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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

KASHRUS ALERT

Costco has introduced a new line of meat from Tomer Kosher Foods which is certified by Triangle K and Rabbi Elimelech Lebowitz. Please note that this meat is non-glatt and is not recommended. (Although Rabbi Lebowitz’s symbol resembles that of Rabbis Kook and Rubin of Israel, there is no relationship.)

The K-COR wishes to remind the Kosher consumer of the accepted custom to be stringent on Pas Yisroel during Aseres Yemei T’shuva. Please be advised that bread and cake products at the K-COR certified Dunkin Donuts store, and at Gold ‘n’ Greens restaurant at Wayne State University, are not Pas Yisroel. Also, the following K-COR certified products are not Pas Yisroel:
  • Pita breads under the names Sophia, American Bakery Products, Perfection, Meijer and Trader Joe’s
  • Lawash flatbreads from American Bakery Products
  • Cookies by Design in W. Bloomfield
For further information, please contact the K-COR.
The K-COR wishes everyone a G’mar Chasima Tova.