKET” FROZEN BROCCOLI, FROZEN CAULIFLOWER and FROZEN BRUSSELS SPROUTS are not OU certified. The OU symbol on their bags is unauthorized.

Reminder – BELL PEPPERS FROM ISRAEL (red, yellow and orange) are now being sold at local stores (Meijer, Kroger, Aldi, Trader Joe’s, Fresh Thyme Farmers Market, etc.) and require taking of Terumos and Maaseros. They include Sunset brand, Gilad, Arava, Field & Farm, Mucci Farms, Mor and other brands of colored peppers. 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 package or pepper should be checked.

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, mandarins, clementines  and pomelos), persimmons (“Sharon Fruit”), mangos, dates, dill and parsley.

One Stop Kosher Food Market’s produce department is monitored by the COR, and produce sold there does not have this issue.

ONE 32 OZ. CARTON OF NON-KOSHER IMAGINE brand CHICKEN BROTH (with no Kosher marking) MAY HAVE MISTAKENLY BEEN SOLD RECENTLY AT ONE STOP KOSHER FOOD MARKET. PLEASE CHECK YOUR PURCHASES.

Many IMAGINE brand SOUPS & BROTHS are Kosher and bear the OU symbol. Currently, this includes “Creamy” soups (OU Pareve), Vegetable and Vegetarian broths (OU Pareve), and “Kosher Chicken Broth” (OU Meat). However, there are also many Imagine soups (chunky style) and broths (regular chicken and beef) that are not Kosher and bear no OU. Each carton needs to be carefully checked for the OU symbol.

In particular, consumers should be aware that Imagine Chicken Broth, containing real chicken, is made in both Kosher and non-Kosher versions. The Kosher version states “Kosher” prominently in the product name and bears OU Meat. Cartons without Kosher marking are non-Kosher.

KASHRUS ALERT

BELL PEPPERS FROM ISRAEL (red, yellow and orange) are now being sold at local stores (Meijer, Kroger, etc.) and require taking of Terumos and Maaseros. They include Sunset brand, Gilad, Arava, Field & Farm, Mor and other brands of colored peppers. 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 locations, so each package or pepper should be checked.

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, mandarins, clementines  and pomelos), persimmons (“Sharon Fruit”), mangos, dates, dill and parsley.

One Stop Kosher Food Market’s produce department is monitored by the COR, and produce sold there does not have this issue.

KASHRUS ALERT

Kedem Foods/Kenover Marketing has recalled all Gefen Cholent Mix and Gefen Cranberry Beans that bear a Best Buy date of 08 22 18 or later, due to instances of infestation (white colored worms). Recalled products may be returned to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Frozen Egyptian strawberries imported into the U.S. since Jan. 1, 2016 have been recalled due to an outbreak of Hepatitis A that has sickened at least 134 people in the U.S. These strawberries (often used in smoothies) include whole, sliced and sugared, and diced frozen strawberries, and were sold in foodservice size packages by the following five companies:

  • Jetro/Restaurant Depot, which sold them under the James Farm brand, and unbranded as “Bits & Pieces”
  • Sysco Corp., which sold them under the Sysco brand
  • Reddy Raw, which sold them under the Regal brand
  • C.H. Belt, which sold them under the CH World brand
  • Patagonia Foods, which sold them under the Patagonia brand

The FDA recommends that institutions and food service operations supplied by any of these five companies should immediately contact their suppliers and determine if they received frozen strawberry product included in the recall. Institutions and food service operations that find they served any recalled product within the last two weeks should contact their local health department and communicate to their customers regarding possible exposure to Hepatitis A virus and the potential benefit of post exposure prophylaxis (PEP). Because Hepatitis A can have serious health consequences, CDC advises PEP for unvaccinated persons who have consumed any of the recalled frozen strawberry products in the last 2 weeks. PEP offers no preventive benefit to persons whose exposure occurred more than 2 weeks ago. 

Details are available at: http://www.fda.gov/Food/RecallsOutbreaksEmergencies/Outbreaks/ucm518775.htm#Recalled